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# A week before GMAT- demotivated and lost

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Updated on: 26 Jan 2019, 05:11
Hi all- this is my first post here. I have some special circumstances under which I pretty much have a spot at one of the best business schools but the only thing left for them to see is my GMAT score. It has been implied that as long as I ‘don’t bomb’ my GMAT, my admission should not be a problem. I found out about my placement a month ago and since then I have been studying for GMAT. I have taken practice tests on Veritas, and GMAT official practice tests. My scores have been in the following order:
Veritas:
1. 580
2. 560 (this was a month after the first test)
3. 590 (a week after the previous one)
GMAT official prep:
4. 640 (taken a week after the previous test)
5. 540 (taken a day after the previous test)

I’m bummed that my score dropped to 540 today and my GMAT exam is in one week. I feel demotivated and have no idea where I stand with this fluctuation of scores. I just need somewhere around 650 to be ok with this admission.

Please advise what to expect with this score variation and how to prep in the next one week. My verbal is strong (I score in 80-85 percentile) but the best in quant I got was 41 and that’s it.

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Originally posted by gmatt2019 on 25 Jan 2019, 14:05.
Last edited by gmatt2019 on 26 Jan 2019, 05:11, edited 1 time in total.
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25 Jan 2019, 22:48
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Hi
GMAT is more of a Psychometric test so being calm and composed is more important.
Do not freak out on your mock score, believe me you can score a significantly good score if you control your mind from being anxious.
Do not give any more mocks now. Focus only on official Questions and error logs during last days before the GMAT.
If you have specific doubts, feel free to reach out.

Best of luck
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25 Jan 2019, 22:59
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Agree with gmatbusters , official questions only + error review in the last few days. You will find the complete list of GMAT prep questions for review here. ( attaching CR, there are similar posts for SC,PS&DS)

Also, don't forget to revise formulae for math using the GMAT Club math book - downloadable PDF here.

Keep calm, you are in the last lap of your GMAT journey and you don't want to give up now

Good luck!
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26 Jan 2019, 05:06
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gmatt2019 wrote:
Hi all- this is my first post here. I have special circumstances under which I pretty much have a spot at one of best business schools but the only thing left for them to see is my GMAT score. It has been implied that as long as I ‘don’t bomb’ my GMAT, my admission should not be a problem. I found out about my placement a month ago and since then I have been studying for GMAT. I have taken practice tests on Veritas, and GMAT official practice tests. My scores have been in the following order:
Veritas:
1. 580
2. 560 (this was a month after the first test)
3. 590 (a week after the previous one)
GMAT official prep:
4. 640 (taken a week after the previous test)
5. 540 (taken a day after the previous test)

I’m bummed that my score dropped to 540 today and my GMAT exam is in one week. I feel demotivated and have no idea where I stand with this fluctuation of scores. I just need somewhere around 650 to be ok with this admission.

Please advise what to expect with this score variation and how to prep in the next one week. My verbal is strong (I score in 80-85 percentile) but the best in quant I got was 41 and that’s it.

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If possible postpone your exam. I have been through such a situation when my scores showed a fluctuating trend. I still took the exam and did not perform well even after trying really hard- solved all the OG questions from OG-13 to OG-17, revisited all the fundamentals, etc. The final score of my exam was exact average of the scores of two GMAT Prep exams I took. It might sound disappointing but I would suggest to postpone the exam for a small period so that you can re-visit the basics and become doubly sure of getting your target score. I even talked to some of my seniors/colleagues who took the GMAT and all of them told me that GMAT prep exam scores work as actual reflection of your preparation. Anyway decision is upto you. All the best !!
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26 Jan 2019, 06:01
Thanks all for your sincere advice and feedback.

gmatbusters: sorry I don’t know how to tag thanks so much for your encourage reply. It makes me feel better.

Gladiator59: omg thanks so much for sharing the material! I will definitely use it as my final week prep.

NRJ11090: unfortunately I can’t postpone it as my deadline to submit the unofficial score is the week after my test.

I do think that my last test was an anomaly as I was mostly checked out and wanted the test to just end. Since I had taken it just a day after the previous mock, I was trying too hard to finish quick. I finished my test 30 min before the end time.

Is it sensible to take one more official practice test? Just so that I can feel better maybe after learning from my mistakes? Or is it still a bad idea?

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26 Jan 2019, 06:22
I’m clearly nervous-typing at this point hence the typos lol. I meant ‘encouraging reply’ in my previous post.

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26 Jan 2019, 07:00
gmatt2019, it's normal being nervous.

I think you should try to give a full length GMAT prep exam after a few days ( post revision and review of questions) in full exam like condition.
I.e with AWA & IR and the 8 mins breaks...to get a boost in confidence. Focus on getting the practice and not on the scores as it could lead to you stressing more or wasting time.

Stay calm and remember that 7 days is sufficient time to revise.

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26 Jan 2019, 07:12
gmatt2019 wrote:
I’m clearly nervous-typing at this point hence the typos lol. I meant ‘encouraging reply’ in my previous post.

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Cheer up and prepare well. Use your time judiciously. Eat, sleep, drink and dream GMAT :D . Practice hard and go get your target score
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26 Jan 2019, 07:51
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Hi gmatt2019,

Welcome to gmatclub!

Try to analyze what went wrong with your second attempt:

IMO, the best thing you can do is to keep calm. Stress can negatively affect your performance. What's the worst thing that will happen if you bomb your test? Accept that, and you might feel relief.
After that, keep on working, sleep well before the test and do your best on the test day. It worked for me.

Hope this helps!
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26 Jan 2019, 13:05
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Relax!!! One week out from your test, trying to learn new material is counterproductive. All it will do is wear out your brain and make it harder to focus on test day. You know everything you need to know: now, focus on getting the best score you possibly can, using that knowledge. Here are some things you can think about in the next week:

- Do you have your timing plan down 100%? https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/blog ... rt-1-of-3/
- Staying calm and anxiety free during test day: https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/blog ... aking-out/
- Win every question: https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/blog ... -question/
- Gain some points by guessing: https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/blog ... -the-gmat/
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27 Jan 2019, 06:10
Akela ccooley thanks guys! Your replies have really helped calm me. I chose to take a break all day Saturday. Today and the next few days I’ll just practice solving problems from each section, take a practice test 3-4 days before the exam, and revise my concepts and error logs. Hoping for the best!

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27 Jan 2019, 06:17
Hey gmatt2019

Guess what? My exam is in 3 days!!
So I understand your situation.
I was nervous from a few days. But realised its just killing my previous time.
So I put that anxiety aside and started solving only gmatprep questions. I collected them for each section and started solving as many as possible.
The day before test, only revise and do super light practice!
Also given your limited time, please stick to gmatprep or og only! Make a mental note of why answers are wrong and it will greatly help you for sure!

Most importantly practice or go through the empowergmat TRIAGE method! You can Google it and you will find a pdf version of it.

We're all rooting for you buddy! :D
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29 Jan 2019, 20:18
Hi, it is natural to feel that way.
Try out many practice tests as that will help you boost confidence

Good luck
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30 Jan 2019, 19:06
I’m glad you reached out, and I”m happy to help. Unfortunately, you are in a pretty tough spot. Looking at the variation in your practice tests scores, it’s clear that you need to focus on improving your quant skills rather than on taking so many practice exams, right? That being said, you likely will need more than just one week to improve those skills. Is there any way you can push your GMAT to a later date?

If it turns out that you can push your GMAT to a later date, feel free to reach back out, and I can provide some further advice.

Feel free to reach out with further questions.

Good luck!
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02 Feb 2019, 16:05
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Hi all - just wanted to update you on this post. I took my GMAT today and scored in 600s which was my my target score. Thanks all for your supportive messages

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