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Don't know what went wrong at the actual exam

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Hi all

A little background: I am a final year law student from one of the elite law schools in India, was planning on applying to a couple deferred programs (top 10 US Schools). My undergraduate GPA translates to roughly 80%, which, I have been told, is a very competitive score for people who come from Humanities background.

Application deadline for the schools I wanted to apply is today and tomorrow (April 8 and 9th) and I took the GMAT yesterday.

I had started preparing for the GMAT off and on in Feb'19 but started seriously only by 10th March. I realized all along that my quant was super weak because I have not studied anything even remotely related to quant in the last 6 years. I was also working on my essays/getting my recos in order side by side.

Took the first official mock on 12/03/19 and scored a 620 (Q47 V30)

Worked very hard for the next 10 days and worked on my problems. Second official mock on 21/03/19, and scored a 670 (Q45 V38).

Purchased the next 2 free mocks, worked super hard on my mistakes and took the third mock on 31/03/19 and scored a 700 (Q46 V41).

In my fourth and final official mock, I felt out of sync and my score fell to 660 (Q44 V38). It was 4 days before the exam but I looked up all my weak areas and worked on quant (and quant only) until the test day.

Test day: Was well rested the morning of the test day. Started the test with Verbal (usual strategy) and I was doing well - felt that the questions were getting super tough, but messed up time management and had to mark the last 3 questions without reading. When I marked the very last question, it showed me the "you have run out of time" dialogue box and didn't accept my response to the last question.

My Quant was better than usual. I found it easier to solve the questions, felt like I was able to find answers to the questions and answer them.

When I finished AWA, to my utter dismay, my score was a mere 610! (Q38 V35 IR7). To say that I was crushed will be an understatement. I spoke to friends and mentors and received the overwhelming response that there's no point in applying with this score, at least not for an Indian candidate (since Quant is unacceptably low).

I even tried emailing the schools asking them to let me submit my application with a 610 and then submit a revised score 3-4 weeks later, but they refused. This means that all those edits to the essays, running behind my recommenders to get the LoRs, CV edits, alumni connections and everything else - went out the window. My only way out is to apply 3-4 years later after gaining relevant work experience. But I can't seem to understand what went so wrong with my GMAT score.

Appreciate any help!

Many thanks,

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Always remember that GMAT is like a marathon, not a sprint. Sometimes a great amount of study in a short duration leads to no significant score improvement. If you look closely at your practice test scores and the actual GMAT score, you'd not see a tremendous dip in the score. Anyhow, you are young and have the luxury of time; you can always take the test again. I know it might be hard to see all those application work did not fetch you immediate results, but definitely, it did not go all in vain. All the best.
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Chin up and give it another shot soon. I understand the experience would have been frustrating but this is the best learning experience one can ever ask for. Granted, it is an expensive one but at least it will help you for the next attempt.

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Hi all

A little background: I am a final year law student from one of the elite law schools in India, was planning on applying to a couple deferred programs (top 10 US Schools). My undergraduate GPA translates to roughly 80%, which, I have been told, is a very competitive score for people who come from Humanities background.

Application deadline for the schools I wanted to apply is today and tomorrow (April 8 and 9th) and I took the GMAT yesterday.

I had started preparing for the GMAT off and on in Feb'19 but started seriously only by 10th March. I realized all along that my quant was super weak because I have not studied anything even remotely related to quant in the last 6 years. I was also working on my essays/getting my recos in order side by side.

Took the first official mock on 12/03/19 and scored a 620 (Q47 V30)

Worked very hard for the next 10 days and worked on my problems. Second official mock on 21/03/19, and scored a 670 (Q45 V38).

Purchased the next 2 free mocks, worked super hard on my mistakes and took the third mock on 31/03/19 and scored a 700 (Q46 V41).

In my fourth and final official mock, I felt out of sync and my score fell to 660 (Q44 V38). It was 4 days before the exam but I looked up all my weak areas and worked on quant (and quant only) until the test day.

Test day: Was well rested the morning of the test day. Started the test with Verbal (usual strategy) and I was doing well - felt that the questions were getting super tough, but messed up time management and had to mark the last 3 questions without reading. When I marked the very last question, it showed me the "you have run out of time" dialogue box and didn't accept my response to the last question.

My Quant was better than usual. I found it easier to solve the questions, felt like I was able to find answers to the questions and answer them.

When I finished AWA, to my utter dismay, my score was a mere 610! (Q38 V35 IR7). To say that I was crushed will be an understatement. I spoke to friends and mentors and received the overwhelming response that there's no point in applying with this score, at least not for an Indian candidate (since Quant is unacceptably low).

I even tried emailing the schools asking them to let me submit my application with a 610 and then submit a revised score 3-4 weeks later, but they refused. This means that all those edits to the essays, running behind my recommenders to get the LoRs, CV edits, alumni connections and everything else - went out the window. My only way out is to apply 3-4 years later after gaining relevant work experience. But I can't seem to understand what went so wrong with my GMAT score.

Appreciate any help!

Many thanks,

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Hi stitchfix01,

Sorry to hear about your experience. Luck sometimes plays a very important role in your GMAT so do not be disheartened. Just prepare yourself one more time for your GMAT and this time focus most of your energy in improving your Quant score.

On a different note, if you are aiming for your top 10 schools for their deferral programs, I am certain Columbia does give 3 weeks extra to submit your GMAT score. A friend of mine was in the similar position and he has been told that he can submit his GMAT within 3 weeks. Did you get in touch with them? Try to call them up and explain your situation, it may work out for you.

Hope this helps. All the best!
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