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New post 23 Jul 2005, 18:54
Hello people,
Well I took my GMAT today and scored an awful 470. This was my third time taking the test, and I was aiming at a score of 600. I studied for 2 months and felt a lot better this time around but The GMAT just smacked me across the face and said, "not this time either young man."

I must admit, I'm feeling low. Don't want to face my friends or family but all is not lost. My secondary school of choice has agreed to admit me on a provisional basis. I must take the GMAT again by December and get a decent score (nothing extraordinary) .

I'm not dreading it, unfortunately I came across this site late in my preparation process and wasn't able to implement the strategies in enough time. Now that I've found this place I'm looking foward to getting the best materials, plans and tips possible to score high my next time around.

If anyone is wondering what I did, I studied using Arco and Cambridge GMAT Prep Materials. As it's been stated many times here, DON'T USE THEM! The practice exams had me around a 640 level. The last two weeks I worked with the OG 8th edition, and Princeton Review. I know what I did wrong, I worked a lot of practice questions and didn't solidify my foundation as far as fundamentals. I've been trying not to be too hard on myself by keeping in mind that at least I DID something. Now I just have to make some adjustments. When you're feeling like I am right now, you need all the positive self talk you can get.

After taking a couple of weeks off I plan to get right back into it again.
Right now I'm all typed out. Going to go out and have a drink (despite the fact that I don't feel like I deserve one) and just clear my head.

Look foward to talking to you all regularly,

Adam :wink: <---------That's me, keeping my head up
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New post 23 Jul 2005, 21:13
Your prep materials made the difference, big time. You have a good attitude about your experience, so it is just a matter of time before you succeed. I am glad that your school understood this and that you will be able to take the GMAT with less pressure next time. Stay close to these boards, use the current OG, practice as many timed tests as you can, and you will see yourself improve dramatically. All the best...
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New post 24 Jul 2005, 07:37
perhaps your prep materials adam - i concur in sastal's reasoning. i will also suggest you buy/get (in addition) the kaplan 2005 material. like sastal said, stick very close to this forum and try to contribute as much as you can. send me your email address by PM so i may mail you some practice materials that i have got. the name of the game is to practise and practise.

don't just aim for a 600 rather aim for an 800! yes, just do so and prep as though you have no choice but an 800. good thing your head is still held high.
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New post 15 Aug 2005, 12:29
I was in a similar position, I took the exam back in december and landed a crappy 490, man was I pissed!!! I did get a 5.5 in the AWA portion for what its worth, which isn't much. So over the next few months I studied hard and today scored a 640...I'm still pissed and plan to take the exam again in 4 weeks....IF YOU STUDY HARD, GET OG AND LIVE BY IT, YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!
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New post 01 Oct 2005, 11:31
Arsene - I'm in a similar situation as Adam. Can I send you my email address by PM for more work?

Thanks for the help! The GMAT will NOT beat me!!
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