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# GMAT eliminated - a jump from 540 to 690

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22 Dec 2008, 14:24
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I took the GMAT today (my second attempt) and got 690 (V40Q44). I didnt make it to the 700s list but neither I intended to I am very happy with my score.

I warmed up for the GMAT with Princeton review which is good to begin the journy and ended up with OG 11, 10, GMATpreps and GMATCLUB ofcourse.

I am not native english speaker so i had a very difficult time with Verbal but also with Quant. I have always disliked math in school and my greatest problem are basic math calculations that can be done with any simple calculator. However, I havent manually added or divided numbers since 1989 (I was 9 at the time lol) and therefore it was a tremendous pain to re-learn all this basic crap over and over again. I kept making many silly mistakes during my practice exams.

My first quant question on today's GMAT happened to be related to a division of a huge number which I had to factor and manipulate so I just skipped it and moved on. Un-freakin-belivable! NExt, the second problem I didnt understand at all so i skipped it again. My third question was some lousy fraction so I knew I am not doing very well (not a surprise). At that point I felt devastated and thought I am gonna score miserably like on my first attempt. I only had about an hour of sleep last night due to excess nervousness before the test. However, I ended up with 690.

In october I had my first attempt and scored miserably 540. I was very well prepared and ready for the test (since I scored 700 and 710 on GMATpreps), so I really dont have an explanation where from this huge difference between the test and Gmatpreps as well as from the second attempt is coming.
I studied a lot before my first exam, my social life become miserable and then non-existent. My girlfriend dumped me because all my attention happened to be focused on the GMAT... 540 on the test felt like a really really cold shower.

Still, I didnt even study that much since the first attempt because it looked that I had a bad day or something.

50% of your test score is your concetration and ability to focus on the test day.

Now, I will gladly get rid off all this books and papers which kept me company for last 3 months.

Thank you all for participating and contributing to the GMATclub - this place was very valuable source of inspiration and knowledge.
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22 Dec 2008, 14:36
Spiridon! congratulations....this is inspiring

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22 Dec 2008, 14:58
Congratulations !

Thats a wonderful improvement

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22 Dec 2008, 15:21
well awesome..congrats..

i wish i can join you in throwing away any piece of paper with the words GMAT on it..

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22 Dec 2008, 15:28
thanks guys
yes i really want to burn the OG11

and I have about several hundred papers distributed eventually around my apartment

fresinha u r a definitely 700+ scorer, I think u have similar problem which is to stay focused on the test day and freakin GMAT severly penalizes for that
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22 Dec 2008, 15:47
That is a nice surge and deserves due credit as it's not easy to introspect and identify weaknesses in a short time, but your testimony is proof that it can be done (and quite well at that). Congratulations.
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22 Dec 2008, 16:52
150 point increase! I see a lot of effort and energy in every single point. U really deserve the score! Congratz!

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23 Dec 2008, 06:42
150 point increase! awesome....Congrats!!

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23 Dec 2008, 16:01
congrats. Nice score. Your verbal score is really nice.

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23 Dec 2008, 16:15
Congrats man! All the best in the next stage!

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23 Dec 2008, 17:58
Congrats!

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24 Dec 2008, 08:14
Congrats spiridon. That is an awesome score and I admire your courage to fight back and score a really good score.
Good luck for the application.
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25 Dec 2008, 20:59
Congrats...outstanding improvement..!!

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01 Jan 2009, 05:56
Congrats.. thanks for sharing your ideas

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04 Jan 2009, 08:16
DId I not tell you that you deserve more and that you CAN do it !????

Congrats buddy !! You have just made history !! Very few have such a HUGE jump in such a short time

You did it !
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06 Jan 2009, 08:01
great score. I am getting lot of inspiration and determination from your story.

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12 Jan 2009, 16:21
Dood! Congrats on the great score and the jump!

When are you applying for school?

I'm decided I'm applying for 2010, so I'm going to take it again one more time for fun. lol. come and join me! haha

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13 Jan 2009, 07:28
Dood! Congrats on the great score and the jump!

When are you applying for school?

I'm decided I'm applying for 2010, so I'm going to take it again one more time for fun. lol. come and join me! haha

no way I would ever take this test again! Cant do math without a calculator and thats it!!
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13 Jan 2009, 08:27
What did you use to study for your verbal? I need help in that area. I'm at Q35, but I need to get up to Q40 in a month!

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21 Jan 2009, 08:07
Congrats! How did u improve ur verba skills? I rem u sent me a message dat ur weakness is also verbal similar 2 me.twice I hv been devastated by low verbal score (despite scoring 49 in Quant every time)
But ur brief is an inspitaion for me. tell me wht strategy did u adopt?
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Dood! Congrats on the great score and the jump!

When are you applying for school?

I'm decided I'm applying for 2010, so I'm going to take it again one more time for fun. lol. come and join me! haha

no way I would ever take this test again! Cant do math without a calculator and thats it!!

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