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GMAT Journey - Re-take in 2 weeks. (700 level scorer)

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Hi guys,

I wanted to share my GMAT experience thus far while also pumping myself up for my re-take in 2 weeks (August 23rd).

I've taken the GMAT 3 times, with these score breakdowns thus far:

680 - Q47, V35 - June 22
700 - Q49, V37 - July 12
650 - Q49, V30 - Aug 1

On my most recent re-take, the proctor typed in his password incorrectly 4 times when I was signing back in for the verbal section. He eventually had to run out to grab someone else and caused me to lose 3 - 4 minutes before I was able to start the section. This whole ordeal put me in a terrible mood. The lowest I've scored on Verbal was 29 and that was when I did my first practice exam. I attribute this low verbal mark due to this incident entirely, so I created a case after the exam and requested to get a re-take.

Anyways - I was able to get a free re-take due to this incident above, and have now scheduled the exam for August 23rd. Ironically, I have already submitted all of my applications as I was planning on August 1st being my last GMAT attempt no matter what.

This last re-take will be more for pride and ego if anything to see if I can make it into the 720-730 + zone.

I'm not planning on studying very intensively for the next 2 weeks, but to have a more relaxed approach as I find it is mostly the nerves which get to me come the day of the test. I will be doing some more practice exams, and will be updating everyone on my journey here - so please provide your thoughts, comments and support!

Lastly, I appreciate having learned so much from this community during my GMAT studies. There are many people here who have done a great job sharing resources and providing support for those who are just starting the GMAT process, and it definitely helps to have someone to guide you along the way.

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New post 10 Aug 2019, 09:17
Hi Yushenbest,

I am glad you have the right mindset, all I want to tell you is that you should focus on the task and at the same time be patient especially when attempting the questions. However, being patient doesn't mean you should be overly relax. Put yourself in the mood for exam by brushing up daily few questions in verbal and quant. Also, believe you can make it and it will work for you. All the best.

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New post 14 Aug 2019, 15:00
Sorry to hear about your test center incident. You can complain to GMAC and at least get a free retake potentially. I would suggest complaining anyway and giving them something to do (otherwise, they may just be sitting bored stiff).

In terms of prep, you can usually fish out 10-20 points by just being more relaxed and confident and possibly even more but I would not mix confidence with a lazy approach. If you drop the ball now, it will roll downhill. So may as well strap in and go to the end and persevere. Even 2 weeks is enough for someone to lose the subtleties of the GMAT and lose their touch (not completely but enough to lose 30-40 points). So keep up the pressure.

Amazing job on doing the apps already. I see INSEAD on your profile.... you applying for the Jan intake or the regular programs?

Good luck with the next attempt,
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New post 14 Aug 2019, 20:03
all the best, I know you will be able to score really well in the exam.
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New post 14 Aug 2019, 20:31
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Thank you for sharing your absolutely terrible experience with how the test center person used up your allotted time. It is very important to place such events on record.

GMAC, Pearson and related parties must understand that test center irresponsibility towards testtakers is simply not acceptable. The more such events are noted and the parties informed, the better all testtakers will be. Ultimately, it is the testtakers who deserve to be afforded all respect.

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New post 15 Aug 2019, 18:59
Hi yushenbest

Just file a complaint to gmat and hopefully you get a free retake. Smooth testing experience and calm heart and soul are the psychological keys to achieving 700+ score.

Good luck for you next gmat

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New post 21 Aug 2019, 20:47
So, are you still thinking of retaking yushenbest?
Have you set a plan/date/etc?
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New post 22 Aug 2019, 08:03
bb Yeah, my re-take is actually tomorrow.

I had interviews with some programs last week and received some offers this week actually, so I wasn't able to study for too much.

I'll try my best to crack the 720/730 + barrier tomorrow, but I have definitely been out of "study mode" as compared to the last few months.

Will go through it and let you guys know how it goes.

Thanks for the support all!
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