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GMAT: Looking for Advice feeling discouraged

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New post 03 Feb 2018, 19:14
Hi all,

I was just wondering what I should do in my current situation or possibly other options to consider given my limited success. About six months ago, I took the GMAT and scored a 420 (V27,Q19). I knew this would not be good enough to get me into the program I was looking to attend. So, in hopes of improving my score I began hitting the books. I intermittently studied during the week after work, for about 1-2hrs. Some weeks all five days(M-F), other weeks a more erratic pattern ranging from 1-5 days within any given week. I utilized the Official Guide for Gmat 2016 for all of my studies, almost exclusively focusing on Quant. As I got closer to my second examination(my latest and failed attempt) I substituted all my weekly sessions for longer days of studying confined to the weekend. Usually for about 10 hours a day on both Saturday and Sunday. I began to not only review the Quant, but I also started reviewing the Verbal portion as well. In the midst of changing jobs I had two weeks of time to study from 1/29/18 up until the exam on 2/3/18, so I studied up until 2/1/18, intermingling my Verbal and Quant studies. I studied a good amount of time during this period probably putting in more than 120 hours in aggregate. I took two practice exams utilizing the GmatPrep software from the GMAC website with the following results:

1/31/18 - 510(V33,Q27)
2/01/18- 560(V32,Q35)

Fast forward to today and my results were dismal at 400(V25,Q19). I slept well +8 hours and ate a protein rich meal before the exam. I am currently thinking about throwing in the towel and calling it quits, I am extremely discouraged. I am thinking that I may stand a better shot with the GRE so I may attempt to switch gears and take that instead. Any insights/advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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New post 04 Feb 2018, 02:19
Dont quit brother it may take review ur study methods and rectify what went wrong and ace the test next time.

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New post 04 Feb 2018, 07:39
yes most people don't analyze or review efficiently . reviewing is key
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New post 04 Feb 2018, 12:26
Hi Bsquared94,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day didn't go as well as hoped. From what you describe, your studies were inconsistent - and that would have impacted your retention of the material and how you performed on Test Day. In addition, the process of taking (and reviewing) a CAT requires a significant amount of energy and effort - and takes time to 'recover' from. This is one of the reasons why you typically shouldn't take more than 1 CAT per week. By taking two CATs right before you took the Official GMAT, there's a reasonable chance that you experienced some 'burn out' on Test Day.

Before you take any 'next steps' (such as switching to a different Exam), it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

1) Have you used any other study materials besides the OG?
2) What is your goal score?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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