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Hi, Thank you very much for asking, here are my answeres:
1) How long have you been studying?--> I started around Sept 10
2) What materials have you been using?--> OG and MGMAT, 99RC, CR Bible Aristotle
3) How have you scored on each of your practice CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)?--> Maybe, I am trying to excuse myself but with the very first CAT I got 470 because I did not touch Math for a long time. I did the first test to see where I was at the beginning. After that, I reviewed only Quant for a month (averagely 1 hour a day because I am a full time senior student) and got 530 on my 2nd CAT. Then I started to review for only Verbal around 10 days and wanted to Take CAT 3 to see how was my progress. During this 10 days I did not spend much time reviewing Verbal (not touch Quant at all) because all of my projects are due at school. I got burnt out yesterday doing CAT 3 and I did no question right in the first 20 Quant questions so I stopped and cried. :(

4) When are you planning to take the GMAT?--> At first, I booked my exam on Oct 23 (last month) then, it was too much so I delay it till this Nov 23, another 10 days.
5) What are your application deadlines?--> the schools that I want to get into have different deadline.
a. First Uni: - November 15, 2015
January 10, 2016
May 1, 2016
June 1, 2016

b. Second Uni: Jan 15: Early Deadline.
March 31: Final Deadline.
With two Uni, I need to get at least 640 to be safe as their averages GMAT posted are 640 ( I have a pretty good GPA:3.8 and Got strong recommendation letters).

I do not know what to do right now. I am debating to see should I delay my test again or just take the test and if it is not good just cancel the score to get the feeling of test. However, I just need to get it done. GMAT becomes a burden to me right now.
I am good at Math but not this type of Math in GMAT where time creates a lot of stress on me and I can't focus doing it because I am stress.

Please give me advice and Should i take my GMAT this Nov 23? What should I do?...I am still a full time student next Spring:(
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Hi nhuygio83,

From what you've described, it sounds like you're very busy with your School Projects, so it might be best to focus on those projects for now, then pick up your studying once they're all done.

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) on their studies; during that time, it's common to spend 10-15 hours per week (or more) on the process. From what you've described, you haven't been able to spend that much time on your studies (and you're working through books, trying to self-teach yourself everything - which can be difficult). Your score goal is reasonable, but you're going to need far more time than you've allotted.

There's no harm in taking the GMAT on November 23rd, but you're not likely to hit your goal on that date. So you can take the Test for the 'experience' or you can pay the rescheduling fee and push back your Test Date (and save some money). A Test Date in late December or early January would give you plenty of additional study time. To help maximize that time, you might want to invest in a GMAT Course of some type (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led).

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Thank you very much for the input. I actually delay my test till Feb 6 to have more time to study during the winter. Could you please give some suggestion for an online course that I can attend for a month? Thank you
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I feel you mate. This is my 4th attempt, and I refuse to give up unless I get the minimum desired score. Needless to say, I do not have a social life. I do not enjoy drinking or going out, nor do I have with whom to go out (I moved to US one year ago, and since I work a lot, I do not have time for any extra activities). I made my mission to improve my gmat score so that to have the chance to get myself proper education (for me knowledge is power). I really hope this nightmare will end very soon :)
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Hi nhuygio83,

Most GMAT Companies offer some type of free materials (practice problems, Trial Accounts, videos, etc.) that you can use to 'test out' a product before you buy it. We have a variety of those resources at out site (www.empowergmat.com). I suggest that you take advantage of all of them then choose the one that best matches your personality, timeline and budget.

If you have any additional question, then just let me know.

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Hi All,

I need a serious and desperate help from you guys.I have started preparing GMAT from 2013 after few days of my preparation I was ill gone through surgery then lost my job then after getting new job I started preparing GMAT again in 2015 then also faced many personal and professional ups and down.I agree that ups and downs are a part of life.Still took GMAT in OCT 2015 and got 430(verbal 12,Quant 38 )and lost my soul took break from GMAT but in my mind I always think about GMAT and business school and I could not able to give up.Then I decided to start afresh in JULY.This time I completed OG 13th edition,NOVA for math,Manhattan Sc,Power score CR,question from Gmat club but still not able to gain courage to take date for real GMAT.I feel burnt inwardly.I figured out I am not able to concentrate on mock test and not able to gain stamina.Can anyone please help me to overcome this situation?

I want a proper plan for 1 month and want know which books and material I should complete before the test as well as how many mock tests I need to take to prepare myself for the real GMAT.Please help me guys I also want a good score like others and I need to take gmat before mid OCTober 2016 as I am planning to apply in round 2 for US based business schools.Thanks in advance guys
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ThankGod I found this thread!! I have been down in the dumps for a few days now. My personal life has just added to my GMAT pressure. And together its becomming increasingly difficult to go on!! :cry:

I got a very low score the last time I took GMAT & was confident in cracking it this time. I scheduled the GMAT for Nov 4th & started looking at the books in Aug end. Somehow, I lost touch & restarted my work in Sept end. :!: And October proved to be really harsh on me as I had some unforeseen travel & assignments ... so, I lost more than a coupla weeks there. As I lost out on some precious time, I postponed my exam to Nov 24th :oops: :oops:

Now, though I have been trying to sit & rack my brains, I am slowing down tremendously!! I have lost the zeal to go ahead & see the GMAT as this big burden that I am just waiting to off-load :( Even though, my scores have considerably impoved from the last time I took GMAT, attimes, it takes a beating!! And I begin to wonder whether I was crazy to postpone the exam.. I shld have just kept quiet & taken the exam on 4th.

Guys, Need to go on... Also, been very irregular on the forum.. :( The challenges wear me out too easily... :oops:

Looks like I need some miracles to go on. :) Any pointers..

Cheers
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dont worry

Ive done:

- over 2000 Official Questions (Offical Guide, Official Guide quant only, Official Guide Verbal only) --> several times
- over 2000 Videos on Khan
- all Videos on Magoosh
- all Videos on GmatprepNow
- all Videos on Gmat Quantum
- all 6 official Practice Exams
- Critical Reasoning Bible
- Practice Problems from Official Question Pack

Ive got 5 "First places in student Rankings"
I work in qunatitative portfoliomanagement

Aaaaaaand....I scored just 640 on my practice exam and 480 on my real exam ! 480!!! omg still cant believe it.. I canceled the score within 1 sec. I didnt even check my breakdown

And no.. im not rushing through the Problems. I Review them thoroughly, i.e. I read the official Explanation, check Bunnel`s and write everything down.

One week left till my next attempt but Im completely stump guys
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daviddaviddavid wrote:
Surreal wrote:
ThankGod I found this thread!! I have been down in the dumps for a few days now. My personal life has just added to my GMAT pressure. And together its becomming increasingly difficult to go on!! :cry:

I got a very low score the last time I took GMAT & was confident in cracking it this time. I scheduled the GMAT for Nov 4th & started looking at the books in Aug end. Somehow, I lost touch & restarted my work in Sept end. :!: And October proved to be really harsh on me as I had some unforeseen travel & assignments ... so, I lost more than a coupla weeks there. As I lost out on some precious time, I postponed my exam to Nov 24th :oops: :oops:

Now, though I have been trying to sit & rack my brains, I am slowing down tremendously!! I have lost the zeal to go ahead & see the GMAT as this big burden that I am just waiting to off-load :( Even though, my scores have considerably impoved from the last time I took GMAT, attimes, it takes a beating!! And I begin to wonder whether I was crazy to postpone the exam.. I shld have just kept quiet & taken the exam on 4th.

Guys, Need to go on... Also, been very irregular on the forum.. :( The challenges wear me out too easily... :oops:

Looks like I need some miracles to go on. :) Any pointers..

Cheers
Surreal



dont worry

Ive done:

- over 2000 Official Questions (Offical Guide, Official Guide quant only, Official Guide Verbal only) --> several times
- over 2000 Videos on Khan
- all Videos on Magoosh
- all Videos on GmatprepNow
- all Videos on Gmat Quantum
- all 6 official Practice Exams
- Critical Reasoning Bible
- Practice Problems from Official Question Pack

Ive got 5 "First places in student Rankings"
I work in qunatitative portfoliomanagement

Aaaaaaand....I scored just 640 on my practice exam and 480 on my real exam ! 480!!! omg still cant believe it.. I canceled the score within 1 sec. I didnt even check my breakdown

And no.. im not rushing through the Problems. I Review them thoroughly, i.e. I read the official Explanation, check Bunnel`s and write everything down.

One week left till my next attempt but Im completely stump guys


While studying for the GMAT, it is very easy to fall into the mindset of "I need to do this and I need to do that." It's true that you have to study to do well on the test, but it is just as important to spend some time away from GMAT. GMAT is not a memorization test. Instead, it is a test that require the test takers to analyze the question and then find the best approach to solve the problem. If you don't let your mind rest, you will not perform to the best of your ability. Go watch a movie or go out with a friend to a restaurant. Your mind will thank you later. :P
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Great question! I have written about this at length over here:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-do-you-s ... 96742.html

Let me know how if you found the advice useful :)

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New post 23 May 2019, 15:13
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daviddaviddavid wrote:
Surreal wrote:
ThankGod I found this thread!! I have been down in the dumps for a few days now. My personal life has just added to my GMAT pressure. And together its becomming increasingly difficult to go on!! :cry:

I got a very low score the last time I took GMAT & was confident in cracking it this time. I scheduled the GMAT for Nov 4th & started looking at the books in Aug end. Somehow, I lost touch & restarted my work in Sept end. :!: And October proved to be really harsh on me as I had some unforeseen travel & assignments ... so, I lost more than a coupla weeks there. As I lost out on some precious time, I postponed my exam to Nov 24th :oops: :oops:

Now, though I have been trying to sit & rack my brains, I am slowing down tremendously!! I have lost the zeal to go ahead & see the GMAT as this big burden that I am just waiting to off-load :( Even though, my scores have considerably impoved from the last time I took GMAT, attimes, it takes a beating!! And I begin to wonder whether I was crazy to postpone the exam.. I shld have just kept quiet & taken the exam on 4th.

Guys, Need to go on... Also, been very irregular on the forum.. :( The challenges wear me out too easily... :oops:

Looks like I need some miracles to go on. :) Any pointers..

Cheers
Surreal



dont worry

Ive done:

- over 2000 Official Questions (Offical Guide, Official Guide quant only, Official Guide Verbal only) --> several times
- over 2000 Videos on Khan
- all Videos on Magoosh
- all Videos on GmatprepNow
- all Videos on Gmat Quantum
- all 6 official Practice Exams
- Critical Reasoning Bible
- Practice Problems from Official Question Pack

Ive got 5 "First places in student Rankings"
I work in qunatitative portfoliomanagement

Aaaaaaand....I scored just 640 on my practice exam and 480 on my real exam ! 480!!! omg still cant believe it.. I canceled the score within 1 sec. I didnt even check my breakdown

And no.. im not rushing through the Problems. I Review them thoroughly, i.e. I read the official Explanation, check Bunnel`s and write everything down.

One week left till my next attempt but Im completely stump guys


While studying for the GMAT, it is very easy to fall into the mindset of "I need to do this and I need to do that." It's true that you have to study to do well on the test, but it is just as important to spend some time away from GMAT. GMAT is not a memorization test. Instead, it is a test that require the test takers to analyze the question and then find the best approach to solve the problem. If you don't let your mind rest, you will not perform to the best of your ability. Go watch a movie or go out with a friend to a restaurant. Your mind will thank you later. :P

Burnout does occur. One month before taking the test I got a score of 590 in a practice test...the Verbal was pathetic - i guess there were quite a few mistakes in the test too but i was shattered cause that was my lowest ever score.

So i left studying for 2-3 days and just had fun.... :-D After that - i focussed on Kap 800...made a schedule...and scores improved.

SO - just relax and then go at it again....ALL THE BEST
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