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# Great GMAT failure

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25 Feb 2013, 16:19
Hi guys,
I’ve retaken gmat today for the 2’nd time and had a greatest failure of my life, I wanted to see if someone can give me a couple of words of encouragement or maybe point me to see the reality with which I will need to cope…
Last year I took a gmat with no preparation, just solved one trial test in official gmat prep the night before the test; my score at the real exam was 520, which didn’t get me tremendously upset about myself as I probably really wasn’t well prepared. However this time, I took entire week off from work and dedicated full 6 days to preparation, studying about 3 hours in the morning and 3 in the evening each day. Materials I used were an official gmat prep and additional 400 questions pack from gmac. I guessed there is no need for anything else, as gmat prep contains math review to refresh the knowledge and when reviewing wrong answers you can get the explanations and also get better this way. However my results were disastrous today, with the score of 540. So 6 days of preparation gave me additional 20 points only  this score was really striking, as during the test I was quite sure about many of the answers, both in Q and in V (apart from SC sometimes)…
I’m not sure now if I should retake the test again, as perhaps I might have some mental limitation as to what maximum score I can possibly get…
Some questions I wanted to ask here are:
Would it make sense that I can improve substantially in future if total of about 30 hours of solving problems and reviewing material didn’t give me almost any use? Is it really worth spending time preparing with different study materials i.e. not gmac-made, since explanations in gmat prep are clear and probably I can get myself better by just brushing up on that very material?
Sorry for the long post, I just needed to share my failure story with someone who understands…
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25 Feb 2013, 19:22
pegasus83 wrote:
Hi guys,
I’ve retaken gmat today for the 2’nd time and had a greatest failure of my life, I wanted to see if someone can give me a couple of words of encouragement or maybe point me to see the reality with which I will need to cope…
Last year I took a gmat with no preparation, just solved one trial test in official gmat prep the night before the test; my score at the real exam was 520, which didn’t get me tremendously upset about myself as I probably really wasn’t well prepared. However this time, I took entire week off from work and dedicated full 6 days to preparation, studying about 3 hours in the morning and 3 in the evening each day. Materials I used were an official gmat prep and additional 400 questions pack from gmac. I guessed there is no need for anything else, as gmat prep contains math review to refresh the knowledge and when reviewing wrong answers you can get the explanations and also get better this way. However my results were disastrous today, with the score of 540. So 6 days of preparation gave me additional 20 points only  this score was really striking, as during the test I was quite sure about many of the answers, both in Q and in V (apart from SC sometimes)…
I’m not sure now if I should retake the test again, as perhaps I might have some mental limitation as to what maximum score I can possibly get…
Some questions I wanted to ask here are:
Would it make sense that I can improve substantially in future if total of about 30 hours of solving problems and reviewing material didn’t give me almost any use? Is it really worth spending time preparing with different study materials i.e. not gmac-made, since explanations in gmat prep are clear and probably I can get myself better by just brushing up on that very material?
Sorry for the long post, I just needed to share my failure story with someone who understands…

Don't get down! Look at it as an opportunity to improve.

I would reccommend studying more. Most people who do well on the GMAT study an absolute minimum of 2 months, usually closer to 3-4. Schedule wise, it's usually a couple hours at night and most of the day on the weekends. I took about 3.5 months to study and two weeks off from work prior to the test. The key is figuring out where you are going wrong and what you need to improve - the manhattan GMAT prep materials, for instance, offers a spreadsheet that allows you to track what kinds of problems you are getting wrong and how much time you are taking for difficult problems. Look at their website, they offer classes and self-study materials. Alternatively, take a look at the success stories on this website, particularly for people who may have had similar scores for their first time or two, and look at what they did to get the scores they wanted.

Best of luck!

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27 Feb 2013, 16:05
MoonlightGrahm,

Thanks for the encouragement, I've already recovered from my initial stress and now I kind of know where I did my mistakes, so I will improve soon and conquer the GMAT finally!

Thanks again!
Re: Great GMAT failure   [#permalink] 27 Feb 2013, 16:05
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