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# HELP ME!!! Advice needed for retaking the GMAT!

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31 Jul 2012, 14:21
I took the GMAT once and got a score of 660. I got advice from many people (MBA students, MBA applicants) that in order to get into a good B-School, one must break 700. So, 6 months later, I retook it. I gave myself 3 full weeks to study for this, yet I got an even lower score which I am almost embarrased to say, a #$%# 580! It's probably never happened to anyone - this drastic, disastrous downfall. There were many factors - immense stress, lack of sleep, blah blah. So now the question is should I retake it for the 3rd time? 3rd time's a charm?! If yes, how should my strategy be? I used Manhattan both times, but I never took any course - it was all self studying. Considering I have had no luck doing this on my own (unless someone has a different strategy to offer), does anyone recommend KAPLAN/Manhattan courses, private tutoring? I hear at the end of the day it is mastering the time pressure, hence knowing the tricks in Quant is important and quick reading strategies in Verbal. These are often covered in these courses etc. What are your thoughts! Pleasse help!!!!!  Kaplan GMAT Prep Discount Codes EMPOWERgmat Discount Codes Math Revolution Discount Codes Senior Manager Joined: 29 Oct 2008 Posts: 410 Location: United States Concentration: Marketing, Technology Followers: 9 Kudos [?]: 276 [0], given: 34 Re: HELP ME!!! Advice needed for retaking the GMAT! [#permalink] ### Show Tags 01 Aug 2012, 15:30 mbaapplicant1986 wrote: I took the GMAT once and got a score of 660. I got advice from many people (MBA students, MBA applicants) that in order to get into a good B-School, one must break 700. So, 6 months later, I retook it. I gave myself 3 full weeks to study for this, yet I got an even lower score which I am almost embarrased to say, a #$%# 580! It's probably never happened to anyone - this drastic, disastrous downfall. There were many factors - immense stress, lack of sleep, blah blah.

So now the question is should I retake it for the 3rd time? 3rd time's a charm?!

If yes, how should my strategy be? I used Manhattan both times, but I never took any course - it was all self studying. Considering I have had no luck doing this on my own (unless someone has a different strategy to offer), does anyone recommend KAPLAN/Manhattan courses, private tutoring? I hear at the end of the day it is mastering the time pressure, hence knowing the tricks in Quant is important and quick reading strategies in Verbal. These are often covered in these courses etc.

What are your thoughts! Pleasse help!!!!!

Can you shed some light on your QUANT/VERBAL splits?
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06 Aug 2012, 12:55
Typically I have done better in Quant:

In the 2nd exam it was Q41/V28
In the first exam, I think it was Q49/V31 (something like that)

Practices it has varied:

Q47/V30
Q45/V34
Q45/V30

Verb has never gone above 34.
I don't know what happened in my second exam, and I don't know what is wrong with my studying strategy?
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08 Aug 2012, 01:38
Hi,

Following is the study material I used
how-to-start-gmat-preperations-136048.html

Quant:
Be clear with the concepts and make a error log. Start practing from grockit.com and mark out your weak areas. Go back to teh theory of those weak areas and practice again!

Coming to the verbal part:
Am not a verbal guy so my advice might not be so helpful to you, but still i will try sharing my thoughts!
Refer powerscore CR bible(which i had referred too!): Once you are done with reading the CR argument, are you able to predict what kind of question is going to come and what will be the possible answer? (I was able to do those things once i was done with powerscore CR!)
Also, did you try grockit for practice? It helps a lot in improving the speed. And am very sure that once you are with powerscore then you can get almost all CR questions correct.

For RC
Did you try reading articles from following sites
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/
http://www.scientificamerican.com/
http://www.economist.com/

For Sc
Did you try Thursdays with Ron?

I will suggest you to maintain a error log and follow study-practice-study cycle. Error log might looks something like

Prepare a xls sheet (topic by topic).. and keep a track of your progress on a daily basis. Use color coding (Red,Orange,Green).
Red: You are weak in theory - brush up your concepts.
Orange - Done with theory but weak in application of the concepts
Green - Done with the topic

Hope it helps!
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19 Aug 2012, 15:11
Thanks guys. I am going to start my next prep now. Ugh!
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21 Aug 2012, 23:07
mbaapplicant1986 wrote:
Typically I have done better in Quant:

In the 2nd exam it was Q41/V28
In the first exam, I think it was Q49/V31 (something like that)

Practices it has varied:

Q47/V30
Q45/V34
Q45/V30

Verb has never gone above 34.
I don't know what happened in my second exam, and I don't know what is wrong with my studying strategy?
Your quant and verbal has a huge variation. And I guess this bombed you and may again bomb you unless you fill the gaps in preparation.

I would recommend that you get started with a complete verbal e-course first with any test prep company after your research. This will ensure that you get maximum value by putting in your efforts for the sake of returns of your investment. Start with your weakest area in verbal and then switch until you start getting equal scores in all subsections say, RC/SC/CR.

While you are going through your verbal e-course. Keep quant in focus with 1 week in hand for quant on every say 3-4 weeks of verbal. Give the process some time and practice and dont rush this time in scheduling the exam.

BOL and kill the GMAT.....
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If you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of anybody! Cowards do that and You're better than that!
The path is long, but self-surrender makes it short; the way is difficult, but perfect trust makes it easy.

Fire the final bullet only when you are constantly hitting the Bull's eye, till then KEEP PRACTICING.
Failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.
Getting defeated is just a temporary notion, giving it up is what makes it permanent.

http://gmatclub.com/forum/1000-sc-notes-at-one-place-in-one-document-with-best-of-explanations-192961.html

Press +1 Kudos, if you think my post gave u a tiny tip.

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