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# Help needed from experienced GMAT takers

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04 Jan 2018, 16:11
Hi, I am new here and I need your help.

There are a few different areas I need help with, so any response would be greatly appreciated.

First of all, I don't have much time. The deadline of the university I want to apply to is January 24. (yes, that is 20 days from now)
I did not book the GMAT yet.
For those people who have already taken the GMAT: how many days did it take for your official results to reach the universities?
I have heard different things so far, from 7 days to 3 weeks (which would be terrible for me of course).
Based on your answers I can determine when to schedule the GMAT or if it is even makes sense for me to take the GMAT.

Now, the target score I am going for is 650.
Yesterday I took exam 1 of the the official GMATPrep software. I was familiar with all the types of questions before taking the exam. I had done a couple of example questions before, but no real preparation.
My score was as follows:

Quant 42, Verbal 27, Total 580

What might be interesting is that I had quite a few unanswered questions. Being slow at tests has always been a problem for me.
In the Quant part I left 3 out of the 37 questions unanswered and in the Verbal part 13 out of 41. (I know, it's bad)
Practicing will obviously make me faster, but I am not sure it will make me fast enough to finish the entire test.
I don't fully understand how much an unanswered question penalizes your score, but I think it is better than a wrongly answered question. Does anyone know more about this matter?

Based on the score (580) I got taking the prep exam with very little preparation, what do you guys think are my chances of getting 650?
Take into consideration the small amount of time I have left to practice and also the fact that I had a lot of unanswered questions during the prep exam.

Like I said earlier: any response would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.
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04 Jan 2018, 19:30
Pjotr95 wrote:
Hi, I am new here and I need your help.

There are a few different areas I need help with, so any response would be greatly appreciated.

First of all, I don't have much time. The deadline of the university I want to apply to is January 24. (yes, that is 20 days from now)
I did not book the GMAT yet.
For those people who have already taken the GMAT: how many days did it take for your official results to reach the universities?
I have heard different things so far, from 7 days to 3 weeks (which would be terrible for me of course).
Based on your answers I can determine when to schedule the GMAT or if it is even makes sense for me to take the GMAT.

Now, the target score I am going for is 650.
Yesterday I took exam 1 of the the official GMATPrep software. I was familiar with all the types of questions before taking the exam. I had done a couple of example questions before, but no real preparation.
My score was as follows:

Quant 42, Verbal 27, Total 580

What might be interesting is that I had quite a few unanswered questions. Being slow at tests has always been a problem for me.
In the Quant part I left 3 out of the 37 questions unanswered and in the Verbal part 13 out of 41. (I know, it's bad)
Practicing will obviously make me faster, but I am not sure it will make me fast enough to finish the entire test.
I don't fully understand how much an unanswered question penalizes your score, but I think it is better than a wrongly answered question. Does anyone know more about this matter?

Based on the score (580) I got taking the prep exam with very little preparation, what do you guys think are my chances of getting 650?
Take into consideration the small amount of time I have left to practice and also the fact that I had a lot of unanswered questions during the prep exam.

Like I said earlier: any response would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.
1. Normally, you need to have taken the GMAT before your deadline. You don't need to worry about about long it will then take for the official score report to become available to the schools you have applied to. The 7 days/3 weeks bit is for the official score report to reach you, which is again something that you normally don't need to worry about. If you are not sure about this, get in touch with your school immediately.

2. Your score may or may not increase a lot. I think it's going to go up though, because you haven't really prepared, and you were unable to finish the test. By the way, you should try to ensure that you finish the test. Choose a good timing strategy and implement it during the exam.

3. As a general rule, if you are scoring well, you should try to finish the test. Leaving questions is a good option for lower score ranges, but not the higher ones.
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05 Jan 2018, 03:57

Quote:
1. Normally, you need to have taken the GMAT before your deadline. You don't need to worry about about long it will then take for the official score report to become available to the schools you have applied to. The 7 days/3 weeks bit is for the official score report to reach you, which is again something that you normally don't need to worry about. If you are not sure about this, get in touch with your school immediately.

Regarding the first point: unfortunately this specific university only considers the official GMAT results. I already asked them about it.
So if you could share how long it took for the official results to reach the universities in your experience that would be great.

Thanks.
Re: Help needed from experienced GMAT takers   [#permalink] 05 Jan 2018, 03:57
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