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# Just finished (Q41, V36, 630) VERY Disappointed

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Just finished (Q41, V36, 630) VERY Disappointed [#permalink]

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08 Apr 2006, 14:02
I don't really understand how I did this poorly. I studied for about 5 weeks and took 4 pratice tests as follows:

Princeton Review: 650
Princeton Review: 710
Kaplan: 650
PowerPrep: 650

I thought for sure I would get 650-700. The math problems were definitely much more difficult than I was used to studying with. I really wanted to get closer to a 700 to get into my list of schools. I don't know if I should take it again or not, and if I do, how would I study any different????? Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.
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08 Apr 2006, 23:54
Buddy, let me tell you your scores are not bad, and considering your short study span I surely believe that you are 700+ candidate.

Verbal is normally tough to improve and your verbal is already good, math is where people can really improve and I believe with appropriate preparation you can improve big time. Try Manhattan GMAT Quant books, they may help you.

More over I would suggest to go through debriefings of people who got more than 700. Lot of people have shared their study plans and I am sure you will learn a lot form them. And offcourse it's great source of motivation too.

But in any case don't put down your armors, if you wonâ€™t fight you will surely loose. So get ready for another ride and this time hit as hard as you can, and belive me you will comfortabaly reach 700..
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09 Apr 2006, 12:58
Do not feel disappointed njlw226,

Your score is very good for a first try. If you plan to take the test again, I am sure you can get a better score through a good study.

So cheer up!
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15 Apr 2006, 06:08
Okay, after a cooling off period I figured I would try to give some pointers to those taking the GMAT soon. First thing, make sure you bring a snack for the breaks. I think it will ease your mind a bit, and trust me, if you get hungry during the test, it will be a distraction. Also, before you start, check your marker on your board. I found this out the hard way. I went through 2 that didn't work and didn't find out until I started the math. Wasted a good 5-10 minutes waiting for the test taker to find a replacement. BEFORE YOU START CHECK YOUR MARKER!! As for the Math, some of the problems were extremely complex compared to what I was working with. Depending on how much time you have to study, I would definitely make an error log, and make sure you can get all questions (PS & DS) correct before you take the test. Taking the PowerPrep software from MBA.com is very beneficial as well. It's the same layout you will see on the test so you will be very comfortable with it. I was very disappointed when I saw a 630, but three things made me feel much better when I was done:

-The supervisor said that was the best score they had seen all week
-The guy next to me got a 490 and asked me "How many points will the writing add to this score" - I felt bad for him!
-Coming here and realizing I can do much better so I'm taking it again!

Good Luck all!
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15 Apr 2006, 06:22
this is great news !!! im glad you arent giving up ... this is nothing but a bump in the road ... with your experience you will do much better next time ( those butterflies in your stomach wont be as bad .. and you will have a good marker to write with )

Great advice ! thanks for posting
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15 Apr 2006, 09:34
good news that you giving it again.. way to go... dont give up
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17 Apr 2006, 07:21
i suggest that you use the manhattan gmat workbooks for math and verbal. studying the Official Guide is also very helpful.

i'm sure you can raise your score after studying again for the exam. i got a 640 on my first try and i was able to raise my score to 690 on my second try. it is possible to raise your score.
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17 Apr 2006, 15:59
just got my AWA score back, 6.0!! Why couldn't I have gotten that 700!!???
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17 Apr 2006, 19:17
Don't worry, in 5 weeks you got 630 at your first try. I got 640 in 2 years taking the test 4 times 630 is a good score for a first attempt, especially considering the fact that you must deal with the stress of a new exam and all the new environment.

Take some time off and come back during the summer good luck
17 Apr 2006, 19:17
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