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So, I have a conditional offer to a business school. Condition being scoring a min 500 before March 31.

When I first got that offer in December I did a diagnostic test and got a 480, thinking I was right about there and just had to brush off some math skills. Went on a 1 month holiday around Europe for Xmas and came back to start studying beginning of January.

I scheduled the exam to give me a date to reach for and began just looking at the official guide. Seeing that just looking at a book wasn’t helping my family assisted me with getting the Kaplan prep.

I thought I had scheduled my test for March 2, but for some reason I must had made a mistake because it was scheduled for Feb 23. I got an email saying “3 days until test day” I went into panic mode, and instead of wasting 250$ I just would suck it up. Well that was a mistake. I bombed and got a 390. All three practice tests I got 480 every time, so a 90 point difference was a shock. I probably cried my entire way home from the testing center. I was aiming for above a 600, but at this point I’ll just take the 500.

I have really bad test taking skills and get bad anxiety. I do know math is a weakness of mine and I focused mostly on the quant section. But I did bad on the verbal as well. Despite always doing well on reading comprehension and grammar in school.

I know one major downfall of mine is that it’s on the computer and I can’t physically write on the tests. I noticed a few times on practice I would incorrectly write the problems down and with the time contraists I get anxious so that doesn’t help.

I sat down and made a plan, to do more practice questions and tests.

My question is how can I maximize my strengths and capitalize on my weaknesses when I’m currently confused to where I should even start.

Right now my plan is to study 57-60 hours between now and March 12th to give me some wiggle room just in case I do have to retake it. But I’m also on the fence of pushing it out til the end of March and risking losing my 1500€ program deposit for not meeting the conditions.

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New post 25 Feb 2019, 14:16
Hi Lauren111,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day did not go as well as hoped. Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so it's likely that you just have not put in enough time and effort yet. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. In addition, to hit your Score Goal, you do NOT need to correctly answer any questions that you think are too hard or too weird, but you do have to keep the little mistakes to a minimum. March 12th is just 2 weeks away though, so you might need more time than that to get to the point that you can consistently score at your Goal Score level.

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on your timeline and your goals:

1) What is the latest that you can submit your Score to this Program? Is there any later deadline to apply for?
2) What would be your study availability would have you have going forward? Would you have that same availability through the end of March?

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New post 25 Feb 2019, 14:46
[quote="EMPOWERgmatRichC"]Hi Lauren111,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day did not go as well as hoped. Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so it's likely that you just have not put in enough time and effort yet. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. In addition, to hit your Score Goal, you do NOT need to correctly answer any questions that you think are too hard or too weird, but you do have to keep the little mistakes to a minimum. March 12th is just 2 weeks away though, so you might need more time than that to get to the point that you can consistently score at your Goal Score level.

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on your timeline and your goals:

1) What is the latest that you can submit your Score to this Program? Is there any later deadline to apply for?
2) What would be your study availability would have you have going forward? Would you have that same availability through the end of March?

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Hi Rich! Thanks for the reply! I have to submit unofficial scores by March 31. With it being a conditional offer they are pretty set on the date.

I work 8am-3pm M-F currently so my availability to study is quite open. I have plans to do 3 hours a day M-F and 5-6 hours Saturday and Sunday including with at least 4 more practice tests.

My program is only requiring a 500, so I’m forgoing my own personal goal of 600+ and focusing on what I need. That’s only 20 more than my mock tests but 110 from my actual test. Which such a large scale I’m really conflicted to where I should focus.

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New post 25 Feb 2019, 21:22
Some numbers to back up what I say would be great: I feel that you don't need to stress about the time pressure. A score of 500 allows for quite a few wrong answers. You can comfortably take the 1/5 chance at guessing difficult questions and focus on those that you understand. You can also feel comfortable guessing a few questions at the end with the remaining minute if in a rush. You're going for 500, not 800, so you have plenty of leeway for mistakes. I feel if you overcome stress you will overcome the score. Goodluck
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New post 26 Feb 2019, 23:02
Hi Lauren111,

With a 390, we do not need to see an Enhanced Score Report, but I do have a couple of questions about your Official GMAT:

1) What were your Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores?
2) Did you have to 'rush' through a bunch of questions at the ends of any of the sections? Did you run out of time and leave any questions unanswered?

In addition, I have a few questions about how you took your CATs/mocks:

1) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
2) Did you take them at home?
3) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you took your Official GMAT?
4) Did you ever do ANYTHING during your CATs that you couldn't do on Test Day (pause the CAT, skip sections, take longer breaks, etc.)?

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New post 27 Feb 2019, 18:37
I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. First off, since you scored 380, it’s clear that you lack the GMAT quant and verbal fundamentals you need for a high score. Thus, rather than your diving into more practice tests, I recommend that you take a more structured and linear approach to your prep so that you can individually learn each quant and verbal topic, and then practice each topic until you’ve gained mastery. By studying in such a way, you can methodically improve your quant and verbal weaknesses and ensure that no stone is left unturned.

To follow this type of thorough approach, you may need some additional materials, so you should take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses, and also read through some [url=https://gmatclub.com/forum/share-your-gmat-experience-8/?fl=menu] GMAT success stories to see what materials have worked well for other test-takers.

Certainly, if you’d like further advice on how to improve your GMAT quant and verbal skills, feel free to reach back out. Also, you may find it helpful to read this article about how to learn more, learn faster, and retain more knowledge while preparing for the GMAT.

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