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# Mistakes i made in 1st attempt & how i'm trying to rectify them

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28 Dec 2018, 08:22
Hello,

I gave my GMAT test in Sept 2018
I prepared for two months (one-month classroom training and one month practicing at home)
and scored 500. (was devastated)
I knew I wasn't prepared and had not given my 100% but I couldn't wrap my head around the low score (wanted to get 600+)

I am planning to give my second attempt by February 2019
and I am aiming for 700+

Here are few of the Mistakes I made:-
1) Booking the date before mock exams
Anyone planning to give a GMAT exam should at least give 2-4 mocks and if and only if one is getting the desired score, one should book the exam.
it adds unnecessary pressure and you spend money on rescheduling it.

2) Focused more on grilling than on Reviewing
Focus more on reviewing your mistakes, analyze your weakness and also your strengths. spend a good amount of time reviewing.
Be as attentive and fresh you are while reviewing as you are while practicing

Mistakes on the test day
3) Gave more importance to time division rather than on accuracy i divided time and number of questions into two halves so that I can complete my exam on time, which i realized was a huge mistake.
I should have focused on getting the starting questions right

4) left two questions in Quant.
I got so involved in solving the third last question that I couldn't even mark answers for the last two questions.
which was another terrible mistake.

Mistakes Post Exam
5) Took a very long break
A Break after the exam is much needed but I took a break which lasted one month, couldn't find the strength to start studying again and when i started studying again it was like I was starting from scratch.

So, This time is going to be different
Things i will do differently:-
1) Book only once i am ready and have a consistent mock score of around 680-700
2) Practice more and review
3) Improve my stamina by solving a good amount of questions
4) Not fall for the anxiety trap

And be motivated by all the success stories on GMAT forum :D
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28 Dec 2018, 08:45
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Feedback and suggestions would largely depend on your sectional scores. Let us know your individual scores in the Quant and Verbal section.

To be honest and realistic, a 200 point score jump is highly unlikely in 2 months unless you are a total pro in standardized test, or willing to spend 8+ hours a day with complete focus. In other words, 500 to 700 would require 3-6 months duration, under ideal circumstances.

1. Practice Tests: How many practice tests did you take before the actual GMAT, over what period of time? More importantly, what were your scores.

2. Practices Test Reviews: Yes, review of every attempted practices test is mandatory and highly beneficial for score improvement.

3. Unanswered Question: I'm sure you know that GMAT severely punishes for unanswered questions, and the there could very well be a steep drop in sectional score. You're better off incorrectly answering a question rather than leaving a string of questions at the end of the section.

4. Post Exam Break: Yes, some test takers lose the rhythm if they are away from GMAT for a significantly long duration. However, you can always make a fresh start because the concepts tested on the GMAT are very basic.

Divya, I would strongly recommend you enroll to an Online course. Personally, I found EMPOWERgmat to be extremely beneficial. The course is designed to comfortably get you close to a 700, if not more. I do not intend to be a spokesperson for EMPOWERgmat, but it sure helped me get a 720 on my first attempt.
I would also recommend you enroll to the GMAT Club Test Series; the Quant test are one of the best available resources. And, check out the videos of GMATNinja on the official channel of GMAT Club in YouTube; Charles is a Verbal God, to be honest. The more you give information about your score and testing strategies, the more precise help you'd receive from the forum.

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28 Dec 2018, 15:46
I personally panicked during my first attempt yesterday
I could not concentrate ...my brain could not process properly
The whole time I was struggling ...and I was not used to the huge screen
At least I know what’s like to be in a real test now . I will be better prepared next time.
By the way , that’s was my first time ever to take verbal and maths together ... felt different
Failed miserably in IR
The fact that I was not ready for writing at all ... ruined my moral even before the test got started

Learn from mistakes and experiences .. you will do better next time

I knew I could score a 700+ score , even if it’s a bad day ,but I didn’t realize that it could be that bad ... my brain went dead .. I was extremely lucky to be able to still get a 700+ score .. just pure luck .

GMAT is not just a test of skills , but also a test of ones nerve !!!

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28 Dec 2018, 17:53

But, as you already have decided to take the plunge, Heartiest congratulations. All your points are valid and so are the points from DisciplinedPrep. I would like to add 1 more thing - start relaxing in the last week and sleep very well before the exam day (not only the night before but also try more sleep during that week). As you already have taken the test... believe me you will see the difference.

Good Luck !!
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29 Dec 2018, 13:43

From your post, it's unclear how long you took 'off' from your studies since you took the GMAT in September. By extension, have you just now restarted your studies or have you been studying for awhile?

Before I can offer you the specific advice about how to best proceed with this next phase of your studies, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) What study materials have you used so far including CATs/mocks?
2) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)? Have you taken any CATs in December?

Goals:
3) When in February are you planning to take the GMAT?
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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31 Dec 2018, 19:24
Thank you for sharing your story! If you need any advice regarding your study plan for your retake, feel free to reach out, and I’ll be happy to help.

how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.

Good luck!
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