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my first gmat - 260, second - 490... need advice

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hello, guys.

last year (2002) in march i took gmat, scored - 260 (q16/v12) :oops: , this year, august 9, i retook it again, scored - 490 (q33/v25) :cry: .

why 260? because i was so stupid to think that i'll get a big score "walking and chewing gum" (bogdan and stolyar, did i translate "pOhodya" from russian properly? :wink: ). i studied well in my school and institute (undergrad) and thought that even without preparation i'll do the big score. "roga mne bystro oblomali" - sort of "they were pretty nice to let me know i was wrong". :?

very slowly i started preparing for second try. very slowly. i bought pr, cracking the gmat, 2003 edition from amazon. learnt the basics of verbal and quant cracking. tried the cd-tests. never got more than 510. but i was in rush, i thought, i had to apply right this year, because i become more and more older each year (next summer i'll be 30). so simultaneously with preparation to gmat i was busy by perusing of b-schools' sites, choosing the right school for me and, of course, with my primary work duties. in spite of the fact i felt i was still weak in gmat, i arranged my test on august 9. i thought may be with some lucky i'll get some 630-650 and prepare my applications during august, september, part of october ... noway!! "aha, schazzzzz!!!!!" :(

so, this is what happened. now i'd like to get your advice, guys. of course, after seeing 490 on screen i wanted to commit suicide immediately :shock: . but a little bit later i felt that my intention to apply to b-school did not die. and here is my plan (which is based on almost all threads i read in this forum).

i buy a couple of another books from amazon, namely:

- kaplan GMAT 2004 with cd-rom
- the official guide for GMAT review, 10th edition
- kaplan gre and GMAT exams math workbook, third edition
- kaplan GMAT verbal workbook
- verbal workout for the GMAT (princeton review)

as for first two, i'll buy them in any case. but regarding last three, please, share your opinion, in terms of saving money. i can afford them all, but i don't want repetition. with each book i want to get new ideas and strategies. in customers' review in amazon one customer, for example, said regarding kaplan verbal workbook: "if you have kaplan GMAT 2004 with cd-rom it will be just waste of money if you buy verbal workbook separately". so do you think i'll behave right, if i buy kaplan mathbook and pr verbal-book only?

may be i could avoid buying mathbook also, because i feel (and you see results above) that i am stronger in quant. ("ironiya sud'by" - "twist of fate" - i graduated from language learning institute and my profession is "teacher of english language" :oops: ). but anyway q 33-35 is not affordable, i realize that.

after preparation good enough, in around april, i'll take my third and definitely last gmat. if it's not above 700, i'll forget about any b-school. if >700, then i'll apply.

what do you think, gentlemen? your soonest reply is highly appreciated, because there is somebody in usa now and he can bring those books for me, if i order delivery to his address. (thus, i'll spare another buck or two).

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New post 12 Aug 2003, 06:51
Do not take the GMAT until you can consistently achieve your target score on practice tests. Until you can do that, you are not ready, IMO.

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