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Hello,

I recently took my exam, after about 6 months of studying. I booked my test once I became confident I can do well. My practice test 3 days before the GMAT was 660. On the Official CATs I had 650 (CAT1) and 690 (CAT2, which I took about 7 days before my test).

The night before the test I didn't sleep well and my test was early morning. I was generally nervous throughout the test but really panicked during the Quant section, to the extent that I couldn't do basic math, got confused at every step, lost confidence completely, and mismanaged time. Although I completed all questions, I had to guess through a lot of them towards the end.

I ended up with 610 (v38 q36) :cry: My verbal performance was sort of in line with practice tests, but my quant performance was terrible as I was achieving up to Q49 on my practice tests. I think the panic attack had a lot to do with it, but I was hoping I can reach out to the community here for advice on how to improve my score. I am planning to resit my exam in about a month's time as I want to apply for R2 deadlines.

Any suggestions, tips, study plans etc. will be helpful :-)

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Hey Shazza

Your first step must be to order the ESR and find out what your exact problem areas are.
Once you have an ESR, the experts on the forum will be able to give you ways to improve your score!

From my experience these are a few links which might help you improve your scores
Link for Quant theory : https://gmatclub.com/forum/ultimate-gma ... 44512.html

This is an awesome post which will definitely help you improve your Quant scores to Q49,50
https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-impro ... 41670.html

A Q36 in the actual test mostly means you have made mistakes at almost all the 700+ level
questions. The GMATClub Mocks which have a lot of really good Quant questions can help you
build the stamina to solve 700+ level questions. IMO, you should focus on re-building the
concepts of your weak topics from the links given above.

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Shazza wrote:
Hello,

I recently took my exam, after about 6 months of studying. I booked my test once I became confident I can do well. My practice test 3 days before the GMAT was 660. On the Official CATs I had 650 (CAT1) and 690 (CAT2, which I took about 7 days before my test).

The night before the test I didn't sleep well and my test was early morning. I was generally nervous throughout the test but really panicked during the Quant section, to the extent that I couldn't do basic math, got confused at every step, lost confidence completely, and mismanaged time. Although I completed all questions, I had to guess through a lot of them towards the end.

I ended up with 610 (v38 q36) :cry: My verbal performance was sort of in line with practice tests, but my quant performance was terrible as I was achieving up to Q49 on my practice tests. I think the panic attack had a lot to do with it, but I was hoping I can reach out to the community here for advice on how to improve my score. I am planning to resit my exam in about a month's time as I want to apply for R2 deadlines.

Any suggestions, tips, study plans etc. will be helpful :-)


Q36 implies that your basic concepts are not clear. You need to start studying the concepts from the textbooks.
You can start with the GmatClub Quant Guide.
You can follow all the posts of our Math Expert of GMATClub. This is his profile:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/members/member-73391.html

Follow these links may it help you
Best GMAT Courses
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