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Not a Happy Ending, 590 -> 490 (2nd attempt)

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I apologize in advance that this is going to be a sad or might even qualify as a demotivating post for some, but I have nowhere to vent my feelings out so I'm using this Forum. I gave my first attempt in May this year and managed a 590 (Q44, V28). I was obviously not even closely satisfied with that score, but also felt that nervousness took the better of me (I was stuck at the first Quant question for nearly 7 minutes yet managed a Q44).

I took a break from GMAT after the first attempt till October, and probably that was one of the bigger mistakes I committed, as I broke the continuity.

Anyway, I had bought the ESR from my first attempt. It showed really poor performance in Geometry in Quant and CR in Verbal. I focused on these two areas well for my second attempt in addition to practicing official questions for SC, RC, etc. I felt my SC had really improved and was doing great on OG and tough official questions (till yesterday).

Cutting it short, today I went in for my second attempt at 11:30 AM Indian time and started off with Quant. The first 3 questions were done in 3 minutes, but I felt that I started getting really tough questions after that. I mistakingly believed that I'm doing great as the test is throwing tough questions at me and was way more relaxed compared to my first attempt. All that was a false belief, as I eventually scored a Q40. I cannot share the type of questions, as it's against GMAC policy but trust me they were way harder than the ones I encountered in first attempt (and now im doubtful whether GMAC probably gives one tougher questions in subsequent attempts).

Regarding Verbal, I felt as if I breezed till Question 16 but that definitely wasn't the case since I scored a dismal V18 (down from V28 in my first attempt 6 months ago). To be honest, I felt more negatively about my Verbal in previous attempt yet had a score 10 points higher then.

I don't know where I will go forward after this especially with Round 2 deadlines approaching. No prizes for guessing that I'm pretty much shattered and broken at this moment and I even contemplated suicide in afternoon, but didn't have Guts to go through with it.

Moral of the story: TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED. I took improvement for granted and instead of an expected 100 point increase, my score dropped by a 100 points.

Originally posted by ab965 on 09 Dec 2019, 07:23.
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Sorry to hear about your experience, but nonetheless, never give up. Quant can be improved in the shortest possible time, i suggest you take up a good prep course such as ttp , and practice some quality questions from OG and GMAT club tests. GMAT is a standardised test , so you will reach your target score sooner or later, just keep working on the right path and follow a strategic approach. Initial attempts have no impact on the later ones btw. and yes, test day anxiety can crush gmat scores so that could be one of the reason. practice by giving as many mocks as you can in the gmat like environment. Keep trying, goodluck! :)
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Really sorry to hear about your experience.

Curious to know which resources did you use for your prep and how much were you scoring in official mock tests?
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Hi ab965 sorry to hear about it , I can really connect with the long break situations where I took two times in two years due various reasons , which even I feel the biggest mistakes but don’t worry when we make mistakes only we can learn from it so don’t worry about it one or other experts will surely help you here . By the time just check this out which may help you since when ever I get disappointed or demotivated I will look into it https://gmatclub.com/forum/self-motivat ... l#p2251600

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Really sorry to hear about your experience.

Curious to know which resources did you use for your prep and how much were you scoring in official mock tests?


Thanks for condolences. I just attempted 2 GMAT prep mocks and 6 GMAT Club Quant mocks prior to my second attempt. Probably lack of full mock practice was a major issue. My score was 670 in both Prep Mocks, and ranged from Q40-Q47 in Club Quant mocks.
Also, I cannot blame GMAT Club Quant mocks, as the creators themselves admit they are not for someone who is around Q45 level, so there was no point practicing harder questions. Basically I was doing great in 500 and 600 level questions in both Quant and Verbal but struggling with 700 level. But today, I feel that I even greatly messed up the 500/600 levels.
Point is that decline from 590 to 490 is unheard of and I'm really stressed out at this moment. Thanks.

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Hi ab965,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day didn't go as well as planned. When these types of score drops occur, the two likely "causes" involve either something that was unrealistic during practice or something that was surprising (or not accounted for) on Test Day. Before we discuss any of those potential issues though, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

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4) What is your overall goal score?
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

You might also choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report for this attempt. While the ESR doesn’t provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong on Test Day (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

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Hi ab965,

Hang in there my friend. I know things seem bleak now but you CAN improve your GMAT score. I’m happy to provide advice but would like to first learn more about your situation wtih the GMAT. Once you respond to the questions already asked, I can provide some detailed advice.
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