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Manager
Status: Time to apply!
Joined: 24 Aug 2011
Posts: 197

Kudos [?]: 146 [0], given: 166

Location: India
Concentration: Finance, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 600 Q48 V25
GMAT 2: 660 Q50 V29
GMAT 3: 690 Q49 V34
GPA: 3.2
WE: Engineering (Computer Software)

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14 Sep 2011, 00:39
Hi,
I gave my GMAT 3 days back ( 11th Sep)and my results were shocking!
I got 600 ( Q 48, V25)

I am preparing for past 4 months -I have completed OG and were doing regular practice - princeton review, gmat club, MGMAT CAT exams, Kaplan tests etc - I gave a dedicated effort .I sacrificed a lot of personal things Am really disheartened.

Am writing down my scores in the last 3 weeks practice tests

Kaplan test 3 - 630 ( Q 50 , V 32 )
Kaplan test 4 - 620 ( Q 50 , V 32)

MGMAT test 3 - 640 ( Q 43, V 35)
MGMAT test 4 - 680 ( Q 48, V 35 )
MGMAT test 5 - 680 ( Q 47, V 36 )
MGMAT test 6 - 710 ( Q 50, V 36 )

And I really did a thorough review of each test believe me. I wrote down all the wrong answers , new strategies and fomula, new sentence correction rules

Am really shocked to see how my actual scores are so less than the practice tests!
Please help. WHERE COULD I GET WRONG ON THE D -DAY . Am not able to find out myself. While giving the test I was a bit tensed during Quant, but Verbal I felt it was easy. I dont know. Am planning to take the GMAT again in Nov - and this time aiming for 750+ . Please please help to build up my strategy. Is there anything wrong in the basics of my preparation? My scores does not say so
The test day I was confident that I will make 700 at least !

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Joined: 04 Dec 2002
Posts: 15568

Kudos [?]: 28464 [0], given: 5105

Location: United States (WA)
GMAT 1: 750 Q49 V42

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14 Sep 2011, 11:15
Hi - welcome to GMAT Club!

It looks like your Quant score is very good but the Verbal is much lower than the MGMAT tests/results. That's very unusual!
You can see here: GMAT Score Calculator that your projected score should have been much higher based on the practice tests. You should have gotten at least 640-650.

Not sure what happened. Perhaps it was stress or just careless mistakes?
I kind of hate to say it but the feeling of "easy" is not usually a good feeling. I don't want to freak anyone out but most people who got a high score, usually report feeling complete uncertainty - they felt they were failing all the time (the whole test - same with me by the way).

I really don't understand what happened. I think you need to look back and see what may have gone wrong... any ideas?
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Kudos [?]: 28464 [0], given: 5105

Manager
Status: Time to apply!
Joined: 24 Aug 2011
Posts: 197

Kudos [?]: 146 [0], given: 166

Location: India
Concentration: Finance, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 600 Q48 V25
GMAT 2: 660 Q50 V29
GMAT 3: 690 Q49 V34
GPA: 3.2
WE: Engineering (Computer Software)

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14 Sep 2011, 21:58
Thanks a lot for the reply!

I am myself not sure what happened . Anyways want to give another try. Initially I though that I will apply for R1 for 2012 fall, but anyways ... now I am shooting for the second cycle.But this time I want to get 750+

I have a few questions

1. I want to apply to Booth, whose 2nd cycle deadline is 4th Jan. Now I have a basic question. I have heard that it takes 20 days after you give your exam to get your official score.This time while writing my exam, I was so confident that I had selected booth out of the 5 universities for reporting the score.Now,if I keep my 2nd GMAT on Dec 20 or so, ( I will start the essays side by side), then will Booth be able to see my 2nd GMAT score by 4th Jan if I have only the unofficial score by that time? How this score report logic works ?Could you please explain ?

2.Now as I understand, I need to improve on my verbal.So I am planing to buy some of the books below( not all obviously as I am short of money ).Could you please guide me which of the following would be a good investment of money?

1.GMAT paper Tests
2.GMAT Club Tests
3. Powerscore CR
4. Aristotle RC 99
5. OG verbal review
6. SC bible
7. Aristotle SC

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Kudos [?]: 146 [0], given: 166

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Joined: 04 Dec 2002
Posts: 15568

Kudos [?]: 28464 [0], given: 5105

Location: United States (WA)
GMAT 1: 750 Q49 V42

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14 Sep 2011, 22:06
Practicegmat wrote:
1. I want to apply to Booth, whose 2nd cycle deadline is 4th Jan. Now I have a basic question. I have heard that it takes 20 days after you give your exam to get your official score.This time while writing my exam, I was so confident that I had selected booth out of the 5 universities for reporting the score.Now,if I keep my 2nd GMAT on Dec 20 or so, ( I will start the essays side by side), then will Booth be able to see my 2nd GMAT score by 4th Jan if I have only the unofficial score by that time? How this score report logic works ?Could you please explain ?

I believe with Booth, you can take the GMAT on the 3rd and be OK, but you will need to check it with the Adcom. They have a chat on 9/21. You can ask then or inquire directly.

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2.Now as I understand, I need to improve on my verbal.So I am planing to buy some of the books below( not all obviously as I am short of money ).Could you please guide me which of the following would be a good investment of money?

[strike]1.GMAT paper Tests[/strike]
[strike]2.GMAT Club Tests[/strike]
3. Powerscore CR
4. Aristotle RC 99
5. OG verbal review - maybe.
6. SC bible
7. Aristotle SC

I took out above the ones that you definitely do not need. GMAT Club tests are really for Quant and not for verbal (though there are a few).
I would suggest perhaps instead of all of that to get MGMAT Verbal Foundations (see my review - i really liked the RC practice there) and start there. I believe that book alone may pull you up but the electronic copies you listed may be easier/faster to get, so judge for yourself where you start.

P.S. You don't need a lot of questions by the way, just the knowledge and confidence!

See this:

 ! Common Mistakes with GMAT preparation1: Rushing to take tests before learning anything - waste of tests2: Starting with the Official Guide - waste of official GMAT questions3: Giving GMAT the worst time of the day - studying after a long day4: Skipping basics and rushing to advanced topics5: Starting to prepare with poor English proficiency

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Co-author of the GMAT Club tests

Kudos [?]: 28464 [0], given: 5105

Manager
Status: Time to apply!
Joined: 24 Aug 2011
Posts: 197

Kudos [?]: 146 [0], given: 166

Location: India
Concentration: Finance, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 600 Q48 V25
GMAT 2: 660 Q50 V29
GMAT 3: 690 Q49 V34
GPA: 3.2
WE: Engineering (Computer Software)

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14 Sep 2011, 23:15
Thanks so much for the help. Am now trying to pull myself up from the depression, and hopefully shall start my prep soon !

Shall decide on the books soon!
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