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New post 01 May 2012, 15:26
My name is Alex Trinh and I just took my GMAT this afternoon and did very poorly. I got a 32V and 21Q. I know I did but and I should've canceled by score. So I need some advices from you/instructors as to what I should do. If I don't get a good score, I will have to go back to my home country (I am an international student) because my parents will only pay for my tuition if I can get accepted into a top 10-15 program for my graduate study. So I have some questions/advice to ask:

1) Will future schools see my 32V and 21Q? If so, will this reflect negatively on my application since it's a horrendous score?
2) I studied for good 1.5 months for at least 3 hours a day after work and 6-8 hours on the weekend (I have a job now but will end soon due to visa issues). What I did was to do any problems during the weekday, and do the GMATPrep on the weekend. But all I did every time was just go over the questions I missed and understand why I missed them. I search for good explanations on websites like GMAT and beatthegmat. Obviously this has not helped because I scored really poorly on my actual test. Also, on my GMATPrep, I have been getting mid 500s and has yet to pass 600. I don't know what I should do now because I always miss 4-5 questions when I do a critical reading questions (I do them in sets of 13) and always miss miss 3-4 questions in SCs (do them in sets of 15). I don't know what the problem is. I thought that if I do many questions and go over the ones I missed, then I will know what to expect next time when I approach a similar question. But I guess this is not the case. I don't know what to do now, and this leads to my third problem.
3) I have pretty much exhausted all of the GMAT prep questions as well as OG questions as well as 2nd edition verbal OG questions. I don't want to do questions from other books because I am afraid they are not a correct portrayal of the real GMAT questions since they are not written by GMAT staff. But since I did run out of questions, what should I do now? Should I get more books with more questions?

Please somebody help me. I am really desperate for a good score. I know I'm not dumb (or maybe I am) to score this low. I really need a 700+ on my GMAT. I am rescheduled to take in the next 30 days. What are some things I can do now to make sure that I get 700+ in my next attempt.

Thank you very much for your help and support. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
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I don't think I am being harsh by saying a 700 is not happening in 30 days.... You have to step back and be a little more realistic. That doesnt mean you can't get a 700, but I mean come on... Just as an example, I was scoring high 600's on practice tests and I got a 570...I'm in the middle of reviewing now but it sucks... I think I wasn't the normal case but you cant underestimate this test. Anyway...

First, you got in the 66th percentile in verbal and in the 9th percentile in quant. You have ALOT of work to do in quant before you start worrying about missing a few verbal questions. If you can get your quant up to low 40's, your already looking at a low to mid 600 score... Luckily, quant is MUCH easier to improve on. What you have to do right now is order the full manhattan gmat 8 book series and spend a good month AT LEAST learning that quant. Do not get discouraged! The gmat math is really hard but you have to know the basics or practicing won't do you any good. You could do as many practice questions as you want but if you don't know the basics you won't get anywhere. After you learn the math and you honestly know those books cold ( and I mean inside freakin out), then come back here and continue. But like I've read by other people, once you know the basics cold you should be getting at least a 40 on the quant section. Because your quant was a 21, I think you should spend realistically at least a month and a half-2 months learning quant inside and out. This test isin't going to be a cake walk at all but you can get there if you really want it, no doubt.

Good Luck and wtvr you do keep pushing!
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