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Poor first attempt. Retake advice?

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Hello

I took my first attempt at it yesterday and came out very disappointed. I was studying for the last 5 months.
I used all the Manhattan books, GMATclub tests, OG16 guides, and some Vertias prep free video lessons for a few verbal sections.

I got 640 (42Q, 36V). 4 IR.

My practice tests from GMATPrep were:

Jan 27: 660 (47, 34)
Feb 11: 710 (47,41)
Feb 18: 710 (48, 40)
Feb 27: 690 (46, 38) -> this one i think is because my mouse stopped working and didn't submit last answer in time for quant.

These were exams from the free exam pack and EP2, no repeats. All the exams were fresh.

My biggest hit was in Quant by far. I don't know what happened. Like the exam just seemed "harder" than these practice questions. I think I spent like 3 or 4 minutes on the 2nd question alone and fell behind on time midway through, so I ended up having to rush and guess on the last 4 or 5 questions in Quant. I'm not sure if it was just bad luck or if I just blanked out during the IR/Quant sections.

Verbal was a little bit better but still inconsistent. I think I stumbled at the start but got better midway through. I wanted to hit 40 minimum there so that I can achieve 700+.

The exam itself felt like it was going poorly the moment I started IR. I couldn't do several IR questions either.

Anyway I have scheduled my retake for 4 weeks from now. Can anyone give me some advice on what I should do? I just hope this first attempt is an anomaly :(
I plan on buying the next Exam pack and use those. I will try to retake some of the exams I have already done and work on time management.
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I think you problem is math section. You should understand your problem on this section for example: some topic, you were nervious, your strategy or 700s level questions.
Then, pick a course that can help you to handle your problems such as EmpowerGmat, Magoosh or Math Revolution.

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Hi DealMonkey,

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. If you can answer a few questions, then we should be able to figure this out:

When you took your CATs:
1) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
2) Did you take them at home?
3) Did you take them at the same time of day as your Official GMAT?
4) Did you ever do ANYTHING during your CATs that you couldn't do on Test Day (pause the CAT, skip sections, take longer breaks, etc.)?
5) Did you ever take a CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE?

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi DealMonkey,

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. If you can answer a few questions, then we should be able to figure this out:

When you took your CATs:
1) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
2) Did you take them at home?
3) Did you take them at the same time of day as your Official GMAT?
4) Did you ever do ANYTHING during your CATs that you couldn't do on Test Day (pause the CAT, skip sections, take longer breaks, etc.)?
5) Did you ever take a CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich


Hi Rich

The first 2 CATS were a bit unrealistic as I did pause in between some points. I took these at home as well.

The last 2 I tried to replicate as much as possible. Only difference was it was at a different time of day. My actual exam was at noon but these CATS were always in the afternoon.
Other than that I took the same breaks as the GMAT. These weren't done at home, but in a quiet area of a library.

For all of these, I think I saw maybe 7 questions in total before. They were all fresh (first and only time taking each one) but I saw some repeats.

I think my time management on the actual thing was way worse than my practice exams, especially on quant. I had I think 12 minutes left for questions 30-37. This probably led to a string of wrong answers at the end.
I'll buy the other exam pack and try to manage my time better on those.
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Hi DealMonkey,

Test Day is a rather specific 'event' - the details are specific and they matter, so you have to train as best as you can for all of them. The more realistic you can make your CATs, the more likely the score results are to be accurate. The more you deviate, the more "inflated" your scores can become - and that's what happened here. By taking the CATs at home, pausing the CATs, seeing 'repeat' questions, etc., you weren't properly training for the FULL GMAT 'experience.' Ultimately, those practice scores were not completely accurate - and we have to proceed with the assumption that your current ability level is in the mid-600s.

With a score goal of 700+, you could conceivably hit that level in a month. There are a variety of different 'score combinations' that will get you a 700+, but many Business Schools put extra emphasis on an applicant's Quant Scaled Score - so you would likely find it best to focus more on the Quant section.

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
3) Do you have the flexibility to push back your Test Date?

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