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Prep 640 to 470 in the real thing - HELP! HOW TO DO BETTER NEXT TIME?

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Hi gmatclub community,

I've been a rather silent reader until now, but considering the great advise you give, here is my story and I really hope some of you can:

1 CAT 480 (gmatprep) (Q30, V 27)
2 CAT 590 (gmatprep) (Q37, V 28)
3 CAT 610 (gmatclub) (Q33, V 40)
4 CAT 640 (gmatprep) (Q42, V 35)
Test day 470 (Q 30, V 25)

I took my first CAT before looking at any material three months ago and the fourth CAT one week before the real GMAT. I practices daily with EMPOWERgmat for the three months (their course is amazing, even more a reason why I don't understand my score). All CATs were taken under exam conditions (same time, same food/drink, 8 minute breaks...)

How test day went down:
My nearest test centre is 3h away, so I had to go a day before and stay in a hotel. The day of travel killed me, I was insanely nervous. I didn't sleep much the night before, but wasn't tired because I had still rested. I didn't study much the days before the GMAT, just some review of recent mistakes I made in CATs. Then on test day, I was still crazy nervous. But anyways, I tried to have my routine as good as possible in the hotel and by the time I left the to the test centre (only a 5 min walk), I was pretty calm.

I arrived at the test centre and was still calm, the staff was super friendly. And then the test started. I was calm, but not really focused, more like an egalitarian feeling. During the prep tests I was always completely absorbed in my screen an didn't notice much around me. On test day I was kind of way too calm and just had this thought "I just want to get this over with" in my head. But I was still doing everything on my pad to avoid mistakes, using the breaks to refresh (ate, drank, did some exercise), so I didn't have the feeling it was THIS bad (I would've expected 600ish).

I have talked with the people fro EMPOWERgmat afterwards and it appears as if the days before due to travelling were to exhausting that by the time I was taking the test everything shut down, giving me the calm, egalitarian attitude (horrible feeling during such a test btw).


Now I am considering retaking it in 4-5 weeks in Paris since I will be here for that time and this is my only chance to avoid travelling to a test centre. Even though I know all the concepts, I feel like I lack the deeper understanding of both quant and verbal, to that if something is thrown at me that I haven't seen before, my confidence is lost.

SO my big question to you: With what material should I practice and how should I best plan my practice?

My plan was to not go through a massive amount of problems but rather do few questions per concept and really understand them. Unfortunately I know all OG questions by now and am looking for another source that maybe even has more difficult questions. Please correct my approach if you have a better one!

(My realistic goal is to reach 650; I know that I am not good in standardised tests, have never been, because I tend to think "special" in those situations and misunderstand questions or so..)

A big thank you in advance!!! :-)
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Hi JKatja,

Based on the information you've provided over the last month, and this Official GMAT Score, your application plans have now changed. We didn't hear back from you after the last email, so what are the next Application Rounds for ESSEC Paris and HEC Paris?

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Let me get back to you in our email conversation :-)
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