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RETAKING GMAT IN 2 WEEKS! PLEASE HELP ME!

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Hey, guys, I am retaking the GMAT in a couple of weeks. I got 400 on my GMAT (which I took a week ago), but when I took the GMAT prep practice tests, I was getting 550-600 range. I need a 600 to apply to my the schools I want to get into. I was terribly nervous at the exam, and it got the better of me. I completely blanked out, and i just randomly selected the answers. I honestly knew half way through that was gonna retake it again so I didn't bother giving it my best shot. I canceled the scores. I need to improve my verbal score. Please advise. I have been practicing on Princeton, gmat prep and og.
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RathanYogi wrote:
Hey, guys, I am retaking the GMAT in a couple of weeks. I got 400 on my GMAT (which I took a week ago), but when I took the GMAT prep practice tests, I was getting 550-600 range. I need a 600 to apply to my the schools I want to get into. I was terribly nervous at the exam, and it got the better of me. I completely blanked out, and i just randomly selected the answers. I honestly knew half way through that was gonna retake it again so I didn't bother giving it my best shot. I canceled the scores. I need to improve my verbal score. Please advise. I have been practicing on Princeton, gmat prep and og.
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Hi RathanYogi,

I am sorry that the test day did not go as planned.
From your score, it seems that you did not learn the concepts well enough and jumped into problem solving

1. Did you complete the OG?
2. how many mock CATs did you take?
3. Did you take full length mock CATs?

For GMAT preparation, you need to build the concepts/fundamentals before you jump in solving the problems. You can do so by choosing one of the following ways:
1. In person classes/private tutoring
2. Online classes
3. Self paced online preparatory course
4. Book heavy approach

Whatever you choose, make sure that you choose one. Because GMAT tests you on some concepts and fundamentals that you can learn from a course. Most of the preparatory companies including ours offer a free trial of our course. You can take the trial and see if the course suits your needs.

In addition to the preparatory material, buy the Official Guides(both the Official Guide and the Verbal Review), Question Pack 1 and the 4 official mock CATs. They should be an indispensable part of your preparation.

You need close to 3 months to prepare well for the GMAT.
1. Understand the concepts and fundamentals before jumping into problem solving
2. Solve full length CATs including AWA and IR. You can get two free GMAT Prep mock CATs and can purchase two more from mba.com
3. Make sure you solve the official questions from the Official Guide
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Hi RathanYogi,

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 when you took 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?

It's possible that you just had a "bad day", but it's also possible that you weren't properly training to face the GMAT (and your practice scores were inaccurate). If that's the case, then you will need more than just a few week of additional study time to hit your score goal.

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Hi RathanYogi,

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 when you took 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?

It's possible that you just had a "bad day", but it's also possible that you weren't properly training to face the GMAT (and your practice scores were inaccurate). If that's the case, then you will need more than just a few week of additional study time to hit your score goal.



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Nope, i did not take the ENTIRE CAT, I always skipped the IR and Essay. I did not take them at the same time, and yes I took them at home. I just felt like I had a panic attack or something because I just felt extremely nervous. And yes, I paused during my CAT.

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Hi RathanYogi,

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 practice scores can become - and that's what happened here. By skipping sections, taking the CATs at home, taking them at different times of day, etc., you weren't properly training for the FULL GMAT 'experience.' By extension, your practice CAT scores were not accurate.

While you probably have the ability to score above 400 on the GMAT, that's the one realistic score that we have to work with, so we have to 'work up' from there. Raising a 400 to a 600+ will take some significant time and effort - and you'll have to make improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections.

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
3) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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