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Should I re-take exam in 3 days?

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New post 30 Dec 2019, 11:09
Hi guys,

I just hit the GMAT and.. I'm super disappointed. But let me explain.

Scores I had lately while preparing:

21.12: 610 (42 (45%) | 33 (69%)) - GMAT Prep Free 1
23.12: 670 (47 (70%) | 34 (69%)) - Experts' Global
26.12: 640 (45 (57%) | 34 (71%)) - GMAT Prep Free 2


Now, from 26.12 to 30.12 I had a plan to practice quant, especially Problem Solving - since that was my biggest weakness.
Instead of that I had a really tough weekend (considering personal stuff, bad things happened).
So I was sitting for 4 days trying to study - but not really studying, more stressing and thinking.

And then the test day came, the only appointment was at 3pm, It was delayed about an hour due to server issues.
I started with Verbal, which means I hit the Quant at 5pm. And here's the result:

30.12: 590 (38 (32%) | 33 (68%)) - TEST DAY

Now, I'm leaving my country on 3rd of January and I am wondering if I should get my **** together, practice for next 3 days and try to hit it one more time on 3rd of January?
Or should I take a 2-weeks break from studying, then get back to studying and try to hit the exam in later Jan?

Deadlines for my desired programmes are 01.04, 01.03 and unfortunately, 14.02.
(Those 04 and 03 are in the Netherlands so the sooner I pass, the better).

My goal is: 660, but minimum that I was willing to accept today was 610.

What would you do in this situation? Should I re-take the exam on 2nd of January?
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Unless there's a situation I'm not aware of, you won't be allowed to take an official test on January 3. You need to wait at least 16 days before retaking the test (the system shouldn't even let you sign up for an earlier test, and if it somehow does, your score will likely be canceled.) This is so the question pool can have time to refresh and you won't see the same problems.
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New post 30 Dec 2019, 12:55
Oh wait, I thought this applies only to people who accepted the score.

I canceled my score - is it not possible to retake the exam immediately even if I canceled the score?

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Hi kyloxylo,

Unfortunately, even with a 'cancelled' Score, you will still have to wait 16 days before taking the GMAT again (so a retest on January 3rd will not be possible).

This Official Score is remarkably similar to a couple of the practice CAT Scores that you reported here: https://gmatclub.com/forum/no-consisten ... 12675.html), so it's possible that your current 'ability level' is in the high-500s. By extension, you would likely need at least another 1.5 - 2 months of consistent, guided study before you could get to the point that you could consistently score 660+.

1) Assuming that you would restart your studies in 1-2 weeks, how many hours do you think you could consistently study each week going forward?

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Hi kyloxylo,

Even if you cancel your score, you still have to wait 16 days to retake your GMAT. In any case, I think that taking a few weeks off and diving back into your prep after your vacation is a good idea. That way you can come back refreshed and ready to get to work!
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