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New post 15 Oct 2019, 14:28
Hi guys,

I've heard about this forum but never joined.

I took my GMAT a few months back and got a 340. I was upset because in the Manhattan practice tests I'd scored around 500+ at one point. I took a few months off and now I've started studying for my second retake.

My study plan before was bad since I used the Manhattan prep books and randomly chose which sections to study in, This time I invested in the Magoosh GMAT prep and I'm following a study plan.

I don't know if this is just me but some days I feel like I'm not learning anything or maybe I'm being too impatient. After reading some inspiring stories I'm going to keep studying and learning from you guys here.

Good luck to anyone taking the GMAT soon.

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Chrisal23 wrote:
Hi guys,

I took my GMAT a few months back and got a 340. I was upset because in the Manhattan practice tests I'd scored around 500+ at one point. I took a few months off and now I've started studying for my second retake.

My study plan before was bad since I used the Manhattan prep books and randomly chose which sections to study in, This time I invested in the Magoosh GMAT prep and I'm following a study plan.

I don't know if this is just me but some days I feel like I'm not learning anything or maybe I'm being too impatient. After reading some inspiring stories I'm going to keep studying and learning from you guys here.



The experiences you cited are perfectly normal during learning, testing and relearning. When you focus on a topic, it is natural to feel that you have forgotten other parts. It is also normal to see dips in scores and confidence.

These experiences will not however negatively impact your final performance on test day, unless your learning has been deficient in some serious ways. These could include, using too many unrelated materials, lack of focus and lack of regular practice and testing.

Your first score taken at home or elsewhere is generally not a true indicator of your final performance and this is especially true of third party tests. Use these tests to know which areas to focus; however, these tests by themselves will not be sufficient to draw a plan. For this, you will need to do deeper analyses of yourself. GL!
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New post 15 Oct 2019, 21:10
Hi Chris,

Many GMATers take the Test more than once - and Business Schools generally do not care if you do so. This is meant to say that you're not alone - and it's not a big deal. To be efficient with this next phase of your studies though, you have to learn from the ineffective aspects of your prior studies. Since you've now taken the Official GMAT, you can better train for the exact aspects of what you will face on Test Day.

Before I can offer you any additional advice for your studies, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long did you study for your 1st attempt? Now, how many hours do you typically study each week?
2) Have you used any other study materials besides the books and the course that you listed?
3) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) What is your overall goal score?
5) When are you planning to retake the GMAT?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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New post 17 Oct 2019, 20:28
Hi Chris,

Hang in there, my friend, and thank you for sharing. Are you also looking for some general advice on how to improve your GMAT quant and verbal skills?
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