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Took the GMAT this past week

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I've been studying for the GMAT for about a year now. I had thought I was in a good place: I've good solve the hardest problem sets easily and consistently scored above 700 on 9 practice exams (mostly MGAT and Magoosh,). I thought the GMAT would be a breeze, but it was a disaster. I haven't taken the official exam in a while so most people told me it's probably testing anxiety, but wondering if anyone else has been in the same position? I'm really discouraged and angry at myself right now and could use some advice.
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Hi theoryguy,

Many Test Takers face some amount of anxiety on Test Day, so you're not alone. There's a bit difference between being 'excited' on Test Day and being 'distracted' though - and before we can discuss how best to deal with this issue, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

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1) When you say you studied for a year, what does that mean exactly? Were you studying a consistent number of hours each week? Did you take any 'time off' during your studies?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs/mocks (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
4) How did you score on the Official GMAT (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)?

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5) What is your goal score?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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There are probably a lot of things to see before commenting.With regards to test anxiety(since your not sure),i just wanted to ask if you felt hazy, had to reread the question 4-5 times before answering..?
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Hi theoryguy,

I’m sorry to hear how things went with your GMAT. I’m happy to provide some further advice regarding what could have gone wrong on test day; however, I’d like to learn more about your situation with the GMAT. Once you response to the question already asked, I can provide some detailed advice.
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theoryguy wrote:
I've been studying for the GMAT for about a year now. I had thought I was in a good place: I've good solve the hardest problem sets easily and consistently scored above 700 on 9 practice exams (mostly MGAT and Magoosh,). I thought the GMAT would be a breeze, but it was a disaster. I haven't taken the official exam in a while so most people told me it's probably testing anxiety, but wondering if anyone else has been in the same position? I'm really discouraged and angry at myself right now and could use some advice.


Hi theoryguy,

Welcome to GMATCLUB. 4 months is good enough to improve your score. It’s a good thing you have taken a GMAT once. You now know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. I think you need to solidify you base and adopt a proper technique to answer the questions. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and Optimus Prep as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

You can also try out the MGMAT guides they are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. Just by going through these guides and solving the OG will help you reach 600+.I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in Quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase GMATPREP QP 1 for some great additional practice. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... ml?fl=menu

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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