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# Update: From GMAT loser to fighter in six weeks...

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A debriefing from the greatest loser at GMATClub [#permalink]

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12 Sep 2006, 14:26
Hey Matt,

Extremely sorry to learn about what happened. But dude I don't want you to lose hope because every single one of us in this forum knows that you are capable of doing much better than this. Every single one of us has always gained something from your posts.

From what I gathered from my experience and from others experiences is that yes the preperation definitely plays a vital role in how well you are going to do, but luck plays a major part too dude. Like sometimes we know that yes we can achieve it but its just that particular day was not good for us . It happens to all of us. So this has no reflection on your abilities.

And plus you were in a tight spot. I know you feel very bad( probably bad is not the word...) But like what others said, just take a step back and re-asses your plan, take your time, get back in the game, and we are all there for you.
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12 Sep 2006, 14:39
Thanks to all of you to offer such support to Matt. There is very little I can add to the great great advice and encouragement that all of you have offered.

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=5919

best wishes
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12 Sep 2006, 16:38
Matt,

Its very unfortunate. But dont give up. You need to remember the quote "You are not a loser until you quit trying". Dont ever give up and you'll definitely succeed.
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12 Sep 2006, 19:47
Please don't discourage yourself by this stupid standardized test
I believe that your future shouldn't be changed by this 4-hour length test
which cost for only 250\$. Your future worths more than that.
If you believe yourself to be the greatest loser of GMATCLUB,
you might be wrong for not considering me as a competitive candidate
for this honor

5 min loss = 3 questions which affect the verbal score for 4-5 points
panic = 4 questions = 5 points
it is just bad day which reduce your verbal score by 9 points which
is equal to 80 from total score
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12 Sep 2006, 20:39
GMATT73:

Well everyone has already told you what needs to be done at this point of time.

But believe me I always look at the explanations you give (particularly for verbal).

You have a clear way of thinking the right solutions and thats enough to ace this test.

My 2 cents: Do not give up.......
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12 Sep 2006, 21:04
Hey Matt,

Though we haven't communicated personally but I have been reading your posts and like all others here I am sure you are capable and don't doubt it even for a second.

I know anything I say may or may not change the way you feel. And trust me to believe that you have failed is the worst feeling here. I think every one can attest to that.

I agree completely with what Dahiya mentioned.

You know what we all have failed and myself a lot of times. But the only thing that made me fight for another day was a simple line I used to say to myself.
"Okay this was a learning experience may be a costly one but come on I learned soemthing"

Matt, I am sure you have built expertise in quant and verbal so just take it this way that next time you will expertise in time management.

I hope you have a good break and rejoin this forum with a recharged batteries.
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12 Sep 2006, 21:13
Buddy ,

Take a break and come right back, we'll fight it out ....
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12 Sep 2006, 23:55
Hey Matt,
This is a quote by Thomas Elva Edison.

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

Don't ever give up !!
There is a very thin line b/w success and failure in these standardized tests. Calmness and a bit of luck is all you need to excel in the test and come out as a winner.

It was a bad day for you and I do agree that anyone can lose his/her calmness if you run out of time. Keep these small things in mind!!!
Take a break and get back to tame the beast.
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13 Sep 2006, 02:22
Hey MATT,

The only thing I can tell you right now is that you are much much better than this. Might be that the dreaded break put you off from your normal score which you might have acheived.
It was not your day that is for sure so dont underestimate yourself for any god damn reason.
You have no idea as to how many people you have helped by giving numerous immaculate explainations and that is one definite indicator of your capabilities.

I have learned so much from you that it is hard to even write about it here. All your posts have provided crystal clear and grammatically flawless explainations which everybody here knows beyond doubt.

Just take a break and recollect your thoughts.
But what is gone is gone.
Do not lose sight of your dream because of this. This is just another obstacle which i am sure you will overcome in due time.
Hope you do not get bogged down by this.
See you.
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13 Sep 2006, 06:42
You are stupid, you are SO STUPID and Unlucky – these were the first words that came to my mind when I was taking the test first time. The very same words came to my mind when I retook it. Even worse, since this time I put so much effort yet didn’t even approach the desired result.
GMATT73, I really know how it feels when after soooo many long hours of studying you got burned and blown out by the reality – GMAT test. Sometimes, I even feel that I’m cursed with ancient gmat curse which will never let me join 7xx club. So, cheer up, you are not alone and definitely not a looser. Take it again as soon as possible, don’t think about the scores, be angry…no be mad at GMAT and you will surely conquer it. I really believe you can do it.
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13 Sep 2006, 08:33
Hey MATT... I was really shocked to see your score. Your abilities are not reflective in your score at all... As others have said it must be the stress related to the actual test-taking. I would firstly take a vacation - a few days off and then come back and give it another shot. Remember you do not need to improve your abilities - they are already top notch - just concentrate on your test taking strategies and that should be it.

All the best buddy... and Keep up your spirit !
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13 Sep 2006, 08:57
Hi GMATT
i am not going to be verbose. Take your time, analize what went wrong and try again. I am sure you will pass 700 and will laugh at this gmat test stuff.
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13 Sep 2006, 09:04
Take a look at my old post.

Something quite similar happened to me:

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... ost+battle

The long and short of it is this (if you dont feel like reading) - I scored lower on math than I EVER HAD on any practice exams, INCLUDING ones I took before even studying.

I said this then:

"The GMAT may have won this battle, but I'm going to win the war. "

And I did.

You can too.
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13 Sep 2006, 12:40
Hey MATT.
Its sad to see your experience. As others have said, DONT GIVE UP and theres no reason why you wont suceed. Forget it as just another bad day. It doesnt reflect your true ability.
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13 Sep 2006, 18:25
Matt,
Keep your chin up high and regain your confidence. After all, as the saying goes, you might have lost a battle but you haven't lost the war. You have a lot of people here rooting for you, and while you might feel like kicking yourself for getting nervous, don't consider yourself a loser - which you're not. You had a bad day, I can understand it's painful, but you got to pick yourself up and move on. The most important thing is to put this behind for 1-2 weeks, come back, and think carefully what you need to change as strategy. Look at things like - where am I going to get the maximum benefit by effort? what can I trade-off (if I can)? what hurt me the most in the test?

Whatever it is, for now - you got to pick yourself up, know that a lot of people are wishing for you, and get back to it in 15 days. Wishing you the best as always!
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13 Sep 2006, 21:14
Hi MATTY,

Sorry to hear about the finger printing fiasco...damn computers...they suck anyways.

You can't turn your back now after you have fought so hard for so long. You have got to put a nail in the GMAT's coffin.

We hope to rejoice your posts soon!
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14 Sep 2006, 03:33
I want to chime in this crescendo assertion that " Matt, you are NOT a loser, NOT AT ALL!". Like others mentioned, you have done tremendous contribution to this club, which partially helps many of us realize our efforts. This, rather than a mere GMAT score, is your genuine merit! I know you have put a lot of effort and time in this sucker. You know GMAT inside out. IMO, it's the pressure from hectic work schedule together with timing application period that perplex you... Please don't give up! Just take some time to rest and come back to continue conquering this serpent GMAT. You should pour all your concentration into maths next time. You don't have to do thousands of problems, don't focus too much on quantity, but quality instead. As GMAT tests how well you know a scope of concepts rather than how intelligent you are in maths, quantitative section is NOT intractable. If you seek help, you know that we are here for you. Feel free to send me any maths questions
Just turn this time's failure into a revengeful spirit, " The spirit of an underdog" to defeat GMAT next time. That is what I've done so far from my past failures.
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14 Sep 2006, 13:48
There is one thing that has served exam takers well in past - perseverance.

It doesnt matter how you fared in your results cause you know it doesnt reflect the true potential that you hold. A low score does not mean the end of everything, it's just one step behind the next and it needs strength and determination to climb up. So try harder the next time and remember victory awaits those who never give up in whatever they do.
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14 Sep 2006, 14:29
Hi there Matt,

Have been away from the club a few days and was pretty devastated to find this post from you

I'm so sorry and I hope you have time to think things over, and hopefully come back to the table stronger than before.

I have been giving a lot of thought myself to the factor that pressure plays - some people are far more sensitive to it than others, and I know that since I am too. But life is for learning lessons... and if you find a way within yourself to overcome this challenge, it will serve you well not only now but in everything you do.

I wish you all the very best, and hope to see you back in form and on the forum very soon. And if not, you can always take a trip down to Jamaica (no problem, mon!) :D

Cheers
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14 Sep 2006, 16:35
MATT , All I can say is that you had a bad day. Don't give up, you still have lots of time before the 2nd round app deadlines . Keep practicing and keep up the momentem you have built up for this attempt , don't let this failure deter you from trying again. I am absolutely sure that you will get a good score in your next attempt.
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