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September 14, 2020
Genoa

Joined: Apr 21, 2020

Posts: 397

Kudos: 172

Verified score:
690 Q48 V37

Terrible Experience

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Hi guys!

I want to tell you what happened today at the test centre—a bizarre situation.

I took the GMAT in Milan in a test centre that has been authorized by Pearson Vue 4 months ago. I think that the one I took this morning was the first GMAT test they offered in the test centre since of course here in Italy the pandemic situation has been quite bad from the beginning until now.

I arrived at the test for 1 hour in advance, and I was focused and energetic. I got 770 and 720 in the last two simulations, (the 770 was inflated since I knew 3 questions that I saw on YT/GMATClub) and I felt quite confident.

The test was scheduled at 10.00 am, and I got there 9/9.15. The proctors weren't able to obtain the codes to let us begin the exam, and the exam started 1 hour and 30 minutes delayed (11.30), the situation totally bombed me. I completely lost my focus. We were all distraught.

We haven't been provided with the GMAT erasable notepad guys!! I am not joking! They just gave us one plastic sheet (ONLY ONE), and we have been told to raise our hand after finishing it. WE WERE ALL CRAZY FOR THAT!
The proctors didn't have earplugs with them, and they brought us during the quant section interrupting us while working on the exam and time was going. Of course, after 3 problems (I got a geometry one) I finished my only sheet, and so I raised my hand while wasting too many seconds. The proctor came in 2 minutes, and I was not able to write down anything. At that point, I decided that it was really a horrible situation and I would have lost a total of 10 minutes just continuously asking a new sheet every 5 minutes. We have been provided with rubber, but the desk was not fixed, and so everything was unstable while rubbing the only paper I had.
It goes without saying that there weren't soundproof divisors between us.

At that point, I was sure I was aiming for a 600 at a max of course. I decided to quit and get a 200 to make everything more dramatic with the GMAC. Soon other guys quit.

I am so angry with the test centre, and I've already called the London office which will call me back tomorrow. Same with the US headquarters.

Not only I want a refund but also like to ask for having another exam as soon as possible in another test centre. While we were waiting for the exam to begin, I talked with a guy who has already taken GMAT in another test centre in Milan and told me that everything was fine as it should be.

I haven't read anything like that so far here on the forum, and I would like to know what you think about that.


IF YOU ARE ITALIAN, DON'T TAKE THE EXAM AT "FIRST CONSULTING" in "Valtorti 48"!

At least not now that it was clear they didn't have any experience at all.

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May 06, 2022
Genoa

Joined: Apr 21, 2020

Posts: 397

Kudos: 172

Verified score:
690 Q48 V37

TTP: All what you need!

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To prepare for my first GMAT exam, I followed a very comprehensive but unorganised study approach. I bought several books from other test prep companies, worked through the GMAC Official Guide books, and studied the answers posted by experts on GMAT Club. Although all these activities surely helped me build my skills, I felt I did not follow an organised journey. I had no analytics and no error log.

After having looked for the best quant/verbal course on r/GMAT and GMAT Club, I saw that almost everybody had great words for TTP. At that moment, I thought that subscribing to the TTP guided course was the best thing I could do to prepare again for my second attempt.
I have worked 1/2 hours every morning on the weekdays and 2/3 hours on the weekend days for around 7 months. TTP is brilliant because it forces you to follow an organised path that does not allow you to skip any fundamental skills you need to master to perform well on the GMAT.

While TTP's Quant course is praised very highly on several forums, its Verbal part is often not considered the best. However, I found the SC/CR component of the course absolutely stunning! For the RC, I think that Scott, Jeff and Marty can do something better (maybe having more passages to practice), and I am sure they will improve that part.

In conclusion, TTP is definitely not expensive, it is very comprehensive, and by following it, you won't need any other preparation material to reach your target score!

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