# Thread: ***470 - Beyond Distraught***

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## ***470 - Beyond Distraught***

Hello all,

The GMAT took me for an absolute hellride this morning. Like so many others, I felt extremely well prepared going into it. I took a tutorial class that my university offerred. I purchased the Princeton Review "Cracking the GMAT," the "Official guide to GMAT review," and "Bob Miller's Math for the GMAT." I felt comfortable with most topics. I did one practice test on GMAT prep and scored a 590, before actually studying and taking the class. I was aiming at at least 650, with my school's mean GMAT score at around 640. I figured "Well, if I got a 590 without studying, now that I've studied, I should get at least 600, right?"

Wrong.

How terribly, terribly wrong.

The Business School gatekeepers at ACT completely pwned me with today's gmat. On Verbal, which I considered my forte' prior to today, I scored a mediocre:
Scaled Percentile
Verbal 33 66

What brought my score down, as I feared it would, was my math score. I knew that the questions were weighted "heavy up top" so I took my time with the first questions. I took like 4 minutes on the first question. Then to make sure that I kept going in the right direction I took almost another 4 minutes on the second question. I kept getting questions on material that I find most difficult, like Positive/Negative numbers, Even/Odd numbers, complicated roots and exponents. Number properties really kill me. Anyway, I ended up having only half the questions done with time winding down fast. I had to guess for about half of the questions without even reading the question. To tell you how bad it was, I didn't even have time to finish GUESSING at all the questions, I didn't have time to GUESS at the last two. That's how much of a total FAIL I was.

Needless, to say the score, and my psyche, were decimated. I ended up scoring an abysmal, pathetic, ludicrous:
Scaled Percentile
Quantitative 22 11

11th percentile. Eleventh percentile. Once. Undici. XI. 10+1. 99/9 percentile.

To make up a grand total of (Drum roll please, ladies and germs,):

Q 22 11
V 33 66
T 470 29

I am going to take the test again, before April 30th, my school deadline. Any words of encouragment, studying tips or advice as to how to figure out:

1) Pos/Neg questions
2) Even/Odd
3) Square Roots
4) Exponents

is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Matt C.
"Down but not out!!!"

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dont feel too distraught..wotchu need now is an intense study plan, even engineers fumble on the quant section too, take heart....xxx

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"Down but not out!!!"

This is a good word... you can do it!! Good luck

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Thank you Rick and Missy!!

Rick, any ideas on how to approach that intense study plan? I extend this question to anyone who may be reading.

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Hey man, sorry to hear what happened. The best thing I can recommend for you is doing TIMED practice tests. Hopefully you have already bought the Official Guide for quant review.

There are free timed practice tests.

DO THESE FOR SURE:

- TWO tests on GmatPrep Free GMATPrepÂ® Test Preparation Software
(personally, the second test predicted my real score exactly)

-Manhattan GMAT has a free CAT if you just set up an account with them (takes two minutes)

-Princeton Review has an online test that is a CAT

Remember to review your answers to see what you did wrong. Review your right and wrong answers because you may have got some right that you just guessed on.

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Thanks a ton IVY, great advice. I'm doing a GMAT a day.

Any advice on even/odd questions and prime number questions?

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Originally Posted by m.campanella
Thanks a ton IVY, great advice. I'm doing a GMAT a day.

Any advice on even/odd questions and prime number questions?
Not exactly sure what you mean. If you give me some examples I'll try my best to help.

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Until you throw a towel the game is not over.

Rest and focus on your training. you will get it!
Wish you all the best!

Mitzi

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hey mate do not worry at all, i scored a 460 after scoring a 550 in gmat prep in nov i gave the real gmat, needed just over 500 couldnt do it and u know i never felt so distrought and lonely. I gave the test on nov13th and found testmagic the next day, u can see my post of my horrible experience. I tell u the positives u have -
1 u have gone through the real stuff so be sure u wunt be as nervous as u would have been that day, i was shivering at the entrence, i know u were confident before the test but the whole experience is overwhelming for a debutant.
2 am sure thy putting in that extra yard which Gmat requires, as for me i thought the gmat would not be realy tough but it demands clarity of thought and concepts from the test taker and am sure u must have realised it by now.
3 You would be reasonably calm and confident. I assure you a 50 point increase in score even if u wouldnt have studied a single word till your next test, just on the sheer fact of thy experience of the test.

so be calm and confident and u will master the test. btw am gonna give a second shot on may 26th so as you beat me by 10 points last time around I will be looking forward to your score this time...good luck and do not worry GMAT is not the end of the world

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i have known many aspirants who have got a jump of 100-180 in their second GMAT attempt. So dont worry.

Unless u give up, u dont loose. Just focus on your weak areas and you will be through. A good score in GMAT is not a goldmine which only few in history get.

Cheers
Neha

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