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Shreeman
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The only thing i can say that it was horrible. How can i get such a low score? yesterday i gave my GMAT and score flashed on the monitor was:-

 

Quant 48 82 percentile

Verbal 20 19 percentile

Overall 560

 

Even in the wildest of my dream i had never thought that i will get such a bad and humiliating score. I knew that verbal is my weakest section and i had put lot of efforts to improve it. And the result was evident, i never got less than 650 in any exam which i wrote in last one month.

Princetion test - 650 in both exams

Power prep 600 and 660

MGMAT 660 (47,33)

GMAT prep1 700

GMAT prep2 710

 

i couldn't believe after the exam that i got such a low score.i was stunned and i had not enough energy to walk down on the road outside pearson centre. i was not able to figure out why i got such a low score? Initially i thought it's a cheat. Somehow i reached home and started analyzing why i got such a low score. These are the few things which i could figure out:-

 

Writing essay took lot of toll on my mind. My typing speed is terrible and i was not able to write all my thoughts. By the end of AWA section i started feeling pain in both my hands but i was putting extra effort to write down the essay. somehow i finished the AWA section.

 

when i started maths section it was OK. i was stuck at few questions, was not able to recall Alegbra formaula for 1 question and couldn't get time for last 2 questions. i felt during the exam that i am not doing good, though felt it is OK if not excellent. When i started verbal section i was felling tierd. My mind was not fresh and active. i was passively reading the questions and answering them.I was not able to apply the fundamentals which i have learnt. Even though i felt during the exam that i am doing well but when result flashed i was stunned, completely blank.

i guess fatigue played the most important role. It was my inability to read actively during the exam casued me dearly and completely doomed me. i didn't have the stamina to write a 4 hour long exam. Definitely i will write GMAT once again but don't know from where to start, what to read and how to prepare but one thing is sure i am not gonna leave it because i am felling humiliated.

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Shreeman,

 

I have experienced the same humiliation after the exam. Certainly I am not going to leave GMAT to beat me, but with the frequency of this type of post, I start to doubt of the accuracy of practice tests. I have to point that during practice tests, I am calm and confident, but during the real exam, no matter what I do, I get excited. I certainly believe in good luck during the exam and looking forward to get a result of 700+.

 

Good luck to you. You are not the only one facing such difficulties.

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The first time I wrote the GMAT I got a massive headache because of the intense thinking and fatigue. During my prep for the next GMAT attempt I studied in three to four hour blocks without a break. When I wrote the GMAT the second time, fatigue did not come into play at all. In fact I probably could have done another 45mins, simply because the test was as long as my regular study sessions that I did 20 times. How did you prepare for verbal? I went from 39th percentile on verbal my first time to 83rd percentile my second time. You can do it! Let me know how you prepared and maybe I can steer you in the right direction! Hang in there! You have an excellent quantitative score; im jealous.
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The first time I wrote the GMAT I got a massive headache because of the intense thinking and fatigue. During my prep for the next GMAT attempt I studied in three to four hour blocks without a break. When I wrote the GMAT the second time, fatigue did not come into play at all. In fact I probably could have done another 45mins, simply because the test was as long as my regular study sessions that I did 20 times. How did you prepare for verbal? I went from 39th percentile on verbal my first time to 83rd percentile my second time. You can do it! Let me know how you prepared and maybe I can steer you in the right direction! Hang in there! You have an excellent quantitative score; im jealous.

 

dude I totally agree with canadian , at the preparing period did you ever try writing two essays at the beginning? I, personally used to omit the section and at the exam faced gradual fatigue. consider we are talking about one extra hour.and just remember, every body has its bad day.may be the day was your bad day.a 48 at quant emplies your intelligence I think.and don forget the verbal section is all about concentration, so you have to be mentally prepared. don wanna seem like granmas but try some meditation or yuga it will considerably help to stay fresh under pressure, good luck in the next shot

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During my prep i never wrote 2 essays at the begining. Intially i use to completely skip that section. Later i started giving 10 min's to each essay, only writing the useful points. on the day of actual GMAT i was striving hard to complete my essays. on that day i realised that i have a terrible typing speed. By the end of AWA section i was feeling stiffness in both my hands.

verbal preparation:- i started with OG12 and felt most comfortable in doing CR. SC and RC was not good. I was doing lot of mistakes in SC ques and RC always took more than alloted time (say 10 min for a passage with 5 questions). Accuracy was also low. if i do 20-20-20 questions, there were around 12 SC 14-15 CR and 12-13 RC answers correct in each section.

Then i came to know about MGMAT SC and powerscore CR bible. I went through both the books. Definitely i felt that my SC has improved after reading MGMAT SC but i can't say anything about CR. still i had no definite approach to crack CR questions. Still i was using my instinct to solve them. Read the question and solve them.

Then i moved to OG10. I solved all SC and CR from questions from it. SC accuracy was still 14 and CR 16 out of 20 questions. After that i solved RC from Verbal review book 11th edition. i was never able to solve RC questions in alloted time. if i spend more time accuracy will be high but if i spent less time then i will do mistakes. i have to read the passage atleast twice, and then related paragraphs while solving questions.

Also i never studied in 3 - 4 hrs blocks. I always use to take break after 1 hr. i think that habit cost me dearly. i was not able to concentrate during my GMAT exam and was feeling exhausted. i was just passively doing the questions.

Yesterday i came across this fact on one of the site but don't know about its authenticity.

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i got the same pattern. my first question was SC, i felt it was very easy. 2nd question was again SC. Third question was RC and 4th question was a passage to me. It was a small passage but extremely abstract. i guess I failed miserably while doing that passage. i was more worried about the time and at the same time was feeling fatigue too so i went on and on and finished verbal section 2 mins before the alloted 75 minutes time.

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I took my test last Saturday. AWA was ok.. Did fairly well.. Hope to see 4.5 in AWAs.

When i got to the maths section, i completely lost focus of the questions. I was pretty sure I wasnt getting most of the questions right. Even though i didnt know the score in maths then i was pretty much aware that it would be around 46-47.(I got 47 in Maths.).So basically i was disappointed and tired. I made the most out of my break. I had fresh juice during the 6 mins break. had a banana, washed my face and started with the verbals 2 mins late.. Used the entire break time to regain my focus.

Finished the verbals with 4 mins to spare. Got 44(97 percentile) in verbals..

 

Net score was 730.

 

How i prepared for my test and some tips that might help you prepare: Maths was always my strong side. I never got less than 50 in maths in any of the practice test i took (which includes MGMAT tests, 800 Score test series, gmatPrep, GMAC paper tests.) So over confidence basically screwed me in Maths.. Still while preparing for my verbals i had adopted a strategy for such situations. I used to study verbals every day for 1.1 hours IMMEDIATELY after coming home from work.I am sure, We are all exhausted after coming home from work. So i used to solve 41 questions in 70 mins(not 75) and then review my answers and write down my mistakes, make notes.I realised the fatigue that was bound to creep in after the 1st practice test i gave. I didnt solve a lot of verbal questions: just solved OG10,OG12,Verbal reviews and some practice tests. Took 2.5 months for my Gmat preparations. But most importantly i used to put more time on review than solving each question. So that each week i was one step ahead and a little more prepared. so reviewing your mistakes,every time you make them, and making notes will definately improve your score in verbals.

As far as the books are concerned i did all my verbal theory from MGMAT only.

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Shreeman,

I can understand the feeling you get after seeing the final score. I have been through the same. Even though I scored only in the 570's in my practice test, I was thinking that I can give my best at the exam and get a decent score of at least 650. I got 580 in the actual exam. I knew for sure that the score is not a reflection of my true ability. But with a test like GMAT, it is the right attitude and right preparation that would bring in the results.

 

"Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort". How true that is.

 

Anyone who wants to crack GMAT has to put a good amount of effort. If that happens, I am sure he/she will succeed. I am trying for that now.

I am yet to take a date for my second attempt. I hope I can do justice to my talent next time.

 

Cheers and good luck dude.

 

-andspeed

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Hi there,

 

I have registered for MBA at the University of Alberta and I was wondering if you can help me with any links or names of books that will assist me in preparing for GMAT. Thanks!

 

The first time I wrote the GMAT I got a massive headache because of the intense thinking and fatigue. During my prep for the next GMAT attempt I studied in three to four hour blocks without a break. When I wrote the GMAT the second time, fatigue did not come into play at all. In fact I probably could have done another 45mins, simply because the test was as long as my regular study sessions that I did 20 times. How did you prepare for verbal? I went from 39th percentile on verbal my first time to 83rd percentile my second time. You can do it! Let me know how you prepared and maybe I can steer you in the right direction! Hang in there! You have an excellent quantitative score; im jealous.
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