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GMAT: 480 to 640, the story is not over!

Yesterday I took the GMAT for the third time, and I must confess I’m really GMAT logodisappointed (AGAIN) with my final performance on the test. I scored 640 – Q47, V31, AWA5.5. I’m starting to wonder whether someone is playing any tricks on me…

Just to summarize my path with this test, I took the GMAT for the first time on July 13th and scored 480(29%) – Q31(27%), V25(35%), AWA5. I wasn’t prepared enough and I didn’t have any strategies to overcome the test. For my second attempt, I studied for more than two months and I took the test again on the 7th of October, scoring 580(57%) – Q42(59%), V28(48%), AWA5.5. That time I screwed my chances on getting a good score when I failed to manage the most important fact in the GMAT: time. I run out of time on both section and I had to skip several questions (five on the quant and up to eight on the verbal) to get to finish the exam.

After this, I identified my weaknesses and practiced, especially on timing. After this, I did several GMAT Prep tests to train myself and to get used to the exam. Every morning during the weekends, for the last two weeks before my exam, I took a prep test, with the following results: 710 (Q48, V38) on 11/12, 690 (Q48, V35) on 11/13, 760 (Q49, V42) on 11/19 and 750 (Q50, V41) on 11/20.

On all the prep tests, I put into practice strategies to improve my score in SC, CR and to manage time throughout the whole test. I always finished with several minutes left on the clock and I was really sure about my possibilities to get a good score on the 22nd.

I woke up after a really good night sleep on the test day, and I did stuff that I enjoyed (I wanted to be relaxed and in a good mood before the test). I got 30 minutes early to the test center, and started the AWA really confident. This time I struggled a little bit more with the passages, I didn’t like the topics and I had a harder time figuring out stuff to write about.

After the AWA, I did a quick break and started the quant section. I couldn’t begin this section worst, as I didn’t know the answer for the first question. After this, I got two or three more questions where I had to make an educated guess, but overall I was happy with my performance.

I did another break, ate some chocolate and went in to finish the job. I started the Verbal very confident, and knowing that this time I would beat the GMAT (by the way, thanks to all the beatthegmat folks for such a wonderful and helpful resource). I just had a hard time with one text, and I just skipped one CR question. I found challenging many SC: in several questions I found an answer with a different meaning but a correct structure, and an answer with the same meaning, but a bad structure. Overall, I chose the “same meaning, worst structure” answers. I don’t know whether this was the reason for such a low score.

I finished the test, went through all the research and background questions and got to the real thing: to submit or not to submit, that is the question. “Sure men! You did really well today, and after all, you didn’t come all this way for nothing!!”, I thought. I clicked the NEXT button and the whole world went upside down, NOT AGAIN!! A 640 and a 31 in the verbal, damn it!!

So! What will I do now? I don’t really know! I’m thinking about retaking the test for the last time, after all, I KNOW I can get a much higher score!! The thing is that I’m running out of time to apply for R2. Either way, I won’t be able to retake the test on time before R2 of two of the Schools I want to apply to, so I’ll have to go with the 640, afterall, the GMAT is just a small part of the application.

Before I end this post, I want to thank the people from Club-MBA, I’m really grateful for all their help and support, you’re awesome guys!

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10 thoughts on “GMAT: 480 to 640, the story is not over!

  1. Gracias máquina!!
    Para algunas no da tiempo… Como pronto podría presentarme el 23 de Dic, y acabo de comprobar que tienen disponible el día 28 de Dic. Sería un buen regalo de navidad, no?

  2. Siento mucho tu resultado! Aunque estoy seguro que con esa nota puedes entrar! 😉

    Piénsalo, aunque yo aplicaría a la vez que lo intento de nuevo!

    Mucha sueeerte!

  3. A seguir rascando. La perseverancia es uno de las cualidades más efectivas y menos valoradas que existen. ¡Ánimo!

    Me ha llamado la atención que llegases 30 minutos antes al test center. ¡A ver si va a tener eso algo que ver!

    Yo, cinco minutos antes del examen, estaba en mitad del campo con la cabeza metida en un charco de barro ponzoñoso. Algún día os contaré cómo llegué a verme en esa tesitura.

    ¡Mucha suerte!

    • ¡¡Muchras gracias Miguel!!

      Salgo siempre con tiempo de antelación por si las moscas… Lo bueno es que suelo comenzar el examen nada más llegar, nunca he tenido que esperar más de 5 minutos a que me tomaran los datos. Llego, pim, pam y ale, ¡¡”pal” matadero!!

      ¡Un abrazo!

  4. Buenas,

    No te desanimes. Yo también acabo de examinarme del GMAT y, aunque me ha ido algo mejor, también me salió peor de lo esperado. En mi caso las claves han sido las siguientes:
    + Trabajar mucho SC: era mi punto más flaco (el mejor libro para ello es Manhattan GMAT SC guide).
    + Simular las condiciones del examen: Cada sábado y domingo me acercaba a la oficina para simular el examen en un entorno no tan cómodo como el de casa.
    + Realizar la totalidad del examen: Inicialmente me saltaba el AWA. Pero si no ejercitas el examen en su totalidad el día de la verdad llegaras destrozado al final del Verbal.

    Muchos ánimos y espero que mis consejos te sean útiles en caso de que te decidas por realizar de nuevo el examen.

    • ¡Gracias Imanol!

      Ya me he leído MGMAT SC Guide y sinceramente sí que se nota un antes y un después.

      Respecto a simular el examen al completo, ¡tendré que hacerlo! Nunca he hecho el AWA, ya que se me dan realmente bien, pero bueno, probaré a ver qué tal.

      Me presento de nuevo el 4 de enero, esperemos que pueda seguir mejorando mi nota.

      ¡Saludos!

      • Bueno, si finalmente la cosa se queda entorno a esta nota no te desanimes, conozco a gente que ha podido entrar en las mejores escuelas con un GMAT de 640 que compensa con un buen GPA.

        ¡Ánimo!

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