Yesterday I took the GMAT for the third time, and I must confess I’m really disappointed (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!