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580-Clearly retaking and looking for advice / encouragement!

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Post Fri Jan 19, 2007 6:35 am
Let me give you a brief background of my experience. I studied for about a month focusing on problem solving and sentence correction for the majority of my time. I took the exam on about 2 hours of sleep because of test anxiety and felt absolutely exhausted. It was a terrible experience, I absolutely froze - when the second Math problem popped up I looked at it in excitement because I thought "oh I know this, it will take me about 20 seconds". It took me 4 minutes, I couldn't organize a single thought, it felt like I was trying to read chinese. Thats how I felt the rest of the test, like I had studied french for a spanish exam. I am going to retake the exam and am looking for some advice, I have pretty much every study aid that people have suggested and really want some words of encouragement of people who have risen their score drastically, I am shooting for the "benchmark" 700 but would be content with anything over 670 because the rest of my application / experience / essays are all extremely strong.

To anyone who reads and replies, thank you for your input it is greatly appreciated.

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Hey there,

I'm betting you just psyched yourself out. The first time I took the test after about a month of studying, I was super nervous and totally stressed myself out. Needless to say, I was v. disapointed in my score. After the test, I just ran to a computer and scheduled a second test a month after the first. This time, I didn't study at all. I probably took about 20 minutes to look over some notes and memorize a couple of math formulas. I managed to get a great night's sleep the night before and was very happy to see that my score rose substantially-- I ended up getting over 700, which was my original goal.

So good luck and remember not to stress!

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Post Wed Jan 24, 2007 11:33 am
pixiesalt8 wrote:
Hey there,

I'm betting you just psyched yourself out. The first time I took the test after about a month of studying, I was super nervous and totally stressed myself out. Needless to say, I was v. disapointed in my score. After the test, I just ran to a computer and scheduled a second test a month after the first. This time, I didn't study at all. I probably took about 20 minutes to look over some notes and memorize a couple of math formulas. I managed to get a great night's sleep the night before and was very happy to see that my score rose substantially-- I ended up getting over 700, which was my original goal.

So good luck and remember not to stress!
don't stress man, you can do it!!

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Post Mon Jan 22, 2007 9:42 am
Hey there,

I'm betting you just psyched yourself out. The first time I took the test after about a month of studying, I was super nervous and totally stressed myself out. Needless to say, I was v. disapointed in my score. After the test, I just ran to a computer and scheduled a second test a month after the first. This time, I didn't study at all. I probably took about 20 minutes to look over some notes and memorize a couple of math formulas. I managed to get a great night's sleep the night before and was very happy to see that my score rose substantially-- I ended up getting over 700, which was my original goal.

So good luck and remember not to stress!

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Post Wed Jan 24, 2007 11:33 am
pixiesalt8 wrote:
Hey there,

I'm betting you just psyched yourself out. The first time I took the test after about a month of studying, I was super nervous and totally stressed myself out. Needless to say, I was v. disapointed in my score. After the test, I just ran to a computer and scheduled a second test a month after the first. This time, I didn't study at all. I probably took about 20 minutes to look over some notes and memorize a couple of math formulas. I managed to get a great night's sleep the night before and was very happy to see that my score rose substantially-- I ended up getting over 700, which was my original goal.

So good luck and remember not to stress!
don't stress man, you can do it!!

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I would love to take the test at a different time but everytime I look at test dates / times, the only ones that pop up are scheduled at 9 am.

Both of you thank you for your replies I really appreciate it and am going to start studying again this weekend and will probably set my test for 7 weeks out.[/quote]

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