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690 (Q42,V42) Frustrated and need advice, at a loss of words

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sonofasaracen Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Default Avatar
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690 (Q42,V42) Frustrated and need advice, at a loss of words

Post Thu Dec 29, 2016 2:41 pm
Guys, I just took my latest GMAT exam and I’m sitting here beating myself up. Honestly stuck on deciding what my next move should be. My GMAT journey has been looong, roughly 6 months, and I have placed it at my highest of priorities. I worked my butt off for 6 months with the aim of attaining a 700+.

Look below for all my Gmat Practice and Official Tests. As you can see I’m super perseverant and have a tremendous work ethic.

The latest Official GMAT that I just took is a great score! However, I’m disappointed with myself for two reasons. One, I scored far far far below my quantitative average score of the past eight tests, 45. Two, my IR score is abysmal and also far far below my typical IR average.

Here are my questions:
    1) Do you think it’s worth it to take this test again? Should I mistrust the feeling that I deserve a higher score based on previous performances?
    2) The next date I can take the test, 16 days from today, is a few days after the majority of Top Ten second round applications are due.
    a. Can I still apply and provide them with an updated score?
    b. How bad are my odds of acceptance if I wait until their third round of applications?
    3) If I decide to keep the score, how bad will this latest IR score look with the rest of my GMAT application portion? How bad will it look if I choose to apply outside of top 10, like UT Austin?
    a. I scored a 5.5/6 on my previous essay and I feel that I did significantly better on this essay


My background
    - Mechanical Engineer undergraduate from UT Austin with 3.7/4 GPA (Magne Cum Laude)
    - 4 Years work experience in one of the top 5 Oil and Gas Companies


My Scores
    1) MGMAT: 440 (Q23, V28) (IR: 2)(Dry run, no studying at all)
    2) MGMAT: 580 (Q40, V31) (IR: 4)
    3) MGMAT: 580 (Q39, V31) (IR: 4)
    4) Kaplan: 640 (Q44, V34) (IR:6)
    5) Kaplan: 620 (Q41, V34)(IR: 6)
    6) MGMAT: 620 (Q43, V32) (IR:6)
    7) GMAC: 680 (Q43, V40) (IR: 8)
    8) Kaplan: 450(Q46, V5) (Rage Quit)
    9) MGMAT: 650 (Q45, V34) (IR: 5)
    10) Kaplan: 680 (Q45, V39) (IR: 8)
    11) MGMAT: 640 (Q45, V33) (IR:6)
    12) GMAC: 640 (Q46, V32) (IR:6)
    13) Official Test: 660 (Q45, V36) (IR:5)
    14) GMAC: 690 (Q45, V40) (IR: 8)
    15) Official Test: 690 (Q42, V42) (IR:2)



In between the 14th and 15th test I spent my focus on mastering the verbal portion and reducing my test anxiety through the practice of meditation; both of which helped tremendously. However, this was not at the expense of getting out of practice with Quant, I drilled Quant just as hard as before. Therefore, the score is baffling for me because of both Quant and IR. Very very very frustrated right now with the thought of lost potential “Had I only done as good as usual on Quant…..” Crying or Very sad

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jaiyeolab Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Default Avatar
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sonofasaracen wrote:
In between the 14th and 15th test I spent my focus on mastering the verbal portion and reducing my test anxiety through the practice of meditation;
I hope that things worked out great for you. I am wondering if you could share with me the things you did for meditation? I think focus is bringing me down and making me miss easy questions I would otherwise get.

Thanks in advance

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I wanted to pop in here to talk briefly about meditation.

It's an amazing tool to up level people's focus and concentration - - among a whole host of other improvements, however it's something that one would gain benefit over time. If you don't have time, then your best bet is to explore other options which get rid of symptoms or build in ways you'd LIKE to be, like EFT, EMDR, NLP and Hypnosis. These are aligned with CBT, cognitive behavioral therapy, but take much less time. I've worked with students thew weekend before a GMAT and they've improved 230 points, with NO content study. Stuff works.

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jaiyeolab Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Default Avatar
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Post Sun May 28, 2017 7:18 pm
sonofasaracen wrote:
In between the 14th and 15th test I spent my focus on mastering the verbal portion and reducing my test anxiety through the practice of meditation;
I hope that things worked out great for you. I am wondering if you could share with me the things you did for meditation? I think focus is bringing me down and making me miss easy questions I would otherwise get.

Thanks in advance

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Post Mon May 29, 2017 11:03 am
I wanted to pop in here to talk briefly about meditation.

It's an amazing tool to up level people's focus and concentration - - among a whole host of other improvements, however it's something that one would gain benefit over time. If you don't have time, then your best bet is to explore other options which get rid of symptoms or build in ways you'd LIKE to be, like EFT, EMDR, NLP and Hypnosis. These are aligned with CBT, cognitive behavioral therapy, but take much less time. I've worked with students thew weekend before a GMAT and they've improved 230 points, with NO content study. Stuff works.

Contact me if you'd like more information or check out portions of our book about things you can do immediately. Link is below!

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Bara Sapir, MA, CHt, CNLP
Founder/CEO & GMAT Badass Test Prep New York/Test Prep San Francisco
Maximize your Score, Minimize your Stress!

WORKSHOP:mindflowclass.com
BOOK: http://tinyurl.com/TPNYSC
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1) Do you think it’s worth it to take this test again? Should I mistrust the feeling that I deserve a higher score based on previous performances?
A 690 is the highest score that you've gotten on any test, so you need to think about what would be required to score higher. I would say: don't schedule another test yet, but study for another month to try to improve. If you're getting CAT scores of 710 or above, then retake it.

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2) The next date I can take the test, 16 days from today, is a few days after the majority of Top Ten second round applications are due.
a. Can I still apply and provide them with an updated score?
Schools have different policies on this. Some may only let you retake if there is an extenuating circumstance (medical issue that wouldn't allow you to take it before, etc). You'll have to call the admissions department and ask.

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b. How bad are my odds of acceptance if I wait until their third round of applications?
Conventional wisdom is that there's not much difference between 1st and 2nd round, but much more difference between 2nd and 3rd. By the 3rd round, the school may already have accepted 80-90% of their class, and are just looking for the SUPER-special applicants with unique stories to round out their class. If you story isn't that unique, it's probably better to apply round 2 with a 690 than round 3 with a 710.

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3) If I decide to keep the score, how bad will this latest IR score look with the rest of my GMAT application portion? How bad will it look if I choose to apply outside of top 10, like UT Austin?
ALWAYS KEEP THE SCORE. Even if you decide to retake, never cancel a score! They only look at your top score. More here: https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/blog/2016/07/14/scheduling-your-gmat-everything-you-need-to-know-about-booking-cancelling-reporting-etc/

Generally, schools still care way less about IR than about the 200-800 score. A 2 isn't great, but it probably won't be a dealbreaker, unless you're interested in applying to consulting firms after b-school. Those firms often use IR as part of the hiring process.

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a. I scored a 5.5/6 on my previous essay and I feel that I did significantly better on this essay
No one cares about the essay. It's almost totally meaningless.

I think you're probably best-served to apply now with the 690 you have. Good luck!

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