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Retake the GMAT after a bad score

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nicogmat92 Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts
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Retake the GMAT after a bad score

Post Mon Jan 05, 2015 7:57 am
Hello Everybody,

I am Italian (so the GMAT is not in my native language) and I am trying the Gmat test to enter in a Business school.
I have a good english knowledge and I am very motivated to get a result > 650.
I did a test in December, this is my story...

I started to prepare my Gmat test in October, when I was in New York, and where I did the Princeton Review Course for a month, twice a week.
Also I have this staff:

Books
GMAT Review OG 2015
Kaplan official book
PrincetonReview books

Software/Online-based material
GMATPrep Default Exam Pack
PrincetonReview software
Kaplan Software

I’m posting the scores from Princeton, Kaplan and CAT below:

Kaplan 1 (CAt1) 440(39-11) 6th october
Kaplan 2 540(44-17) 12th october
Kaplan 3 580(39-33) 16th october
Kaplan 4 560(46-19) 27th october
Princeton 1 560(40-27) 3rd november
Princeton 2 530 (43-20) 11th november
GmatDefault 1 540(41-23) 15th december
Princeton 3 550(38-27) 1st december
Princeton 4 570(39-29) 3rd december
Princeton 5 520(43-19) 4th december
GmatDefaul2 530(44-20) 6th december
Princeton 7 630 finally broke the six-hundred wall
Princeton 6 570(37-32) 16th december
GmatDefaul1 (retake) 610(44-30) 17th december

And then 4 days before the test (23rd december), my last two tests:
Princeton 8 460(32-22) 19th december
Princeton 9 470(32-23) 20th december

The day of the test, I thought to be ready, I did a very good essay, I got 4 in IR, I did a good math, and I thought a good Verbal.
Final Score?...530...
I was very upset, I know that I am not the best in Verbal, but that day everything was clear

I did this test the 23rd of December, and now I am planning to retake it the 29th of December.
As you can see, I am not the best, but I am not bad in math, but I can not do a good Verbal part, and also my scores are not scaling big!
What do you suggest?
I have a lot of problems with the verbal part, I started to read books in English and watching movies, but of course, this is not enough.
I saw this software:
EMPOWERgmat online course
I am going to do the free trial day.

I really need help to create a Studying plan for January and some advices with the Verbal part.
(I have January free, so I can study all the day, if it i necessary)
Best regards to everybody and thank you for your answers.

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nicogmat92 Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts
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Post Tue Jan 13, 2015 1:40 am
Rich.C@EMPOWERgmat.com wrote:
Hi Nico,

You did not mention it in your prior post, but what were your Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores when you scored 530?

I also have a few more questions about how you studied:

1) When you took your practice CATs, did you take the ENTIRE CAT (including the Essay and IR sections)?
2) What time of day did you take your CATs and what time of day did you take the GMAT?

3) How did you sleep the night before your GMAT?
4) How long is the ride to the Testing Center?

Have you done any studying so far in January? If so, then what have you been working on and what materials have you been using?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich
Hey Rich,
I can not remember very well, but I think was 44-22.

Yes when I do a Cat, I usually do all the test.
I did the test in the same period of the day in which I used to do Cats.

I slept well, I am not a person scared by exams, but I can remember that my test was in the afternoon, and in the morning I studied a bit (watched my error notebook, and the formulas)
Was 20 minute ride, But the 29th is going to be a little bit more, because I changed the exam place.

I am studying all the day in January, 7-8 hours per day, I bought your course (EmpowerGmat). It is very useful, I just finished the Stage 1, and in the first Cat I got a 590 (44-27).

If you have any type of advices, they are going to be very useful!!!
Thank you again.

Nico

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Post Tue Jan 13, 2015 11:41 am
Hi Nico,

After taking a CAT, it's really important to do a full review of that CAT. Most Test Takers get questions wrong for just a handful of different reasons, so it's important to figure out WHY you're getting questions wrong. How many times was it because of a silly/little mistake? How many times was it because the question was too hard? How often was it because you didn't know a particular rule/concept? Focus on fixing the silly/little mistakes first (they're usually the most frequent cause of wrong answers) and you'd be amazed at how quickly your score can increase.

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

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nicogmat92 Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts
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Post Tue Jan 13, 2015 1:40 am
Rich.C@EMPOWERgmat.com wrote:
Hi Nico,

You did not mention it in your prior post, but what were your Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores when you scored 530?

I also have a few more questions about how you studied:

1) When you took your practice CATs, did you take the ENTIRE CAT (including the Essay and IR sections)?
2) What time of day did you take your CATs and what time of day did you take the GMAT?

3) How did you sleep the night before your GMAT?
4) How long is the ride to the Testing Center?

Have you done any studying so far in January? If so, then what have you been working on and what materials have you been using?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich
Hey Rich,
I can not remember very well, but I think was 44-22.

Yes when I do a Cat, I usually do all the test.
I did the test in the same period of the day in which I used to do Cats.

I slept well, I am not a person scared by exams, but I can remember that my test was in the afternoon, and in the morning I studied a bit (watched my error notebook, and the formulas)
Was 20 minute ride, But the 29th is going to be a little bit more, because I changed the exam place.

I am studying all the day in January, 7-8 hours per day, I bought your course (EmpowerGmat). It is very useful, I just finished the Stage 1, and in the first Cat I got a 590 (44-27).

If you have any type of advices, they are going to be very useful!!!
Thank you again.

Nico

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Post Tue Jan 13, 2015 11:41 am
Hi Nico,

After taking a CAT, it's really important to do a full review of that CAT. Most Test Takers get questions wrong for just a handful of different reasons, so it's important to figure out WHY you're getting questions wrong. How many times was it because of a silly/little mistake? How many times was it because the question was too hard? How often was it because you didn't know a particular rule/concept? Focus on fixing the silly/little mistakes first (they're usually the most frequent cause of wrong answers) and you'd be amazed at how quickly your score can increase.

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

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Post Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:25 pm
Hi Nico,

You did not mention it in your prior post, but what were your Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores when you scored 530?

I also have a few more questions about how you studied:

1) When you took your practice CATs, did you take the ENTIRE CAT (including the Essay and IR sections)?
2) What time of day did you take your CATs and what time of day did you take the GMAT?

3) How did you sleep the night before your GMAT?
4) How long is the ride to the Testing Center?

Have you done any studying so far in January? If so, then what have you been working on and what materials have you been using?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

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Contact Rich at Rich.C@empowergmat.com

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