So readers I listened to some of you asked me to retake the GMAT, and I did take it again. So what I scored is 700(Q48 V38). Am I happy?? Yes… I am happy to be done with my GMAT. Am I satisfied? No..I was expecting my verbal score around 42+ but I am definitely done with my GMAT at this point. I have a decent Q-V score breakdown. I feel I should have scored this on my second attempt because I didn’t do anything drastically different on this attempt. That is beside the point now.
I took my GMAT on 18th August. It was planned at 8.00AM and it was in a town 2 hour drive from where I live. Luckily my girlfriend’s parents live very close by so we both decided to pay them a visit. The day before the test I did not study at all. I drove to my girlfriend’s parents’ place. I helped my girlfriend and her mom with some work in their farm and horse stable. Visited the test center and then watched the Lord of The Ring – The Fellowship of The Ring for the first time in my life. Next morning woke up around 6AM and ate decent breakfast (Toast and English Breakfast Tea) drove to the test center.
I was very calm right before the test. I know the feeling going through my mind was “oh I just want to get done and come to a conclusion of this tedious process. Oh after the test I am going to my friend’s wedding..Nice!!! I am pretty sure my friend is going to bike to his wedding and he has out favourite burrito place have cater the food.. hah..I just want to get done with this test. “
I am not kidding, those were the exact thoughts I had going through my head. I started with AWA and IR section, I think I did pretty well there. Took the break, had some cold-coffee I brought and half the granola bar. Started my quant section. I knew that I might struggle with timing on quant so I was constantly keeping tab on my time. I remember I use the notepad grid to answer two of the geom questions and one number line question. It took me 50sec max to answer those questions.
So my advice, use the grid on the notepad they give you as much as you can. It not only helps you to get to answer faster but you can be very sure of answer if you have done the scaling right. For example one of the questions was about two lines. GMAT had given me slope of one line and x intercept. Other line was perpendicular to the first line. I just went through multiple scenarios and found out the answer(slope of the second line). I rechecked the answer after the test with equation and I was right. It took me probably 40 seconds to find that answer with the help of the grid.
I took the break after quant and ate rest of the food I brought with me, had some water, used the restroom and back to tackle the verbal section. I started off pretty well. I noticed that lot of SC questions were focused on meaning. I couldn’t find grammatical errors easily; they were more focused on the word choice and active and passive voice.
By the time I was at q # 15, I was exhausted. Here the real struggle began. I believe this is the reason I did not score as well as I hoped to. I was struggling to keep my focus. I was reading SC questions with CR mind set. Taking notes and looking for conclusion and premise in SC questions. I caught myself taking notes about assumptions in SC question. That is when I became more aware and try to focus more.
I finished my verbal section with this kind of mixed feelings and went through the standard questionnaire and clicked on report the score. I saw 700. My first thought was “dang it, it could have been just 20 point higher if I would have gotten two more questions right in verbal or quant”. I was falling for the famous trap of “not enough GMAT score” and I told myself don’t waste your time analysing this too much just accept it and this is a good score indeed. So most probably I am not going to retake it unless I find a very compelling reason to do so.
So major take away
- Use the grid and graphic method in quant section if you are pressed for time
- Verbal section: practice on your concentration and stamina. Whenever you practice, do it with multiple questions type in one session. That will train your mind to alternate through different thinking required during the test.
So what is next?? Essays.. the fun part.