A Frustrating Day & Night on GMAT Prep

After just completing the quant section of a Veritas test exam, I’m frustrated and embarrassed I scored so low—a 39Q, lower than my high which was a 45Q. In practice exams back in March, I’ve seen this quant score before. Really wonder if this is for me.  I know I should keep at it, but at this point it’s just becoming embarrassing.

The only positive note was that the things I got wrong during this practice exam were topics I haven’t covered yet with my tutor.  One would see/hear that and say, “Well it looks like you’re on the right track!”  What I say to that is, “I don’t care. I want to see an improvement every time I take an exam.”

The last topic we went over was number properties.  I’m starting to get the very basics, but if something new is thrown at me, I don’t know how to think around it.  We’ll definitely need to spend at least two more sessions going over that alone. When I look ahead to all of the topics that we still need to cover, I just hear the cash register sound going off in my head.  Cha-Ching. Cha-Ching because I know I have many more weeks before I’m completely ready.  Then on top of that there’s one thing to be ready while it’s another thing to be confident. I do have a deadline in my head and a potential exam date so that’s what I’m aiming towards.

Well, part of my homework is to get proper amounts of sleep.  Since it’s almost midnight, I need to start getting ready for bed.

This report is adapted from Richard Battle-Baxter’s blog posts at “Ellipsing My Way…To Business School.”

Previous posts by Richard at Poets&Quants:

Should You Hire an MBA Consultant?

Study for the GMAT or Polish Off an Essay?

Am I Really Cut Out For This?

My First Round Applications Are Looking Elusive

  • @Yadgyu – i refuse to sell myself short and agree that I “lucked up” and got in. I disagree with everything you said but it’s not worth the argument. Thanks for your opinion and good luck w/ your endeavors though.

  • So you lucked up and got in, eh? Good job. Remember that money is the only worthy goal in life. If you aren’t in it for the money, then quit. There are enough people wasting time “changing the world”. Believe me, the world ain’t worth it, so grab that cash and don’t look back!

  • @Yadgyu – really? again? I thought we’ve been through this before, but that’s okay. So this post came when – last summer? Why did I blog right after that? Well because to write 2 paragraphs, in a venting manner, takes 5 minutes. The energy exuded was nothing after that much studying.

    Lol @ not seeming very serious about business school. Go back and read all 300+ posts then. Also, next month I will be off to b-school, so I’m good to go.

    Thanks again for the comment though. Much appreciated.

  • What happened man? You messed up big time. Why are you blogging? You do not seem very serious about business school to me.

  • No worries! I’m sure it’s an anomaly too. All I keep in mind is that the GMAT is a great barrier to entry into b-school. No big deal – just gotta get it done right? (staying optimistic haha)

  • Andrew

    I’m sorry. I misread your post. I thought you were embarrassed by your 45Q.

    I understand. Going down that much is disheartening. I’m sure it was an anomaly. I remember taking a practice test, and my overall score was almost 50 points less than the one I had taken before it.

    Sometimes things just don’t click.

    Good luck, Richard. I’m applying this fall, but luckily, I’m done with the GMAT process.

  • I didn’t include my test score in that post. It was actually a 39Q, so to go from a 45Q -> 39Q was disheartening for the moment. I now know what I need to work on, so I’m not too too concerned about it just yet. Before when I got the 39Q I was at the top of my range, whereas now I know the 39Q is at the bottom of my range.

  • I didn’t include my test score in that post. It was actually a 39Q, so to go from a 45Q -> 39Q was disheartening for the moment. I now know what I need to work on, so I’m not too too concerned about it just yet. Before when I got the 39Q I was at the top of my range, whereas now I know the 39Q is at the bottom of my range.

  • Andy

    Frustrated or disappointed… sure. But “embarrassed” by a 45Q? Remember that 72% of GMAT test takers don’t score that high, and many would be proud to have a 45Q.