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680 - Score Error in Verbal? [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2013, 13:48
Hi guys,

Just came back from taking the GMAT and I'm a little shocked with my score - 680 V36 Q47.

I'm mostly just shocked at Verbal score. I have never scored below 40 in any exam and this just came as a huge blow. I took the Economist GMAT tutor course and here are my scores.

Test 1: V42
Test 2: V40
Test 3: V41

GMATPrep 1: V41
GMATPrep 2: V42

Manhattan GMAT 1: V42.
Veritas Prep - Free CAT - V44 (Wednesday - 26th June)

I went to the exam feeling super confident. I slept well, I had went for a little run, had a great breakfast, listened to some music, did some math calc to warm up my brain. I checked in at the center in Chicago downtown, and the Pearson people were super nice. The AWA section and the IR section felt relatively easy and I thought I was ready for the Quant and Verbal.

My math scores have been in the range of 45-48 and I was not surprised with the 47. I even timed out on the very last question. So I'm really surprised at the Verbal score. Granted, at the break after the quant section, I was pissed off at timing out and was thinking about whether to re-take the exam. But I cleared my head and was ready to ace the verbal section. I found the verbal section difficult - Usually I finish with 10-15 minutes remaining. Today I finished with 1 minute remaining. I found the questions gently getting more difficult and I thought this meant that I was getting previous ones correctly and I'm now moving into the really difficult territory.

I'm even thinking of calling GMAC to dispute the verbal score. I just simply cannot believe that I would mess up so much. I've always considered verbal my strong suit.

I couldn't find any recent postings regarding disputing the scores, and I'm wondering whether you guys had any thoughts, suggestions, any anything else in between. All told I think I'll have to deal with the GMAT again :(
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Re: 680 - Score Error in Verbal? [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2013, 17:12
athulr wrote:
Hi guys,

Just came back from taking the GMAT and I'm a little shocked with my score - 680 V36 Q47.

I'm mostly just shocked at Verbal score. I have never scored below 40 in any exam and this just came as a huge blow. I took the Economist GMAT tutor course and here are my scores.

Test 1: V42
Test 2: V40
Test 3: V41

GMATPrep 1: V41
GMATPrep 2: V42

Manhattan GMAT 1: V42.
Veritas Prep - Free CAT - V44 (Wednesday - 26th June)

I went to the exam feeling super confident. I slept well, I had went for a little run, had a great breakfast, listened to some music, did some math calc to warm up my brain. I checked in at the center in Chicago downtown, and the Pearson people were super nice. The AWA section and the IR section felt relatively easy and I thought I was ready for the Quant and Verbal.

My math scores have been in the range of 45-48 and I was not surprised with the 47. I even timed out on the very last question. So I'm really surprised at the Verbal score. Granted, at the break after the quant section, I was pissed off at timing out and was thinking about whether to re-take the exam. But I cleared my head and was ready to ace the verbal section. I found the verbal section difficult - Usually I finish with 10-15 minutes remaining. Today I finished with 1 minute remaining. I found the questions gently getting more difficult and I thought this meant that I was getting previous ones correctly and I'm now moving into the really difficult territory.

I'm even thinking of calling GMAC to dispute the verbal score. I just simply cannot believe that I would mess up so much. I've always considered verbal my strong suit.

I couldn't find any recent postings regarding disputing the scores, and I'm wondering whether you guys had any thoughts, suggestions, any anything else in between. All told I think I'll have to deal with the GMAT again :(


Four points lower then you previous low score on verbal isn't that shocking. The room for error on verbal is very small. People can get -6 on verbal and get a 42 versus -10 on quant and get a 50. The nerves of the test could of caused you to get one to two more problems wrong in each of the verbal sections. That could have caused a drop in your verbal score from v40 to v36. Additionally, taking 10 to 15 minutes more on verbal than you usually do leads me to think you were not sure in your answers. You may want to go over some of the content on verbal to make sure you really have it down.

680 is still a really good score. You're very close to breaking 700. Good luck.
Re: 680 - Score Error in Verbal?   [#permalink] 29 Jun 2013, 17:12
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