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BAFFLED! Performance feel not reflecting score of 610 [#permalink] New post 08 May 2011, 02:18
Hi all - I'm new to this forum (although I had joined a long time ago) and recently took the GMAT after interrupted studying for over a year. I have a job which keeps me on planes, hotel rooms and airport lounges the majority of the year and thus my studying patterns have been erratic. However I've been focused on studying the last 2 months and ended up scoring a 610 (Q46: V28).

I've been shooting for a 680 and here are all my practice exam results:

MGMAT 1: 630 (Q40: V36)
MGMAT 2: 640 (Q43: V34)
MGMAT 3: 660 (Q44: V36)
MGMAT 4: 630 (Q39: V37)
MGMAT 5: 650 (Q44: V36)
MGMAT 6: 660 (Q45: V35)
Veritas: 620 (Q40: V37)
Princeton Review: 600 (Q40: V33)
Kaplan: 610 (Q39: V37)
GMAT Trial 1 May 2011: 610 (Q46: V28)

As you can see I've been consistently scoring within my 30 point standard deviation 610-670 and happen to score on the lower end of the range of the day of the exam.

THIS IS MY BAFFLING ISSUE: I truly felt I bombed the math and felt I did very well on the verbal and lo and behold I score the my HIGHEST composite score (EVER) in the math and LOWEST composite score (EVER) on the verbal!

I'm thinking if I would have scored Q46 and V37 that would certainly put me at 680. I attribute the recent mismatch in my score due to the incredibly low probability of sieving through the countable questions in math correctly and getting most experimental questions on the verbal correctly and missing the ones that actually count! Any thoughts on this?

I've already signed up to take the GMAT again at the end of August so would love to hear your thoughts on how I could prepare a self-study "test-taking/strategy focused" game plan from now until then.

I've finished the following books:

1) All 8 MGMAT books
2) OG 11 and 12
3) OG Verbal 1st and 2nd editions
4) OG Math 1st and 2nd editions
5) Kaplan Premier
6) Princeton

I do better on reading comprehension and sentence correction than critical reasoning and better on problem solving than data sufficiency. I certainly need more practice on geometry, probability and permutation/combination questions.

Would love to hear your thoughts on how I should go about the next 3 months of studying and how I could bump up my score to 680-700!

Thank you all in advance!
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Re: BAFFLED! Performance feel not reflecting score of 610 [#permalink] New post 08 May 2011, 04:05
So just came across an old thread discussing how GMAC screwed up with the testing algorithm on the verbal back in 2001 - anyone who's taking the exam recently experienced anything odd about their verbal score?
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Re: BAFFLED! Performance feel not reflecting score of 610 [#permalink] New post 08 May 2011, 04:45
Hi,

Even i was baffled my GMAT score. I took my test in first week of may. I was consistently scoring above 650's in my practice tests(MGMAT and GMAT prep). I ended up having a 570 on the test day(In my first test without any practice i scored 580!!). I thought may be due to stress i didn't ended up scoring that well, but i didn't feel like i was doing that bad. I have read one more post, who had the same issue. It's by jeepsdaddy.

Don't know, but there seems to be a a little pattern here.
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Re: BAFFLED! Performance feel not reflecting score of 610 [#permalink] New post 08 May 2011, 05:13
What were your composite scores for verbal and math? Was there a massive difference between one over another?
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Re: BAFFLED! Performance feel not reflecting score of 610 [#permalink] New post 08 May 2011, 05:38
I'm thinking back to my exam and the only thing I can also think of (other than the experimental questions) is that I specifically remember spending a considerable amount of time on the first 10 questions in math and most of them were arithmetic/algebra focused which is my strongest area.

I could have very well gotten many verbal questions incorrectly in the beginning which might have damaged my score. Who knows!

I'm currently setting up a study plan based on this website for the next few months and I've been inspired by the amount of success stories here and makes you feel that you should remain positive that the exam is BEATABLE!
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Re: BAFFLED! Performance feel not reflecting score of 610 [#permalink] New post 08 May 2011, 06:27
Hi,

I scored (Q39,V29). For me in quant, i was able to get the answers. In verbal also it felt as i was doing ok. I felt after completing the test that i would score around the 650 mark, but i was surprised to see the score. As of now, i think most probably it was the stress which didn't let me gauge correctly how well i was doing the test.
I would again give the test in 2 months time after more categorised preparation and as well as stress management.
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Re: BAFFLED! Performance feel not reflecting score of 610 [#permalink] New post 08 May 2011, 07:49
I honestly think, GMAC has found other ways of tricking people on the exam.. If you ask me, I took the exam the first time in 2009 and i hadn't studied as much as i have now. I can honestly say that the questions are more trickier especially in verbal and that i haven't been able to replicate my first verbal scores.

The gmatprep is NOT a true rep of the exam as of now. I understand they are supposed to update that in January of 2012.

BTW, this is just from my experience and my opinion. That being said i know a couple of people who feel the same after taking the exam 3-4 years ago
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Re: BAFFLED! Performance feel not reflecting score of 610 [#permalink] New post 09 May 2011, 20:12
I attempted GMAT three weeks ago, and I don't think that the core questions, which test various concepts, have changed a lot. Yes, the standard has lifted. Since I took three tests before, I can tell you from my experience. Now, you need to work on your concept and strategy. In the first two months, your approach should be to work on your weakness. The final month should be reserved to practice your strengths. The final month should not be used to learn new stuffs. And in three months, practice CATs and formulate your strategies such as not to do sequence of mistakes,etc.
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