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Computer glitch in GMAT verbal grading! [#permalink]
10 Feb 2007, 04:19
I had exactly the same problem with verbal section. You are a native English speaker and constantly score close to 35 in the practice test. You felt great after the verbal test but only got 20. I scored 28-30 in my practice verbal test, I did SC1000 and got 65% correct rate. When I took the test I did not feel very bad. I got an incredible low score in my verbal section. That score means I canâ€™t read and write in English. But in the mean time, I got 4.5 in my writing. How frustrate, they donâ€™t even tell me how many questions I got right or wrong. After I posted my experience, I got several private messages from the folks in this forum, and they had the same problem with the verbal exam. Some people stated they got low 20 or teens, comparing to 35-40 practice score. In the mean time, I never heard complaint about math score. I took GRE a few years ago and my verbal score is above 50% percentage rank. I donâ€™t think GMAT is harder than GRE. There may be some kind of computer glitch in their verbal grading software. This may happen to 5%-10% of the verbal test taker, and we are the part of the group. Most of the test takers still get fair score in verbal. Many people do not believe what I said, but this problem does happen to some of the test takers. BTW I am not wasting another $250 to take this ridiculous test. The program I applied does not require it. My GRE verbal score and GMAT writing score already proved my average English verbal ability. GMAT is just so unfair to us(may be not to everybody)!
Dave, congratulations on being over with the test. Secondly, as much as I understand how you feel, don't discard the possibility of you actually scoring low. Remember how the CAT works, if you answer a question right, you get a tougher one, if not an easier one, etc.
So, for eg., you may have answered wrongly 2 or 3 questions out of the first five and then 1 out 3 or 4 right for the rest of the exam and score a 20. The problem is you would have been answering easy questions right and not getting much points for doing so.
Additionally, don't rely too much on being a native speaker. In GMAT you'd be running out of time constantly if you have not developed a specific approach to the test.
Furthermore, eventhough OG is a good predictor of actual performance, it is a good predictor of post-preparation performance. Eg: you take OG sometime within your preparation and score 700. Then you prepare for an extra month, really get in the mood, and score around 700 in the actual exam. But scoring 650 - 700 in OG and sitting for GMAT the following day may yield anything from 500 to 650.