My test results are as follows
MGMAT1: 4/5/08 640
Math: 43 -- 70% Verbal: 35 -- 77%
MGMAT2: 4/22/08 650
Math: 45 -- 77% Verbal: 34 -- 72%
MGMAT3: 5/4/2008 730
Math: 48 -- 81% Verbal: 42 -- 85%
MGMAT4: 8/13/2008 650
Math: 45 -- 77% Verbal: 34 -- 72%
GMATPREP: 8/20/2008 670
MGMAT5: 8/24/08 700
Math: 47 -- 81% Verbal: 38 -- 85%
MGMAT6: 8/27/08 700
Math: 45 -- 77% Verbal: 40 --91%
MGMAT7: 9/3/08 760
Math: 49 --90% Verbal: 45 -- 99%However
my actual GMAT exam scores are as follows
Official 1: 3/15/08 600
35 -- 44% 38 -- 84%
Official 2: 9/9/08 620
41 -- 61% 34 -- 69%
The main problem I have is that once I sit for the exam, I panic and everything I was confident about and well versed in just goes out the window. I'm sure a lot of the people here have some of the same issues, or at least did at some point.Here is my most recent test experience recap
The second time around going into the actual exam, I felt much more confident (having scored in the 700 range on my recent practice exams) and I managed my time a lot better. I had 7 minutes to spare on the quant section, whereas I left about 5 blank on my first test. For verbal I had about 5 minutes to finish the last question. This being said, I was definitely rushing during the middle part of both sections in order to allow myself time to complete the test. At the end (before I received my score) I was pretty confident on my verbal yet my math I was not too sure of. When I got the results I was in complete shock. How could I have only improved 20 points from March to September? Plus, I was doing great on the practice tests. This was an extremely frustrating result.
During the quant, I was struggling to pick a method that would work on certain problems and the ones that I did find a suitable method, I would test all the answer choices and they didn't give me the answer I needed. After spending a minute or two on a problem with no results, I panicked and just picked an answer. Toward the end, I was feeling a little more confident, but didn't know if I had fully recovered from the middle part of the test.
Either way, something is definitely wrong and I have no idea how to explain the large discrepancy in the practice test scores and the actual scores. In fact, my verbal score went down from my March test to my September test?!?!? I have spent a great deal of money and time on prep courses and other study methods, yet it hasn't done anything in terms of my score. The 20 point increase could probably be attributed to the fact that I didn't leave any questions blank at the end as opposed to an increase in mastery of the content. I am desperate for answers.My study method is as follows:
I spent about 3 hours a day studying (about 20 hours a week). I would take a practice exam about once every 2 weeks. I completed all the official guide problems, and filed each problem with all the work, the correct approach and answer, as well as an analysis page that analyzed why I missed it, how much time I spent, any traps involved, did I choose the best approach, etc. I filed the problems according to problem type in a large file folder. I also did the official guide problems in timed blocks of about 20 problems each. I would enter the answer and time into the spreadsheet supplied by Manhattan gmat
. Any questions I had, I would post to the gmatclub.com forum, in which I would receive an answer pretty quickly. I also did about 200 problems from the gmatclub.com forums posted by other users and posted my solutions and explanations. I would also print these problems out and file them with the official guide problems. With any problem I did, I would try to extract a lesson, specific strategy, or formula from it. I would track these lessons in a spreadsheet which I carried around with me at all times. This spreadsheet was categorized by strategies and traps, and then further broken down by problem type (divisibility and primes, fractions, etc.). I also did this for sentence correction lessons.
If anyone has any advice or suggestions, please feel free to provide them. I will be taking my test again in 6-8 weeks. Thanks in advance.
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