I've just completed my test today and scored a 690 (Q45, V40) IR 7. I'm extremely disappointed with the score because I've prepared as much as I could have for this attempt. I had initially given the test a couple of years back and scored a 700 (Q46, V40). This was with a month's study of problems in the OG and the GMAT Prep 1 & 2.
This time I've studied with a wider array of books, which included the the Manhattan GMAT series
and expanded pack of GMAT questions and two extra GMAT Prep tests that were released in September. I've put in 12+ hours per day, consistently over the last month and made a diligent effort to maintain a error log
and work on it.
I used a break up completed questions/time remaining to keep track of my time in both the sections of the practice tests. The following were the scores of the practice exams
Two weeks before the exam :
1. GMATPrep 1 - 710 (Q47, V40 )
2. GMATPrep 2 - 720 (Q49, V40 )
3. GMATPrep 3 - 710 (Q48, V40 ) (Extended pack)
One week before the exam :
4. GMATPrep 4 - 730 (Q49, V41 ) (Extended pack)
5. GMATPrep 1 - 770 (Q49, V47 ) (Reset)
6. GMATPrep 2 - 780 (Q49, V48 ) (Reset)
7. GMATPrep 3 - 770 (Q49, V46 ) (Extended pack - Reset )
Other than for no.6 and no.7 I skipped the AWA, but did do the IR section. I saw a few repeats in each section, but made sure I gave them the full allotted time. I was also confident of getting them right in the future, because I had revised the principles in which I went wrong the first time. Considering the above, I was at the least expecting a 720 +. Not sure what happened today, I started quant fine but just lost track of time. I suspect this happened because for the practice CAT's I kept a paper with the time/question breakdown in front of me, but today as I started the test I realized I did not have one available !
I ended up rushing through the last 13 questions with around 10 minutes left. I didn't find any question difficult conceptually, apart from a couple which I skipped immediately, so not sure where I went wrong. The first time I gave the GMAT, I felt as though I was going to land up with a 500. The test was mental torture. This time I wasn't sure what was happening. Felt like a light jog in a park. Verbal is the same story I lost track of time midway and the last 13-14 questions suddenly seemed to be crammed in 15 odd minutes. I missed a complete RC question in the process. Not sure what am I supposed to take away from today. Should I give the exam again? I assumed practicing 7 tests was enough to ensure I get my timing right ? Would be really grateful for any feedback that you guys may have. Is this something that happens often and if so how do I go back to scoring in the 750+ range again ? The fatigue of the last few weeks in hitting me now :S. Need to get back up and give it in a month.
Would really appreciate some help in figuring this out