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Has anyone else experienced this??? 610-570 after 3 months [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2010, 13:26
Ok, so I took the free MGMAT CAT#1 exam before I ever cracked open a prep book and received a score of 610 40Q 32-34V (not exactly sure what the verbal score was). To confirm my score I took another practice test from Princeton Review shortly after I started my prep and received a 590 with a comparable breakdown. Since then I have studied for 3 months about 12-15 hours per week, going through 7 MGMAT books and the Powerscore CR book and completing all the corresponding OG questions. I timed myself on every question and reviewed the explanations of the ones I got wrong. My verbal hit rate was around 85%, Quant around 70% (75% PS, and 65%DS). I just took the MGMAT CAT#2 yesterday and scored a 570 30Q 38V. I got only around 45% of my PS questions right and only about 50% of my DS questions right. I cannot tell you how disappointed I am in my quant (verbal I’m pretty happy with but still need improvement), I was expecting a score of around 650. I am planning on studying for another month, but was going to focus on redoing my OG errors and weak areas and doing practice tests to get my timing down. Has anyone had this experience????

I’m shooting for a 680-700, but I do not plan on going to b-school for a few years. I just wanted to get the GMAT out of the way now while I had the time, and I was planning on applying to a masters program in Construction Management which is due the 15th of March. I’m confused as to what I should do in this next month. Should I go back and review concepts? Should I take another test and see how I do? I’m so confused and feeling very overwhelmed. Please any suggestions or support would help.
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Re: Has anyone else experienced this??? 610-570 after 3 months [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2010, 13:28
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Re: Has anyone else experienced this??? 610-570 after 3 months [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2010, 19:43
Now I am extremely dumbfounded ( but in a good way). I just took GMAT Prep#2 for the first time, this was the first GMAT Prep CAT I took, not sure why I chose #2 haha. Scored a 690 47Q 37V. What is going on?!?!?!?! I go from a 610 40q 32V on MGMAT #1 after no studying, to a 570 on MGMAT #2 30q 38v after 3 months of studying, then 2 weeks later I score this 690 with a 17 point improvement in quant. Has anyone ever saw this type of pattern or lack there of? I mean I'm not complaining but I don't really know if it is a good thing to have so much variation in CAT scores. Also something weird is that for MGMAT #1 my 610 I did the AWA for MGMAT #2 my 570 i didn't do AWA and for GMAT Prep #2 my 690 I did the AWA.
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Re: Has anyone else experienced this??? 610-570 after 3 months [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2010, 20:12
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If I notice the pattern correctly, it is every other time that you get 690 - take one more practice test and go for the test :)

Jokes aside, not sure. There is some variation between the practice tests, but not so much. You are going to have to figure this one out....
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Re: Has anyone else experienced this??? 610-570 after 3 months [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2010, 04:42
I know I think I have found a ground breaking strategy here. When you hit your lowest score on a CAT schedule you test for the next day and you will score over 700 for sure. Haha. I plan on taking another CAT sometime this weekend so we will see what that one tells me. My guess is anywhere from 550 to 780.
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Re: Has anyone else experienced this??? 610-570 after 3 months [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2010, 06:37
I know you posted this a while ago, but I was wondering whether you have now passed the GMAT and got the score you wanted.

I am in a similar situation to you, studying for the GMAT now because I have time but only planning to enter an MBA in a few years. My verbal score average around 35, and my quant around 37. I have a big variation in practice test scores which makes it hard to know where I really stand.

Did you pass the GMAT and get the score you wanted?
If yes, what did you do to get there? Did your score stabilize?
If no, what are you doing to improve now?

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Re: Has anyone else experienced this??? 610-570 after 3 months [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2010, 08:20
I went from 660 to 620 on my second GMAT attempt , although I was scoring in the 700's on practice.

GMAT scores are within +/- 30 pts of ur actual ability. Your current scores are within a range of 40 points (610-570). Now if your schools median GMAT score is within your current range , it shouldnt be a reason to panic.

There is a high degree of correlation between practice tests and the actual test, as long as your not repeating the same tests again. Getting repeated questions which you have mastered creates a false sense of security, and doesnt help build skills. Although its a good thing to do if your a nervous wreck and need additional confidence before the actual test. So if you score a 750, on a test youve done before and need to feel great before your actual test, Go for it! . Again testing yourself on the same concept over and over again doesnt do any good. Instead just work on your weaknesses, instead of just doing multiple tests. I did the same thing the first two times. Didnt work for me.

Finally if you feel underconfident , take up Prep coaching, if you have the time and the money. Your deadlines pretty soon , so dont beleive you can do that unless you decide to postpone/retake ur test.

I knew Im not putting my efforts in the right direction, as my practice test scores were not reflected on the actual test, the first two times , and I didnt also didnt know what was going wrong.

And taking prep coaching worked for me because all I did this time was worked on my weaknesses. I joined Knewton, which and my score went up to 720 after prep coaching, the third time.
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Re: Has anyone else experienced this??? 610-570 after 3 months [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2010, 17:10
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Jokes aside, not sure. There is some variation between the practice tests, but not so much. You are going to have to figure this one out....


Just wanted to echo bb's point above... you really have to figure this one out yourself...

are you not taking the exams in a consistent setting? i.e., no interruptions, enough sleep, feeling focused/concentrated? etc.

some days I just feel better, scoring higher than normally... some days my brain is fried and I stun myself w/ a horrid score... it really depends on a little of everything

Also, it might be the inherent nature of how each test prep creates the exams... some a bit more difficult than others.
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Re: Has anyone else experienced this??? 610-570 after 3 months [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2010, 04:56
Nifoui to answer your question I have not taken the GMAT yet I'm planning on taking it March 2nd. Right now I am trying to work on some of my weak areas by going through my error log, and also work on timing by doing 2 practice tests per week. Also I made flashcards of all the MGMAT books so I review those during my lunch at work.

Adalfu, I have been taking my tests in a consistent setting under relatively similar conditions. I take only the alotted break time in between sessions. What I find odd is that when I feel like I am doing terrible that is when I surprise myself with a high score.

Also how reliable are the scores on the PR CATs. I took one this weekend I got a 580, and looking at my hit rate I thought my score should have been higher. I took the first CAT from PR a while back and got a 590. But on my second I improved my Quant hit rate 20% but my verbal only decreased 5% and I ended up with a lower score. I know that hit rate has no bearing on score, and it is the difficulty of questions you are getting right that matters. I just feel like it should have been higher.

I'm just getting really frustrated because I have worked my tail off for the last for months, I mean GMAT has been my life and I feel that I had a decent strategy and I just expect my work to pay off. But I have three weeks left, so if anyone has any suggestions keep them coming, I appreciate those who have already commented.
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Re: Has anyone else experienced this??? 610-570 after 3 months [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2010, 05:16
Hi trzaskm
Thanks for your reply

It seems like we really have similar experiences, just got a 580 this weekend too :( Although I am not yet ready for the test (one or two months more), I recently understood that my variation in prep test scores is due to weak quant basics which leads me to way too many guesses on tough questions.

I just started to work on my weaknesses, prioritizing them by frequency of error and frequency the question type appears in the test. So far, I found the best way to REALLY improve on weaknesses is to work with someone who can explain you the stuff you don't get. It could be a tutor (quite expensive though) or a friend who is good in maths or better who passed the GMAT and knows what you're going through.

I am now working with my boyfriend who went through the GMAT 2 years with a relatively good quant level. I just wish I had done that earlier! Working with someone helps you not only to understand basics, but also spot wrong techniques to attack questions and assumptions you make when reading a problem.

If you have an opportunity that would be my best recommendation for improving your weaknesses, just before the test would also I believe give you a lot of confidence.

Wish you best of luck!
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Re: Has anyone else experienced this??? 610-570 after 3 months [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2010, 06:41
trzaskm,

Any update on how the GMAT went for you? I am in a similar boat - scores ranged from 580-770 and was a 640 on the real test... So CONFUSED what to do?
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Re: Has anyone else experienced this??? 610-570 after 3 months [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2010, 10:43
Taking the test May 10th. Last 2 tests have been pretty consistent though. Powerprep #1 730, Gmatprep #2 750. I'm hoping that this is a good sign though. I'll get back to you when I finish the real thing.
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Re: Has anyone else experienced this??? 610-570 after 3 months [#permalink] New post 10 May 2010, 17:20
agnok, just got back from the test got a 680 42q 40v. I never thought I would say this, and was absolutely appalled when people said this about their score, but I am disappointed and will retake in a year or two. Here's why, on my last 4 tests my lowest Q score was a 47, and I know with some more SC work I can get my verbal at least to 42. I said going into the test that my goal was 720. I'm thinking about the Knewton course which has a 50 point money back guarantee, and a 50 point increase would achieve my goal. That won't be for a year or two. as for now, I'm 23 years old, got out of U-grad last year, and have spent the last 6 months studying for the GMAT, now it is time to live a little bit. P.s. Beer in hand right now.

agnok, if you don't mind me asking, what schools are you targeting?
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