So, the thing is, Im my last two CAT (both on MGMAT) before the actual test I got a 680 (Q45 V37) and a 690 (Q44 V39) and, as I am aiming at a 700 score, I was quite confident in achieving my goal. But on test day the big surprise my score was 600 (Q47 V27). It is worth noting that I took the two CAT under test conditions (timed, witht AWA and IR sections, and 8 minutes brakes which I used only to drink water). Also I am usually very good under stress conditions, and was actually expecting an increase in my score due to the adrenalin and extra attention on test day.
One thing that might help is that I am sure this had something to do with the timing. On the actual test I finished the verbal section with more than 15 min to spare, while on the MGMAT CAT's I usually ended up with less than 5 min. But the ting is I did not feel like I was rushing through the questions, it just felt like I had the correct answer, and then there was no reason to stick to that question.
So, as I am preparing myself to retake the test, and I really don't know what exactly went wrong, I was hoping that maybe somebody can help me understand what went wrong, for such a drop on my verbal section. And then, knowing what went wrong I can correct my path and have a better test next time.
Sorry to hear that. What was your verbal score on GMAT Prep Tests? Those tests are more accurate indicators (if at all a mock can tell you something about your actual performance). I totally understand expecting higher than practice scores on the test due to better concentration and adrenaline. I myself perform better under pressure as compared with my half hearted performance at home. So it's certainly disappointing to actually get lower scores than the scores in practice tests.
In fact, David has written an article about how he comes across such cases often and the reasons that lead to these cases. Check it out here: http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2013/03 ... bal-score/
If everything goes well on practice tests, it is very hard to say why things don't work out on test day. Perhaps a detailed analysis of your GMAT prep test could help you figure out your weaknesses. Else, take the free Veritas
.com/gmat/free-gmat-practice-test/ and I can look over your performance and suggest areas of improvement.
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