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# Huge drop in score 690 -> 600

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Huge drop in score 690 -> 600 [#permalink]  04 May 2013, 15:15
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.
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Re: Huge drop in score 690 -> 600 [#permalink]  04 May 2013, 20:02
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newiceguy wrote:
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 CAT @http://www.veritasprep.com/gmat/free-gmat-practice-test/ and I can look over your performance and suggest areas of improvement.
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Joined: 04 May 2013
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Re: Huge drop in score 690 -> 600 [#permalink]  25 May 2013, 09:39
Hi karishma,

Thanks for your reply, since you posted it here, I have done both the GMAT prep CAT and the Veritas CAT.

In the GMAT prep a week ago I had a 710 (Q49 V39), and today on the Veritas CAT I had a 740 (Q48 V44).

I still don't know what went wrong on test day, but at least it seems that It is unlikely to happen again.
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Re: Huge drop in score 690 -> 600 [#permalink]  03 Jun 2013, 20:32
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Hi karishma,

Thanks for your reply, since you posted it here, I have done both the GMAT prep CAT and the Veritas CAT.

In the GMAT prep a week ago I had a 710 (Q49 V39), and today on the Veritas CAT I had a 740 (Q48 V44).

I still don't know what went wrong on test day, but at least it seems that It is unlikely to happen again.

Those are very good scores. I would expect you to get 700 or more on the actual test.
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Re: Huge drop in score 690 -> 600 [#permalink]  14 May 2014, 15:32
I had a similar experience to yours today. I've focused more on gmat prep tests rather than mgmat because I know they are more accurate. My last four practice tests were 690, 710, 650 and 670. The first and third were mgmat. I got a 600 today and have no idea how. Feeling very discouraged. ESP since I felt great during the test today. I've been stuying for 5 months and it feels like a waste...

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Re: Huge drop in score 690 -> 600 [#permalink]  14 May 2014, 16:51
lmariesf wrote:
I had a similar experience to yours today. I've focused more on gmat prep tests rather than mgmat because I know they are more accurate. My last four practice tests were 690, 710, 650 and 670. The first and third were mgmat. I got a 600 today and have no idea how. Feeling very discouraged. ESP since I felt great during the test today. I've been stuying for 5 months and it feels like a waste...

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Hey, I cant give you any solid advice, but I can tell what happened to me after I wrote the original post.

First, I took the class right at the begining of my vacations, because I wanted to relax after I took them. And even though my score was depressing, thats what I did. I took the rest of my vacation (about one week) to rest and relax. Took the GMAT almost entirely from my head. The only thought I gave to it on that week, was a little planning on what I would do after my vacation.

Second, according to my timeline, I didnt have much time to retake the test, so I scheduled my second GMAT for one month after my vacation ended (so one month and one week after my first take). I used this one month to focus my study on verbal, and thats for 2 reasons, its much easier to improve your score with verbal and it was where my score really dropped on the actual test compared to my preparations. I also tried not to loose the edge on quant, doing some work on it at least once a day. Another thing was that I tried to be more practical, and focused my study more on exercises and on flash cards, instead of studying the principles.

So after that month I got a 710, and just last week I was accepted from the waitlist to Darden. Dont lose hope, these things happen, take the test again, and try not to be desperate so you can concentrate on your next take.
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Re: Huge drop in score 690 -> 600 [#permalink]  14 May 2014, 19:30
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lmariesf wrote:
I had a similar experience to yours today. I've focused more on gmat prep tests rather than mgmat because I know they are more accurate. My last four practice tests were 690, 710, 650 and 670. The first and third were mgmat. I got a 600 today and have no idea how. Feeling very discouraged. ESP since I felt great during the test today. I've been stuying for 5 months and it feels like a waste...

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I am sure it is a little depressing to get a low score but it shouldn't discourage you. In fact, it is way better to get a low score in practice and be cautious in the actual test than hit high scores in practice and topple in the actual. After all, practice tests are not black boxes. You can analyze the test as much as you want to figure out why your score dropped. When you do that, you will have some great leads on where to put in more effort. A low score brings to the fore the avenues in which improvement is required and that is the most useful thing about practice tests.

So find out the reason for the low score and get back to study.
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Re: Huge drop in score 690 -> 600 [#permalink]  15 May 2014, 07:02
newiceguy wrote:
lmariesf wrote:
I had a similar experience to yours today. I've focused more on gmat prep tests rather than mgmat because I know they are more accurate. My last four practice tests were 690, 710, 650 and 670. The first and third were mgmat. I got a 600 today and have no idea how. Feeling very discouraged. ESP since I felt great during the test today. I've been stuying for 5 months and it feels like a waste...

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Hey, I cant give you any solid advice, but I can tell what happened to me after I wrote the original post.

First, I took the class right at the begining of my vacations, because I wanted to relax after I took them. And even though my score was depressing, thats what I did. I took the rest of my vacation (about one week) to rest and relax. Took the GMAT almost entirely from my head. The only thought I gave to it on that week, was a little planning on what I would do after my vacation.

Second, according to my timeline, I didnt have much time to retake the test, so I scheduled my second GMAT for one month after my vacation ended (so one month and one week after my first take). I used this one month to focus my study on verbal, and thats for 2 reasons, its much easier to improve your score with verbal and it was where my score really dropped on the actual test compared to my preparations. I also tried not to loose the edge on quant, doing some work on it at least once a day. Another thing was that I tried to be more practical, and focused my study more on exercises and on flash cards, instead of studying the principles.

So after that month I got a 710, and just last week I was accepted from the waitlist to Darden. Dont lose hope, these things happen, take the test again, and try not to be desperate so you can concentrate on your next take.

Congrats on getting into Darden! That's great! I honestly feel like this has to be a fluke and will probably plan on taking the test again because I know I can do way better than 600. Did you take more practice tests during the month of study for your re-take? I'm in the opposite position as my Quant score dropped but still need to increase my Verbal as well. Also, when you say "I took the class" what class are you referring to? Thanks and congrats again!
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Re: Huge drop in score 690 -> 600 [#permalink]  15 May 2014, 07:09
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lmariesf wrote:
I had a similar experience to yours today. I've focused more on gmat prep tests rather than mgmat because I know they are more accurate. My last four practice tests were 690, 710, 650 and 670. The first and third were mgmat. I got a 600 today and have no idea how. Feeling very discouraged. ESP since I felt great during the test today. I've been stuying for 5 months and it feels like a waste...

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I am sure it is a little depressing to get a low score but it shouldn't discourage you. In fact, it is way better to get a low score in practice and be cautious in the actual test than hit high scores in practice and topple in the actual. After all, practice tests are not black boxes. You can analyze the test as much as you want to figure out why your score dropped. When you do that, you will have some great leads on where to put in more effort. A low score brings to the fore the avenues in which improvement is required and that is the most useful thing about practice tests.

So find out the reason for the low score and get back to study.

Hi Karishma. So this actually happened to me ON test day, not on practice tests, so I'm not really sure what went wrong. Obviously I didn't do well on quant but it's so hard to tell where and why I messed up. Do you have any advice on understanding errors on test day? Timing wasn't an issue, I'm guessing I just made way too many careless mistakes?
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Re: Huge drop in score 690 -> 600 [#permalink]  16 May 2014, 22:10
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Hi Karishma. So this actually happened to me ON test day, not on practice tests, so I'm not really sure what went wrong. Obviously I didn't do well on quant but it's so hard to tell where and why I messed up. Do you have any advice on understanding errors on test day? Timing wasn't an issue, I'm guessing I just made way too many careless mistakes?

It is hard to say what happened in the actual test since you never get to see it again. Also, soon enough you will forget the questions you got so if you remember some right now, you should write them down (but you cannot share them with anyone including us) for future reference.

Your best bet now would be to take some section tests of Quant and some practice tests. If you perform consistently in them, you should be fine next time. Just keep your cool.
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Re: Huge drop in score 690 -> 600 [#permalink]  01 Jun 2014, 12:29
Hi All,

Just wanted to post a quick update. After a week of depression and anti-GMAT, I decided to pick up my studies again and tried to just be less stressed about everything. After two weeks of studying I took another practice test today from the GMAT Prep Exam Pack 1 and scored a 700 (Q44 V41). I definitely think I just choked on my actual test day.

I hope to keep my verbal score strong and improve my quant. If anyone has suggestions on getting out of the 44 range in a few weeks, please share! My major problems with quant are careless mistakes and taking too long to figure out what the question is asking.

Thanks!
Re: Huge drop in score 690 -> 600   [#permalink] 01 Jun 2014, 12:29
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