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Less on the real test, when compared to the mocks [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2012, 00:37
Hello,

I just gave my GMAT, and succeeded in royally screwing it up.
The lowest score I got on the mocks was around 720-710, and I got a 680 on the actual test.
Any possible explanation?
BTW, when I was doing the test, I thought I was doing it pretty well, especially the quant part, which ended up being worse than the verbal section, which was actually never the case in my mock tests.
Any feedback appreciated.

Thanks!
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Re: Less on the real test, when compared to the mocks [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2012, 04:45
I am sorry for your situation.
The mock tests that you took were GmatPrep? Or something else?
Honestly, no one can explain this better than yourself. You know your weeness and strengths than any one else. Kindly add more info on score splits of both mock tests and the actual test if you are genuinely interested in some useful input.
Just my 2cents worth.
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Re: Less on the real test, when compared to the mocks [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2012, 08:04
gauravsethia7 wrote:
Hello,

I just gave my GMAT, and succeeded in royally screwing it up.
The lowest score I got on the mocks was around 720-710, and I got a 680 on the actual test.
Any possible explanation?
BTW, when I was doing the test, I thought I was doing it pretty well, especially the quant part, which ended up being worse than the verbal section, which was actually never the case in my mock tests.
Any feedback appreciated.

Thanks!


if you have time/energy for retake - go for it. This time focus more on DS questions as these are the main culprits for low score.
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Re: Less on the real test, when compared to the mocks [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2012, 17:01
gurpreetsingh wrote:
gauravsethia7 wrote:
Hello,

I just gave my GMAT, and succeeded in royally screwing it up.
The lowest score I got on the mocks was around 720-710, and I got a 680 on the actual test.
Any possible explanation?
BTW, when I was doing the test, I thought I was doing it pretty well, especially the quant part, which ended up being worse than the verbal section, which was actually never the case in my mock tests.
Any feedback appreciated.

Thanks!


if you have time/energy for retake - go for it. This time focus more on DS questions as these are the main culprits for low score.


Hi Gurpreethsingh,
Can you please elaborate more anout DS pitfall? I think my week point is DS. When i do my practice questions from OG13, my hit rate is around 67% only :(. Do you have any strategy to suggest. Or any other pointers from the forum. Thanks!
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Re: Less on the real test, when compared to the mocks [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2012, 20:12
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gauravsethia7 wrote:
Hello,

I just gave my GMAT, and succeeded in royally screwing it up.
The lowest score I got on the mocks was around 720-710, and I got a 680 on the actual test.
Any possible explanation?
BTW, when I was doing the test, I thought I was doing it pretty well, especially the quant part, which ended up being worse than the verbal section, which was actually never the case in my mock tests.
Any feedback appreciated.

Thanks!


Well.... you freak out on the real test, plus there is a margin of error of about 40 points (you can take 2 tests in a row and score as much as 40 points higher/lower). It is not quite precise science. We sometimes do better/worse under pressure (usually worse) as we take the real test in a very different environment than you have taken your practice tests. That would be my explanation.

I don't think retaking will guarantee a better score, but you may score 720 (per logic above), though you may score 640 just as well ;)

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Re: Less on the real test, when compared to the mocks [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2012, 21:45
ashomech wrote:
gurpreetsingh wrote:
gauravsethia7 wrote:
Hello,

I just gave my GMAT, and succeeded in royally screwing it up.
The lowest score I got on the mocks was around 720-710, and I got a 680 on the actual test.
Any possible explanation?
BTW, when I was doing the test, I thought I was doing it pretty well, especially the quant part, which ended up being worse than the verbal section, which was actually never the case in my mock tests.
Any feedback appreciated.

Thanks!


if you have time/energy for retake - go for it. This time focus more on DS questions as these are the main culprits for low score.


Hi Gurpreethsingh,
Can you please elaborate more anout DS pitfall? I think my week point is DS. When i do my practice questions from OG13, my hit rate is around 67% only :(. Do you have any strategy to suggest. Or any other pointers from the forum. Thanks!


The key is to solve many questions and analyze what to do in similar questions. I think best way is to follow BUNUEL and his quant questions/replies. Other way is to buy manhattan advance gmat quant book that has a special section of DS and is quite good.
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Re: Less on the real test, when compared to the mocks [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2012, 06:40
Thanks gurpreetsingh for your suggestion.
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Re: Less on the real test, when compared to the mocks [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 01:29
Good suggestions for us! :-D
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Re: Less on the real test, when compared to the mocks [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2012, 07:39
How many full tests including IR and AWA you gave.
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