I have taken the gmat 3 times and have had an insane experience.
The first time I took the gmat I was not prepared for it. I had signed up for it a few months beforehand and I took it to get the first time jitters out of the way. I was pretty relaxed, I think, since I knew it was just a test run. I got a 42 quant 27 verbal for a total of 570. I wasn't suprised with the verbal as I had not studied SC, but my quant was low.
This was in late May. I had been studying with a fantastic tutor for three months and I was at the top of my game. My math was as good as it was going to get. My tutor said I should get at least a 48- probably wont get a 50 or 51 simply because of timing and thats those scores are reserved for the quickest and the smartest.... and that he had nothing left to teach me, regarding quant. Verbal- I was getting so few wrong and had gotten maybe one or two RC wrong while reviewing with him. My sc was in top shape as well and my CR was very good. However, there were always a couple of CR or SC that i got wrong. I mostly got the CR wrong if I simply didn't really understand the argument- which didn't bother me. Also, the SC where the answer was " well b is wrong because its awkward", when a ton of awkward answer are correct- thats b.s. but i was fine with in. Overall, verbal was strong. All my practice tests on mgmat were from 700-740. Quant was usually 47 and verbal was low to mid 40's. I go in to take the test. I was clearly very nervous but wait for it... I get a 610 38 quant! 35 verbal... ??? I honestly looked at the screen and was just confused. I knew WAY more math than my first attempt. My verbal I was actually ok with since one passage I completely did not understand- thats life i cant prevent that- and thought i got a lot of CR wrong... anyway I said screw it and didn't open a gmat book till about two weeks ago.. yup thats a little over 3 months of no gmat work.
I tell myself I'm going to take it one last time for the hell of it. I review for about 2 weeks. I go over the material and most things came back to me very quickly. I reviewed math for probably a total of 6,7 hours and went over about 60 SC from the og, getting maybe 3-4 wrong... I have always had major problems with testing so I read about beta blockers and took them right before my exam today. This test my main and only priority was being relaxed and taking the test as if I was sitting at home. I started quant and I took it as if I was on the beach. I thought I wasn't doing well since the questions didn't seem to hard but I did a TON of smart guessing. I guessed on so many questions its riduculous but I told myself that when i practice, my smart guessing is usually right and i had to trust myself, and I did. I ended up getting lucky with the questions as well. Sometimes you just get a test that hits you in all the wrong spots... My huge weakness is rate questions- i got one ds rate question and I was 90 percent sure of the answer because it was basically the same concept being tested as a once I had seen earlier in the year. So i ended with about 8 minutes and 11 questions left. I ran through more or less guessing on half of them. My second to last question I had a really crazy looking sequence question and i knew they werent giving expiremental questions as a 2nd to last question so I was hoping i got over a 40 on quant this time....
I look at the screen and theres a 48 quant 28 verbal...?
Verbal- I don't know what the hek happened. I understood all the passages. I thought I was doing ok since I got a boldfaced but I thought i was really doing badly since the SC question were very, very short.
I went from a 38 quant to a 48 quant with knowing less- I think this test is crazy and it was defenitely reassuring to know I can do well- I just happened to get the scores I wanted on different tests. I know I deserve from my scores over a 700 but would have been satisfied with a 680. Now that I know i could a 48 quant- I'm simply going to have to take the test until i get that 700. I am young so I have 2 more chances and then I have to wait another year. I'll take it 10 times if i have to, but I will get that 700. I just don't see myself repeating that 48 quant... everything just went my way today and doubt it will happen again, especially if g-d forbid verbal does go my way..
Needless to say, you have a very volatile disposition. Sometimes you will do the toughest questions well and at other times you will get kicked by the easy ones. It's all in your mind. More than anything, I think you need to train yourself to be calm. Also, you need to build stamina in my opinion. Right now, it seems you can do one of two things - think hard and make your mind work but then you get tired after a while and stop thinking OR keep it easy, not think too hard and then perform reasonably for a long time. What you need to do is keep your mind in overdrive for a long time to ace both Quant and Verbal.
You cannot score Q48 in actual GMAT without actually deserving it. The same goes for Verbal. You cannot score V35 if you don't deserve it. Now, in my opinion, you need to work on two things - Bringing your Verbal score up by another 5 points and your stamina to keep your mind working for 3-4 hours. Practice is the key.
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