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Shaken by the GMAT! [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2011, 03:37
Hi Aspirants,

I have recently appeared for the GMAT on 9th june 2011. All along the test I was feeling pretty confident that I was performing really well and infact I was eagerly waiting to see my final score as I was expecting a pretty good one. And final when I pressed the show scores button I was shocked and shaken to see my score which read:

Quant 49
Verbal 33
Score 670

This was a score which I least expected to see on the GMAT.
My mock scores are as follows with the dates taken on:

12/03 Manhattan GMAT-1 670(46,35)
17/03 Manhattan GMAT-2 640(48,31)
04/04 Manhattan GMAT-3 690(51,34)
15/04 Princeton Review-1 660(45,37)
20/04 Princeton Review-2 680(51,33)
23/04 Princeton Review-3 700(51,36)
03/05 Princeton Review-4 710(51,38)
12/05 Manhattan GMAT-4 700(50,35)
18/05 Manhattan GMAT-5 730(51,38)
25/05 Manhattan GMAT-6 750(51,41)
29/05 Princeton Review-5 720(51,39)
02/06 GMATprep-1 730(51,38)
05/06 GMATprep-2 780(51,46)

After scoring consistenly on Verbal in the last month before the actual GMAT, I am reall devastated to get a 33 on the actual GMAT. And as mentioned, throughout the test I felt that everything was going great.

Please post your views regarding the above debacle. And do post any queries regarding the GMAT.
Will be looking forward to advice and what to do next.
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Re: Shaken by the GMAT! [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2011, 06:57
I'm sorry to hear that you scored was below your expectation. I had a similar experience 6 months back when I took my GMAT and scored 680. My test scores ranged from 660 to 750 and the actual test seemed to go smoothly with only a few difficult questions. I was confident in scoring above 700 but that was not meant to be. What threw me off was my verbal score. I consistently scored above 42 in all my practice tests but scored only a 36 on the actual test.

Just like you, I was also confused about what happened. However, after some introspection, I realized that my verbal skills, though strong, did have a few weaknesses.
I concluded that since this is a percentile based score, others who took the GMAT probably made fewer mistakes than I did.

Your average practice test score is around 700 which, +- 30 is where your actual test score lie. So while you scored good on certain practice tests, maybe you did so because those verbal questions tested your strong skills rather than the weaker ones. You'd probably want to do an in-depth analysis on your past verbal questions and the skills tested there to see if you can find a pattern or isolate weaker areas.

From what I have read and understood, a few wrong answers in verbal can result in a larger score difference on verbal than on quants.

then again, I am not an expert. I hope some of the GMAT experts can give a more scientific explanation.

Either ways, hope you try again and good luck!
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Re: Shaken by the GMAT! [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2011, 20:00
You may have run into some bad luck and got a few of these verbal questions wrong in a string-like fashion. But looking at your practice scores, you range seems to be around 700. There's always some jittery when you're taking a real exam and that may have played a role in your score as well. If I were you, I'd rest up for a bit and retake the exam. I think you'll be able to break the 700.
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Re: Shaken by the GMAT! [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2011, 22:15
On your practice tests, did you write both essays? Maybe you were just mentally exhausted by the time the verbal section came up on the real deal.
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Re: Shaken by the GMAT! [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2011, 03:14
aznboi986 wrote:
On your practice tests, did you write both essays? Maybe you were just mentally exhausted by the time the verbal section came up on the real deal.


I have the same question...

but mate...ur post is intimidating....please retake GMAT at the earliest and give fellow members comfort with a 720+

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Re: Shaken by the GMAT! [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2011, 21:56
thanks for all the replies. was totally low so couldnt reply to your messages.

1.For all the mocks I had written the essays and took the exams at the same time as my actual GMAT.
2. I have seen similar experiences like mine, would like to hear from few experts whether the GMAT is changing these days?
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Re: Shaken by the GMAT! [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2011, 23:08
One of my friends has taken the GMAT yesterday and he too is shocked. His feedback is that he encountered several questions in Quantitative section that are neither at all covered nor even talked about in the Official Guide. There were many other test takers at the center to whom he talked and have come the know that all of them encountered the same situation as he did. It seems that the GMAT is changing and especially the Quantitative section since the questions have got more and more tough than what are there in the OG. As per the feedback from many test takers in the last 15-20 days, the OG stands nowhere as compared with the difficulty level of the questions in the actual GMAT.

I think that it is high time since GMAC released an updated OG.
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Re: Shaken by the GMAT! [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2011, 02:45
Mittal,

I agree with you that the GMAT Quant has become quite tough compared with the OG.
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Re: Shaken by the GMAT! [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2011, 17:23
mittal82 wrote:
One of my friends has taken the GMAT yesterday and he too is shocked. His feedback is that he encountered several questions in Quantitative section that are neither at all covered nor even talked about in the Official Guide. There were many other test takers at the center to whom he talked and have come the know that all of them encountered the same situation as he did. It seems that the GMAT is changing and especially the Quantitative section since the questions have got more and more tough than what are there in the OG. As per the feedback from many test takers in the last 15-20 days, the OG stands nowhere as compared with the difficulty level of the questions in the actual GMAT.

I think that it is high time since GMAC released an updated OG.



GMAC is releasing new OG and updating the gmatprep in 2012. The exam is definately changing. i encountered several weird graphs and diagrams i had never seen before. I wish i had taken this exam 4 years ago.
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Re: Shaken by the GMAT! [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2011, 01:09
Dude,

I faced EXACTLY the same problem. Here is link to my post, please check it out -

huge-gap-in-gmatprep-test-score-and-actual-gmat-score-113701.html

Also check out the debrief of another person with same situation as ours -

multiple-disappointments-with-gmat-clueless-now-116546.html


I guess there has been a discrepancy in GMATprep Verbal question level and the actula GMAT exam verbal question level. I know 2 more cases of my friends where the same thing happened - they were scoring high in Manhattan and GMATPrep but eventually got low score in actual GMAT.

In all the cases , one thing is common - unexpected low score in verbal section.

But going by the debriefs of other people(who are getting similar scores in mock and real exam), it seems that we are missing something in our preparation. One thing can be lack of stamina , other can be that verbal section is coming very difficlut these days and we need to take our prepartion to the next level
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Re: Shaken by the GMAT! [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2011, 01:10
Link was not apperaing properly

Here is the link to my debrief -

huge-gap-in-gmatprep-test-score-and-actual-gmat-score-113701.html
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