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Re: Weird Verbal Scores on actual GMAT [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2008, 11:33
Wow, that was helpful of GMAC.

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There is so many people mention this issue that I have just written to gmac to bring it to their attention.
Let's see what they say...


Here's the answer from GMAC:

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The GMAT(R) has not been changed.

Total GMAT® test scores range from 200 to 800. Two-thirds of test takers
score between 400 and 600.

The Verbal and Quantitative scores range from 0 to 60. Scores below 9 and
above 44 for the Verbal section or below 7 and above 50 for the Quantitative
section are rare. Both scores are on a fixed scale and can be compared
across all GMAT® test administrations. The Verbal and Quantitative scores
measure different things and cannot be compared to each other.
If you do not finish each multiple-choice section of the test, your score
will depend on the number of questions answered within each section.

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Re: Weird Verbal Scores on actual GMAT [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2008, 12:11
I assumed as much. I agree with kevin....I think the slips in verbal can be chocked up to concentration.
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Re: Weird Verbal Scores on actual GMAT [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2008, 22:06
GMAC has sent a standard response back to Lumone.
It was expected.. . I think its time, I hit the books again... Lumone congrats.. 710 is a good score..

Others : apurva, jimmyjames, pouello, bh when are u planning to retake your GMAT.

Whats the study plan like.. ? Anything thing different this time, do you plan to join a testprep institution this time..
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Re: Weird Verbal Scores on actual GMAT [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2008, 02:39
Hi, I am a newbie around here and i would be sitting for my actual tests on 20th Aug.

The topic of the thread hit me and i was generally wondering if some common patterns could emerge from the lowest scores.
I have long held a belief that the performance in the last questions of the sections have the ability to seriously tank the score.
I would like to hear the pacing strategies and the actual test day performances , as i said , looking for some common patterns that we could all avoid.
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Re: Weird Verbal Scores on actual GMAT [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2008, 03:18
I will repost something I posted back in February on this board. Want to make sure this isn't what is happening here.

We're seeing a pattern here on GMATClub. Several members have reported doing much below expectations on the Verbal section due to lack of sleep the night before. And IIRC a lot of these folks had their tests scheduled for 8am or something just as early.

Don't forget, the GMAT is as much a test of endurance as it is a test of basic management aptitude. It is essential you start getting used to your test day schedule 4-5 days in advance. If your test is scheduled for 8am, sleep by 9:30pm and take a few practice CAT's (fully timed, naturally, with both AWA's) at 8am to see how you perform at that time. We're all different individuals and I'm sure our levels of mental alertness aren't always conditioned to be super high that early in the day.

Avoid stressing out by cramming stuff the day before, my suggestion is to only review AWA templates and do nothing else. Avoid caffeine etc. anything that will throw your sleep cycle off. And finally, if you can help it, don't take 8am appointments unless you're a really early riser and are usually at school or work by that time.

And remember folks, a good 6-8 hours of sleep is essential otherwise, as the experience of several other members has shown, you may suffer a marked lack of concentration by the time you get to the Verbal section.
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Re: Weird Verbal Scores on actual GMAT [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2008, 04:01
I agree with Solaris...as humans we try to look for patterns to make sense of things. We have scores we do not want..I'm with you folks. As I have said before I took the GMAT in June and scored a 660. I retook in August and got a 520. I racked my brain for a pattern or explanation for days. The fact is the test has not changed. GMAC would report such a thing. The only other possibility is that I changed. Now it is highly doubtful that I forgot everything I learned in a month or two after studying for a year. We must remember that GMAT is a state of a mind. I scored a 39V my first go around, and a 25V my second try. I'm a native English speaker, so something else must have changed. I could tell as I was going through the test the second time a "lack of concentration" and "drive" that I had the 1st time. I was burned out. Remember GMAT is a state of mind, and you'll get the score you want.
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Re: Weird Verbal Scores on actual GMAT [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2008, 06:44
I guess my previous post was a bit confusing.

Please validate the following if u had a low score.
1. Did you rush through the last 8-10 questions so as to have bad accuracy.?
2. Did you spend too much time in the first 10-12 questions making sure u got them correct?
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Re: Weird Verbal Scores on actual GMAT [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2008, 09:50
Why does it say the score ranges from 0 to 60? I thought it was 51...
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Re: Weird Verbal Scores on actual GMAT [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2008, 09:57
In theory it ranges from 0 to 60. In reality, max is 51.
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Re: Weird Verbal Scores on actual GMAT [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2008, 10:09
Hi all,

Just to add a little on the subject: I just took the GMAT this afternoon and I found the verbal part to be really in line compared to GMAT Prep. I even scored a little better than usual (46 where my practice scores where random between 38 and 45).

I know it doesn't help you much, but it is still another data point (and that's what lack sometimes in this kind of media since only people with good scores or those with deceiving ones post - I know I am no different than that but still).

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Re: Weird Verbal Scores on actual GMAT [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2008, 10:42
Hate to be contrarian but I felt the prep verbal section to a be a very similar approximation, even though the real GMAT was all new material. I got a similar score too.

edit: oops, the above might not mean anything, I realized this thread is specifically about GMAT taken last month and onwards

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Re: Weird Verbal Scores on actual GMAT [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2008, 11:08
I just saw my friend's gmat report, and the verbal was 45... He took it about three weeks ago.
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Re: Weird Verbal Scores on actual GMAT [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2008, 15:49
I took GMAT last week and I found it way too futher than the GMATprep and Manhattan Cats. I thought I was doing well because I though I was getting tougher questions, but the end score did not reflect that :(
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Re: Weird Verbal Scores on actual GMAT [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2008, 10:14
Same Story here. I scored in the 93% in verbal a year ago (with a weak math) and got a 43% two days ago. I am consistently in the 91% 93% range in MGMAT and Powerprep. Sooo worried.
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Re: Weird Verbal Scores on actual GMAT [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2008, 12:01
Is this WEIRD VERBAL score happening in some particular geographical location or every where?
Why don't you share your Test location..
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Re: Weird Verbal Scores on actual GMAT [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2008, 13:02
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Same Story here. I scored in the 93% in verbal a year ago (with a weak math) and got a 43% two days ago. I am consistently in the 91% 93% range in MGMAT and Powerprep. Sooo worried.


Thats pathetic...
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Re: Weird Verbal Scores on actual GMAT [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2008, 19:19
I'm from Kazakhstan, GMT +6, I'm planning to retake in the middle of October. Now I try to refresh my body's health and physical state. My verbal score felt down V35 (2 months of prep), V30 (2,5 months of prep, was entirely self-confident, excellent pace during exam), V24 (1 week of prep, tired and exhausted, bad pace, lost focus).
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Re: Weird Verbal Scores on actual GMAT [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2008, 18:14
Just a thought..
On few questions MGMAT or other tests uses very very wierd logics/reasons. Many times we follow many non official material for test preparation and get used to those kind of logics. So I can suggest that atleast a week before GMAT just focus on official GMAT material. That way on the actual test you can think like Test makers and may score better.
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Re: Weird Verbal Scores on actual GMAT [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2008, 16:22
Guys,
I just took the test, and to my dismay I too scored verbal 27. I scored much less than my 1st Gmat score. quant looks ok 49.. I am thinking of taking it again. did any one took Gmat again after these strange verbal scores and scored higher...
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Re: Weird Verbal Scores on actual GMAT [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2008, 14:15
I've taken my gmat attempt 2 last saturday and scored 30 in verbal. My lowest score of all the GmatPreps and Manhattan gmat tests is 36. I'll be posting a detailed debrief soon. Overall I scored 650 (V:30 and Q:49), a 50 point improvement from my first attempt some 6 months back. I'm very disappointed for missing the 700 target.
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