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Why can't I score similar to my GMATPrep scores?

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Why can't I score similar to my GMATPrep scores? [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2013, 18:06
Before I took my official test, I scored 700 on GMATPrep #2 under official conditions. I ended up with a 640 on the official one. I'm retaking and recently bought the GMATPrep Exam Pack 1 which has #3 and #4. My exam date is coming up and I took GMATPrep #3 under official conditions IR and all. I scored a 700 (Q47 V38 IR8) which would be an ideal official score. My exam is coming up in a few days and I'm worried that I will bomb it again. Any advice? Are the official GMAT exam questions tougher?

I'm reviewing my incorrect answers from #3 and taking GMAT Prep #4 tomorrow.

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Re: Why can't I score similar to my GMATPrep scores? [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2013, 03:04
Hi,

In my opinion, our score in GMAT Prep exams is usually exaggerated, since we have already done a few questions earlier. This not only helps in getting these already done questions correct, but also saves times for other questions, which we get correct since we have enough time. This boosts our score to a great extent.

I scored 650 and 680 in my GMAT Prep 1 and GMAT Prep 2 respectively. So, I went to give the official GMAT and score a meagre 540. I was highly disappointed, but then I realized that in the actual exam all the questions are different and a bit more difficult than the GMAT Prep. Hence, a drop in score is expected. This drop varies on a number of factors. My belief is that the score in the actual exam is the indicator of our true score and performance.
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Re: Why can't I score similar to my GMATPrep scores? [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2013, 12:30
Makes a lot of sense ^^^

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