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Hi All,

I've been studying a lot for the GMAT and really improved my scores in the last three weeks, but I got desperate on the official day, lost my concentration and the whole thing crashed.

15 days ago I took an official prep test and got 650 (Q48 V27). 7 days before the official test I got 670 (Q43 V39). Note that there was a considerable change in Quant and Verbal grades. On the real test, it was terrible. The test center where I took the test was a bit dark, the computer screen was too big and both pens I used were kind of dry - all that combination made me angry and anxious, and my performance, therefore, was shameful.

I have been studying for a year now. My first official score was 510 (I was absolutely unprepared), 3 months later 600, and I really thought I would achieve my goal this time...

The only online course I took was the one from The Economist. Before that I took presential courses that didn't help the way I was expecting.

What should I do?? My dream is to pursue a MBA.
I will be eternally greatfull for your help!!!

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Hi. Sorry about your experience. I think you should retake. It is not uncommon to panic though it sounds you have take the official test a few times? Was the experience that much different this time?

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New post 09 Dec 2019, 03:05
(1) You did not perform at your usual level. So, you are best advised to retake the test.
(2) But do you have any idea about the rather big score swing in your 650 (Q48 V27) and 670 (Q43 V39) with just a week in between? Certainly, your score will be much higher if you can get Q48 and V43. But why such big swing in the first place?
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Hi BCassavia,

I’m sorry to hear how things went with your GMAT.

The good news is that you scored really well on quant, right? That said, I understand that you are not satisfied with your verbal score, so the question we need to ask is why you scored so high on your practice exams but lower on the real GMAT.

Assuming that you took your official practice exams under realistic testing conditions, the results show that, on a good day, you are capable of scoring higher than V27. Thus, it’s quite possible that nerves, stress, tiredness, or a combination of all three negatively affected your test-day performance. However, it’s also possible that you have some lingering weaknesses that were exposed on test day. Although I’m unsure of how you prepared, it’s possible that, in your preparation, particularly in verbal, you did not really learn to do what you have to do in order to score high on the actual GMAT. Rather, you picked up on some patterns that were effective in getting you relatively high scores on practice tests. So, for you to hit your score goal, your preparation, particularly for verbal, probably needs to be more complete, meaning that you have to go through the various types of GMAT questions carefully to find your exact weaknesses, fill gaps in your knowledge, and strengthen your skills.

For verbal specifically, you have to become more skilled at clearly defining the differences between trap choices and correct answers. Otherwise, you will get stuck guessing between two choices or be surprised to find that you incorrectly answered questions that you thought you answered correctly. Becoming more skilled in this way takes carefully analyzing all of the answer choices to lots of verbal questions to develop an eye for the logical differences between the choices. In other words, you have to go beyond answering practice questions and reading explanations to doing deep analysis of questions to learn to see everything that is going on in them.

You also may find my article with more information regarding
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT helpful.

If you’d like more specific advice on how to improve your quant and verbal skills, feel free to reach back out. Good luck!
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New post 09 Dec 2019, 17:24
Hi BCassavia,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day didn't go as well as planned. When these types of score drops occur, the two likely "causes" involve either something that was unrealistic during practice or something that was surprising (or not accounted for) on Test Day. Before we discuss any of those potential issues though, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

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1) On what dates did you take EACH of your Official GMATs and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
2) How long did you study before each attempt? For this most recent attempt, how many hours do you typically study each week?
3) Before this most recent attempt, on what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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4) What is your overall goal score?
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

You might also choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report for this recent attempt. While the ESR doesn’t provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong on Test Day (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

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Before you retake the test, please do all OG2020 questions. Read the answer explanation thoroughly even if you get the answer right. It is true that gmat gradually changes its question tones.

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