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720 in mocks to 640 in real exam. Looking for advice on my road ahead.

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Dear Experts,

I am a 21 year old Indian male. Just graduated from college and looking to apply to Mim programs this year.

4 months ago i took a diagnostic scored a 470 (q28, v32). Since then i have studied about 6 hours a day with the help of a coaching centre, manhattan guides and gmat club. I went in conifident for my exam as i had a high accuracy in practice, scored an average of 720 (q48, v40) on experts global mocks and an average of q49 on gmat club tests. However, on the exam day, I scored a dissapointing 640 (q45,v32), and I beleived that i would score atleast a 680.

During practice my accuracy on critical reasoning was highest (even while doing the official guide), however acccuracy on this section was least on exam day. My accuracy on problem solving greatly dropped in my exam, which was not the case while practicing. I am not sure if i have practiced the right questions, even though i have used much of gmat prep and offcial guide. I definitely did have a problem with timing in quant. I have attached my ESR, probably it could help with your advice.

I am now looking at e-gmat verbal online, as per the reviews. What are your thoughts?
I am confused about quant. Do i carry on with gmat club tests? ( i have only done 5 of them)
What else can i do to improve my quant?
Please help me with your guidance.

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Bhai happened to me too. The best test series is by mgmat. And most reliable is mock tests by the offi ial mba.com

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Hi nishantbhatt,

First off, a 640/Q45 is a solid Score, so it could be enough to get you into your first-choice School. As such, a retest might not be necessary. That having been said, you have the opportunity to pick up some serious points in BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections, so retesting makes a certain amount of sense.

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 - and the data in your ESR - it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

1) 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)?
2) What is your goal score?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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nishantbhatt wrote:

However, on the exam day, I scored a dissapointing 640 (q45,v32), and I beleived that i would score atleast a 680.

During practice my accuracy on critical reasoning was highest (even while doing the official guide), however acccuracy on this section was least on exam day. My accuracy on problem solving greatly dropped in my exam, which was not the case while practicing. I am not sure if i have practiced the right questions, even though i have used much of gmat prep and offcial guide. I definitely did have a problem with timing in quant.



Performance on exam day will be variable both due to day conditions as well as due to personal factors. Many people underestimate these two elements.

This isn't about doing more and more practicing answering questions or taking even more expensive courses. Your above statements show that you do not quite understand these other factors.

You may want to think about yourself, how you react to stress situations, how you can better manage your responses and the like. This will be difficult work. GL!

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Hi nishanbhatt,

I’m sorry to hear how things went with your 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 Q45/V23. 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.

The overall process will be to learn all about how to answer question types with which you currently aren't very comfortable and do dozens of practice questions category by category, basically driving up your score point by point. When you do dozens of questions of the same type one after the other, you learn just what it takes to get questions of that type correct consistently. If you aren't getting close to 90 percent of questions of a certain type correct, go back and seek to better understand how that type of question works, and then do more questions of that type until you get to around at least 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better.

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.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new quant and verbal materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses. 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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