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# 730 to 530 IN GMAT! - totally shocked

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06 Jan 2010, 16:53
Hi All

I just wanted to share my experience. I'm an Oxford University graduate and have a very strong academic background.

4 weeks ago I decided to give the GMAT. During those weeks I spent a couple of hours atleast every day on practicing.

I gave 5 practice tests before the actual test and got the following scores:

Princeton : 730, 680, 730
Manhattan: 620
GMAT Prep : 610, 620.

On actual test day I got a 530 - can someone explain why I flunked so badly! On test day I did not panic and finished the questions on time so that is really not the reason.
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06 Jan 2010, 17:39
My suggestion, GMAT Preps are an accurate estimate of your test potential, however, the scores on the G-day can range from -50 to +50 or over, depending on many other factors. I personally believe, please don't fool yourself with a Princeton-730 and instead try to understand what the GMAT is all about.

Prepare well, use this forum to the fullest, understand your weaknesses and work on them, keep your strengths tight and give the test again. Wishing you all the best.
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06 Jan 2010, 17:57
Wow. I don't proclaim to be a GMAT expert, but I only took one full length practice GMAT before taking the real thing. Rather than practice taking the test, I focused on learning the ins and outs of each type of question that might be asked (for about two weeks before the test, maybe 2 hours per day). There aren't all that many different types of questions that they ask. I'm sure by this point you have a good handle on what your weaknesses are - attack them until you have no weaknesses. Then take it again. And to a certain extent it was probably just a fluke so don't think your current score has any bearing on your capability.
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