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New post 07 Aug 2019, 11:44
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Have you seen any of the questions you e countered on your official test before?

I am afraid the last gmat prep test Wasa fluke. 2 weeks earlier you had 680. It is unlikely to be able to improve so much in just 2 weeks at the end of your prep. Sorry :-(

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This is exactly what happened I think.


Your score is near your 680 score on PT 2

If it is any consolation even my score was merely 700 after getting a 730 in last one and 760 in second last

Idk how I got 760 but 730 was definitely my consistent level
Things happen during the exam, relax, sit back, take a course, check this post of mine out if you want

This plan has worked for me and some


I certainly understand where you're coming from, but I am having a really tough time believing it was a fluke! I took the practice exam in realistic testing conditions, took at max 8-minute breaks where I would be allowed during the actual exam, and did not see any repeat questions (save for one that I ended up getting wrong anyway). When reviewing the exam, sure I got lucky on a couple of guesses here and there, but the fact of the matter is, I got 9 out of the first 10 Quant questions correct, and only got 2 wrong on all of verbal. The questions I guessed on were later in the exam too, so it wasn't like I got lucky on the first few questions and coasted from there.

I understand that going from 500 --> 640 --> 710 --> 760 within a couple of months is highly unlikely, but I have fully devoted myself to this exam. I am not willing to concede that the 760 was a fluke - rather, I believe it represents my maximum potential combined with a little bit of luck.
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New post 07 Aug 2019, 11:52
RelSparty wrote:
Businessconquerer wrote:
bb wrote:
Have you seen any of the questions you e countered on your official test before?

I am afraid the last gmat prep test Wasa fluke. 2 weeks earlier you had 680. It is unlikely to be able to improve so much in just 2 weeks at the end of your prep. Sorry :-(

Posted from my mobile device

This is exactly what happened I think.


Your score is near your 680 score on PT 2

If it is any consolation even my score was merely 700 after getting a 730 in last one and 760 in second last

Idk how I got 760 but 730 was definitely my consistent level
Things happen during the exam, relax, sit back, take a course, check this post of mine out if you want

This plan has worked for me and some


I certainly understand where you're coming from, but I am having a really tough time believing it was a fluke! I took the practice exam in realistic testing conditions, took at max 8-minute breaks where I would be allowed during the actual exam, and did not see any repeat questions (save for one that I ended up getting wrong anyway). When reviewing the exam, sure I got lucky on a couple of guesses here and there, but the fact of the matter is, I got 9 out of the first 10 Quant questions correct, and only got 2 wrong on all of verbal. The questions I guessed on were later in the exam too, so it wasn't like I got lucky on the first few questions and coasted from there.

I understand that going from 500 --> 640 --> 710 --> 760 within a couple of months is highly unlikely, but I have fully devoted myself to this exam. I am not willing to concede that the 760 was a fluke - rather, I believe it represents my maximum potential combined with a little bit of luck.

We are not trying to offend you, we're just considering all possibilities.
It is perfectly possible to get a few questions correct on luck basis, and vice versa
I am a firm believer in "A person who can get an honest 650, can get a 700"

But it is more essential to know about other things

Knowing yourself is essential
What are the other things that you faced during the test???
Did you guess any questions?
What was your strategy????
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New post 07 Aug 2019, 12:07
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We are not trying to offend you, we're just considering all possibilities.
It is perfectly possible to get a few questions correct on luck basis, and vice versa
I am a firm believer in "A person who can get an honest 650, can get a 700"

But it is more essential to know about other things

Knowing yourself is essential
What are the other things that you faced during the test???
Did you guess any questions?
What was your strategy????


I know Businessconquerer don't worry, no offense taken. :) I really do appreciate everyone's help, this community has quickly helped me get past the 'moping phase' and into the 'preparing for the next attempt' phase, and for that I am extremely grateful.

What do you mean by the other things that I faced during the test?

I ended up guessing several questions on my actual exam because I ran out of time. I think it was due to nerves, and being thrown off by the verbal section, which seemed much different than what I was used to in my GMAT Prep practice.

I have taken a Princeton Review course, so generally I have a good strategy for verbal. I ended up spending a little longer on RCs (had to read passage multiple times) and CRs on my actual exam, which ended up contributing to running out of time. While I thought I bombed verbal, I ended up getting a 41, which was actually not too much lower than what I had been getting in practice. I know I'm still at least capable of a 44 though.

On quant, my strategy definitely needs to be revisited. I was just kind of bumbling along, and realized around question 13 that I was going to run out of time.
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New post 07 Aug 2019, 12:23
RelSparty wrote:
Businessconquerer wrote:
We are not trying to offend you, we're just considering all possibilities.
It is perfectly possible to get a few questions correct on luck basis, and vice versa
I am a firm believer in "A person who can get an honest 650, can get a 700"

But it is more essential to know about other things

Knowing yourself is essential
What are the other things that you faced during the test???
Did you guess any questions?
What was your strategy????


I know Businessconquerer don't worry, no offense taken. :) I really do appreciate everyone's help, this community has quickly helped me get past the 'moping phase' and into the 'preparing for the next attempt' phase, and for that I am extremely grateful.

What do you mean by the other things that I faced during the test?

I ended up guessing several questions on my actual exam because I ran out of time. I think it was due to nerves, and being thrown off by the verbal section, which seemed much different than what I was used to in my GMAT Prep practice.

I have taken a Princeton Review course, so generally I have a good strategy for verbal. I ended up spending a little longer on RCs (had to read passage multiple times) and CRs on my actual exam, which ended up contributing to running out of time. While I thought I bombed verbal, I ended up getting a 41, which was actually not too much lower than what I had been getting in practice. I know I'm still at least capable of a 44 though.

On quant, my strategy definitely needs to be revisited. I was just kind of bumbling along, and realized around question 13 that I was going to run out of time.

This is great, do not worry, may be you had an off day. Is princeton really helpful??

Most of the debatable OA is from Princeton but if it works for ya, great
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This is great, do not worry, may be you had an off day. Is princeton really helpful??

Most of the debatable OA is from Princeton but if it works for ya, great


Princeton Review was helpful for verbal I think, not very helpful for quant. Luckily my dad is brilliant at quant so most of the progress I've made so far there has come from him. Do you have any other resources you'd recommend to get my quant score as high as possible? I just need to get consistently into Q45 and I'll be safely in the 700s.
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RelSparty wrote:
Businessconquerer wrote:
This is great, do not worry, may be you had an off day. Is princeton really helpful??

Most of the debatable OA is from Princeton but if it works for ya, great


Princeton Review was helpful for verbal I think, not very helpful for quant. Luckily my dad is brilliant at quant so most of the progress I've made so far there has come from him. Do you have any other resources you'd recommend to get my quant score as high as possible? I just need to get consistently into Q45 and I'll be safely in the 700s.


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I would chalk it up to a bad case of nerves. I experienced something similar a couple weeks ago, just completely froze up when i read the first question and it was all down hill from there. All my 'structured problem solving' went completely out the door and I was struggling to comprehend the simplest of questions. It felt like i was taking my first diagnostic all over again. Ended up with a gut wrenching 600.

Prior to this, i was scoring around 680-720, with scores showing gradual improvement. I was planning on doing a retake anyway, so had saved a couple of untouched practice exams for later, ended up doing one a few days after and scored a 740.

Did some digging around and it seems exam anxiety is real thing. Most people just schedule another one ASAP and keep warm by continuing to do practice sets.

No guarantee that the jitters won't be there again the second time round, but it's important to put yourself in the right frame. This stupid exam became my everything in the month leading up to my first attempt, while I wasn't necessarily stressed, I was certainty fixated on it.
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New post 08 Aug 2019, 07:18
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I would chalk it up to a bad case of nerves. I experienced something similar a couple weeks ago, just completely froze up when i read the first question and it was all down hill from there. All my 'structured problem solving' went completely out the door and I was struggling to comprehend the simplest of questions. It felt like i was taking my first diagnostic all over again. Ended up with a gut wrenching 600.

Prior to this, i was scoring around 680-720, with scores showing gradual improvement. I was planning on doing a retake anyway, so had saved a couple of untouched practice exams for later, ended up doing one a few days after and scored a 740.

Did some digging around and it seems exam anxiety is real thing. Most people just schedule another one ASAP and keep warm by continuing to do practice sets.

No guarantee that the jitters won't be there again the second time round, but it's important to put yourself in the right frame. This stupid exam became my everything in the month leading up to my first attempt, while I wasn't necessarily stressed, I was certainty fixated on it.


Thanks for the advice PKP AD. I feel the exact same way, this exam has become my everything, I'm absolutely obsessed.

Have you already re-taken your exam? If so, how'd you do the second time around?
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