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Actual GMAT score is far less than mock score, but WHY?

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Recently I found a lot of posts where the test takers were scoring high on the gmat mocks such as 710, 720, 750. But on the d-day score was 680. I request experts [b]bb GMATNinja egmat and other experts to shed some light on the this topic.

How we can avoid such circumstances and what strategy do we need to follow during our prep journey.
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Great question! Well... painful question. But important.

We covered that topic in quite a bit of detail here: https://gmatclub.com/forum/experts-topi ... 46658.html. Take a look, and let me know if you have any follow-ups from there.
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Hey rajatbanik
This is a common phenomenon. There are many reasons that performance on the actual test is below mock scores: first and foremost, stress. The time pressure, which in mock tests may have not been taken fully seriously, is now quite real. Small things which are different in the actual exam and in mock test - the location, the computer, the time of day - can throw you off your game. The gravity of the task just weighs on some people.
There is a lot that can be done this, and it starts well before the actual test. In a nutshell, the point is preparing to be surprised by nothing on test day.
A few pointers towards this:
- Have a plan of exactly how the test should go, by which I mean a target number of answers for every 15 minute interval. This way, you can check and see if you are ahead of or behind the necessary pace, and can adjust as you go.
- take mock tests at the exact same time of day as the test, and take them without any breaks, food or other distractions you won't have on the test itself.
- Take the day before the test off, and try and relax yourself as much as possible on the morning of.
- Make sure you know how to get to your test center ahead of time, and get there early so as not to be stressed.

I recommend taking a look at this blog post for more info: http://exampal.com/gmat/blog/gmat-mindset

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