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Anyone experience flucuation? :-(

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18 May 2008, 15:39
I'm kind of bummed, trying to find some moral support. I got a 680 last weekend on a GMATPrep 1 CAT, and was pretty excited that I was finally nearing the 700 range (at least much closer than my former high 500s from a couple months ago), but my test I took yesterday, PR CAT, I received a 650, and today a GMATPrep 2 test, a 630. I know practice makes perfect and I just need to get it together, but talk about a letdown!

Reviewing my math questions, I found that about half were stupid mistakes, mis-reading problems, and half were out of my conceptual understanding so I am making note cards once I figure out the answers.

Anyway - please tell me someone out there experienced this kind of flucuation but with hard work was able to meet their goal! I am not one of those natural test takers, I have to keep at it to see improvement considering my first GMAT test I have ever taken was a measley 540. But it's hard not to feel so defeated when I feel that I have been trying so hard.

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18 May 2008, 16:21
I'm sure many posters here would agree they have had moments of non-peak performance. Even the most talented athletes have off days. The key is to ensure you just take what you need from it and move on. You know you are performing at a higher level, so why dwell on a couple lower scores?

A few weeks ago, I was really feeling like I was starting to "get" all this stuff. My practice test scores were climbing, my hit %s were increasing, and all was right in my GMAT world. One morning, I decided to take a GMAT focus exam, and the results were disappointing. I came on here asking other posters similar questions to those you are asking in this thread. After a bit, I moved on and started focusing on my studies again. My test scores are even higher than before.

I'm not sure if you play golf, but it serves as a perfect example. When you miss a putt, do you think about it all round? No, you move on to the next hole and win the match. Keep up the good work...you'll be just fine.

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18 May 2008, 19:28
Since half of the mistakes were "silly" ones, take a look at the kinds of mistakes they are. Are you rushing? Answering too quickly on questions where the answer seems obvious, but there's a trap built in? Slow yourself down enough to be sure what the question is asking for, and that the answer isn't way too easy -- that's usually a sign that it's a trap.

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18 May 2008, 22:01
Agreed with everyone else's advice. Also the PR CAT is not the most accurate.

I took an MGMAT CAT last week and got a 690, and then a PR with a 650. On the PR with 650, I actually had far less questions wrong and I believe their scoring algorithm isn't up to par.
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Location: Russian Federation
GMAT 3: 740 Q40 V50
GMAT 4: 700 Q48 V38
GMAT 5: 710 Q45 V41
GMAT 6: 680 Q47 V36
GMAT 9: 740 Q49 V42
GMAT 11: 500 Q47 V33
GMAT 14: 760 Q49 V44
WE: Supply Chain Management (Energy and Utilities)
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19 May 2008, 18:24
Thanks so much everyone. I jumped back on the bandwagon today and made a more thorough error log and am just going to figure out where my real weaknesses are with my past problems I've gotten wrong. I feel much better and more in control. At this point I feel more determined - if other people can do it there's no reason why I won't be able to.

Thanks for the support!
Julia

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