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Blew up my GMAT! :-( 680 q50v32

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New post 30 Nov 2011, 22:35
Gave my GMAT yesterday after 2 months of diligent prep and saw a score of 680 q50v32! I absolutely blew off my verbal :-( I've been consistently scoring between 730-780 in the CATs and GMATPrep and the actual exam came as a huge shock to me. I am targeting the top 10 schools and I think this score is nowhere close to even indicate that I should apply. I will retake again and that means postponing my mba applications by another year :-( That will make my work ex 5 years next year.

I have exhausted all MGMAT and GMATPrep and OG questions. I think I will need to study more and then retake, I'm planning in Feb again. Does one hamper his/her chances by a retake? Not that I have a choice anyway :-(

I'm frantically looking what went wrong and yet I have no clue :-( Does anyone have any recommendations to improve the verbal score? Any courses to suggest? Knewton? GMATPill?

Thanks vm

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New post 30 Nov 2011, 23:58
I found that the real GMAT test is a bit harder than the mock test (both Manhattan and Official). I think I scored around 740-760 on my mock tests but I scored only 710 in the real test.

I believe that you've already got all the knowledge for GMAT but you might need to find a proper test taking strategy. That's something that can really make a different. For me, I always skip 1 reading passage because I have problem in finishing the verbal section. Skipping 1 reading passage allows me more time to complete the whole section with more accuracy. You should try to find your own strategy :)

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New post 01 Dec 2011, 01:01
Hi Apinun, I agree. I found the real test to be much different and harder. I don't think it reflects OG whatsoever. Not sure if it's the recent trend or just my luck

Congrats on your score, btw!

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