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Hey Forum Member's

Have been witnessing a huge drop from mock scores of close GMAT warriors from a MBA Prep , manhattan, Princeton, KAPLAN mock score of 730+ to actual gmat of 590-610.

There is news going around here in India - That apparently GMAT is now penalising scores If one tends to take more time on a question (~2Mins) .
Has someone else heard of such cases & Maybe they are wrong as GMAC has not released any official statement - But they anyway never do.

Any Stats indicating a Drop in Global avg. for people who have apperead in GMAT from MARCH 2017 onwards.

I am to schedule a date for GMAT in the Month of May - So bit worried on this front , As have seen a lot of people who were brilliant throughout the year in practice & Mocks -gave GMAT In feb got 700+ but March one's score completely dropped not less than 90-100 Points!!!


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Hi Ankit Shard,

To answer your immediate question - NO, the GMAT does NOT score you differently for taking more or less time when answering a question. The types of score drops that you describe do occur though - and the causes ARE definable. Test Day is a rather specific event, which you CAN train for. When these types of score drops occur, the two likely "causes" involve either something that was unrealistic during practice or something that was surprising (or not accounted for) on Test Day. For example, there are files of questions available online that contain many of the prompts from the Official GMAC CATs. If you practice with some of that material, then take a practice CAT and see even a few questions that you ALREADY know the answers to, then that knowledge will almost certainly impact your overall performance - which will also unrealistically 'inflate' the score result that you receive from that CAT. As another example, if you were to skip past the Essay and IR sections when taking a CAT, then you end up taking a much shorter, easier practice Test that requires less effort... which also almost always leads to an inflated score result.

Points can be won and lost rather easily on Test Day, so to maximize your performance, you have to make sure that you're not preparing in an unrealistic fashion.

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I took on one question about 5 minutes to answer, on quant, and got 49, so I don't think there are any penalties that you described...

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Hey Forum Member's

Have been witnessing a huge drop from mock scores of close GMAT warriors from a MBA Prep , manhattan, Princeton, KAPLAN mock score of 730+ to actual gmat of 590-610.

There is news going around here in India - That apparently GMAT is now penalising scores If one tends to take more time on a question (~2Mins) .
Has someone else heard of such cases & Maybe they are wrong as GMAC has not released any official statement - But they anyway never do.

Any Stats indicating a Drop in Global avg. for people who have apperead in GMAT from MARCH 2017 onwards.

I am to schedule a date for GMAT in the Month of May - So bit worried on this front , As have seen a lot of people who were brilliant throughout the year in practice & Mocks -gave GMAT In feb got 700+ but March one's score completely dropped not less than 90-100 Points!!!


A nervous trying to be GMAT warrior

Ankit Shard


Hi Ankit ,
GMAT is a standardized test and I believe whatever you have heard is just a rumor. If there was a penalty on taking more than 2 mins to solve a question, then GMAT would have released a notification.
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ankitroyalenfield@gmail.com wrote:
There is news going around here in India - That apparently GMAT is now penalising scores If one tends to take more time on a question (~2Mins) .
Has someone else heard of such cases & Maybe they are wrong as GMAC has not released any official statement - But they anyway never do.
The GMAC people I am in touch with have always denied using time taken to calculate scores (though they say that it is tracked, but that's for different reasons). You can also take the GMAT whenever you feel you are ready. You don't have to aim for a particular month.
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