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15 Dec 2018, 10:44
Hi,
I took GMAT two times in the interval of 10 months. For my 1st attempt, I studied for 15-20 days and ended up getting 530 (v20, q44).
I studied for approximately 2.5 months for my second retake. Before taking the test my mock scores were:-
Princeton review 700 (V36, Q51)
MGMAT 590 ( v30, q44)
MGMAT 590 (V32, Q39)
GMAT prep-1 640 ( v29, Q48)
GMAT prep-2 570 (V19, Q49)
All the above exams were taken within 10 days.
In the Actual test I received 530 (v20, Q43). I was very surprised. I feel devastated and low in confidence. I would really appreciate a sincere advice to go about another retake.
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15 Dec 2018, 12:10
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15 Dec 2018, 19:33
Hi Ayush1692,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day didn't go as well as planned. GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Your 2 Official Scores are essentially identical meaning that you continue to 'see' (and respond to) Test Day in a specific way - you handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes. Considering your CAT Scores, 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. If you can answer a few questions, then we should be able to figure this out:

1) On what dates did you take each of your CATs?
2) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
3) Did you take them at home?
4) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you took your Official GMAT?
5) Did you ever do ANYTHING during your CATs that you couldn't do on Test Day (pause the CAT, skip sections, take longer breaks, etc.)?
6) Did you ever take a CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE (re: on a prior CAT, in an online forum or in a practice set)?

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19 Dec 2018, 20:17
Hi Ayush1692,

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