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Discrepancy Between My Actual GMAT Score and GMATPrep Scores

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Hey everyone,

So I took the GMAT for the first time a couple days ago and scored a 680 (46Q, 37V), which was lower than my most recent GMATPrep scores. For each of the three days before my actual GMAT, I took an official GMATPrep Practice Test (started at 8 AM each time, just like my actual test) and my score breakdowns were:

Saturday morning: 720 (49Q, 40V)

Sunday morning: 710 (49Q, 38V)

Monday morning 750 (49Q, 42V)

Tuesday morning (actual GMAT): 680 (46Q, 37V)

The most concerning thing for me is that I got a 49Q each of the three days before my actual GMAT, and then I scored only a 46Q on the real thing. Is the actual GMAT's Quant section harder than the GMATPrep Quant sections? I'm not really sure if I should chalk this up to test-day nerves, bad luck on question selection, or if there's actually a difficulty difference between the actual GMAT and the GMATPrep practice tests. If anybody could provide some insight on this/suggestions on where to go from here, that would be very much appreciated! I have already signed up to take the GMAT again in a few weeks and I'm looking forward to (hopefully) getting a better score.

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Hey everyone,

So I took the GMAT for the first time a couple days ago and scored a 680 (46Q, 37V), which was lower than my most recent GMATPrep scores. For each of the three days before my actual GMAT, I took an official GMATPrep Practice Test (started at 8 AM each time, just like my actual test) and my score breakdowns were:

Saturday morning: 720 (49Q, 40V)

Sunday morning: 710 (49Q, 38V)

Monday morning 750 (49Q, 42V)

Tuesday morning (actual GMAT): 680 (46Q, 37V)

The most concerning thing for me is that I got a 49Q each of the three days before my actual GMAT, and then I scored only a 46Q on the real thing. Is the actual GMAT's Quant section harder than the GMATPrep Quant sections? I'm not really sure if I should chalk this up to test-day nerves, bad luck on question selection, or if there's actually a difficulty difference between the actual GMAT and the GMATPrep practice tests. If anybody could provide some insight on this/suggestions on where to go from here, that would be very much appreciated! I have already signed up to take the GMAT again in a few weeks and I'm looking forward to (hopefully) getting a better score.

Thank you!


firstly mocks every day really does not help your cause..
Mock is to get a feel of actuals and know your progress. Thereafter you should work on your weaknesses and again check your progress after some days through another mock..

you may have got some repeated questions that you could have done in earlier mocks and some exam stress may have crept in. so which mocks were these.
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Thanks for the reply! Yes, those 3 recent practice tests I did were just to give me a feel for the test-day experience, and I wasn't really using those to "study" as much as just to prepare for the experience of taking the GMAT. My actual studying included the Manhattan GMAT guides and the GMAT 2018 Official Guide.

As far as the possibility of getting repeated questions on practice tests, I purchased the 4 additional GMATPrep practice tests from the MBA website and only took each test one time, so I didn't have any repeated questions that would have inflated my GMATPrep scores. I was just curious if there is a difference in difficulty level between the actual GMAT and the GMATPrep practice tests, as I scored consistently 710+ on GMATPrep leading up to taking the actual GMAT, when I scored only a 680. If there isn't a difficulty difference, then I know that maybe I was just nervous or didn't manage my time well. If there is actually a difference in difficulty between them, then I'm not as prepared as I thought I was. I just wanted to get the GMATClub community's thoughts on this, as I'm not really sure what to think about scoring worse on the real thing. Thanks!
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I was just curious if there is a difference in difficulty level between the actual GMAT and the GMATPrep practice tests, as I scored consistently 710+ on GMATPrep leading up to taking the actual GMAT, when I scored only a 680.
The GMAT is not a perfect exam. You might or might not get a score that reflects your true ability, and this comes down to a number of factors. What matters, however, is that your GMATPrep scores are reliable (if those tests are taken properly), and that you are capable of getting those scores on the actual GMAT.
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Thanks for the reply! Yes, those 3 recent practice tests I did were just to give me a feel for the test-day experience, and I wasn't really using those to "study" as much as just to prepare for the experience of taking the GMAT. My actual studying included the Manhattan GMAT guides and the GMAT 2018 Official Guide.

As far as the possibility of getting repeated questions on practice tests, I purchased the 4 additional GMATPrep practice tests from the MBA website and only took each test one time, so I didn't have any repeated questions that would have inflated my GMATPrep scores. I was just curious if there is a difference in difficulty level between the actual GMAT and the GMATPrep practice tests, as I scored consistently 710+ on GMATPrep leading up to taking the actual GMAT, when I scored only a 680. If there isn't a difficulty difference, then I know that maybe I was just nervous or didn't manage my time well. If there is actually a difference in difficulty between them, then I'm not as prepared as I thought I was. I just wanted to get the GMATClub community's thoughts on this, as I'm not really sure what to think about scoring worse on the real thing. Thanks!


Many people face +/- 30 points difference between their mocks and actual tests. It all depends on your test day experience. Also, GMATprep doesn't have experimental questions.

You can purchase the ESR to see where it actually went wrong.
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New post 13 Apr 2018, 00:15
I recently got to know that the Algorithm of the actual exam is different from Algorithm of GMATPrep exams. I was surprised to know this, but apparently they have a reason for doing so.

So, while not entirely different, it looks like there is definitely some difference. This difference might be the reason why you see a difference between GMATPrep and your actual scores.
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