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First, I really want to thank GMAT Club and Veritas videos for everything and also GMATPrepNow for its wonderful study plan,
I've started GMATPrepNow course on December 1st and taken the GMAT test last week(a total of around 300 hours of effort!).
Unfortunately, I didn't hit my target score, I aimed at 720+ and got 680 (Q-49, V-34, IR-5).
I feel a little frustrated since all my official GMAT mock tests have been better except one.
I’m not a native speaker, but the study plan allowed me to score constantly above 35 on verbal. As I said, unfortunately, the real one was only 34.
I reviewed all questions from tests and noted insights and tips in OneNote in a very detailed and ordered manner.
I’ve solved all OG questions from the course, and also the verbal and quant reviews questions (2016 and 2017).
And all in a timed manner.
I’ve tracked all questions in excel (error log) and repeated wrong ones and those I thought the time to resolve was too long.
Below is my total performance for all OG questions:
SC - 82.1%
CR - 88.7%
RC - 83.5%
PS - 90%
DS - 85.6%

Below are described all my scores (official mock tests + Exam Pack2 for 2 additional official ones and all 7 Veritas mock tests):

GMATPrep Exam 1 (first evaluation) 03/12/2016
Q 46 V 34 IR 4 Total 650

GMATPrep Exam 1 05/02/2017
Q 47 V 40 IR 8 Total 710

Veritas 3 07/02/2017
Q 48 V 33 IR 6 Total 660

Veritas 4 16/02/2017
Q 50 V 36 IR 5 Total 700

Veritas 5 15/03/2017
Q 48 V 37 IR 6 Total 690

Manhattan GMAT 17/03/2017
Q 46 V36 IR 6 Total 680

Kaplan GMAT 20/03/2017
Q47 V38 IR2 Total 690

Economist Brightest Competition 22/03/2017
Total 720 (no other info)

Economist Free CAT 26/03/2017
Q50 V32 IR 1 Total 660

Veritas 6 31/03/2017
Q48 V33 IR4 Total 660

Veritas 7 04/04/2017
Q48 V41 IR4 total 720

GMATPrep Exam 2 13/04/2017
Q 48 V35 IR8 Total 680

GMATPrep ExamPack1 test1 19/04/2017
Q49 V41 IR7 Total 740

GMAT Prep ExamPack1 test2 23/04/2017
Q49 V38 IR6 Total 710


I think I could have scored a lot better, so I really need your advice. Here are my questions:
What are my next steps?
How can I achieve my score?
When to schedule another test? (I’m not going to give up!)

Also, during the test, we had a fire alarm with loud repetitive automated instructions to evacuate the building (for about 7-8 minutes) that made me lose my focus even if nobody seemed to evacuate. 2 minutes later (after the endless automated messages), a human announcement told us it was a malfunction. I was so stressed that I didn't say anything to the ladies at the test center but I wrote an e-mail to Pearson customer service after the test. Do you know what are my rights under such circumstances?

Thanks a lot for everything,
Mike.
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New post 06 May 2017, 11:59
Mike2805 wrote:
First, I really want to thank GMAT Club and Veritas videos for everything and also GMATPrepNow for its wonderful study plan,
I've started GMATPrepNow course on December 1st and taken the GMAT test last week(a total of around 300 hours of effort!).
Unfortunately, I didn't hit my target score, I aimed at 720+ and got 680 (Q-49, V-34, IR-5).
I feel a little frustrated since all my official GMAT mock tests have been better except one.
I’m not a native speaker, but the study plan allowed me to score constantly above 35 on verbal. As I said, unfortunately, the real one was only 34.
I reviewed all questions from tests and noted insights and tips in OneNote in a very detailed and ordered manner.
I’ve solved all OG questions from the course, and also the verbal and quant reviews questions (2016 and 2017).
And all in a timed manner.
I’ve tracked all questions in excel (error log) and repeated wrong ones and those I thought the time to resolve was too long.
Below is my total performance for all OG questions:
SC - 82.1%
CR - 88.7%
RC - 83.5%
PS - 90%
DS - 85.6%

I think I could have scored a lot better, so I really need your advice. Here are my questions:
What are my next steps?
How can I achieve my score?
When to schedule another test? (I’m not going to give up!)

Also, during the test, we had a fire alarm with loud repetitive automated instructions to evacuate the building (for about 7-8 minutes) that made me lose my focus even if nobody seemed to evacuate. 2 minutes later (after the endless automated messages), a human announcement told us it was a malfunction. I was so stressed that I didn't say anything to the ladies at the test center but I wrote an e-mail to Pearson customer service after the test. Do you know what are my rights under such circumstances?

Thanks a lot for everything,
Mike.

Dear Mike2805,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

First of all, I want to you read very carefully this blog. I have written about this exact scenario.
Lower on the Real GMAT than on Practice Tests
You are focused on learning content better, which certainly is helpful, but there's a whole other area of endeavor that I don't know has been a focus for you--that's the area of stress-reduction skills. In that article you will find both an analysis and recommendations in the linked blogs at the bottom. You need to practice stress reduction as assiduously as you practice, say, SC or DS.

As for the alarm at the testing center, certainly contact Pearson, but I suspect that the response simply may be "tough cookies." Think about it. The GMAT is one step in preparing you to be a leader in the business world. Suppose, once you have your MBA and are in some important position, you have some high-leverage task to accomplish--submitting a proposal, closing a deal, etc. etc. If you have brief difficulties come up (car trouble, your pet is sick, you get allergies, the power went out in the office for 30 minutes, etc.), that's going to be no excuse for getting your important job done. If you had a job, and it doesn't get done, nobody is interested in any excuses (unless it's something major, such as a death in the family). It's a sad but undeniable fact: life is not fair, and the business world is not fair. It may be that you have to do your job and perform at a high level sometime under conditions of massively unfair inconvenience, and the person who still shines even under those circumstances is the person who really stands out. Complaints and excuses count for zilch in the business world. That, I believe, is the mindset you will encounter at Pearson. You are welcome to ask Pearson for consideration, but I don't know whether they will be especially responsive. When you take deep responsibility for yourself, that's a position of personal power, and that's always respected.

Finally, I will say that I notice that Magoosh was not on your list of resources. You would be eligible for our score guarantee--a score of 730 or your money back! Here's a free SC lesson:
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Here's a free CR question:
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When you submit your answer, the following page will have a complete video explanations. Each one of Magoosh's 1000+ practice questions has its own VE. That immediate feedback is exactly what you need to break through to the next level. This is precisely why Magoosh has the score guarantee: most of our students see substantial increases.

Let me know if you have any further questions.
Mike :-)
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New post 06 May 2017, 18:40
Mike2805 wrote:
Also, during the test, we had a fire alarm with loud repetitive automated instructions to evacuate the building (for about 7-8 minutes) that made me lose my focus even if nobody seemed to evacuate. 2 minutes later (after the endless automated messages), a human announcement told us it was a malfunction. I was so stressed that I didn't say anything to the ladies at the test center but I wrote an e-mail to Pearson customer service after the test. Do you know what are my rights under such circumstances?

Thanks a lot for everything,
Mike.
Can you put a few more details down about this incident?

The GMAT is not meant to prepare you for leadership, nor is it capable of doing any such thing. I for one would be appalled if Pearson does not offer some form of redressal (refund or free retake) for this. They might try to tell you that your decision not to raise this issue at the center indicates that you were not impacted by it, but you must push back against that. On a different note, if they knew that there was no real danger they should have informed the test takers. If there was, they should have been tying to evacuate you. Safety should come first.

As for your score, you're extremely close to your target score (almost within the margin of error). A little more effort should do it. All the best.
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