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New post 29 Jul 2018, 13:54
Hello all and thanks for reading.

I am aiming for a 700+ on the GMAT. I began studying last December with an online tutor. We have had ~20 or so sessions to cover the material on the GMAT combined with hours upon hours of studying, quizzes and review. On my first official GMAT in the Spring I recorded a 660. I was happy with this result thinking that I wasn't terribly far from the 700 mark. For reference, when I took the test cold in late 2017 I scored around 550. However, since that 660, I have taken the official test two more times and received scores of 640 and 630 respectively. I'm a bit puzzled to see this regression despite feeling more confident about the material now than I did in the spring. In practice tests I have ranged from 630-680 during this period (I took about 4 or 5).

For the last test I got the enhanced score report and was able to identify which section/question types hurt me the most. I basically did terribly on the RC which essentially ruined my verbal score. Interestingly however I did really well on the CR.

To summarize, I'm curious if anyone here has thoughts or advice that may be helpful for me on my journey to right the ship and hit the 700 mark as well as specific advice for RC (besides from doing more practice passages). For what it's worth, the first test was in the "old" format and the second and third tests were in the new shortened format as of April/May.

Thank you in advance.
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I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Before providing specific advice, I’d like to learn more about your situation with the GMAT. I have some questions:

1) How many practice GMATs have you taken? Please list the dates on which you’ve taken any practice GMATs, the total scores, the quant, verbal, and IR scores, as well as how you were feeling while taking the tests. Also, please tell me where these tests came from (ex:

2) To what programs will you be applying? What are the deadlines for these programs?

3) By when would you LIKE to take the GMAT? By when MUST you take the GMAT?

4) How many hours a day, on average, can you study between now and your next GMAT?

5) What resources have you been using for your prep?

Once I learn more about you, I can provide some more tailored advice.

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New post 01 Aug 2018, 01:29
Hi syracuse219,

You have made a considerable improvement over your starting scores and yes there is still some way to go for you to reach your target score. Your scores from 630(66 percentile) to 680(82 percentile) is a very wide range and indicated towards issues. It seems that in the tests that you got questions from topics that you were comfortable with you scored well whereas in the tests where this was not the case you did not score as well.

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Hi syracuse219,

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your 3 Official GMAT Scores - along with your various CAT score results - show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 650 +/- a few points). You handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes. Considering that these results go back several months, it's likely that you have gotten 'stuck' at this particular 'score level.' As such, continuing to study in the same ways as before will likely lead to a same general result (in the mid-600s or so).

I'll be happy to analyze your ESR for you, if you're interested. If you have the ESR for either of your other Official GMATs, then that extra data would help to define some of the broader patterns in how you currently 'see' (and respond to) the Test.

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