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# Fluctuating Verbal Scores - Help Needed

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04 Nov 2017, 15:07
Hi experts,

I really need some help and guidance on how to improve my Verbal score in the next 3 weeks. I just got out of my GMAT exam (my 4th attempt) and failed to reach my goal of 710 plus yet again. I scored 650 (q49 V29). I felt I was doing well throughout the exam. Though I had to guess last 8 questions on Verbal and last 7 on Quant due to bad timing. Despite this, I was shocked to see a score of V29. I just cannot believe that I got that score. I have never received such a low Verbal score on any of my past attempts at the Actual GMAT exam.

A little history on my preparation so far:

I took the GMAT three times in 2014 and 2015 but never reached my goal. I started studying yet again earlier this year. In the last three weeks leading to the exam today on Nov 4, 2017, I was consistently getting 700+ scores (3 times out of 4) on the GMAT Prep CAT’s. The one occasion where I didn’t get the score was when I lost my focus midway on Verbal Section due to some disturbance in the library where I was taking the test and got Questions 18-23 wrong at a stretch.

Following is the history of my CAT’s:

GMAT Actual Exam – October 20 2014 590 (cancelled the scores)
GMAT Actual Exam – Nov 21 2014 650 (Q47 V34)
GMAT Actual Exam – Sep 12, 2015 660 (Q46 V35)
Veritas Prep Exam 1 – Jan 29, 2017 670 (Q48, V34)
Veritas Prep Exam 2 – May 7, 2017 690 (Q49, V36)
Veritas Prep Exam 3 – May 14, 2017 680 (Q49, V 34)
GMAT Prep 1 – Oct 11, 2017 – 700 (Q49, V37)
GMAT Prep 2 – Oct 25, 2017 – 650 (Q49 V29) – I did lose focus midway on Verbal and got Questions 18-23 wrong at a stretch
GMAT Prep 3 – Oct 27, 2017 – 710 (Q49 V38)
GMAT PREP 1 (Retook)- Nov 3, 2017 – 730 (Q49 V40)
GMAT Exam (Actual) – Nov 4, 2017 – 650 (49 V29)

My concerns:

Though, I would have liked to study for at least one month, I have scheduled the exam already on November 28th 2017 due to the R2 application deadline of my target schools (INSEAD, LBS, Oxford Said and Cambridge Judge). What can I do to study during this time?

Bad timing on Verbal and Quant is a definite problem for me. In all the four practice tests that I took in the last 3 weeks, I had to guess the last 25% questions. I will be ordering my ESR score report next week to understand what went wrong on the Verbal section.

Looking at my last few CAT and GMAT test scores, looks like my Quant is rather constant around 49 but my verbal score fluctuates a lot between 29 and 40. I am fairly comfortable with the material. I have studied from Manhattan, Veritas and e-GMAT courses and have been getting 90 % verbal questions right on OG without issues (verified on Manhattan Prep software by doing all OG Verbal and OG Verbal Review questions). On Verbal, no one section seems to pose a problem for me. What can I do between today and November 28th to improve my Verbal Score?

I feel really lost at the moment and will really appreciate any insights/suggestions.

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05 Nov 2017, 07:34
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Hi experts,

I really need some help and guidance on how to improve my Verbal score in the next 3 weeks. I just got out of my GMAT exam (my 4th attempt) and failed to reach my goal of 710 plus yet again. I scored 650 (q49 V29). I felt I was doing well throughout the exam. Though I had to guess last 8 questions on Verbal and last 7 on Quant due to bad timing. Despite this, I was shocked to see a score of V29. I just cannot believe that I got that score. I have never received such a low Verbal score on any of my past attempts at the Actual GMAT exam.

A little history on my preparation so far:

I took the GMAT three times in 2014 and 2015 but never reached my goal. I started studying yet again earlier this year. In the last three weeks leading to the exam today on Nov 4, 2017, I was consistently getting 700+ scores (3 times out of 4) on the GMAT Prep CAT’s. The one occasion where I didn’t get the score was when I lost my focus midway on Verbal Section due to some disturbance in the library where I was taking the test and got Questions 18-23 wrong at a stretch.

Following is the history of my CAT’s:

GMAT Actual Exam – October 20 2014 590 (cancelled the scores)
GMAT Actual Exam – Nov 21 2014 650 (Q47 V34)
GMAT Actual Exam – Sep 12, 2015 660 (Q46 V35)
Veritas Prep Exam 1 – Jan 29, 2017 670 (Q48, V34)
Veritas Prep Exam 2 – May 7, 2017 690 (Q49, V36)
Veritas Prep Exam 3 – May 14, 2017 680 (Q49, V 34)
GMAT Prep 1 – Oct 11, 2017 – 700 (Q49, V37)
GMAT Prep 2 – Oct 25, 2017 – 650 (Q49 V29) – I did lose focus midway on Verbal and got Questions 18-23 wrong at a stretch
GMAT Prep 3 – Oct 27, 2017 – 710 (Q49 V38)
GMAT PREP 1 (Retook)- Nov 3, 2017 – 730 (Q49 V40)
GMAT Exam (Actual) – Nov 4, 2017 – 650 (49 V29)

My concerns:

Though, I would have liked to study for at least one month, I have scheduled the exam already on November 28th 2017 due to the R2 application deadline of my target schools (INSEAD, LBS, Oxford Said and Cambridge Judge). What can I do to study during this time?

Bad timing on Verbal and Quant is a definite problem for me. In all the four practice tests that I took in the last 3 weeks, I had to guess the last 25% questions. I will be ordering my ESR score report next week to understand what went wrong on the Verbal section.

Looking at my last few CAT and GMAT test scores, looks like my Quant is rather constant around 49 but my verbal score fluctuates a lot between 29 and 40. I am fairly comfortable with the material. I have studied from Manhattan, Veritas and e-GMAT courses and have been getting 90 % verbal questions right on OG without issues (verified on Manhattan Prep software by doing all OG Verbal and OG Verbal Review questions). On Verbal, no one section seems to pose a problem for me. What can I do between today and November 28th to improve my Verbal Score?

I feel really lost at the moment and will really appreciate any insights/suggestions.

Ash

Hi
Looking into your scores in the Gmatprep and other tests, I think you had a bad day. However, you need to really work on your timing. Revise all the concepts of Quant and Verbal and keep solving chunks of questions in limited time. Try to learn the shortcuts of Quant. That will come with practice and if you are a regular on Gmatclub you will see many different ways of solving the same problem. However, as you have less time, revise the shortcuts that may be available on the MGMAT, Veritas and E-Gmat courses.
Refer to the timing strategies post on Gmatclub. It will be helpful.
Hope it works.
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05 Nov 2017, 08:23
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sultanisash wrote:
Hi experts,

I really need some help and guidance on how to improve my Verbal score in the next 3 weeks. I just got out of my GMAT exam (my 4th attempt) and failed to reach my goal of 710 plus yet again. I scored 650 (q49 V29). I felt I was doing well throughout the exam. Though I had to guess last 8 questions on Verbal and last 7 on Quant due to bad timing. Despite this, I was shocked to see a score of V29. I just cannot believe that I got that score. I have never received such a low Verbal score on any of my past attempts at the Actual GMAT exam.

A little history on my preparation so far:

I took the GMAT three times in 2014 and 2015 but never reached my goal. I started studying yet again earlier this year. In the last three weeks leading to the exam today on Nov 4, 2017, I was consistently getting 700+ scores (3 times out of 4) on the GMAT Prep CAT’s. The one occasion where I didn’t get the score was when I lost my focus midway on Verbal Section due to some disturbance in the library where I was taking the test and got Questions 18-23 wrong at a stretch.

Following is the history of my CAT’s:

GMAT Actual Exam – October 20 2014 590 (cancelled the scores)
GMAT Actual Exam – Nov 21 2014 650 (Q47 V34)
GMAT Actual Exam – Sep 12, 2015 660 (Q46 V35)
Veritas Prep Exam 1 – Jan 29, 2017 670 (Q48, V34)
Veritas Prep Exam 2 – May 7, 2017 690 (Q49, V36)
Veritas Prep Exam 3 – May 14, 2017 680 (Q49, V 34)
GMAT Prep 1 – Oct 11, 2017 – 700 (Q49, V37)
GMAT Prep 2 – Oct 25, 2017 – 650 (Q49 V29) – I did lose focus midway on Verbal and got Questions 18-23 wrong at a stretch
GMAT Prep 3 – Oct 27, 2017 – 710 (Q49 V38)
GMAT PREP 1 (Retook)- Nov 3, 2017 – 730 (Q49 V40)
GMAT Exam (Actual) – Nov 4, 2017 – 650 (49 V29)

My concerns:

Though, I would have liked to study for at least one month, I have scheduled the exam already on November 28th 2017 due to the R2 application deadline of my target schools (INSEAD, LBS, Oxford Said and Cambridge Judge). What can I do to study during this time?

Bad timing on Verbal and Quant is a definite problem for me. In all the four practice tests that I took in the last 3 weeks, I had to guess the last 25% questions. I will be ordering my ESR score report next week to understand what went wrong on the Verbal section.

Looking at my last few CAT and GMAT test scores, looks like my Quant is rather constant around 49 but my verbal score fluctuates a lot between 29 and 40. I am fairly comfortable with the material. I have studied from Manhattan, Veritas and e-GMAT courses and have been getting 90 % verbal questions right on OG without issues (verified on Manhattan Prep software by doing all OG Verbal and OG Verbal Review questions). On Verbal, no one section seems to pose a problem for me. What can I do between today and November 28th to improve my Verbal Score?

I feel really lost at the moment and will really appreciate any insights/suggestions.

Ash

Get the ESR asap and find your the weakest area and focus on it. Also sometimes it depends on how you perform on test day. My score, and story are similar to your's. My GMATPrep test scores were in a range of 730-760 but on test day I could not focus properly during the 1st half of the verbal section. My brain was simply not working (because of inadequate sleep previous night), and I realized my GMAT for the day was over.

Later I checked in ESR, that I answered 86% questions incorrectly during the first 2 halves, but later i picked up and answered with 90% accuracy in later two halves in verbal section(though difficulty levels were similar as 1st 2 halves). So, I would strongly suggest to get the CSR to analyze you performance on the test day.
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06 Nov 2017, 15:09
Hi Souvonik,

Thank you so much for taking your time out and replying to my post. Your reply has really motivated me. I feel the same - perhaps I had a bad day. I will follow your advise. I really need to work on my timing. I plan to do that in the next coming days. I will also review the shortcuts while I do the practice problems. This really helps! I am grateful to you:)

Ash
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06 Nov 2017, 15:11
Hi Saswata4s,

Thank you for taking the time to write to me. I was really feeling shattered this weekend. However your post and Souvonik's posts have motivated me to start my preparation yet again. I will order the ESR reports as soon as they become available. Hopefully this time I will crack the exam. When did you take your exam? Are you planning to retake it? When?

Wishing you all the best buddy,
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07 Nov 2017, 07:26
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Hi Saswata4s,

Thank you for taking the time to write to me. I was really feeling shattered this weekend. However your post and Souvonik's posts have motivated me to start my preparation yet again. I will order the ESR reports as soon as they become available. Hopefully this time I will crack the exam. When did you take your exam? Are you planning to retake it? When?

Wishing you all the best buddy,
Ash

Yes, I am sure you will . I took GMAT on mid September, planning to take again in couple of weeks. Hoping for the best for both of us .. Stay motivated, stay focused..
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07 Nov 2017, 10:29
All the very best buddy. Please keep me posted on how you do. Will love to see you getting your dream score this time around:)
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04 Sep 2018, 03:04
sultanisash wrote:
All the very best buddy. Please keep me posted on how you do. Will love to see you getting your dream score this time around:)

Hi friend, how did it work out for you eventually?
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05 Sep 2018, 09:34
Hi sultanisash,

Did you end up retaking the GMAT?
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