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New post 11 Sep 2017, 12:56
I took the GMAT on Saturday and completely bombed it.

I took a Kaplan Course and my diagnostic test was a 530. I started to get scores up to 660, on both Kaplan Prep tests and the GMATPrep tests.
(I will also mention I took most of these in test-like conditions.. I didn't always do AWA and IR because they have changed the rules, and on ym exam I started with Verbal-Quant-IR-AWA - so my endurance for the first 2 sections has been rather consistent)

I have been studying for a few months, was feeling good. Got a lot of sleep, exercise and mental prep before going into the exam. (what I mean by this, is I ran every morning, eat well, went to bed every night that week to make sure it was more of a routine by Saturday Morning Exam day)

I went in on Saturday.. and got a 490!!!!
I had never scored so low - I was in shock. So much so, that I cancelled instantly before I could remember by Quant and Verbal breakdown. Which I know is incredibly unhelpful at this point, but it was honestly a blur.

I felt that the exam seemed easy.. which made me nervous, but then I thought I was overthinking it. I was confident when I hit submit and was appalled by my scores.

Anyone have experiences they can share? I am taking a hiatus before I retake the Kaplan course - In Person. I start up again next week. I didn't feel I was over-doing the studying and I also don't feel I took too many practice tests, I averaged about 1 a week and saw varying scores from 600-660.
My Verbal had been about 89th percentile and math, at best, was 65-70 percentile.

Any advice is warranted and appreciated, please let me know your thoughts around this.

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New post 11 Sep 2017, 13:12
Hi JulieLynne13,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day didn't go as well as planned. 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:

When you took your CATs:
1) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
2) Did you take them at home?
3) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you took your Official GMAT?
4) 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.)?
5) Did you ever take a CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE?

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