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Hi all,

Starting with my first mock, I scored a 640(Q44, V33) on the Manhattan Prep's first free mock. Then my score started declining and went to 560(Q40, V27) by the time I reached the third mock. It gradually went upwards and my score in the final mock was 650(Q44, V35). The study materials I during my preparation were OG17 and MGMAT Study Guides.
Last week I took the official GMATPrep mock 1 and it was truly horrifying to see a score of 590(Q48, V23). Although I did substantially better in Quants my verbal had gone down quite a lot. I was expecting an improvement of at least 5 points from the last MGMAT mock but I found the Verbal in GMATPrep wasn't quite similar to the one in MGMAT. I gave the second GMATPrep day before yesterday and scored 600(Q49, V24). Most of my friends who gave the GMAT had a score which was within 20 points of their GMATPrep's score.
I really need a score of 670+ to get into my target school but I don't really see it happening. I'm usually quite confident in myself but seeing 5 months of preparation go waste has really disheartened me. I will have another chance to give GMAT but I really don't want to spend another $250 as I've already spent a lot on counseling and MGMAT books. If you guys have any last minute strategies or tips for SC and CR which are my weakest points I would be really grateful. My GMAT is scheduled tomorrow and I could really use a few tips which could refresh my perspective on approaching these questions.

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EDIT: Thanks for your bits of advice guys. Although unfortunately, we saw it coming, I scored a 590(42V 28Q). Was a bad day since the morning which surely contributed to this score. Will start fresh after giving my brain some rest for a couple weeks.

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Hi salazar22

Welcome to GMATClub!

With less than 24 hours to the test, I would recommend you to stay calm and
not do much. Run some errands or just go through the formula/notes you
might have made during your preparation.

This post should help you with what you should do 24 hours before the test.

Alternatively, you could read the part - 1 Day(24 hours before the test) in the link below:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/what-to-do-3 ... 52506.html

All the best with your attempt. Do let us know how it goes for you.
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You cannot learn anything at this point.

For the verbal section though, I have one tip. In RC and CR, try to fake interest in whatever topic the passage / extract is on. Trick your mind into believing you really want to learn about the subject of that question and you'll definitely be able to overcome some of your fear. Combined this with the fact that in both of these sections, ANY additional information in the answer options, not previously stated in the question is a red flag, and 999 times of 1000, the incorrect choice.

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salazar22 wrote:
Hi all,

Starting with my first mock, I scored a 640(Q44, V33) on the Manhattan Prep's first free mock. Then my score started declining and went to 560(Q40, V27) by the time I reached the third mock. It gradually went upwards and my score in the final mock was 650(Q44, V35). The study materials I during my preparation were OG17 and MGMAT Study Guides.
Last week I took the official GMATPrep mock 1 and it was truly horrifying to see a score of 590(Q48, V23). Although I did substantially better in Quants my verbal had gone down quite a lot. I was expecting an improvement of at least 5 points from the last MGMAT mock but I found the Verbal in GMATPrep wasn't quite similar to the one in MGMAT. I gave the second GMATPrep day before yesterday and scored 600(Q49, V24). Most of my friends who gave the GMAT had a score which was within 20 points of their GMATPrep's score.
I really need a score of 670+ to get into my target school but I don't really see it happening. I'm usually quite confident in myself but seeing 5 months of preparation go waste has really disheartened me. I will have another chance to give GMAT but I really don't want to spend another $250 as I've already spent a lot on counseling and MGMAT books. If you guys have any last minute strategies or tips for SC and CR which are my weakest points I would be really grateful. My GMAT is scheduled tomorrow and I could really use a few tips which could refresh my perspective on approaching these questions.

Thank you.
1. Try not to do any last minute studying. It won't help, or it won't help much.

2. You are capable of getting a score higher than 590. The consistency in scores is not there yet, but for all you know, that variability could go in your favor. The probability is low, but it is not zero. The point here is that I don't want you to give up before you even see your score.

3. Don't count on a high score. There are two reasons for this: (a) going in not expecting a high score is a great way to reduce exam pressure and (b) in my opinion, most test takers underperform on their first attempt and need more than just one attempt.

Make sure that your time management strategy is in place and just take the exam. Let us know how it went.
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Go easy! I had scored 580 in gmat prep:test1 mock then the score increased to 620 in test 2. In actual , scored 680. Be bold and give your best try :)

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Hi @salazar22

How did your exam go? Hope it went well.
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Hi salazar22

How your exam? I hope that it went better than what you wrote above.
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Hi salazar22

How your exam? I hope that it went better than what you wrote above.


Hey, thanks for reaching out! Unfortunately, I scored a 590(42Q,28V). Planning to give it again after a couple of months after starting fresh.
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Hi @salazar22

How did your exam go? Hope it went well.


Hey, thanks for reaching out! Unfortunately, I scored a 590(42Q,28V). Planning to give it again after a couple of months...
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Hey, thanks for reaching out! Unfortunately, I scored a 590(42Q,28V). Planning to give it again after a couple of months...
It's good to know that you're not giving up. You're taking a risk spending more time and money on a retake, but the outcome could be (more than) worth it.
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Hi salazar22,

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 plan to take 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 (re: in an online forum or in a practice set)?

Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. You've already defined your score goal - which IS attainable - but I'd also like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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