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New post 07 Jan 2019, 23:20
I took 1 month course of both V and Q.
Studied for 2 months.
I did all 6 GMATpreps and scored:
670
690
670
710
710
750 - Q49 V44

Real test:
650 - Q44 V35

I was shocked, felt good during the test. I asked the lady in charge to check that it's really my score...

Spent the rest of the day staring at the wall.

I ordered the ESR hoping I will get a clue to what happened....

My daily routine is:
10 SC from OG
20 Q from OG or my Gmat course
2 RC from GmatClub forum

I usually dont get CR wrong so I dont train it daily (I did do all the CR on OG)

Does this stuff happen??
Should I just take another gmat in two weeks??
I'm not the 'anxiety' type (got very high SAT on first try and finished an engineering degree in a very serious school)

Appreciate any help.
Thank you very much

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Hi gilpali,

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) On what dates did you take each of your CATs and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)?
2) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
3) Did you take them at home?
4) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you took your Official GMAT?
5) 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.)?
6) Did you ever take a CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE (re: on a prior CAT, in an online forum or in a practice set)?

Beyond those questions, I'd also like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:
1) What is your goal score?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Rushing to take the test again isn’t a good idea. Study the ESR once you get it (post it here and a lot of people will probably help you), strengthen the areas you were weak in, and only then should you try again.

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Hi gilpali,

When you took your CATs:
1) On what dates did you take each of your CATs and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)?
Q between 47-50 / V started around 35 scored 44 at the last two.
I took them every week one on Saturday and one on Sunday
2) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
didn't do the IR and AWA during simulation (but i did them at the end of the real test and they weren't a problem)
3) Did you take them at home?
yes at home
4) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you took your Official GMAT?
around the same time... the real test was two hours earlier than the average simulation hour
5) 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.)?
nope
6) Did you ever take a CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE (re: on a prior CAT, in an online forum or in a practice set)?
I took the 1st and 2nd twice but the scores i wrote down were that of the first time

Beyond those questions, I'd also like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:
1) What is your goal score?
700+
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
this march
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
LBS and INSEAD

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Rushing to take the test again isn’t a good idea. Study the ESR once you get it (post it here and a lot of people will probably help you), strengthen the areas you were weak in, and only then should you try again.

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will do the moment i get it.
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gilpali wrote:
MY ESR


So I went through it and some things stand out.

1) Your Critical Reasoning performance is very good -- this is probably one of the harder sections to improve on, so that's good.
2) Your Sentence Correction performance was weak -- this is also "good" because sentence correction is probably the easiest question type to master.
3) In Quant, it doesn't look like there's any content type that stands out as weak for you -- you did about the same across the major question types (though you have a strength in ratio/rates/percent)

My advice? Grab a good book on Sentence Correction -- either Manhattan or PowerScore -- and work through it diligently. In Quant, I would recommend review of all major topics; for that, I think you should pick up the Manhattan Prep guides and work through those, too, as I think content review will help you given your performance.

Working through these properly will take some time, so don't rush to retake. Give yourself at least a month, preferably two, to go through those materials before taking another crack at the test.
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Wow, you got the exact same score as I did 650 (Q44/V35/IR5), and I took the exam less than two weeks ago. That's really strange.
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gilpali wrote:
MY ESR


So I went through it and some things stand out.

1) Your Critical Reasoning performance is very good -- this is probably one of the harder sections to improve on, so that's good.
2) Your Sentence Correction performance was weak -- this is also "good" because sentence correction is probably the easiest question type to master.
3) In Quant, it doesn't look like there's any content type that stands out as weak for you -- you did about the same across the major question types (though you have a strength in ratio/rates/percent)

My advice? Grab a good book on Sentence Correction -- either Manhattan or PowerScore -- and work through it diligently. In Quant, I would recommend review of all major topics; for that, I think you should pick up the Manhattan Prep guides and work through those, too, as I think content review will help you given your performance.

Working through these properly will take some time, so don't rush to retake. Give yourself at least a month, preferably two, to go through those materials before taking another crack at the test.


thank you very much!
it was a very weird test for me... in every simulation I scored 47-50 in Q
and I considered myself good in SC... (also, last two simulation V 44)

given what you said, maybe I got overconfident in SC?
and I think I rushed the Q (excitement I guess...) and got some stupid mistakes at the very beginning, could that account for the low grade?
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I've sent you a PM with some additional questions.

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Hi gilpali,

I've sent you a PM with some additional questions.

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answered your PM friend (:
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Hi gilpali,

I’m sorry to hear how things went on test day. The short answer to your question is YES, many students see score drops from practice tests to the real GMAT. There are a variety of possible causes of a score drop, but the most likely reason for the difference between your scores on practice tests and your score on the real GMAT is that in your preparation, you did not really learn to do what you have to do in order to score high on the actual GMAT. Rather, you picked up on some patterns that were effective in getting you relatively high scores on practice tests. So, to hit your GMAT score goal, you probably have to adjust the way that you’ve been preparing.

If you’d like further advice on how to craft your study plan, feel free to reach out, and I’ll be happy to help. Also, you may find it helpful to read this article about how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.

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