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I took the exam yesterday (6th April 2016) and was shocked and disappointed with my final score. I had been practicing for over 3 months and was doing decently well in the practice tests. My Kaplan scores were between 680-700 (Q 49-50, V 32-34) and Gmat Prep was 640-690 (Q 45-49 V 33-35). I was expecting to get a final score of somewhere around 680 in the actual test, however yesterdays exam was like a googly that bowled me over. My score was 620 (Q 43 V 33). Shocked and sad that i am, that is not the reason why i'm writing here today. I spoke to one of the fellow students who took the exam with yesterday and he seemed to be equally disappointed with his score of 710 (Q 49, V 48)!!!
I compared his breakup to all the grids with scores of GMAT and there in lies the big question. According to all the forums his score with an individual break up of 49, 48 should have been somewhere around 760-780. I can understand a margin of +-20 but 710!!!
My question is, has GMAT changed something which is causing this drastic margin in final results? I did get mails from GMAC stating that they have a pilot program going on which lets at most 1% of the test takers decide the order of verbal-quant-awa-IR, but even then this seems a drastic step.
I'm planning on giving the test again but not sure what target of verbal vs quant I should aim at. If the above scores are anything to go by i'll be very hard pressed for time since i'll have to look at covering a huge margin within the next 30 days.
Any tips, advice or suggestions are welcome..
Hoping to get some answers too.

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I took the exam yesterday (6th April 2016) and was shocked and disappointed with my final score. I had been practicing for over 3 months and was doing decently well in the practice tests. My Kaplan scores were between 680-700 (Q 49-50, V 32-34) and Gmat Prep was 640-690 (Q 45-49 V 33-35). I was expecting to get a final score of somewhere around 680 in the actual test, however yesterdays exam was like a googly that bowled me over. My score was 620 (Q 43 V 33). Shocked and sad that i am, that is not the reason why i'm writing here today. I spoke to one of the fellow students who took the exam with yesterday and he seemed to be equally disappointed with his score of 710 (Q 49, V 48)!!!
I compared his breakup to all the grids with scores of GMAT and there in lies the big question. According to all the forums his score with an individual break up of 49, 48 should have been somewhere around 760-780. I can understand a margin of +-20 but 710!!!
My question is, has GMAT changed something which is causing this drastic margin in final results? I did get mails from GMAC stating that they have a pilot program going on which lets at most 1% of the test takers decide the order of verbal-quant-awa-IR, but even then this seems a drastic step.
I'm planning on giving the test again but not sure what target of verbal vs quant I should aim at. If the above scores are anything to go by i'll be very hard pressed for time since i'll have to look at covering a huge margin within the next 30 days.
Any tips, advice or suggestions are welcome..
Hoping to get some answers too.

Thanks
Saumya


Your friend's score should be Q49, V38 to get a 710. It can not be 710 with Q49 and V48. No MAJOR changes apart from the pilot program has been initiated by GMAC. Although the order is flexible in the pilot program, the scoring (sectional and total) is still the same.

GMAC doesnt provide sectional to total score as algorithms are different for both. But Magoosh does provide a good ESTIMATE at http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/how-to-cal ... at-scores/

Refer to the grid above to get your target range.

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Hello Engr2012,

I saw his printed mark sheet (provided by the test center) and it was Q49 and V48 and that's exactly why I was so shocked. I'm hoping to see if there are any more members who took it yesterday and got similar scores.

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Hello Engr2012,

I saw his printed mark sheet (provided by the test center) and it was Q49 and V48 and that's exactly why I was so shocked. I'm hoping to see if there are any more members who took it yesterday and got similar scores.

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That is strange. Something that I have not seen happening in the last 2 years atleast. Do you mind asking your friend to post a screenshot of the unofficial score printout here.
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Same here. Either it is mistake in their software or may be printer bowled this googly. I had a score of 720 with Q50, V38. So it has to be V38. There is no chance that he might have got V48 with a score of 710. He should complain that if this is the case and he should hope that his split of Q49, V48 is correct rather than the score of 710 :D
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New post 07 Apr 2016, 19:03
Hi Saumya,

It sounds like you're using what is likely a 'typo' on someone else's UNOFFICIAL Score Report to explain why your score dropped on Test Day. 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.

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When you took your CATs:
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3) Did you take them at the same time of day as 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.)?
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That does sound pretty unusual to have that distribution of raw scores and the final score of 710. I would be very curious to see a copy of that unofficial score report and then would wait for the official one.

I have not heard of a typo on an unofficial score report however, not in the last 10 years so I'm very curious about this case. Thank you for bringing it up.


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Thank you everyone for the quick replies. To clarify a few points that I think i missed:

1. The Q49, V48 with 710 was for a gentleman who was seated next to me in the exam. After completion we were both dejected so I thought i'd ask him his score. Now, I do remember clearly seeing his breakup but, now that I've read all your responses i'm doubtful if i saw it correctly (i was pretty sad with my score so may be...just maybe i read 38 as 48). The aforementioned person wasn't my friend, just a stranger so there is no way i can verify if what i saw was correct.
2. I will try to call up the center and see if they can give me his contact number, but I'm not very hopeful about it.
3. Coming to my practice and final score:

a. I always gave the full length tests in a single sitting and trying to come as close to actual exam conditions as possible. (Alone in my room, without any disturbances max 8 minute breaks).
b. I had taken the entire 5 tests of Kaplan and 1 gmat prep test before in January, so i reset them before attempting them again. Some questions were as expected repeated and some i knew how to solve. Even in the first attempts my quant score was never below 49. Initially i was scoring exactly 28 in verbal but after going through e-gmat CR course i was getting around 33-35 in verbal.
c. In the practice tests, I generally skipped awa but always attempted IR.
d. I had given the 2 free tests available in this forum and my score in quant was 70% approx.
e. Apart from the 1st question in the actual test, which completely bowled me over (i eventually guessed it and moved ahead), all the other questions weren't very difficult. They all tested basic concepts and in fact I found them easier than the kind of questions i'd seen in Kaplan.
f. Verbal was similar to what I'd seen in Gmat prep/Kaplan and so i wasn't surprised with a 33. (I was aiming for 35 as RC isn't one of my strengths).

I'm planning to give the test again in a months time and would appreciate if i can get some guidance about how to improve my quant by 7-8 points and verbal by another 5-6.

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Hi Saumya,

The extra information that you've provided is quite useful, as it helps to define what went wrong on Test Day. In real basic terms, you took your CATs in such a way that you were NOT properly training to face the Official GMAT - so you were not ready to face it on Test Day (not either time).

Test Day is a rather specific 'event' - the details are specific and they matter, so you have to train as best as you can for all of them. The more realistic you can make your CATs, the more likely the score results are to be accurate. The more you deviate, the more "inflated" your scores can become - and that's what happened here. By retaking CATs that you've already taken, skipping sections, taking the CATs at home, etc., you weren't properly training for the FULL GMAT 'experience.'

Thankfully, this is a relatively easy set of problems to fix. The big question now is "how long will it take you to properly get 'used to' taking the full GMAT in a realistic way?" You'll certainly need a new set of practice CATs to work with and you have to put in the necessary time to train your brain (and body) for the FULL GMAT. You might also need to invest in some new GMAT training materials. Based on everything that you've described, you'll likely need another 1-2 months of consistent, guided study to hit your goal scores.

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
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Hi Saumya,

The extra information that you've provided is quite useful, as it helps to define what went wrong on Test Day. In real basic terms, you took your CATs in such a way that you were NOT properly training to face the Official GMAT - so you were not ready to face it on Test Day (not either time).

Test Day is a rather specific 'event' - the details are specific and they matter, so you have to train as best as you can for all of them. The more realistic you can make your CATs, the more likely the score results are to be accurate. The more you deviate, the more "inflated" your scores can become - and that's what happened here. By retaking CATs that you've already taken, skipping sections, taking the CATs at home, etc., you weren't properly training for the FULL GMAT 'experience.'

Thankfully, this is a relatively easy set of problems to fix. The big question now is "how long will it take you to properly get 'used to' taking the full GMAT in a realistic way?" You'll certainly need a new set of practice CATs to work with and you have to put in the necessary time to train your brain (and body) for the FULL GMAT. You might also need to invest in some new GMAT training materials. Based on everything that you've described, you'll likely need another 1-2 months of consistent, guided study to hit your goal scores.

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

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Hi Rich

First of all sorry for the late reply, I was a little busy with work in office.
I'm actually planning to apply for the 2017 batch for 1 year MBA to ISB and the IIMs. I'm finding it tough to practice the concepts as the question banks that i've accumulated from posts here consists of mostly 700-800 level questions. I need questions that focus on 600-700 in quant and similarly in verbal.

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Hi Saumya,

Given your application timeline/plans, you still have plenty of time to study and improve. Using your Official Scores as a gauge, and considering your goal scores, you don't really need to be doing lots of practice problems right now - you need to learn/practice the proper Tactics and work through as many practice questions as is necessary to hone those Tactical skills.

1) How much study time do you think you can commit during a typical week?
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