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Has Verbal really become that bad?

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I'm not sure what to think; I search every forum available and I hear conflicting reports as to the difficulty level of verbal.
Many people claim that verbal has become insanely difficult, while others claim there to be no difference than it was before.
I hear stories of people scoring 40+ on GMATprep only to score very low on the real test.
Could this be at specific locations or may there be different variables at work?
Also, if you are a victim a very difficult verbal section, could you let us know where you took it?

Bottom like, is that it appears that I am not the only one who is concerned with this sudden change, I was wondering if anyone who recently took the gmat can give me a good opinion?

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New post 01 Sep 2008, 18:49
SameSame wrote:
I'm not sure what to think; I search every forum available and I hear conflicting reports as to the difficulty level of verbal.
Many people claim that verbal has become insanely difficult, while others claim there to be no difference than it was before.
I hear stories of people scoring 40+ on GMATprep only to score very low on the real test.
Could this be at specific locations or may there be different variables at work?
Also, if you are a victim a very difficult verbal section, could you let us know where you took it?

Bottom like, is that it appears that I am not the only one who is concerned with this sudden change, I was wondering if anyone who recently took the gmat can give me a good opinion?


Are you a native speaker? I haven't looked hard at this, but it seems that all/most of the people in the low scorer thread are non-native speakers. I found the GMAT to be exactly the same difficulty as GMAT Prep (and I got the same score / similar scores).

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New post 02 Sep 2008, 13:06
There is no reason I can think of that your location should matter- it's the same software and same question pool everywhere. I did take a GMAT a couple of weeks ago (in London, if that's important), and I did see a small number of questions that I considered more difficult than what I'd seen in GMATPrep. I scored in the 99th percentile, so I would have been seeing some of the most difficult questions in the pool, and I would still say GMATPrep is a fair representation of the current test.
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New post 05 Sep 2008, 18:50
I do not see a difference between my practice tests and the GMAT. I think people are just experiencing normal fluctuation that happens because of other variable... (e.g., stress, energy, preparedness).

My verbal scores fluctuated between 31 and 44 at times. Sometimes within weeks of eachother.

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Thanks a lot your post was very helpful!! :)

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