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Help:28 in verbal in second attempt after scoring 38 in the first

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On my first official GMAT attempt i scored 38 in verbal but it has dropped to 28 in the second one. On GMAT prep mock tests 3 and 4, i scored 690 and 710 scoring 40 and 42 in verbal. What should be my strategy now as i cant make sense of this score of 28, someone please help. I used Manhattan SC and OG 18 for verbal. Also i gave the mock tests in exam condition without pausing the exam.
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Hi simbasim,

To properly analyze this situation, I'll need to know a bit more about how you studied and your Official GMAT Scores:

1) Are these the only 2 times you took the Official GMAT? What were your Scores on each Exam (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)?
2) How long did you study before each attempt?
3) What study materials did you use for each attempt? Which CATs did you use for each attempt?

If you have not already done so, then you might choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn't provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

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New post 30 Jul 2018, 01:21
Hi Rich,

Thank you so much for your reply.

Here are further details

1) Are these the only 2 times you took the Official GMAT? What were your Scores on each Exam (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)?

Yes, I have given Official GMAT only 2 times.
GMAT 1- 680 (Q46,V38)
GMAT 2- 610 (Q46,V28)

2) How long did you study before each attempt?

GMAT 1- Studied for 1 month
GMAT 2- Studied for 2 months

3) What study materials did you use for each attempt? Which CATs did you use for each attempt?

Study material
GMAT 1- OG 18 including Quant and Verbal Review; Questions on GMAT Club 700 level; Veritas videos on youtube.
GMAT 2- Manhattan SC; OG 18 ; GMAT club questions 700 level; Veritas videos on youtube

CATs
GMAT 1- GMAT Exam prep 1 and 2 (free ones)
GMAT 2- GMAT Exam prep 3 and 4 (Exam Pack 1)

In the second attempt i mainly tried to improve SC in Verbal and DS in Quant.

As you have suggested i will purchase ESR soon, but in the meantime is there something that i can start with for improvement. I am working full time so on week days i take out 2-3 hours for studies and 6-7 hours on weekends. Also, which date should i target for the next attempt?.

Though i have not scored well in quant but its score is understandable as, in the second attempt, i got stuck in couple of questions early on. Its the verbal score that i dont understand and not being able to figure out what strategy should i take for verbal. What changes can i make in the study material for both verbal and quant.
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I agree with Rich, you should check out your ESR for that test. It's pretty surprising to see that big of a drop, especially if you can't think of anything that would explain it. A really surprising result is the one situation where I always recommend getting the ESR.

Did the test feel about as hard/easy as your practice tests have felt in the past? If the test felt normal or even easy, but you got a much lower score, that makes me think that you were making careless mistakes on easier problems without realizing it - that would keep the test from showing you harder problems and would keep your score from increasing.
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Hi simbasim,

On what dates did you take your 2 GMATs and what 'format' were they in (the older format or the current/shorter format)?

Since you scored a V38 on your prior Official GMAT and you scored at a high level on your two recent CATs, your drop in score might not be due to any content/practice issues. As such such, I'd like to know a bit more about the lead-up to your 2nd Official GMAT and Test Day itself:

1) What did you do in the 3 days before your 2nd GMAT?
2) How did you sleep the night before your Test?
3) How long was the ride to the Test Center from your home?
4) Were there any distractions at the facility or during the Test?
5) What did you do during the two 8-minute breaks?
6) Did you finish any sections early?
7) Did you have to rush to finish any sections (and guess on questions just to finish on time)?

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Hi ccooley,
Thank you for your reply

I will get the ESR soon. As for the difficulty level, I found quant section a bit more difficult compared to practice tests. In verbal there was one passage and couple of SCs which i found to be more difficult than the ones in practice tests.
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Hi Rich,

On what dates did you take your 2 GMATs and what 'format' were they in (the older format or the current/shorter format)?

GMAT 1- 27th May,2018 (Sunday, Morning slot 11.00am) New shorter format
GMAT 2- 28th July,2018 (Saturday, afternoon slot 3.00pm) New Shorter format

In the first attempt, i got a free day from work on 26 may, day before the exam. Whereas in the second attempt i had office on 27 July and gave the exam on 28th.


1) What did you do in the 3 days before your 2nd GMAT?
Had regular routine only. Work and 2-3 hours of studies in which i tried to revise what all i had done and solve some high level questions.

2) How did you sleep the night before your Test?
Sleep was ok in the night, but as the exam was in the afternoon i tried to take a nap before leaving for the center but couldnt sleep.

3) How long was the ride to the Test Center from your home?
Around one hour

4) Were there any distractions at the facility or during the Test?
No distractions as such.

5) What did you do during the two 8-minute breaks?
Had chocolate and some juice

6) Did you finish any sections early?
No, but was able to complete all questions.

7) Did you have to rush to finish any sections (and guess on questions just to finish on time)?
Yes, In quant i had to rush mainly in the middle section from around Question number 16-23.
In verbal, it was not due to lack of time, but i had to guess couple of questions in one of the RCs which appeared around Question number 29-30. In SC also i had to guess couple of questions.
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Hi simbasim,

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

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