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Help! actual score lower than mock and verbal a disappointment

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Hi Guys,

I really need help from this forum now more than ever!

Professional Background:
CFA Professional with 5+ years of experience in M&A and PE with a leading accounting firm

GMAT Background:
• 1st attempt ever on the GMAT: August 2014 scored 590 (Q49, V23)
• After three years during the latter part of 2017 started preparation again.
• 10th Dec 2017 gave the GMAT, scored 600 (Q49, V24)


Preparation background:
• For my Aug 14 prep, I really did not study verbal and went with my own fancies and scored 590 (Q49, V23)
• For my Dec 17 prep, I focused a lot on verbal knowing that it is my weakness. Following was the result:
I. Sept 2017, diagnostic: 550 (Q42, V24) (Verbal breakup- CR 27, RC 21 & SC 25)
II. Oct 2017, 580 (Q40, V 29) (Verbal breakup CR 34, RC 30 & SC 30)
III. 5th Nov 2017, 590 (Q37, V34) ----> EXAM PACK ADDITIONAL (Verbal CR 38, RC 36 & SC 28)
IV. 19th Nov 2017 650 (retake prep 2), (Q45, V35) (Verbal breakup- CR 38, RC 28 & SC 38)
V. 26th Nov 2017, 630 (Q37, V30) ----> EXAM PACK ADDITIONAL (Verbal CR 6, RC 40 & SC 26)
VI. 29th Nov 2017, 640 (Q43, V35) ----> EXAM PACK ADDITIONAL (Verbal- CR 39, RC 34 & SC 30)
VII. 3rd Dec 2017, 580 (Q42, V28) ----> EXAM PACK ADDITIONAL (Don’t know what happened anomaly I guess) (Verbal- CR 29, RC 23 & SC 34)
VIII. 5th Dec 2017 (retake prep 1), 620 (Q42, V33) (Verbal- CR 33, RC 32 & SC 34)
IX. 10th Dec 2017, ACTUAL GMAT 600 (Q49, V24)

Note: All the verbal score breakup is as indicated in the GMAT prep software

Material Used:
Magoosh Videos for SC. I found them killer and improved a lot in my mocks (Practiced from OG + VERBAL REVIEW+ MAGOOSH + GMAT CLUB QUESTIONS)
OG & VERBAL REVIEW for RC and CR + Magoosh Questions
• Quant only from GMAT Club

Answers needed:
• I was fairly confident during my test. Attempted Verbal section first. Post Question 10 came a long 4 passage RC, which I did not understand, and started to lose control from there. What could have gone wrong? Were all questions wrong?
• What should I do to improve my verbal.??
• Any private coaching available to address the same?
• Should I take alternative prep strategies? (Could only do 3-4 hours a day on weekdays & 12 hrs on the weekend)
• Even though I lacked in Quant during my mocks and was fairly confident in verbal, how did the opposite score come up in the final GMAT exam?? I expected Q42 & V33 rather I got Q49 & V24.
• V24!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot digest this fact, please help me on this. Starting to think I might be dumb!
• Does the GMAT give an easy Quant and a difficult verbal or are the two sections not related?
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New post 10 Dec 2017, 14:36
Hi shady316,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day didn't go as well as hoped. GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Regardless of how you were scoring on your CATs, your two Official Scores show that you 'responded' to the GMAT in essentially the exact same ways both times you took it (even though your Test Dates were over 3 years apart). Based on the variations in your CAT Scores (relative to your Official Score), this implies that you were probably not taking your CATs in a realistic fashion that matches up with Test Day and that you've developed some 'bad habits' that are keeping you from scoring higher. Before I can offer you the specific advice about how to adjust your studies, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on your 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?

You might also 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 10 Dec 2017, 21:45
Hi Rich,

Answers to your question:
1. Goal Score: 700

2. I want to apply for the intake of 2018, the deadlines are mid Jan 18. But I don't mind applying for the 2019 intake, can sacrifice a year for a 700.

3. Target schools: Rotman, Schulich, Melbourne, AGSM, HKUST, ISB & Columbia

I cancelled my score of 600 yesterday, you think I can still get the ESR? Not sure if I have these ESR's in my prep software ?

Thanks for you help mate, look forward to your reply.

-Akshay a.k.a Shady316


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Hi shady316,

According to the information available on MBA.com, you should be able to purchase an ESR even for a Test Score that you've cancelled. With a V24, you would have lost significant points in all 3 major Verbal categories (SC, RC and CR), so you don't necessarily need an ESR if you don't want to purchase it. Given your strong performances in the Quant section on both of your Official GMATs, your 'needs' are clearly in the Verbal section. Raising a 600 to a 700+ will likely require at least another 1-2 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to focus on learning and practicing the proper Verbal Tactics. Thankfully, the Verbal section of the GMAT is as consistent and predictable as the Quant section is, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. This is meant to say that you could potentially hit your Score Goal before the January application deadlines that you referred to - but you'll have to be really 'efficient' with your studies.

1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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Hey Rich,

I am a working professional so 3 hours a day on the weekdays and 12 hours a day on the weekends is what I can afford.

What should be my way forward? Will try to get the ESR and send it across to you.

Thanks again!


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Hi shady316,

Did you ever order the ESR (Enhanced Score Report) from your last test? If so, then feel free to post it here. Sharing that information with the GMAT Club community would help us give you more specific advice.

shady316 wrote:
I cancelled my score of 600 yesterday, you think I can still get the ESR?

Yes, you can still order your ESR, even if you cancelled your score.
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Hi shady316,

If you're going to purchase the ESR, then I'd like to see the data in that Report before I offer you any advice. You can feel free to email or PM it to me (although I would like to see the ENTIRE ESR - not just the data for the Verbal section). If you choose to not purchase the ESR, then I can still offer you some general suggestions about how to continue your studies from this point. You can also feel free to contact me directly if you'd rather have a private discussion.

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