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Hi everyone !

I gave my GMAT yesterday and got a score much below my expectations(700+).
Below is some information about my preparation journey-

Prep1- 720
Prep2- 730
Prep5- 750 (V42,Q49)
Prep6- 780 (V47,Q49)
All the mocks were taken without IR and AWA in the order of V-Q-IR AWA)

Material used-
OG 2019
Jamboree study material (red and blue book)

My mock test scores and my actual score have a huge difference. Some of it is attributable to anxiety but rest I am unable to figure out.

I am planning to give another shot.
I would like to know what materials should I use for each section- SC,CR,RC and Quant.( Suggest the best for each section )

Also, I'm planing to take the e-gmat course for verbal. How much will it help?

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Hi diivvyaaa ..
Welcome to Gmatclub. I am really sorry to hear that you were unable to get your desired score. The real 540 is very far away from your mock scores. I am unsure whether the mock scores you mentioned are of GMAT official mocks and the way in you have given these mocks. It is highly recommended to give the mocks in the same way like you are going to give in Official exam. Mocks are to replicate the environment, timing, strategy, snacks, break gaps, etc. They are to build stamina and always give the full exam with IR and AWA.
Your score suggests that you need efforts in both sections. Before purchasing the course, I ask you to order your ESR. I am sure many GMAT experts will analyze your ESR for you. You will get some hints on what had happened wrong due to which you got a bad score. You can also take the trials of various courses and decide which one suits you but get the ESR first. :) You can re-post here for further discussion.
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Hi everyone !

I gave my GMAT yesterday and got a score much below my expectations(700+).
Below is some information about my preparation journey-

Prep1- 720
Prep2- 730
Prep5- 750 (V42,Q49)
Prep6- 780 (V47,Q49)
All the mocks were taken without IR and AWA in the order of V-Q-IR AWA)

Material used-
OG 2019
Jamboree study material (red and blue book)

My mock test scores and my actual score have a huge difference. Some of it is attributable to anxiety but rest I am unable to figure out.

I am planning to give another shot.
I would like to know what materials should I use for each section- SC,CR,RC and Quant.( Suggest the best for each section )

Also, I'm planing to take the e-gmat course for verbal. How much will it help?

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Hi sjas31
The above mentioned mocks are all offical mocks given in conditions close to the actual exam.
I didn't attempt the IR mad AWA sections in these mocks but i dont think that would affect the verbal and quant scores as my order was Verbal-Quant-IR AWA.

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Yes, you are right Divya. 200 score is a huge drop. Did you attempted these official mocks for one time or multiple times? I strongly suggest you to order the ESR. We can get some hints from it.

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The above mentioned mocks are all offical mocks given in conditions close to the actual exam.
I didn't attempt the IR mad AWA sections in these mocks but i dont think that would affect the verbal and quant scores as my order was Verbal-Quant-IR AWA.

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It's probably just a bad test day. Your mock scores are great, especially verbal is on way higher side, i don't think you'd need egmat. Test day anxiety can crush gmat scores. you can start up with some meditation or yoga and give it yet another shot. If possible, order an ESR so that you know exactly where things went wrong and what part of the test.
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Thanks for the reply everyone.

All the mocks given by me were attempted only once so no familiar questions case.

I will order an ESR but I need someone to analyse it.
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Once you have it, you can also check. Also, you can request the expert EMPOWERgmatRichC .
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Thanks for the reply everyone.

All the mocks given by me were attempted only once so no familiar questions case.

I will order an ESR but I need someone to analyse it.
Any help with that?

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New post 05 Dec 2019, 04:37
Hi Divya, I must admit that your curious case is among the biggest negative deviations that I have come across, between the score in official mock tests and that in the actual exam:(.

While all of us can conjecture reasons for this, frankly you alone are in a position to do an honest introspection and come up with the reason for this deviation.

For your score, perhaps a ESR will also not help, because it will most probably show a uniform sub-par performance in pretty much all the sections/sub-sections.
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Sit back and recap what all happened with you in those 3.5 hours +1 hr before test. You will have your answers.
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New post 05 Dec 2019, 11:03
diivvyaaa - the drop between your mock scores and actual score is huge. Even on a bad day, a 99th percentile guy would need to have a brain freeze to score ~30th percentile on GMAT Verbal. Now the fact that you did do equally badly on GMAT Quant may point out to a brain freeze. At the same time, this could point out something systemically different. Therefore, we need to figure out how you got the 99th percentile on the official mocks and whether you truly are a 99th percentile student. Can you answer the following questions:

1. Other than practicing using the official guide, did you practice on GMAT Club?
2. What kind of questions do the red and blue books by Jamboree contain? Are they official questions?

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There are two ways to estimate your correct ability

1. Take a SIGma-X mock test: This will tell you your precise Quant and Verbal abilities right down to sub-sectional levels. You can take one here.

2. Attend Payal's YouTube live session: Attend Payal's YouTube live session tomorrow on Number Properties. Even though this session is on error log, it will tell you whether you are a Q49 student. Click hereto join.

Note you may do both just to be certain.

Abhi077 is right in saying that you don't need e-GMAT if your Verbal scores are truly at a V42 or higher. Hence, its important that you figure this out and take the right next steps.

Either way, if you put in the effort, you can get to your target score. Here are a few folks who were in your shoes and were able to improve.





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Hi diivvyaaa,

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. Before we discuss any of those potential issues though, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied? How many hours do you typically study each week?
2) Have you used any other study materials besides the ones that you listed in your first post?
3) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) What is your overall goal score?
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) 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 on Test Day (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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diivvyaaa wrote:
Hi everyone !

I gave my GMAT yesterday and got a score much below my expectations(700+).
Below is some information about my preparation journey-

Prep1- 720
Prep2- 730
Prep5- 750 (V42,Q49)
Prep6- 780 (V47,Q49)
All the mocks were taken without IR and AWA in the order of V-Q-IR AWA)

Material used-
OG 2019
Jamboree study material (red and blue book)

My mock test scores and my actual score have a huge difference. Some of it is attributable to anxiety but rest I am unable to figure out.

I am planning to give another shot.
I would like to know what materials should I use for each section- SC,CR,RC and Quant.( Suggest the best for each section )

Also, I'm planing to take the e-gmat course for verbal. How much will it help?

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From 700s to 540 is an absolute shock.
I gave my mocks(GMAT prep 1 and 2) under timed conditions and tried to match actual experience as much as possible. But i took breaks in between a section itself. Even after that my first and only score differed by just -10 points. I see that though i could not replicate the actual GMAT like situation, my scores were similar.

In your case if you have practiced under GMAT like situation then the scores must have been in similar range with a pinch of tolerance. So you must look into the mock conditions and evaluate if the conditions in your actual GMAT were different, if not, then dive deep into your thoughts that prevailed on the test day.

There must be something one or the other for such a huge gap.
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diivvyaaa wrote:
Hi everyone !

I gave my GMAT yesterday and got a score much below my expectations(700+).
Below is some information about my preparation journey-

Prep1- 720
Prep2- 730
Prep5- 750 (V42,Q49)
Prep6- 780 (V47,Q49)
All the mocks were taken without IR and AWA in the order of V-Q-IR AWA)

Material used-
OG 2019
Jamboree study material (red and blue book)

My mock test scores and my actual score have a huge difference. Some of it is attributable to anxiety but rest I am unable to figure out.

I am planning to give another shot.
I would like to know what materials should I use for each section- SC,CR,RC and Quant.( Suggest the best for each section )

Also, I'm planing to take the e-gmat course for verbal. How much will it help?

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If you have scored a 780 (V47, Q49) under exam conditions in an official mock then I don't think you need any advice. Just introspect and you will have your answers.

All the best!
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New post 06 Dec 2019, 08:14
Did you repeat the gmatprep many times? Did Jamboree materials are very similar to tthr gmatprep?

If not, I guess you had unlucky day for your recent gmat test. Just redo OG2019 and check how you perform for each question.

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