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How to improve Performance in the second and fourth intervall

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New post 23 Jan 2019, 06:36
Dear Community,

I am currently in the preparation for my second try at GMAT. While analyzing my first GMAT Exam and the Mock Exams I noticed the following pattern:

I score really well in the first and third interval of Quant and Verbal, but poorly in the second and fourth interval (see screenshots).

Did some of you had the same experience and what did you do to improve your overall test experience?

Thank you in advance°!

Background Information:
First Preparation I scored 640, 640, 710, 710 with Verbal in the range of V32 to V40 and Quant always between Q48 and Q49
The official exam was a disappointing 620 (V28, Q47)
In the first Gmat Prep Exam I scored 710 again (V38, Q48)
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Hi HHPreparation,

Since you took the GMAT over 4 months ago, most of this data is from at least that far back. Before we discuss the data in your ESR, it would help if you could provide a bit more information about how you've been studying and your overall timeline/goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied in total? Have you been studying consistently since you took the GMAT or have you taken some "time off?"
2) What study materials have you used over the course of all of your studies?

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3) What is your goal score?
4) When are you planning to retake the GMAT?
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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New post 27 Jan 2019, 09:35
Hi HHPreparation,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. You certainly have some interesting data, but given that you scored a V28/Q47 on your actual exam, it’s clear that you have some weaknesses that were exposed when you took your practice and real tests, and those weaknesses have led to some inconsistent scoring. So, let’s analyze this a bit further.

The data you provided indicates that you start out the verbal and quant sections very strong; however, by the time you reach the second quartile, the questions presented likely become difficult for you. That increase in difficulty would explain why your accuracy goes down. Once you miss some questions, the difficulty level decreases, and you then work your way back up to a higher difficulty. Thus, in the 3rd quartile, you have higher accuracy, but again your accuracy falls in the fourth quartile.

All that said, to make your performance more consistent, you really need to improve your GMAT quant and verbal skills, right? By doing so, you won’t get into a situation in which there is a series of questions that trip you up, even at a high level.

If you’d like some further advice on how to improve your GMAT quant and verbal skills, feel free to reach back out, and I’d be happy to help. Also, you may find it helpful to read this article about how to score a 700 on the GMAT.
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