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Currently, I am solving the questions from 'the comprehensive collection of GMAT prep Questions'. I feel myself to be fairly okay as I am able to solve 80% of the questions. All of sudden, I come across a lot of posts yesterday where people explain their real GMAT experience as some kind of more tougher than GMAT prep questions.

My confidence got shattered and now I am in fear At first, I thought I am fairly good, as I am able to solve GMAT prep questions well, but after seeing such posts, NOW I doubt myself about my position. What I usually use to do is solve a problem, analyze the methodology and make sure to remember it. I wonder whether this is the correct strategy to do so.

I request experts to please answer the following questions.

1.) Why some students do good in GMAT prep and screw themselves in real GMAT. Could there be any other reasons, apart from being nervous? (I read people score 700 in GMAT prep and screw in real GMAT)

2.) IF there is any reason (other than BEING nervous) for students excelling in GMAT prep and screw in real GMAT, please list it down and suggest how to overcome it.

3.) Will the real GMAT much tougher than the GMAT Prep? Can I expect like 50% of difficult questions in real GMAT?
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New post 30 Oct 2018, 16:15
Hi prav04,

There's a big difference between working through individual practice questions or practice sets - especially if you know the 'category' of what you'll be working on before you actually begin - and working through a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT taken under realistic conditions. Test Day is a rather specific 'event' - and there are a variety of different aspects to Test Day that many Test Takers simply do not prepare for. Whether any of those factors should be a concern for you or not depends a great deal on how you've been training for the GMAT.

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, 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?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) What is your goal score?
5) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Thanks for replying.
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Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
I have been studying for the last three months. I finished my graduation just 4 months ago and been preparing after graduation.
2) What study materials have you used so far?
I used MGMAT to understand basics worked the problems and presently solving official questions (Comprehensive collection)
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
I wrote 1st GMAT prep and scored 670. I am yet to write 2nd one (Planning to write it after a few days)

Goals:
4) What is your goal score?
670-700 is my goal. I am preparing GMAT for to enter Ph.D..
5) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
Initially planned to appear the end of November, but after reading how people do well in GMAT prep and screw in real GMAT, I am considering to appear perhaps at the end of December.
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2019 batch (Planning to apply for those whose deadline is in January)
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
Aiming for some top 50 colleges in US.
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Hi prav04,

At this point, we don't have much evidence to say how accurate your first practice CAT Score actually is, so you must take the necessary steps to take your next CAT in a realistic way. I strongly recommend that you take one of the Official GMAC CATs and take it in a realistic fashion (take the FULL CAT - with the Essay and IR sections, take it away from your home, at the same time of day as when you'll take the Official GMAT, etc.). Once you have that score, you should report back here and we can discuss the results and how best to proceed.

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prav04 wrote:
Currently, I am solving the questions from 'the comprehensive collection of GMAT prep Questions'. I feel myself to be fairly okay as I am able to solve 80% of the questions. All of sudden, I come across a lot of posts yesterday where people explain their real GMAT experience as some kind of more tougher than GMAT prep questions.

My confidence got shattered and now I am in fear At first, I thought I am fairly good, as I am able to solve GMAT prep questions well, but after seeing such posts, NOW I doubt myself about my position. What I usually use to do is solve a problem, analyze the methodology and make sure to remember it. I wonder whether this is the correct strategy to do so.

I request experts to please answer the following questions.

1.) Why some students do good in GMAT prep and screw themselves in real GMAT. Could there be any other reasons, apart from being nervous? (I read people score 700 in GMAT prep and screw in real GMAT)

2.) IF there is any reason (other than BEING nervous) for students excelling in GMAT prep and screw in real GMAT, please list it down and suggest how to overcome it.

3.) Will the real GMAT much tougher than the GMAT Prep? Can I expect like 50% of difficult questions in real GMAT?
1. Yes, test anxiety is just one possible reason.

2. You should keep in mind that no score, either on a GMATPrep or on the GMAT, is 100% accurate. So if you get a 700 on a GMATPrep and a 650 on the actual GMAT, there is no real reason to think that the 650 is a better estimate of your ability. Apart from that, things like issues at the test center and familiarity with GMATPrep questions could explain major score drops.

3. If your question is whether the actual GMAT could feel tougher than a GMATPrep test, the answer is yes. Otherwise, the answer is no. The GMAT has access to a larger pool of questions, but it is not "tougher" as such.
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New post 01 Nov 2018, 18:02
You ask some great questions! First off, don’t waste ANY MORE time worrying, OK? Spend your time moving forward with your prep, so that you can be as prepared as possible come test day!!

There are a multitude of reasons why a test-taker may score lower on the real GMAT than on a practice exam. As you mentioned, things such as nerves, stress, tiredness, or a combination of all three can negatively affect one's test-day performance.

Another common reason for a score drop is that the test-taker has some lingering weaknesses that are exposed on test day. Many times these weaknesses are not exposed on practice exams because the test-taker picked up on some patterns that were effective for getting relatively high scores on practice tests but didn’t really learn to do what he or she needs to do to score high on the actual GMAT.

Now, here is the good news: As long as you are following a THOROUGH and LINEAR study plan, you can be confident that you are studying in a way that will allow you to fully learn each topic, starting with the foundations and moving to more advanced topics. In other words, no stone will be left unturned and you should be able to dominate the GMAT on test day.

Once you take your next official GMAC practice exam, feel free to report back here. Also, if you’d like more specific advice on how to study quant and verbal, feel free to reach out.

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