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# Huge difference in score of mocks and actual gmat

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25 Jul 2018, 08:37
Hi experts,

Yesterday i got the biggest shock of my life after i gave my GMAT exam today and saw a score of 600 on the screen. Q 44 V 29.
While giving the exam, i figured this was no way closer to the official GMAT mocks. I think the original exam was tougher with long RCs and tough quant.
Even my GMAT TEST PREP 6 score was 680 which i gave just day before yesterday and that was the first time i gave it without any repetition of questions.
Although the GMAT test prep is still following the old format, and the exam is as per the new format, still i cant really assess the reason of such a vast difference in score. The mocks result is as below:

GMAT TEST PREP 1: 720
GMAT TEST PREP 2: 660
GMAT TEST PREP 3: 700
GMAT TEST PREP 4: 600
GMAT TEST PREP 5: 670
GMAT TEST PREP 6: 680
Manhattan Free Mock:670
Kaplan Free Mock:700
GMAT Club Free Mock: 670

Now i am in a fix as i do not know in which direction i have to go as all the tests that are available online are as per the old format.

I do not know what went wrong and how do i correct the same. Please advice.
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25 Jul 2018, 09:21
U r strongly recommended to use the new format only. There is a sizable difference. I scored v40 easily in old pattern, in the new one my max is 39. And yes practice exams are easier.

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25 Jul 2018, 09:50
But where can i access the mocks in new format that could match real gmat level
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25 Jul 2018, 21:53
Hi shivani259,

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. Obviously, taking CATs in the 'old' format is a significant issue (but each of the companies that made those CATs has created updated CATs in the current, shorter format). Beyond that issue though, if you can answer a few questions, then we should be able to figure this out:

1) What were the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores on each of those CATs?
2) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
3) Did you take them at home?
4) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you took your Official GMAT?
5) Did you ever do ANYTHING during your CATs that you couldn't do on Test Day (pause the CAT, skip sections, take longer breaks, etc.)?
6) Did you ever take a CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE (re: on a prior CAT, in an online forum or in a practice set)?

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27 Jul 2018, 02:16
What were the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores on each of those Cats?
I used to get (on an average) Q49 and V35

2) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
I used to take just the quant and verbal portion, not ir and awa

3) Did you take them at home?
I took those at a test center

4) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you took your Official GMAT?
Yes, my exam time was 12:30 and I used to take my mocks at 12-12:30

5) Did you ever do ANYTHING during your CATs that you couldn't do on Test Day (pause the CAT, skip sections, take longer breaks, etc.)?
Nope

6) Did you ever take a CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE (re: on a prior CAT, in an online forum or in a practice set)?
Yes,because official mocks gives repetitive question once you reset them

Hope to hear from you soon.

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27 Jul 2018, 02:19
Also I believe that Gmat has become tougher as compared to the previous format exams (before the timing got reduced). Also, the official mocks were way too easy and was in no sense similar to real Gmat. I am now confused about what material to choose which could mimic the real Gmat

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27 Jul 2018, 10:39
Hi shivani259

The score fluctuation that you have experienced are definitely worth delving into however you must not be demotivated. Consider this to be an eye-opener for you to realize what you must work upon and get to a better score. One of the possible reasons for this fluctuation in your scores in your tests could be that you are strong in certain topics/concepts and weak in others. When the concepts that you are strong in are tested you do better however if you encounter topics you are weak in you falter.

Way Forward

You must spend some time in evaluating your ESR. Additionally, you must follow the below mentioned steps:
1. Evaluate topic level weaknesses by taking Ability Quizzes
2. Isolate weak topics (Go to Skill data sections)
3. Improve upon them
You may also check our article on Personalized Study Plans for 100+ Score Improvement to create a study plan for yourself. In the article we cover the steps in detail. You will also get sample plans which you can adapt to your situation – one of the sample plans is for a 150-points score improvement (600 to 750) which I think you would find helpful. Please note that it is a sample plan and you may not be able to use it directly. You must create your own plan using those principles. In case you face any difficulty, write to us at support@e-gmat.com. We’d be more than happy to help.

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30 Jul 2018, 09:44
Hi shivani259,

I’m sorry to hear about how things went with your GMAT. I’m here to help you get on the right path to an improved GMAT score.

When analyzing the discrepancy between your practice test scores and your GMAT score, it’s
possible that nerves got the best of you on test day; however, it’s also possible that some of your weaknesses were exposed when you took the GMAT. In other words, it could be that in your preparation, you did not really learn to do what you have to do in order to score high, but rather you picked up on some patterns that were effective in getting you relatively high scores on practice tests.

To hit your GMAT score goal, you probably have to go through GMAT quant and verbal carefully to find your exact weaknesses, fill gaps in your knowledge, and strengthen your skills. The overall process will be to learn all about how to answer question types with which you currently aren't very comfortable and do dozens of practice questions category by category, basically driving up your score point by point. When you do dozens of questions of the same type one after the other, you learn just what it takes to get questions of that type correct consistently. If you aren't getting close to 90 percent of questions of a certain type correct, go back and seek to better understand how that type of question works, and then do more questions of that type until you get to at least around 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better.

For example, if you find that you are not strong in answering Number Properties questions, carefully review the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions and practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties: LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, remainders, etc. As you practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why you got it wrong. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not properly apply the remainder formula? Was there a concept you did not understand in the question? By carefully analyzing your mistakes, you will be able to efficiently fix your weaknesses and in turn improve your GMAT quant skills. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

You can work on verbal in a similar manner. Let’s say you are reviewing Critical Reasoning. Be sure that you practice a large number of Critical Reasoning questions: strengthen and weaken the argument, resolve the paradox, find the conclusion, must be true, etc. As you go through the questions, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get correct. If you missed a weaken question, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize what the question was asking? Did you skip over a key detail in an answer choice? Getting GMAT verbal questions right is a matter of what you know, what you see, and what you do. So, any time that you don't get one right, you can seek to identify what, if anything, you would have needed to know in order to get the right answer, what you had to see that you didn't see, and what you could have done differently to arrive at the correct answer.

So, work on accuracy and generally finding correct answers, work on specific weaker areas one by one to make them strong areas, and when you take a practice GMAT or the real thing, take all the time per question available to do your absolute best to get right answers consistently. The GMAT is essentially a game of seeing how many right answers you can get in the time allotted. Approach the test with that conception in mind, and focus intently on the question in front of you with one goal in mind: getting a CORRECT answer.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new verbal and quant materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses.

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30 Jul 2018, 12:16
shivani259 wrote:
Hi experts,

Yesterday i got the biggest shock of my life after i gave my GMAT exam today and saw a score of 600 on the screen. Q 44 V 29.
While giving the exam, i figured this was no way closer to the official GMAT mocks. I think the original exam was tougher with long RCs and tough quant.
Even my GMAT TEST PREP 6 score was 680 which i gave just day before yesterday and that was the first time i gave it without any repetition of questions.
Although the GMAT test prep is still following the old format, and the exam is as per the new format, still i cant really assess the reason of such a vast difference in score. The mocks result is as below:

GMAT TEST PREP 1: 720
GMAT TEST PREP 2: 660
GMAT TEST PREP 3: 700
GMAT TEST PREP 4: 600
GMAT TEST PREP 5: 670
GMAT TEST PREP 6: 680
Manhattan Free Mock:670
Kaplan Free Mock:700
GMAT Club Free Mock: 670

Now i am in a fix as i do not know in which direction i have to go as all the tests that are available online are as per the old format.

I do not know what went wrong and how do i correct the same. Please advice.

Three possibilities:

1. This was a total fluke that happened for no reason. (In other words, it was pure luck.) That's unlikely, since you scored higher very consistently on your practice tests, and you took quite a few practice tests.

- You took extra breaks during your practice tests
- The longer format is easier for you

- You felt nervous about taking an official test
- You didn't sleep well the night before
- You decided not to guess on as many problems on your official test

Does any of that seem right?

Also, the MPrep practice tests are now all in the new format. If you buy the practice test pack, they'll all be in the shorter format, with the same timing and number of questions as the official test.
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30 Jul 2018, 12:23
I just took the first prep test at MBA.com and I felt the questions were surprisingly easy. I scored a 700 with almost no preparation. Reading your post confirms my suspicions.

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30 Jul 2018, 16:27
Hi shivani259,

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

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27 Aug 2018, 07:45
Hi

I have my exam in 3 days. Following are my scores in the past month:

Veritas Prep- 700 (35V,51Q)
GMATprep 1 - 710 (38V,49Q)
MGMAT- 650 (35V,44Q)
GMATprep 5 - 710 (37V,49Q)- 3 days back
GMATPrep 6 - 680 (38V,46Q)- Given today

Can anyone tell me what should I expect in actual GMAT?

Thank you
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27 Aug 2018, 08:21
niyatibansal wrote:
Hi

I have my exam in 3 days. Following are my scores in the past month:

Veritas Prep- 700 (35V,51Q)
GMATprep 1 - 710 (38V,49Q)
MGMAT- 650 (35V,44Q)
GMATprep 5 - 710 (37V,49Q)- 3 days back
GMATPrep 6 - 680 (38V,46Q)- Given today

Can anyone tell me what should I expect in actual GMAT?

Thank you

Don't expect anything...just go blank slate and give your best shot. This will make you feel relaxed and you will be focus on the exam rather than the desired score.

All the best!!
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27 Aug 2018, 19:50
niyatibansal wrote:
Hi

I have my exam in 3 days. Following are my scores in the past month:

Veritas Prep- 700 (35V,51Q)
GMATprep 1 - 710 (38V,49Q)
MGMAT- 650 (35V,44Q)
GMATprep 5 - 710 (37V,49Q)- 3 days back
GMATPrep 6 - 680 (38V,46Q)- Given today

Can anyone tell me what should I expect in actual GMAT?

Thank you

Hi,

In the last 3 days try to keep yourself fresh for the exam. If you have short notes like Quant formula's or SC Rules try to revise it once before the exam. Do not take any more mock tests in 2 days leading upto exam.

If time permits, try to read the posts about how to prepare for Test day which you can find in this forum.

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29 Aug 2018, 08:07
niyatibansal wrote:
Hi

I have my exam in 3 days. Following are my scores in the past month:

Veritas Prep- 700 (35V,51Q)
GMATprep 1 - 710 (38V,49Q)
MGMAT- 650 (35V,44Q)
GMATprep 5 - 710 (37V,49Q)- 3 days back
GMATPrep 6 - 680 (38V,46Q)- Given today

Can anyone tell me what should I expect in actual GMAT?

Thank you

How was your exam? Pls share your debrief. If you have still not appeared for GMAT then wishing you all the very best!!
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