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huge discrepancy in G-PREP software scores in the last 4 exams.

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I just gave my 4th GMAT prep exam today and I am rather flustered with my performance. My exam is on the 31st, and I am utterly confused as to how to read my scores. This is my 2nd attempt at the GMAT. the last one was in September 2016, in which I scored an abysmal 570 (Q 44 V don't remember).

My target score is 670-680.

My results: (also attached a pdf with the sequence of the incorrect answers of each exam)

DEFAULT EXAM PACK – EXAM 1. DATE – 12th June
Q 44, V 32 total 630

DEFAULT EXAM PACK – EXAM 2. DATE – 23rd June
Q 45, V 35 total 660

EXAM PACK – EXAM 3. DATE – 9th July
Q 47, V 39 total 700
point to note - RC is my biggest weakness, and in this exam I got 2 RC passages early on, giving me a chance to solve with a calm mind

MGMAT - 15th July
Q 44, V 32 total 630


EXAM PACK – EXAM 4. DATE – 19th July
Q 44, V 32 total 620

My doubts:

1. Is such variation normal? - Can I hope to reach my target score

2 - I am also confused about how can the total score in the 1st and 4th exam be different, even though the scaled scores are the same.

3 - All these exams were in the default order, and since verbal is my weakness I plan to opt for V - Q IR - AWA. Is this a good idea or should I stick to the default flow? Any experience from recent test takers who saw an improved score due to the switch?

4. While I am confident of getting a Q 44 to 46, I am very confused about how to improve verbal. RC is my biggest weakness, followed by SC - what can I do to improve

5. Is it advisable to take another mock?
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Some variance is normal in GMAT scores (and on the scores of any multiple choice test, adaptive or not), because on some questions you'll have guessed, and on some tests those guesses will work out well, and on others they'll work out unluckily badly. The scores you've posted above wouldn't be completely unusual for a test taker who was around the Q45/V35 level, which means you're close to your target right now. Because variance can sometimes work to your advantage, that means you'd definitely have a chance to hit your target if you took a test today (as you proved when you got that 700 score), though if your level is slightly below your target, that chance will be less than 1/2. You'll improve your chances a lot if you can make even some small genuine improvement before test day.

You can get two slightly different overall scores with the same scaled scores because scaled scores are rounded off to the nearest integer, but the overall score is computed before that rounding is carried out. So if you have a Q44 / V33, that could actually be more like a Q43.6 / V32.6, or could be more like a Q44.4 / V33.4. Those two combinations might produce a slightly different total score out of 800.

Based on your debrief, it does sound like a good idea to do the Verbal section first. If that's your plan, definitely do another mock where you use the section order you intend to use on test day, to confirm that it's a good idea (i.e. confirm your score doesn't drop), and also to become comfortable with what you'll experience on the real test.

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