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Inconsistency with simulation test scores and real GMAT

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I am writing to you for a consultation and to ask you for an advice. I feel extremely discouraged and furstrated. I don't know where my problem lies and even more how to fix it.
I am at a very difficult moment because I don't understand why I have such big discrepancy between my simulation and real exam.
Basically all my real exams show no improvement at all.

Two weeks ago I took my GMAT exam again. This was my fourth attempt.
I scored 390 in total, (Q 30score, 10 percentile; V 15 score, 19 percentile).

Before that I took the exam on August 2017 with a score 380,
prior on May 2017 with a score 410
and November 2016 with a score 380.

Before my last exam I studied 1,5 month over 8h a day. I purchased Manhattan Prep Exams and also Veritas Prep exams. I have done all exams under simmilar conditions as the real exam and I scored in chronological order:
CAT 1 560 Quant 35/29% Verbal 32/67%
CAT 2 570 Quant 38/38% Verbal 30/60%
CAT 3 610 Quant 41/45% Verbal 33/69%
CAT 4 530 Quant 31/21% Verbal 32/67%
CAT 5 530 Quant 37/36% Verbal 26/44%
V PREP 550 Quant 39/39% Verbal 27/47%
V PREP 540 Quant 39/39% Verbal 26/44%
V PREP 560 Quant 39/39% Verbal 29/57%
V PREP 540 Quant 35/29% Verbal 30/60%
V PREP 620 Quant 45/59% Verbal 31/62%
V PREP 590 Quant 38/38% Verbal 34/72%
V PREP 540 Quant 39/39% Verbal 26/44%

I need a score of 600.
The last attempt left me extremely discouraged as I did not understand why I got such a low score.
It is almost impossible after I have taken individual math classes, two verbal courses, taken 12 trial tests with good results and studied this amount of hours. I knew I improved a lot and I felt ready.

I also read that trial tests are usually more difficult than real test, so why is my real score so low?
I don't understand why I keep getting such low scores and why they are so much different than my trial tests? It seems as if I had guessed the entire exam.
Yes I am nervous during the exam (as normal) but I am able to control it.
At this point I don't know what might be the problem. I feel stuck and I don't know what should I change to start improving my score.
I want to improve but I have no idea where and how.

Will be greateful for any piece of advise,

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Hi pherchel

Sorry that the exam did not go as per plan.
I feel the biggest mistake that you made was to choose the wrong tests.
Though both Manhattan and Veritas are really good tests, unfortunately,
they are not close to the original test

The algorithm on the GMATPrep tests are closest to the real GMAT
and they are the closest indicators of your performance in the test.

As such, I would recommend you to take one of the free tests from GMATPrep,
which is easily available on mba.com. Once you have a preliminary score,
the experts on this forum can help you understand what your course of action must be!

Hope that helps you!
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Hi pherchel,

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. If you can answer a few questions, then we should be able to figure this out:

When you took your CATs:
1) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
2) Did you take them at home?
3) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you plan to take your Official GMAT?
4) 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.)?
5) Since you've taken the Official GMAT 4 times now, have you ever take any of these CATs more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE?

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Make sure you're not polluting test results by doing any of the questions before.

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