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# Looking for HELP and SUGGESTIONS.

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07 Apr 2017, 11:03
Looking for some help. Prepared for GMAT for 2 months and wrote my exam yesterday.

GMATPrep1 (Feb 05): 660 (Q:47, V:34)
GMATPrep2 (Feb 12): 640 (Q:48, V:31)
Kaplan free test (March 08): 710 (Q:49, V:39)
GMATPrep3 (EXAM PACK) (March 27): 690 (Q:47, V:38)
GMATPrep4 (April 2): 710 (Q:48, V:38)

GMAT (April 6): 640 (Q:50, V:27)

I though my verbal section was alright. I finished a minute before the time. I was confident about scoring above 700, but somehow f***** up really badly. Also attaching the ESR with the post. I used OG 12th Edition and MGMAT SC and CR.

Will appreciate any help and suggestions. Taking GMAT again in MAY. Target is 730-740
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07 Apr 2017, 11:30

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:

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) Did you ever take a CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE?

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07 Apr 2017, 12:01
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:

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:

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) Did you ever take a CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

Hey Rich,

I took my last two CATs (THE EXAM PACK ONE) with both Essay and IR. They actually helped me in warming up for the main test. I usually took the CATs around 9-10 am because my test was at 8 am (also I was quite nervous the night before the official test, so could not get enough sleep) One possible reason. I took the tests at the library, but since I couldn't download the software on the school's computers, I had to use my laptop. My breaks were always timed. Never took more than a second. And also never paused the test. With the questions part, they were similar to the OG, but I hadnt seen any of the questions before. On my official GMAT, the quant questions were very similar to the ones in the OG.

After I was done with the test, I ordered ESR (it is attached to the earlier post). I do not know why I wasnt given harder questions. On the CATs, I also got my initial ones wrong, but still managed to pull it off.
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09 Apr 2017, 10:33
Looking for some help. Prepared for GMAT for 2 months and wrote my exam yesterday.

GMATPrep1 (Feb 05): 660 (Q:47, V:34)
GMATPrep2 (Feb 12): 640 (Q:48, V:31)
Kaplan free test (March 08): 710 (Q:49, V:39)
GMATPrep3 (EXAM PACK) (March 27): 690 (Q:47, V:38)
GMATPrep4 (April 2): 710 (Q:48, V:38)

GMAT (April 6): 640 (Q:50, V:27)

I though my verbal section was alright. I finished a minute before the time. I was confident about scoring above 700, but somehow f***** up really badly. Also attaching the ESR with the post. I used OG 12th Edition and MGMAT SC and CR.

Will appreciate any help and suggestions. Taking GMAT again in MAY. Target is 730-740

Given that you scored V38 on your last 2 GMATPrep tests (assuming you hadn't done any of the questions before and you took the tests in exam-like conditions), I think you just under-performed on test day- I think GMATPrep is supposed to be +/ 30 points of the actual. I would reschedule and retake and continue studying in the meantime.

PS. you can move the box you put over your name in the attachment
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10 Apr 2017, 11:42
Looking for some help. Prepared for GMAT for 2 months and wrote my exam yesterday.

GMATPrep1 (Feb 05): 660 (Q:47, V:34)
GMATPrep2 (Feb 12): 640 (Q:48, V:31)
Kaplan free test (March 08): 710 (Q:49, V:39)
GMATPrep3 (EXAM PACK) (March 27): 690 (Q:47, V:38)
GMATPrep4 (April 2): 710 (Q:48, V:38)

GMAT (April 6): 640 (Q:50, V:27)

I though my verbal section was alright. I finished a minute before the time. I was confident about scoring above 700, but somehow f***** up really badly. Also attaching the ESR with the post. I used OG 12th Edition and MGMAT SC and CR.

Will appreciate any help and suggestions. Taking GMAT again in MAY. Target is 730-740

Hi

First of all know your weak areas like SC, DS, CR and then sub section weak areas like subject verb agreement in SC or Similar reasoning in CR
practice questions related to your weak areas, after practice review each and every question even if you answered right, know why you think this option in right if your answer is wrong think why it is wrong why right answer is right. Review like this will lessen your mistake and score will be improve
After sufficient practice take a few Mocks review all wrong answers in them
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20 Apr 2017, 06:13
One month is a good enough time to improve your score. If you study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal in verbal. I believe you may benefit from taking an additional course in Verbal. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

Specifically for verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market.

Lastly I would also encourage you to purchase the latest version of OG and the verbal review for some great additional practice.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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