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# Low score of 620 in real Gmat EXam, after scoring 700+ in Gmat Mocks

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hi all gmatclub members, teachers, and mentors

I gave my gmat exam on 13/march/2019 and scored mere 620(q47, v28). Problem is this score is nowhere near to my any mock score. I am attaching my ESR for a in depth review and guidance.

Self indian, started preparing for gmat from 1st December 2018 from E-gmat (verbal + quant) course.
I devoted about 6-7 hrs for study daily be it on weekends or weekdays.

CR---Started with CR from 1st december to 10 December. Than solved various questions of varying level 500+, 600-700, 700+. Attained an accuracy of 100% in 500+ level, 90% in 600-700 level, and 80% in accuracy in 700+ level.
SC--Started SC from 15th december 2018 and completed the course on 29th december 2018. Solved questions of varying level 500+, 600-700, 700+. Attained an accuracy of 100% in 500+ level, 90% in 600-700 level, and 80% in accuracy in 700+ level.
RC-- Started RC from 01st January 2019. Than solved passages from gmatclub daily 2 passages. My starting accuracy was 50% but with time and practice went higher to 80-90%.

I made it a point to solve at least 5 new questions daily of SC,CR and 2 Passage, from gmatclub non-debatable source, daily starting from 1st January.

Quant--I studied from e-gmat course, practiced, and revised.

Below are my score of mocks, which I took from mba.com (Mock from 1-6)
Gmat Mock score 1--700 (q 49, v 38)
Gmat Mock score 2--760 (q 51, v 41)
Gmat Mock score 3--680 (q 46, v 35)
Gmat Mock score 4--720 (q 49, V 39)
Gmat Mock score 5--670 (q 46, V 35)
Gmat Mock score 6--720 (q 49, v 38)

During my preparation, I made a point not to see or review any question mentioned in gmatclub with a TAG of gmat prep, so that I dont encounter repeat questions in gmat mock exam.

during the exam problems i Faced
1. Monitor was way too big, as a result it took time to read and understand the question. As i have always practiced and gave all my mocks on scree of 13" diagonal length.
2. I got 4 RC, each of 4 paragraphs. But in mock I got 4 RC, but only 1-2 RC's came up with 4 paragraphs
3. Quant was way more difficult than in actual mock
4. I was out of time in the last 10 minutes in verbal section, I had to complete 12 questions and i had 10 minutes remaining, so i guessed many answers.
5. I never had the issue of time management in gmat mock, however in the actual exam I faced the time shortage in last 10-15 minutes in verbal section.
6. I think I was not able to complete the verbal section and exam got submitted. I think there is penalty which is levied on me.

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ESR--gmatclub use.pdf [495.2 KiB]

Originally posted by Yash312 on 14 Mar 2019, 02:13.
Last edited by Yash312 on 14 Mar 2019, 20:49, edited 2 times in total.
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14 Mar 2019, 17:23
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Hi Yash312,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. First off, a quant 47 is not terrible, right? Looking at your practice exams, your Q47 falls pretty much in line with how you were scoring. Thus, I don’t think your GMAT was a total disaster.

Verbal is a different story. While there are a variety of factors that may have caused your verbal score drop (some of which you listed), it's likely that your score dropped because some of your verbal weaknesses were exposed when you took the GMAT. Scoring high on GMAT verbal tends to involve using logic and noticing key details. However, it is possible to get some verbal questions right by looking for patterns that you have already encountered in your preparation. Looking for patterns will not always work though, and if the patterns with which you are familiar don’t show up in the questions that you see on the actual GMAT, your verbal score will not be very high. So, one possible reason for the difference between your verbal scores on practice tests and your verbal score on the real GMAT is that in your preparation, you did not really learn to do what you have to do in order to score high on verbal. Rather, you picked up on some patterns that were effective in getting you relatively high scores on practice tests.

To hit your verbal score goal, you probably have to adjust the way that you have been preparing. You have to focus your preparation on developing skills, such as use of logic, that you can use to correctly answer GMAT verbal questions regardless of what verbal tricks the test presents to you.

With all this said, I imagine that you plan to retake the GMAT, so if you’d like some advice on how to attack your quant and verbal study plan, feel free to reach out, and I’d be happy to provide some further advice. Also, you may find it helpful to read this article about How to Score a 700+ on the GMAT.

Good luck!
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14 Mar 2019, 18:37
Hi Yash312,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day did not go as well as hoped. 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. Before we discuss any of those issues though, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) What type of study routine were you following? How many hours did you typically study each week?
2) Did you use any other study materials besides the Course you mentioned?
3) Did you take any other CATs/mocks besides the 6 you listed (and what were those other Scores?)?

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

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14 Mar 2019, 21:05
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi Yash312,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day did not go as well as hoped. 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. Before we discuss any of those issues though, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) What type of study routine were you following? How many hours did you typically study each week?
2) Did you use any other study materials besides the Course you mentioned?
3) Did you take any other CATs/mocks besides the 6 you listed (and what were those other Scores?)?

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

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

Hi Rich,

thanks in advance for reaching out and helping me

Studies:
1) What type of study routine were you following? How many hours did you typically study each week?
Ans) I followed a rigid and fix study plan of 6-7 hrs daily be it weekends or weekdays. I never took a day off from studies. I revised daily all SC+CR+RC notes and rules.

2) Did you use any other study materials besides the Course you mentioned?
ans) I strictly adhered to Egmat course, and do use to solve questions from gmatclub.com (verbal +quant). I also used gmatclub quant mocks.

3) Did you take any other CATs/mocks besides the 6 you listed (and what were those other Scores?)?
Ans) No,I just used the official gmat mocks from MBA.com (all mocks from 1-6)

Goals:
4) What is your goal score?
Ans) 750+

5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
Ans) In R1 of September 2019

6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
Ans) IVY league colleges of US (Stanford,Harvard) ,and India (ISB,IIM-A)

thanks
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14 Mar 2019, 21:10
ScottTargetTestPrep wrote:
Hi Yash312,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. First off, a quant 47 is not terrible, right? Looking at your practice exams, your Q47 falls pretty much in line with how you were scoring. Thus, I don’t think your GMAT was a total disaster.

Verbal is a different story. While there are a variety of factors that may have caused your verbal score drop (some of which you listed), it's likely that your score dropped because some of your verbal weaknesses were exposed when you took the GMAT. Scoring high on GMAT verbal tends to involve using logic and noticing key details. However, it is possible to get some verbal questions right by looking for patterns that you have already encountered in your preparation. Looking for patterns will not always work though, and if the patterns with which you are familiar don’t show up in the questions that you see on the actual GMAT, your verbal score will not be very high. So, one possible reason for the difference between your verbal scores on practice tests and your verbal score on the real GMAT is that in your preparation, you did not really learn to do what you have to do in order to score high on verbal. Rather, you picked up on some patterns that were effective in getting you relatively high scores on practice tests.

To hit your verbal score goal, you probably have to adjust the way that you have been preparing. You have to focus your preparation on developing skills, such as use of logic, that you can use to correctly answer GMAT verbal questions regardless of what verbal tricks the test presents to you.

With all this said, I imagine that you plan to retake the GMAT, so if you’d like some advice on how to attack your quant and verbal study plan, feel free to reach out, and I’d be happy to provide some further advice. Also, you may find it helpful to read this article about How to Score a 700+ on the GMAT.

Good luck!

Hi scott,

Well, I think you are correct that there is some problem in me; Be it implementation part, conceptual knowledge or external factors (large Monitor size of exam center).
Can you provide more of insight and guidance to help me achieve my score of 750+.
I am okay to adhere to the strictest of plans and schedule.
My end Goal is to see a score of 750+ with all my efforts, in Real gmat

thanks

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Hi Yash312,

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

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15 Mar 2019, 21:22
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi Yash312,

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

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
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Hi rich,

I have received and replied to ever PM.

thanks

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16 Mar 2019, 06:08
Hi Yash312,

Although I cannot provide an exact study schedule, here is some general advice you can follow to improve both your verbal and quant skills. Let’s start with quant.

Let’s say, for example, you are learning about Number Properties. First, you should develop as much conceptual knowledge about Number Properties as possible. In other words, your goal will be to completely understand properties of factorials, perfect squares, quadratic patterns, LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, and remainders, to name a few concepts. After carefully reviewing the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions, practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties. 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 around at least 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

When you are working on learning to answer questions of a particular type, start off taking your time, and then seek to speed up as you get more comfortable answering questions of that type. As you do such practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why. 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.

Sentence Correction is a bit of a different animal compared to Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning. There are three aspects to getting correct answers to GMAT Sentence Correction questions: what you know, such as grammar rules, what you see, such as violations of grammar rules and the logic of sentence structure, and what you do, such as carefully considering each answer choice in the context of the non-underlined portion of the sentence. To drive up your Sentence Correction score, it is likely that you will have to work on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not just a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning grammar rules is so that you can determine what sentences convey and whether sentences are well-constructed. In fact, in many cases, incorrect answers to Sentence Correction questions are grammatically flawless. Thus, often your task is to use your knowledge of grammar rules to determine which answer choice creates the most logical sentence meaning and structure.

This determination of whether sentences are well-constructed and logical is the second aspect of finding correct answers to Sentence Correction questions, what you see. To develop this skill, you probably have to slow way down. You won't develop this skill by spending under two minutes per question. For a while, anyway, you have to spend time with each question, maybe even ten or fifteen minutes on one question sometimes, analyzing every answer choice until you see the details that you have to see in order to choose the correct answer. As you go through the answer choices, consider the meaning conveyed by each version of the sentence. Does the meaning make sense? Even if you can tell what the version is SUPPOSED to convey, does the version really convey that meaning? Is there a verb to go with the subject? Do all pronouns clearly refer to nouns? By slowing way down and looking for these details, you learn to see what you have to see in order to clearly understand which answer to a Sentence Correction question is correct.

There is only one correct answer to any Sentence Correction question, there are clear reasons why that choice is correct and the others are not, and those reasons are not that the correct version simply "sounds right." In fact, the correct version often sounds a little off at first. That correct answers may sound a little off is not surprising. If the correct answer were always the one that sounded right, then most people most of the time would get Sentence Correction questions correct, without really knowing why the wrong answers were wrong and the correct answers were correct. So, you have to go beyond choosing what "sounds right" and learn to clearly see the logical reasons why one choice is better than all of the others.

As for the third aspect of getting Sentence Correction questions correct, what you do, the main thing you have to do is be very careful. You have to make sure that you are truly considering the structures of sentences and the meanings conveyed rather than allowing yourself to be tricked into choosing trap answers that sound right but don't convey meanings that make sense. You also have to make sure that you put some real energy into finding the correct answers. Finding the correct answer to a Sentence Correction question may take bouncing from choice to choice repeatedly until you start to see the differences between the choices that make all choices wrong except for one. Often, when you first look at the choices, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. It may take time for you to see what you have to see. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences and to figure out the precise reasons that one choice is correct.

To improve what you do when you answer Sentence Correction questions, seek to become aware of how you are going about answering them. Are you being careful and looking for logic and details, or are you quickly eliminating choices that sound a little off and then choosing the best of the rest? If you choose an incorrect answer, consider what you did that resulted in your arriving at that answer and what you could do differently in order to arrive at correct answers more consistently. Furthermore, see how many questions you can get correct in a row as you practice. If you break your streak by missing one, consider what you could have done differently to extend your streak.

As with your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension regimens, after learning a particular Sentence Correction topic, engage in focused practice with 30 questions or more that involve that topic. As your skills improve, you will then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

Feel free to reach out with further questions.
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ScottTargetTestPrep wrote:
Hi Yash312,

Although I cannot provide an exact study schedule, here is some general advice you can follow to improve both your verbal and quant skills. Let’s start with quant.

Let’s say, for example, you are learning about Number Properties. First, you should develop as much conceptual knowledge about Number Properties as possible. In other words, your goal will be to completely understand properties of factorials, perfect squares, quadratic patterns, LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, and remainders, to name a few concepts. After carefully reviewing the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions, practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties. 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 around at least 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

When you are working on learning to answer questions of a particular type, start off taking your time, and then seek to speed up as you get more comfortable answering questions of that type. As you do such practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why. 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.

Sentence Correction is a bit of a different animal compared to Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning. There are three aspects to getting correct answers to GMAT Sentence Correction questions: what you know, such as grammar rules, what you see, such as violations of grammar rules and the logic of sentence structure, and what you do, such as carefully considering each answer choice in the context of the non-underlined portion of the sentence. To drive up your Sentence Correction score, it is likely that you will have to work on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not just a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning grammar rules is so that you can determine what sentences convey and whether sentences are well-constructed. In fact, in many cases, incorrect answers to Sentence Correction questions are grammatically flawless. Thus, often your task is to use your knowledge of grammar rules to determine which answer choice creates the most logical sentence meaning and structure.

This determination of whether sentences are well-constructed and logical is the second aspect of finding correct answers to Sentence Correction questions, what you see. To develop this skill, you probably have to slow way down. You won't develop this skill by spending under two minutes per question. For a while, anyway, you have to spend time with each question, maybe even ten or fifteen minutes on one question sometimes, analyzing every answer choice until you see the details that you have to see in order to choose the correct answer. As you go through the answer choices, consider the meaning conveyed by each version of the sentence. Does the meaning make sense? Even if you can tell what the version is SUPPOSED to convey, does the version really convey that meaning? Is there a verb to go with the subject? Do all pronouns clearly refer to nouns? By slowing way down and looking for these details, you learn to see what you have to see in order to clearly understand which answer to a Sentence Correction question is correct.

There is only one correct answer to any Sentence Correction question, there are clear reasons why that choice is correct and the others are not, and those reasons are not that the correct version simply "sounds right." In fact, the correct version often sounds a little off at first. That correct answers may sound a little off is not surprising. If the correct answer were always the one that sounded right, then most people most of the time would get Sentence Correction questions correct, without really knowing why the wrong answers were wrong and the correct answers were correct. So, you have to go beyond choosing what "sounds right" and learn to clearly see the logical reasons why one choice is better than all of the others.

As for the third aspect of getting Sentence Correction questions correct, what you do, the main thing you have to do is be very careful. You have to make sure that you are truly considering the structures of sentences and the meanings conveyed rather than allowing yourself to be tricked into choosing trap answers that sound right but don't convey meanings that make sense. You also have to make sure that you put some real energy into finding the correct answers. Finding the correct answer to a Sentence Correction question may take bouncing from choice to choice repeatedly until you start to see the differences between the choices that make all choices wrong except for one. Often, when you first look at the choices, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. It may take time for you to see what you have to see. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences and to figure out the precise reasons that one choice is correct.

To improve what you do when you answer Sentence Correction questions, seek to become aware of how you are going about answering them. Are you being careful and looking for logic and details, or are you quickly eliminating choices that sound a little off and then choosing the best of the rest? If you choose an incorrect answer, consider what you did that resulted in your arriving at that answer and what you could do differently in order to arrive at correct answers more consistently. Furthermore, see how many questions you can get correct in a row as you practice. If you break your streak by missing one, consider what you could have done differently to extend your streak.

As with your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension regimens, after learning a particular Sentence Correction topic, engage in focused practice with 30 questions or more that involve that topic. As your skills improve, you will then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

Feel free to reach out with further questions.

thanks a lot SCOTT.

For your quick and detailed reply, which included a real insight on the way I should work on to improve my score and approach.
I will adhere to the same and if any doubt, will definitely revert back to you.

thanks again.

yash
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