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New post 17 Jul 2018, 07:16
Hi i wrote gmat today
Scored 580 V-25 and Q-45
This is my worst score i never scored this low in mocks.

I had to rush through last 8 to 10 questions of verbal and last 3 questions of quant because of time.i am sorry i am writing less about my experience of exam because i really don’t know what happened wrong

My mocks score were
Gmat official - 640,650,660,710

I plan to give the 2nd attempt in a month time.Please help me out. Target score 720.

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New post 17 Jul 2018, 08:51
Hi Sawan Kumar,

I’m glad you reached out and I’m happy to help. However, first I’d like to learn a bit more about you to help provide some personalized advice. I have some questions:

1) Please list the dates on which you’ve taken any practice GMATs, the total scores, and the quant, verbal, and IR scores, as well as how you were feeling while taking the tests.

2) Please describe how you studied. How many hours a day did you study and for how many months?

3) To what programs will you be applying? What are the deadlines for these programs?

4) By when would you LIKE to take the GMAT? By when MUST you take the GMAT?

5) How many hours a day, on average, can you study between now and your next GMAT?

6) Have you ever had accommodations on any test? For example, extra time, a private room, or extra breaks? Do you have any medical diagnoses that could impact your studying or GMAT performance, such as ADHD, generalized anxiety, depression, or learning disabilities?

8) In your opinion, how prepared were you for the GMAT? It's important that you answer this question as objectively as possible.

9) Is there anything else that I should know? Anything else you’d like to tell me?


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New post 17 Jul 2018, 09:22
Hi scott.
Thanks for helping
Answers to your question
1) I was studying from past 4 months for gmat.. i don’t remember the exact dates on which i gave the tests...
As i gave many all the manhattan mocks and veritas mocks and gmat official mocks..
My verbal scores has achieved a highest of 40 on official gmat and lowest of 25 i.e in today’s exam and my quant score has achieved a highest of 50 on official gmat exams and lowest of 41 on mgmat mocks. I studied for on avg 5 to 6 hours daily effectively.
2) i am an MBA aspirant and the deadlines for most of them are in September mid
3) i use to give mocks in my private room. And never used extra time or long extended breaks.. yes in some mocks i used to pause in between for a minute and not more and i dont have any disabilities or problems.
4) i guess i was prepared enough to score 650 plus i use to practice daily official gmat questions every topic and gmat club questions.

Thanks a lot for the concern.

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New post 17 Jul 2018, 13:14
Hi Sawan Kumar,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day didn't go as well as planned. Your Official Score is remarkably similar to the practice CAT Scores that you reported back in January (here: 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 took 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 (re: on a prior CAT, in an online forum or in a practice set)?

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New post 18 Jul 2018, 04:27
Hi sawan Kumar,

The drop in your actual test score as compared to your mock scores is definitely worth delving deeper into.
1. Were there any questions in the mock tests that you had already seen or solved earlier?
2. Apart from being rushed, was there anything else during the test that resulted in the low score?

You seem to have taken a lot of mock tests and looks like your preparation has been more around the mocks. To understand your preparation better, I would like to know a little more about your preparation.
1. How did you study? Which resources did you use?
2. What is your approach while solving questions? Do you follow a well-defined process or randomly start solving the question?


Timing problem is mainly because of the process you follow to solve the question. When you follow an inefficient process, you will either take more time to solve it or answer it incorrectly. In order to avoid such surprises during the actual test, it is essential that you follow a reliable and repeatable process. Your approach to solving questions should be methodical so that it doesn’t change based on the difficulty level of the question.

    • Chintan gave too many mocks in his first attempt and ended up getting only a 630. In his second attempt, he realized his mistake, followed a methodical approach, got his fundamentals strong and improved to a 710. Click here to read his de-brief.

    • Murali (740) started his GMAT journey only by practicing questions from OG. Soon realized that it requires a methodical approach to ace GMAT. Click here to read his amazing debrief.


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