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Need help and advice. GMAT 540 after 3 months of preparation!!!

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New post 10 Jan 2018, 12:02
Hello everybody!

I took Official GMAT yesterday (10th Jan) and got 540 (Q35V29). It is a very frustrating score for me. I feel very bad.
Need some support or ideas how to improve my performance. I plan to retake GMAT in March.

My goal is to score 710(Q46V40).
My preparation story:
29.10.17 540(Q44V21) Mock test GMAT PREP. I was happy to get such a score on Quant and wanted to slightly increase it to Q46-48.
But firstly I focused all my preparation on the verbal.
12.11.17 V29 GMAT Club Tests. Was happy to see progress. I used Manhattan books.
19.11.17 640(Q43V35) GMAT Club Tests. I was satisfied with my verbal at this practice test. However, I had two more months to study so I thought I will get V40. After this point, I started my preparation for Quant section with little practice in Verbal.
26.11.17 Q34 GMAT Club Tests.
17.12.17 V22 GMAT Club Tests
18.12.17 620(Q42V35) Mock Test GMAT PREP. From 19.11.17 I work hard on my weak areas in quant, however, I had a decreasing score. Don't really understand why. I thought about it as a result of stress on my job.
02.01.18 Q40 GMAT Club Tests.
05.01.18 V21 GMAT Club Tests.
Last two weeks of my preparation I focused on my weak areas in each section, studied every day, watched Veritas video course. Despite low scores on the last practice tests, I felt very confident to score above 620, was aiming to get 690.

10.01.18 540(Q35V29) Official GMAT. Really I am shocked. :sad: :sad: :sad: :o :o :o
I need advice and psychological support how to get the desirable score. I have time until March.

Thank you in advance!
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New post 10 Jan 2018, 21:34
Hi AkbarShakenov,

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 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: in an online forum or in a practice set)?

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