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New post 24 Jan 2018, 15:00
Dear all,

I have been studying for the last 4 months. I began with a 420 in September and have made a few GMATPrep exams since then. In January I made a Prep and got a 600 (36/36). Feeling elated I made an offical GMAT exam and received a 440. This was extra painful as I made an offical GMAT in November and received a 460.

Every GMATPrep I have made between now and that 420 has been more than 500.

I am not quite sure how to improve or change my studying. My goal is to get a 600 or more. I personally feel that my Verbal is stronger than my Quant.

I requested an ESR and can share it if you feel that it is valuable.

What is going wrong with my studies? Can I perhaps change something? How can I best prepare myself and improve on my weaknesses?

I am looking forward to your responses!
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New post 24 Jan 2018, 21:18
Hi SamDGold,

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Your 3 Official GMAT Scores show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 440 +/- a few points). 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) Since you've taken the GMAT 3 times, 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)?

If you send me your ESR (through PM or email), then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

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