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So I've been studying for the exam from a while now and although I have seen a tremendous improvement with regard to my mocks, my official scores sing a different song.

Sources that I've been using:
- E-gmat
- Official guides
- Advanced question guide by GMAC
- GC tests
- 700- 800 question document
- LSAT material for both CR and RC
- A document of all the official questions for SC

Overall accuracy:

- CR ( LSAT included) 80%
- RC ( LSAT included) 70%
- SC (official material only) 80%

Recent scores:
GMAT Prep 3 - 660 (V34 and Q48)
GMAT Prep 4- 690 (V41 and Q43) - { repeat questions: 1 passage only}
Veritas Prep - 670 ( V34 Q48)
Veritas Prep - 670 ( V34 Q48) - same score on another test
Veritas Prep - 630 ( V35 Q42)
GC tests - average of 6 latest tests in quant: 41
Official GMAT- 500
Official GMAT- 410
Official GMAT- 590
Official GMAT- 540 ( V25 Q41) ( latest)

I really don't understand what I'm doing incorrect or where I'm going wrong during the exam. Please advice.

PS: I have been taking all the exams under strictly reflective conditions of the official exam- in fact, I don't even take them at home to remove the element of comfort.

Originally posted by BlueSky596 on 04 Dec 2019, 08:00.
Last edited by BlueSky596 on 04 Dec 2019, 09:41, edited 1 time in total.
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I’m sorry to hear how things went with your GMAT.

Assuming that you took your official practice exams under realistic testing conditions, the results show that, on a good day, you are capable of scoring higher than V27. Thus, it’s quite possible that nerves, stress, tiredness, or a combination of all three negatively affected your test-day performance. However, it’s also possible that you have some lingering weaknesses that were exposed on test day. Although I’m unsure of how you prepared, it’s possible that, in your preparation, particularly in verbal, you did not really learn to do what you have to do in order to score high on the actual GMAT. Rather, you picked up on some patterns that were effective in getting you relatively high scores on practice tests. So, for you to hit your score goal, your preparation, particularly for verbal, probably needs to be more complete, meaning that you have to go through the various types of GMAT questions carefully to find your exact weaknesses, fill gaps in your knowledge, and strengthen your skills.

For verbal specifically, you have to become more skilled at clearly defining the differences between trap choices and correct answers. Otherwise, you will get stuck guessing between two choices or be surprised to find that you incorrectly answered questions that you thought you answered correctly. Becoming more skilled in this way takes carefully analyzing all of the answer choices to lots of verbal questions to develop an eye for the logical differences between the choices. In other words, you have to go beyond answering practice questions and reading explanations to doing a deep analysis of questions to learn to see everything that is going on in them.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new quant and verbal materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses. You also may find my article with more information regarding
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If you’d like more specific advice on how to improve your quant and verbal skills, feel free to reach back out. Good luck!
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Not to stress you out, but there is a cap of 8 on the number of times the GMAT can be taken.
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BlueSky596 - In your list of test scores, you have mentioned both GMAT Prep and Official GMAT. What do you mean by Official GMAT? Did you take the test 4 times already, or you are referring to GMAT Prep practice tests?
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ScottTargetTestPrep wrote:
I’m sorry to hear how things went with your GMAT.

Assuming that you took your official practice exams under realistic testing conditions, the results show that, on a good day, you are capable of scoring higher than V27. Thus, it’s quite possible that nerves, stress, tiredness, or a combination of all three negatively affected your test-day performance. However, it’s also possible that you have some lingering weaknesses that were exposed on test day. Although I’m unsure of how you prepared, it’s possible that, in your preparation, particularly in verbal, you did not really learn to do what you have to do in order to score high on the actual GMAT. Rather, you picked up on some patterns that were effective in getting you relatively high scores on practice tests. So, for you to hit your score goal, your preparation, particularly for verbal, probably needs to be more complete, meaning that you have to go through the various types of GMAT questions carefully to find your exact weaknesses, fill gaps in your knowledge, and strengthen your skills.

For verbal specifically, you have to become more skilled at clearly defining the differences between trap choices and correct answers. Otherwise, you will get stuck guessing between two choices or be surprised to find that you incorrectly answered questions that you thought you answered correctly. Becoming more skilled in this way takes carefully analyzing all of the answer choices to lots of verbal questions to develop an eye for the logical differences between the choices. In other words, you have to go beyond answering practice questions and reading explanations to doing a deep analysis of questions to learn to see everything that is going on in them.


If you’d like more specific advice on how to improve your quant and verbal skills, feel free to reach back out. Good luck!




Hi Scott,

Thank you for your insightful response. Although it could be true that there have been gaps in my preparation, aren't the mocks a good, albeit, slightly deviated representation of the actual exam? Especially the GMAT prep mocks?

I will definitely try to analyse the discrepancies in my verbal performance per your response. However, what would you suggest for the quant bit? And to overcome nerves in general?
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Not to stress you out, but there is a cap of 8 on the number of times the GMAT can be taken.


You have displayed grit to improve your score. Continue your study and keep going!



Thank you- but i need to know where I'm going wrong so that I can fix it :)
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As per your score i can say you have good understanding of basic concepts. when you are scoring 650 level you have to avaoid trap qustions , understand exception rules. Topic wise practice few questions then you will understand un which you are weak and you can practice more questions in that topic
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Hi BlueSky596,

I'm sorry to hear that your recent 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. Before we discuss any of those potential issues though, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) On what dates did you take EACH of your Official GMATs and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
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3) What study materials have you used so far?
4) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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

You might also choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report for this most recent attempt. While the ESR doesn’t provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong on Test Day (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

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BlueSky596 wrote:

Hi Scott,

Thank you for your insightful response. Although it could be true that there have been gaps in my preparation, aren't the mocks a good, albeit, slightly deviated representation of the actual exam? Especially the GMAT prep mocks?

I will definitely try to analyse the discrepancies in my verbal performance per your response. However, what would you suggest for the quant bit? And to overcome nerves in general?


Honestly, the score drop could have resulted from a combination of issues. So, all you can do now is dive back into your prep and gear up for a retake. Regarding quant, what resources have you been using thus far?

Regarding anxiety, to help manage your nerves, you could try some visualization techniques. Imagine various test-day scenarios such as getting stuck on a question, issues in the testing center, feeling pressed for time, or worrying that you’re underperforming. As you feel your stress responses start to kick in when thinking about these things, practice pulling yourself together and visualize focusing on getting correct answers.

When taking the GMAT, the best way to deal with stress is to get busy answering the question in front of you, focusing completely on the task at hand so that you redirect all of that nervous energy and naturally calm down. In other words, you distract yourself with a goal. Just tell yourself that all that matters is getting the correct answer to the question in front of you, and then when you have finished that question, take the same attitude toward the next one. Focus on winning each “mini-battle” and you won't have time for anxiety. If you can win enough of those battles, you can win the GMAT war, right?

Feel free to reach out with further questions.

Good luck!
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BlueSky596 wrote:
Official GMAT- 500
Official GMAT- 410
Official GMAT- 590
Official GMAT- 540 ( V25 Q41) ( latest)

There is a 180 point variation in these scores. Also, the scores are now going consistently up or consistently down.

That generally suggests slightly shaky concepts and inability to apply those concepts on questions.
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UPDATE: I just gave my exam today and scored a 650- I wasnt able to complete the verbal section and didnt even have time to guess.

Turns out it was nerves that was keeping me from getting my score.


PS: if anyone is still wondering, please feel free to DM me about a copy of my score report.


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Hi BlueSky596,

While the ESR doesn’t provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong on Test Day (and what you should work on to score higher). Since you purchased the ESR for this recent attempt, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you (and you can feel free to PM it directly to me).

Beyond that data, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on your timeline and your goals:

1) What is your overall goal score?
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3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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