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Scored a sad 640 in GMAT. Would like some help!

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12 Jan 2018, 01:18
Hi All,

I just gave the GMAT today and like I mentioned, scored just a 640 (Q44 and V33). This was the score I got in my first GMATPrep Mock which I took over a month ago. Since, then I've been consistently improving and giving mocks and I was scoring easily above 720 in my last few mocks, with a 730 in my last mock (GMATPrep Exam Pack 1). I'm having a hard time taking it in, because I definitely did not expect such a low score.

I had a good night's rest before the exam today and was not particularly tired during the test either. I did have to come out of the test room in the middle of the quants section due to some issue with my phone, but that could not have cost me more than 3 minutes. Moreover, my verbal score was much lower than any of my previous mock scores. I cannot exactly point out where exactly did I go wrong. I have been a little stressed due to work lately, but I've never been someone to falter due to too much stress.

I would definitely like to take the exam again, but this experience has shaken my confidence and I don't know anymore if I can score better next time. I also feel like I've exhausted a lot of the official material (OG, GMATPrep and GMAT Prep EP 1). Please offer some advice on whether I should retake and where I could have gone wrong.

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12 Jan 2018, 03:16
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Welcome to GmatClub!

Here are my few cents:

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I'm having a hard time taking it in, because I definitely did not expect such a low score.

Try going through this
post and see if any of reasons resonate with your prep strategy.

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I did have to come out of the test room in the middle of the quants section due to some issue with my phone, but that could not have cost me more than 3 minutes.

Not sure if you are allowed to bring any belongings to exam center. Did I misinterpret anything here?

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Moreover, my verbal score was much lower than any of my previous mock scores. I cannot exactly point out where exactly did I go wrong. I have been a little stressed due to work lately, but I've never been someone to falter due to too much stress.

My friend, you shall come across tons of debriefs whose score varied more than 100 points because of panic/ stress.
The better truth is once you panic it is bit hard to maintain same tempo and focus throughout the test.

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I would definitely like to take the exam again, but this experience has shaken my confidence and I don't know anymore if I can score better next time. I also feel like I've exhausted a lot of the official material (OG, GMATPrep and GMAT Prep EP 1). Please offer some advice on whether I should retake and where I could have gone wrong
.

First and foremost you must get as ESR so that you know where you faltered. Feel free to share on same post to maintain continuity.

Also here is a post to better use QP and you still have EP2 in your armory. I would also encourage you to take GC tests for quant since they are very close to
actual GMAT.

Unless you are from over represented domain (eg Indian IT) make sure you are in +/- 20 points in 80% range of GMAT of your target b schools
to give your self a fair chance.

Hope this helps!
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12 Jan 2018, 03:39

My phone was in my locker and it was switched off, but for some reason the alarm still rang at around 9:30, so I had to come out and switch it off. I did feel extremely uneasy after that, so maybe that was a reason for my low score.

I'm a little unsure about the purchasing the ESR, could you tell me a little more about it? Is it actually helpful in determining my problem areas?

I'm not from an over represented domain, but my target score is still 720+. Thank you for your help!
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12 Jan 2018, 04:22
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I'm a little unsure about the purchasing the ESR, could you tell me a little more about it? Is it actually helpful in determining my problem areas?

You can find couple of good discussions here.
Regarding purchase of the same, you need to login with your credentials and can purchase the same
with 25 USD here

A golden rule anytime you are stuck anywhere in your path ahead!
You can write few initial letters of your query (stress/ ESR / initial text of any Q) in search tab on left side of your user name in search tab
and shall find tons of useful discussions.

Hope this helps.
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12 Jan 2018, 13:14
Hi anon2572,

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:

1) On what dates did you take each of your CATS? How did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
2) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
3) Did you take them at home?
4) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you took your Official GMAT?
5) 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.)?
6) 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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