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Has this happened to anyone?? How did you deal with the terrible feeling?

I first decided to take the GMAT in the summer. To get a feel for the test, I took the first GMATPrep test cold and got 700 (50Q and 33V). Realizing my verbal was not up-to-par, I half-assed studied some basic questions and tried again after 3 weeks (I know... so stupid). Again, I got 700 (49Q and 36V). I was kind of bummed my score didn't increase but at least was satisfied that my first try was not a fluke (or was it...?)

Anyway, September comes, and I go through MGMAT's SC and CR books since those two sections were my weakest points in Verbal. I only had 1 or 2 wrong in RC for my two GMAT, so I knew to focus on the other sections. Due to full-time work and also taking a grad course, I managed to finish those two books in early November. Then, I took MGMAT's CATs last weekend and this weekend, getting 670 (45Q and 36V) and 640 (45Q and 33V) respectively... I feel so disappointed right now... I even messed up quite a few RC questions which were my strongest points in the GMATPrep tests.

Does anyone have suggestions what to do? I am just feeling a huge wave of disappointment and shock since this Satuday when I got the 640 to confirm the 670 was not a fluke... I personally felt fine (i.e. not sick) both times I wrote the CATs and felt pretty confident in my answers as I went through, only to be traumatized at the final screen!

Please tell me any advice you may have! Thank you.

- Disappointed student :(

Edit: my test is scheduled for early January, so please let me know any helpers to boost my score in December! My grad course finish early December, so I hopefully have most of Christmas to do a final push.
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dawgster2222 wrote:
Has this happened to anyone?? How did you deal with the terrible feeling?

I first decided to take the GMAT in the summer. To get a feel for the test, I took the first GMATPrep test cold and got 700 (50Q and 33V). Realizing my verbal was not up-to-par, I half-assed studied some basic questions and tried again after 3 weeks (I know... so stupid). Again, I got 700 (49Q and 36V). I was kind of bummed my score didn't increase but at least was satisfied that my first try was not a fluke (or was it...?)

Anyway, September comes, and I go through MGMAT's SC and CR books since those two sections were my weakest points in Verbal. I only had 1 or 2 wrong in RC for my two GMAT, so I knew to focus on the other sections. Due to full-time work and also taking a grad course, I managed to finish those two books in early November. Then, I took MGMAT's CATs last weekend and this weekend, getting 670 (45Q and 36V) and 640 (45Q and 33V) respectively... I feel so disappointed right now... I even messed up quite a few RC questions which were my strongest points in the GMATPrep tests.

Does anyone have suggestions what to do? I am just feeling a huge wave of disappointment and shock since this Satuday when I got the 640 to confirm the 670 was not a fluke... I personally felt fine (i.e. not sick) both times I wrote the CATs and felt pretty confident in my answers as I went through, only to be traumatized at the final screen!

Please tell me any advice you may have! Thank you.

- Disappointed student :(

Edit: my test is scheduled for early January, so please let me know any helpers to boost my score in December! My grad course finish early December, so I hopefully have most of Christmas to do a final push.
Don't compare scores across test providers. The scores from your MGMAT tests are not directly comparable to the scores from your GMATPrep tests.

Try to take another GMATPrep (you'll need access to one or both of the exam packs). The drop from 670 to 640 could be cause for concern, but you need to take more tests to confirm that (the 640 could be an aberration).
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New post 26 Nov 2017, 21:52
Hi Dawgster,
Don’t worry. Manhattan prep scores can be much lower than your actual ability. Check out my debrief if you like. All my GMAT prep scores were above 700 while I scores couple of mid 600s on Manhattan.

Continue your prep and buy GMAT prep exam packs for use. I only bought EP1 (2 mocks) but you can go for both EP1 and EP2 if you want.

Good luck!


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New post 27 Nov 2017, 12:05
Hi dawgster2222,

The scoring algorithm on the Official GMAT is far more complicated than most people realize. Since that algorithm is proprietary, no GMAT company has an exact match for it, thus CAT scores can vary a bit based on the 'biases' involved in their respective designs. The most realistic CATs available are the 6 from GMAC - and the MGMAT CATs are generally regarded as being a little tougher than the real thing - but they are close-enough that they'll give you a reasonably accurate score assessment (assuming that you use the CATs correctly.

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your various CAT results show that you essentially performed in a consistent range each time (around 670 +/- a few points). This is meant to say that you handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes.

1) What is your goal score?
2) What is your exact Official Test Date?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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