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28 May 2010, 07:44
hi guys

I am completely dejected today as I scored a poultry 550 (36,28) on actual gmat. well around 4months back, when I gave a gmatprep without even studying a word I had scored around 530.

3-4 months of preparation did helped me to score consistenly in the range of 650-680 in mancat and gmatprep. The last 3 practice exam scores were 670, 650,660.(all three within 2 weeks before actual exam and with AWA's).

I am not able to understand how this has happened to me. Is actual gmat pretty more tough or something unusual happened. wud like to know how should I move ahead now?

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28 May 2010, 10:28
nitinmjh wrote:
hi guys

I am completely dejected today as I scored a poultry 550 (36,28) on actual gmat. well around 4months back, when I gave a gmatprep without even studying a word I had scored around 530.

3-4 months of preparation did helped me to score consistenly in the range of 650-680 in mancat and gmatprep. The last 3 practice exam scores were 670, 650,660.(all three within 2 weeks before actual exam and with AWA's).

I am not able to understand how this has happened to me. Is actual gmat pretty more tough or something unusual happened. wud like to know how should I move ahead now?

Nitin

sorry but i had to laugh at your use of the word poultry here.

poultry = chicken
paltry = contemptible
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28 May 2010, 10:42
indicates the present state of mind...
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28 May 2010, 10:59
what materials did you use?
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28 May 2010, 13:32
what is the breakdown of the score? is it balanced or one -sided?
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28 May 2010, 14:33
You can take a look at this discussion: should-i-retake-gmat-thread-retaking-gmat-strategies-83339.html
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29 May 2010, 11:13
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what materials did you use?

OG 12, verbal, quant
Manhattan - SC, No. Properties
Powerscore CR Bible
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29 May 2010, 11:15
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what is the breakdown of the score? is it balanced or one -sided?

Q - 36, V - 28
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29 May 2010, 11:23
nitinmjh wrote:
DAYNE wrote:
what materials did you use?

OG 12, verbal, quant
Manhattan - SC, No. Properties
Powerscore CR Bible

get the other 4 manhattan math books
get the reading comp manhattan book
get the Powerscore SC - it has a foundation of grammar that Manhattan SC doesn't have
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29 May 2010, 11:25
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how would u rate verbal of actual gmat compared to that of gmatprep and manhattan?
i had scored around 37-38 in verbal in last 6-7 prep tests at home..i found the q's during actual exam to be much tougher and still I scored only 28....
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29 May 2010, 11:32
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what is the breakdown of the score? is it balanced or one -sided?

can u share ur experience of retake in detail...wud like 2 know ur views...perhaps nerves did caused my score to drop as theres a loss of around 10 points in each section..my average scores of gmat prep and mancat were 45 and 37...
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29 May 2010, 13:42
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what is the breakdown of the score? is it balanced or one -sided?

can u share ur experience of retake in detail...wud like 2 know ur views...perhaps nerves did caused my score to drop as theres a loss of around 10 points in each section..my average scores of gmat prep and mancat were 45 and 37...

well i was never nervous on my tests - tired to have a carefree attitude. After i got my first score i decided to take gmat class and verbal "clicked" for me afterwards. The week before exam i just went over the books and some questions i got wrong on and did not take any practice tests at all. Whether you want to take another test is up to your timeline and the colleges you want to apply to. I think if you get the rest of the MGMAT books and focus on your errors you will go over 600..
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29 May 2010, 14:03
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nitinmjh wrote:
shaselai wrote:
what is the breakdown of the score? is it balanced or one -sided?

can u share ur experience of retake in detail...wud like 2 know ur views...perhaps nerves did caused my score to drop as theres a loss of around 10 points in each section..my average scores of gmat prep and mancat were 45 and 37...

well i was never nervous on my tests - tired to have a carefree attitude. After i got my first score i decided to take gmat class and verbal "clicked" for me afterwards. The week before exam i just went over the books and some questions i got wrong on and did not take any practice tests at all. Whether you want to take another test is up to your timeline and the colleges you want to apply to. I think if you get the rest of the MGMAT books and focus on your errors you will go over 600..

how wud u rate scores in manhattan cats compared to actual gmat...do u feel these mock test scores are inflated..
certainly your point of not studying much one week before exam holds merit...i did 2 mocks and studied till last day...worning out to such an extend didnt turned out to be a gud idea...
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29 May 2010, 22:33
i guess the math on manhattan is harder due to more difficult geometry and probability/combination problems compared to the real gmat - but that is determined by the problem pool so it could really go differently for others. Verbal is harder to compare since for me the Reading passage is difficult if the topic is very boring and dry. I wouldnt worry too much about practice cat difficulty vs real gmat since you still gotta take it even if it is harder.
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03 Jun 2010, 03:00
Thanks people for valubale inputs. Will try my best to be calm and well prepared during next time. BTW got my official reports today. Scored 5.5 in AWA. Now have atleast something to console the soul

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03 Jun 2010, 08:07
nitinmjh wrote:
Thanks people for valubale inputs. Will try my best to be calm and well prepared during next time. BTW got my official reports today. Scored 5.5 in AWA. Now have atleast something to console the soul

Nitin

That Score is good to have,How you prepared for AWA?

Any thoughts !
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03 Jun 2010, 08:29
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