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It's been a day since the worst day of my life. But before I tell you the score let's do a little research on me and my prep. I'm an engineering student in Chennai and my aim is to get to top MIM programs such as HEC, ESSEC, WHU, IE etc. Yes you'll need about 680 to be safe but I always believed I can get in with something around 650 and a strong application. Nevertheless, my preparations started on jan 2018 and went on for three months straight. I took a lot of tests every now and then when i felt confident but ended up getting 580 almost everytime. Took 5 byjus tests and a veritas prep test. Usually Q41 and V28 but I knew it couldn't get worse than this so I kept at it.

Time passed by and eventually I realised it was time for something more solid which led me to buy the Manhattan tests, although I took only 3-4 i constantly for 640 or 620 with a Q44 and V32 or something like that. But I was happy with it since I heard the GMAT was a bit easier. I decided to book my exam on 8th April 2018 with only two weeks to spare. It was time to take my GMAT prep exams to get used to the exam conditions and get an approximate score. Took it, and to my surprise i Got 700 V36 Q50 (I should also mention i do cheat a little by pausing to realx or I look up the answer "just to see if I'm right or wrong, I don't tamper with the answers). But I knewmy concentration will be bang on during the exam cause I'm always like that so it was ok. So I take the second test two days later and end up getting 760! Q50 V42. Now I being a practical person decided to Just aim for a modest 650 to keep myself calm and so I did.

Test day arrives! I arrive almost 45 mins before the scheduled time but they allow me to take it anyway. I breeze through the essay and struggle as usual with IR (which might bite me someday I know) and then comes Quant, the first few questions make me nervous because my calculations were a bit off and made me pant but nevertheless i got back on my feet and breezed through the rest of the sums and I had about 10 mins to soare for the last 2 questions which I thought was a fairytale. Yes i felt I got a few wrong probably 5-10 at max but rest of the sums were easy for a trained person. But I've done this several times and ended ul with atleast Q45 so I was happy. Verbal comes along and I believe I got all 13 of my SC right because they were easy. CR had a mixed bag of easy and tough ones. RC was tough for most parts but got easier for the last 2. So I expect 30+ minimum.

10 mins to go again for my last 2 questions and I take my time for the final reveal. I click "next" whilst my heart pounds hard and then, there it was, A heart ripping score of 480 Q31 V25, a score I didn't get even on my worst days and it was unreal. Probably 620 600 I would have said "probably got a few wrong" but this! Was something which I couldn't process. People usually go workout the weak points and come back for another round but what do I do? What can I possibly take away from this that'll help me improve. Any suggestion would be helpful. I'm planning to take it again next month and I'm planning to but the GMAT pack 1 as well. Thank you.
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It's been a day since the worst day of my life. But before I tell you the score let's do a little research on me and my prep. I'm an engineering student in Chennai and my aim is to get to top MIM programs such as HEC, ESSEC, WHU, IE etc. Yes you'll need about 680 to be safe but I always believed I can get in with something around 650 and a strong application. Nevertheless, my preparations started on jan 2018 and went on for three months straight. I took a lot of tests every now and then when i felt confident but ended up getting 580 almost everytime. Took 5 byjus tests and a veritas prep test. Usually Q41 and V28 but I knew it couldn't get worse than this so I kept at it.

Time passed by and eventually I realised it was time for something more solid which led me to buy the Manhattan tests, although I took only 3-4 i constantly for 640 or 620 with a Q44 and V32 or something like that. But I was happy with it since I heard the GMAT was a bit easier. I decided to book my exam on 8th April 2018 with only two weeks to spare. It was time to take my GMAT prep exams to get used to the exam conditions and get an approximate score. Took it, and to my surprise i Got 700 V36 Q50 (I should also mention i do cheat a little by pausing to realx or I look up the answer "just to see if I'm right or wrong, I don't tamper with the answers). But I knewmy concentration will be bang on during the exam cause I'm always like that so it was ok. So I take the second test two days later and end up getting 760! Q50 V42. Now I being a practical person decided to Just aim for a modest 650 to keep myself calm and so I did.

Test day arrives! I arrive almost 45 mins before the scheduled time but they allow me to take it anyway. I breeze through the essay and struggle as usual with IR (which might bite me someday I know) and then comes Quant, the first few questions make me nervous because my calculations were a bit off and made me pant but nevertheless i got back on my feet and breezed through the rest of the sums and I had about 10 mins to soare for the last 2 questions which I thought was a fairytale. Yes i felt I got a few wrong probably 5-10 at max but rest of the sums were easy for a trained person. But I've done this several times and ended ul with atleast Q45 so I was happy. Verbal comes along and I believe I got all 13 of my SC right because they were easy. CR had a mixed bag of easy and tough ones. RC was tough for most parts but got easier for the last 2. So I expect 30+ minimum.

10 mins to go again for my last 2 questions and I take my time for the final reveal. I click "next" whilst my heart pounds hard and then, there it was, A heart ripping score of 480 Q31 V25, a score I didn't get even on my worst days and it was unreal. Probably 620 600 I would have said "probably got a few wrong" but this! Was something which I couldn't process. People usually go workout the weak points and come back for another round but what do I do? What can I possibly take away from this that'll help me improve. Any suggestion would be helpful. I'm planning to take it again next month and I'm planning to but the GMAT pack 1 as well. Thank you.


Hi,

Interesting and unusual story.
Its hard to grasp what could be possibly wrong, since you scored on two GMATprep 700 and 760 and 640 on Manhattan before that.
It does sound unrealistic really.
It is good idea to buy GMAT pack 1, those are best questions, did you practice with OG ?
Also, try to mimic test conditions at home, don't cheat with time and pause, to see how that possibly reflects on your score.
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Hi billionaire,

Thank you for replying. Yes I've completed OG 17,18. Did fairly well with 70-80% accuracy. Infact i woukd also like to say that i finished both sections with almost 10 minutes left to spare and trust me my calculations were spot on and I wasn't hasty. But just for the sake of investigating i will mimic test conditions later this week.

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It's been a day since the worst day of my life. But before I tell you the score let's do a little research on me and my prep. I'm an engineering student in Chennai and my aim is to get to top MIM programs such as HEC, ESSEC, WHU, IE etc. Yes you'll need about 680 to be safe but I always believed I can get in with something around 650 and a strong application. Nevertheless, my preparations started on jan 2018 and went on for three months straight. I took a lot of tests every now and then when i felt confident but ended up getting 580 almost everytime. Took 5 byjus tests and a veritas prep test. Usually Q41 and V28 but I knew it couldn't get worse than this so I kept at it.

Time passed by and eventually I realised it was time for something more solid which led me to buy the Manhattan tests, although I took only 3-4 i constantly for 640 or 620 with a Q44 and V32 or something like that. But I was happy with it since I heard the GMAT was a bit easier. I decided to book my exam on 8th April 2018 with only two weeks to spare. It was time to take my GMAT prep exams to get used to the exam conditions and get an approximate score. Took it, and to my surprise i Got 700 V36 Q50 (I should also mention i do cheat a little by pausing to realx or I look up the answer "just to see if I'm right or wrong, I don't tamper with the answers). But I knewmy concentration will be bang on during the exam cause I'm always like that so it was ok. So I take the second test two days later and end up getting 760! Q50 V42. Now I being a practical person decided to Just aim for a modest 650 to keep myself calm and so I did.

Test day arrives! I arrive almost 45 mins before the scheduled time but they allow me to take it anyway. I breeze through the essay and struggle as usual with IR (which might bite me someday I know) and then comes Quant, the first few questions make me nervous because my calculations were a bit off and made me pant but nevertheless i got back on my feet and breezed through the rest of the sums and I had about 10 mins to soare for the last 2 questions which I thought was a fairytale. Yes i felt I got a few wrong probably 5-10 at max but rest of the sums were easy for a trained person. But I've done this several times and ended ul with atleast Q45 so I was happy. Verbal comes along and I believe I got all 13 of my SC right because they were easy. CR had a mixed bag of easy and tough ones. RC was tough for most parts but got easier for the last 2. So I expect 30+ minimum.

10 mins to go again for my last 2 questions and I take my time for the final reveal. I click "next" whilst my heart pounds hard and then, there it was, A heart ripping score of 480 Q31 V25, a score I didn't get even on my worst days and it was unreal. Probably 620 600 I would have said "probably got a few wrong" but this! Was something which I couldn't process. People usually go workout the weak points and come back for another round but what do I do? What can I possibly take away from this that'll help me improve. Any suggestion would be helpful. I'm planning to take it again next month and I'm planning to but the GMAT pack 1 as well. Thank you.


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Hi RAHUL123124,

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:

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) 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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1) Yes, i took the entire test although i didn't give much care about them.
2)yes, i took the tests at home.
3)It differed at times but mostly in the morning. I usually take a large break for verbal.
4)At times i did, now i know people say it's bad but i always backed myself to have full concentration during the actual test and it went pretty smoothly and i felt i was doing so well.
4)No they were fresh.

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Hi RAHUL123124,

From your prior post, there were some 'red flags' in terms of how you took your CATs. Before we discuss those issues though, I have a few additional questions about the lead-up to Test Day and Test Day itself:

1) What did you do in the 3 days before your GMAT?
2) How did you sleep the night before your Test?
3) How long was the ride to the Test Center from your home?
4) Were there any distractions at the facility or during the Test?
5) What did you do during the two 8-minute breaks?
6) Did you finish any sections early?
7) Did you have to rush to finish any sections (and guess on questions just to finish on time)?

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Hi RAHUL123124,

From your prior post, there were some 'red flags' in terms of how you took your CATs. Before we discuss those issues though, I have a few additional questions about the lead-up to Test Day and Test Day itself:

1) What did you do in the 3 days before your GMAT?
2) How did you sleep the night before your Test?
3) How long was the ride to the Test Center from your home?
4) Were there any distractions at the facility or during the Test?
5) What did you do during the two 8-minute breaks?
6) Did you finish any sections early?
7) Did you have to rush to finish any sections (and guess on questions just to finish on time)?

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1) I took prep 2 and scored 760 exactly three days before the exam. After that day i relaxed and revised but didn't stress myself.
2) I slept 6 hours.
3) It was about 40 mins on public transport.
4) They were the most professional test center I've ever seen . It was perfect and I had no problems with anything.
5) I walked around, stretched my legs and used the restroom.
6) I actually finished most of the questions in a minute and in both sections I had 10 minutes to spare for the last two questions (includes both sections).
7) No rushing.

I did seem to struggle for 2-3 questions in quant at the very beginning because my calculations were off and i had to guess but after that it was very smooth. Similarly in verbal the first passage gave me problems but just like quant i breezed through the rest of the section without much problems.
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It's been a day since the worst day of my life. But before I tell you the score let's do a little research on me and my prep. I'm an engineering student in Chennai and my aim is to get to top MIM programs such as HEC, ESSEC, WHU, IE etc. Yes you'll need about 680 to be safe but I always believed I can get in with something around 650 and a strong application. Nevertheless, my preparations started on jan 2018 and went on for three months straight. I took a lot of tests every now and then when i felt confident but ended up getting 580 almost everytime. Took 5 byjus tests and a veritas prep test. Usually Q41 and V28 but I knew it couldn't get worse than this so I kept at it.

Time passed by and eventually I realised it was time for something more solid which led me to buy the Manhattan tests, although I took only 3-4 i constantly for 640 or 620 with a Q44 and V32 or something like that. But I was happy with it since I heard the GMAT was a bit easier. I decided to book my exam on 8th April 2018 with only two weeks to spare. It was time to take my GMAT prep exams to get used to the exam conditions and get an approximate score. Took it, and to my surprise i Got 700 V36 Q50 (I should also mention i do cheat a little by pausing to realx or I look up the answer "just to see if I'm right or wrong, I don't tamper with the answers). But I knewmy concentration will be bang on during the exam cause I'm always like that so it was ok. So I take the second test two days later and end up getting 760! Q50 V42. Now I being a practical person decided to Just aim for a modest 650 to keep myself calm and so I did.

Test day arrives! I arrive almost 45 mins before the scheduled time but they allow me to take it anyway. I breeze through the essay and struggle as usual with IR (which might bite me someday I know) and then comes Quant, the first few questions make me nervous because my calculations were a bit off and made me pant but nevertheless i got back on my feet and breezed through the rest of the sums and I had about 10 mins to soare for the last 2 questions which I thought was a fairytale. Yes i felt I got a few wrong probably 5-10 at max but rest of the sums were easy for a trained person. But I've done this several times and ended ul with atleast Q45 so I was happy. Verbal comes along and I believe I got all 13 of my SC right because they were easy. CR had a mixed bag of easy and tough ones. RC was tough for most parts but got easier for the last 2. So I expect 30+ minimum.

10 mins to go again for my last 2 questions and I take my time for the final reveal. I click "next" whilst my heart pounds hard and then, there it was, A heart ripping score of 480 Q31 V25, a score I didn't get even on my worst days and it was unreal. Probably 620 600 I would have said "probably got a few wrong" but this! Was something which I couldn't process. People usually go workout the weak points and come back for another round but what do I do? What can I possibly take away from this that'll help me improve. Any suggestion would be helpful. I'm planning to take it again next month and I'm planning to but the GMAT pack 1 as well. Thank you.
Sorry to read this, Rahul. That the mock scores may not translate into the real score is my worst nightmare.

It is still April so you have some time before the deadline. All the best with your next attempt.


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Hi RAHUL123124,

Test Day is a rather specific 'event' - the details are specific and they matter, so you have to train as best as you can for all of them. The more realistic you can make your CATs, the more likely the score results are to be accurate. The more you deviate, the more "inflated" your practice scores can become - and that's what happened here. By taking the CATs at home, taking them at different times of day, pausing the CATs - and anything else you may have done that did not 'match up' with the parameters of Test Day - you weren't properly training for the FULL GMAT 'experience.'

Test Day involves a variety of really specific steps and parameters (including steps before the Test even begins - such as leaving your home, traveling, etc.). Every factor matters, including the psychological ones. When you sit down on Test Day, you KNOW that you're going to be in the Computer Lab for about 4 hours - but if you're just taking individual sections (or taking long pauses between sections), then you KNOW that you'll be done in 1-2 hours. The attitude and energy that you use during practice will NOT be a match for what you'll need on Test Day, so it's not a proper way to practice. All of the 'differences' involved in how you took your CATs could explain why your Verbal Scaled Score dropped on Test Day. You weren't properly prepared for THAT full day, so your score fluctuated.

Thankfully, those are relatively easy issues to fix - and now that you've taken the Official GMAT, you know the EXACT details of what happens on Test Day, so you can better train to mimic those details during your CATs. That having been said, raising a 480 to a 650+ will likely take at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections.

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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