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19 Dec 2017, 16:39
I did Kaplan's live online class. My diagnostic was 590, my last practice test I took Sunday before today I got a 670 (45Q 38V) and on a previous practice test I had gotten my verbal up to 42. Today I went to take my test, got a good nights rest, was in a generally relaxed and good mood. I felt decent about the test, was a bit pressed for time for the last 5 in quant and did some strategic guessing. In verbal I used Kaplan's methods and made sure I used all of the 75 min (rushing had been a problem of mine in the past). Felt great on IR and even on my AWA! and then I clicked next... I got a 530. I was shocked. Lower than I had scored when I had never seen the format of the test before. I'm upset because I feel like I did everything right and now I just feel stupid. Any advice or tips? I don't even know what to do next.
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19 Dec 2017, 18:30
Welcome to GMAT Club! And please don't feel stupid -- the GMAT isn't a test of intelligence, and this sort of thing happens ALL THE TIME, especially for people who are taking the real test for the first time.

Here, check this out: https://gmatclub.com/forum/experts-topi ... 46658.html. Do any of these factors look familiar at all?

And in your case, I'd definitely recommend springing for the ESR -- I have a feeling that it'll give you some insights into which topics caused the worst of the damage.

Don't give up, though. Again, test-day letdowns aren't unusual at all, and if you can work on really building some consistency before your retake, you'll be OK.

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20 Dec 2017, 10:21
emkush266 wrote:
I did Kaplan's live online class. My diagnostic was 590, my last practice test I took Sunday before today I got a 670 (45Q 38V) and on a previous practice test I had gotten my verbal up to 42. Today I went to take my test, got a good nights rest, was in a generally relaxed and good mood. I felt decent about the test, was a bit pressed for time for the last 5 in quant and did some strategic guessing. In verbal I used Kaplan's methods and made sure I used all of the 75 min (rushing had been a problem of mine in the past). Felt great on IR and even on my AWA! and then I clicked next... I got a 530. I was shocked. Lower than I had scored when I had never seen the format of the test before. I'm upset because I feel like I did everything right and now I just feel stupid. Any advice or tips? I don't even know what to do next.

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Sorry to hear that your Gmat didn't go well.
I would suggest to order ESR soon. It will give you an insight on the areas that you need to work further.
I presume that the practice test score of 670 was on the Gmatprep. Gmatprep tests are the closest to the actual test and give you a realistic score.
Although I don't have personal experience on Kaplan's course, it generally has good reviews.
Actual test score may be about +/-30 points than Gmatprep tests. Variations more than this may be attributed to some other factors, such as exam day pressure or any factors that you might have done that you wouldn't do normally on your practice tests.
However, it happens with most candidates and is not unusual. Nothing to be demoralized about this. Just take it as another opportunity to get back at the Gmat.
Hope it helps.
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20 Dec 2017, 17:44
Hi emkush266,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day didn't go as well as hoped. Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) Did you use any other study materials besides the Course you mentioned?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
4) Did you take the FULL CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
5) What were the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for this Official GMAT?

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

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