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Hi, I took the GMAT two days back and scored a dismal 660 (Q48 V34) inspite of the following scores on the GMATPrep Tests (all taken within a two week span before the Test day):
Prep2: 730 (Q49 V40)
Prep5: 750 (Q50 V41)
Prep6 (the following day): 710 (Q50 V38)
Prep1: 750 (Q50 V42)
Prep3: 730 (Q49 V40)
Prep4 (two days before the actual test) : 740 (Q50 V40)
I took all of these at the same time as my testing slot and most of them away from home.
Though I did have slight trouble sleeping the night before, I felt pretty attentive on the day of the test. There were technical glitches at the centre, during both the quant and verbal section, but I was compensated for the time lost. I do not know if that might have also affected the mindset. During the quants section I felt I was answering well except that I got too attached to one particular question (thinking it might help me get to the perfect 51) and had to guess on the last 3 questions because of that. Other than that I cannot think of anywhere I might have messed up, even during verbal.
I'm completely rattled but I guess it's best to try one more time. I am mostly targeting ISB R1 (deadline: 15th sept) and this score won't help. Looking for suggestions on when to take it next and how to go about it a second time considering I'll have to be simultaneously working on the application and won't have much respite from work, this time around. Please help.
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Hey Dp152,

First off, don't give up! Your CATs are all much higher than your real exam suggesting that the Test Day score was not indicative. Especially as you've spent the last two weeks taking a practice test almost every other day, you may have been a bit drained on test day itself.
Also, as I'm sure you've noticed, your Verbal score fell more than your Quant: a drop from V40 to V34 corresponds to a drop from 90th percentile to 71st percentile while Q49/Q50 to Q48 correspond to about a 12% drop. This suggests that while the last 3 questions may have affected your total Quant score, the larger difference was somewhere in your Verbal section.

Before offering any specific advice it would help quite a bit if you could answer the following:
1. Have you ordered the ESR? This will be very useful for debugging. Feel free to send it to me here, I will be happy to analyze it for you.
2. When you took your CATs, did you take a full-length exam under similar conditions to the real thing?
3. Which section order did you pick on exam day?
4. How much time do you reasonably think you'll be able to afford for study in the next month?
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Hi Dp152,

The process of taking (and reviewing) a CAT requires a significant amount of energy and effort - and takes time to 'recover' from. This is one of the reasons why you typically shouldn't take more than 1 CAT per week - and your last CAT should be taken about 1 week before Test Day. From what you describe, you took 6 CATs in 2 weeks - including one just two days before your Official GMAT. Considering the fact that you also had trouble sleeping the night before your Exam, there's a good chance that you experienced some 'burn out' on Test Day - and it sounds as though you were not at your best.

Thus, it's certainly possible that you were just too tired when you took the Official GMAT. That having been said, there could be other factors in your performance, so I'd like to know a bit more about how you took your CATs:

1) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
2) Which CATs did you take them at home and what was the other location you mentioned for your other CATs?
3) What time did you take 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: on a prior CAT, in an online forum or in a practice set)?

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Hey Dp152,

First off, don't give up! Your CATs are all much higher than your real exam suggesting that the Test Day score was not indicative. Especially as you've spent the last two weeks taking a practice test almost every other day, you may have been a bit drained on test day itself.
Also, as I'm sure you've noticed, your Verbal score fell more than your Quant: a drop from V40 to V34 corresponds to a drop from 90th percentile to 71st percentile while Q49/Q50 to Q48 correspond to about a 12% drop. This suggests that while the last 3 questions may have affected your total Quant score, the larger difference was somewhere in your Verbal section.

Before offering any specific advice it would help quite a bit if you could answer the following:
1. Have you ordered the ESR? This will be very useful for debugging. Feel free to send it to me here, I will be happy to analyze it for you.
2. When you took your CATs, did you take a full-length exam under similar conditions to the real thing?
3. Which section order did you pick on exam day?
4. How much time do you reasonably think you'll be able to afford for study in the next month?


Hi David
Thanks for your reply.
1. Have not ordered the ESR yet. I'm still in two minds over it. deciding against it mostly
2. Yes. I made it a point to take the full length exams in an as similar setting as possible
3. I picked the third order: quant-verbal-IR and AWa and have always practised in the same order
4. I'll manage roughly an hour daily on weekdays and 3 on weekends


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Hi Dp152,

The process of taking (and reviewing) a CAT requires a significant amount of energy and effort - and takes time to 'recover' from. This is one of the reasons why you typically shouldn't take more than 1 CAT per week - and your last CAT should be taken about 1 week before Test Day. From what you describe, you took 6 CATs in 2 weeks - including one just two days before your Official GMAT. Considering the fact that you also had trouble sleeping the night before your Exam, there's a good chance that you experienced some 'burn out' on Test Day - and it sounds as though you were not at your best.

Thus, it's certainly possible that you were just too tired when you took the Official GMAT. That having been said, there could be other factors in your performance, so I'd like to know a bit more about how you took your CATs:

1) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
2) Which CATs did you take them at home and what was the other location you mentioned for your other CATs?
3) What time did you take 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: on a prior CAT, in an online forum or in a practice set)?

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Hello Rich,
1) I took full length CATs each time, keeping IR and AWA at the end
2) I took prep 1 and 2 from home. Also Took the verbal section onwards from home in case of prep 5. The remaining tests I took from a library
3) took it 10:30AM
4) I had to pause the test once on two of the tests because, for a minute or two. During prep 5 the break was a lot longer because I had to take the verbal section onwards from home, due to connectivity issues
5) I repeated prep 1 (had taken it 2 months back before that) so found 1 RC familiar. In the others might have found a familiar RC passage or CR question. But don't remember exactly which ones these were. EP 1 and 2 mostly had almost all new questions as far as I recall.


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Hi Dp152,

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

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1) took prep4 on the first day and some questions remaining from the QPack. revision of rules and formulae, and review of sums from OG bundle, and QP that I had flagged on the last two days
2) approx. 20 minutes
3) as mentioned, due to some connectivity issues, the test screen froze once during quant and and once during the verbal section, so each time the test had to shut down and restarted on a different machine. The differential b/w the restart time and freezing time was added to the test by the administrator ( by logging into it). Other than this there were no other distractions, since I was the only person taking the test that day
4) drank water, ate some bot of chocolate and used the restroom
5) no
6) I had to guess on the last 3 questions in the quants section to finish on time


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Hi Dp152,

I am sorry to hear that your test result was not in line with your expectations. Quite often test day results are not the same as mock results and there are many reasons out there for this. You seem to have a drop in both sections but more so in Verbal than Quant. To improve from here, you must first identify the sections that you didn’t do well on. If you have ordered the ESR then you can check from there or else you may follow the below mentioned steps:
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Dp152 wrote:
Hi, I took the GMAT two days back and scored a dismal 660 (Q48 V34) inspite of the following scores on the GMATPrep Tests (all taken within a two week span before the Test day):
Prep2: 730 (Q49 V40)
Prep5: 750 (Q50 V41)
Prep6 (the following day): 710 (Q50 V38)
Prep1: 750 (Q50 V42)
Prep3: 730 (Q49 V40)
Prep4 (two days before the actual test) : 740 (Q50 V40)
I took all of these at the same time as my testing slot and most of them away from home.
Though I did have slight trouble sleeping the night before, I felt pretty attentive on the day of the test. There were technical glitches at the centre, during both the quant and verbal section, but I was compensated for the time lost. I do not know if that might have also affected the mindset. During the quants section I felt I was answering well except that I got too attached to one particular question (thinking it might help me get to the perfect 51) and had to guess on the last 3 questions because of that. Other than that I cannot think of anywhere I might have messed up, even during verbal.
I'm completely rattled but I guess it's best to try one more time. I am mostly targeting ISB R1 (deadline: 15th sept) and this score won't help. Looking for suggestions on when to take it next and how to go about it a second time considering I'll have to be simultaneously working on the application and won't have much respite from work, this time around. Please help.


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Your prep scores suggest that you are capable of much more on the actual test. The score drop in the actual test can happen due to a number of reasons, one of which is anxiety, which is normal. Also, as you mentioned due to some glitches in the test you might have felt unnerved. Remember do not hurry for the applications. Meanwhile, keep up the tempo. You can always apply in the second round too. Only if you are confident, book the test dates.
Hope it helps.
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