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Hi Experts,

I had prepared for 3 months. The materials used for verbal are OG 2017, Gmatprep Question Pack and Mocks, Magoosh, Veritas Videos, and Thursday with Ron Videos. Studied only formula for Quant a day prior to the test.

I was scoring 680-710 in the mocks. However, I got a 620 on the actual test. Can someone please help me figure out what went wrong. Last year, I scored a 650 with just 2-3 weeks of preparation. Please refer to the attachment for my ESR and kindly suggest a course of action.
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Hi vivek6199,

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. Before we talk about your ESR, I'm hoping that you can answer a few questions about how 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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Thank you so much Rich for taking out your time to help me out. Please find below my responses.

1) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
I took only Verbal & Quant. However, I believe that this should not affect my performance as I took both my mock tests and GMAT in the order: Verbal, Quant, IR, AWA. Moreover, I was not concerned about my performance in IR and AWA.
2) Did you take them at home? Yes
3) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you took your Official GMAT? Yes at the same time from 2 pm to 4:30 pm.
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.)? Nothing as such. Only difference was that my test used to be shorter in duration than the actual GMAT.
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)? I did not take any CAT ( GMATPrep and MGMAT) twice. However, there were some CR questions which were familiar to me.

Here are some other observations:

  • I felt that the Verbal section has become difficult and Quant has become much easier after the pattern change.
  • I got most of the SC questions in the first half of the test. In the last 15 questions, I got lengthy CR passages and one extra long RC.

Can you please look into my ESR and suggest me some measures of improvement.
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Do you think you were affected by test anxiety?
In my opinion, it's just test anxiety or simply bad luck, and maybe will not repeat in your next attempt
I have given the GMAT 2 weeks back and the verbal section was similar to GMAT Prep. Quant was also similar to the EXAM Packs.

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Thank you so much Rich for taking out your time to help me out. Please find below my responses.

1) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
I took only Verbal & Quant. However, I believe that this should not affect my performance as I took both my mock tests and GMAT in the order: Verbal, Quant, IR, AWA. Moreover, I was not concerned about my performance in IR and AWA.
2) Did you take them at home? Yes
3) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you took your Official GMAT? Yes at the same time from 2 pm to 4:30 pm.
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.)? Nothing as such. Only difference was that my test used to be shorter in duration than the actual GMAT.
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)? I did not take any CAT ( GMATPrep and MGMAT) twice. However, there were some CR questions which were familiar to me.

Here are some other observations:

  • I felt that the Verbal section has become difficult and Quant has become much easier after the pattern change.
  • I got most of the SC questions in the first half of the test. In the last 15 questions, I got lengthy CR passages and one extra long RC.

Can you please look into my ESR and suggest me some measures of improvement.

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Hi vivek6199,

I've sent you some notes/suggestions based on your ESR.

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