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# Unexpected score

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12 Aug 2018, 03:38
I gave my gmat yesterday and scored a 620 ( V36,Q39)
My target is around 700, I’ve always gotten either a Q47 or a Q48 in my mock tests. I wasted too much time on the first 2-3 questions and then panicked.

I need help to improve my quant score. Any tips?
Thank you

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12 Aug 2018, 11:10
Hi Kp1703,

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:

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 plan to 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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12 Aug 2018, 11:22
1) No, I thought it didn’t matter as I anyway had to attempt them in the end.
2) Yes
3) yes
4) Yes did almost all of that which I feel is a major cause
5) Yes but rarely.

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12 Aug 2018, 11:45
Hi Kp1703,

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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12 Aug 2018, 12:02
1) Gave one CAT and just brushed up on some verbal rules
2) 8-9 hours
3) 35 minutes
4) No
5) Drank water, Ate a chocolate and used the restroom
6) Nope
7) Yes, in both math and verbal.

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13 Aug 2018, 11:53
Hi Kp1703,

I've sent you a PM with some notes/suggestions and a few additional questions.

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