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Urgent: From a 660(Q49, V31) to a dismal 620(Q47,V29). Any help is mor

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New post 02 Sep 2018, 05:13
Hi,

I just gave my GMAT today and ended up scoring a pathetic and shocking 620.

I used to read these test experiences and used to think there's not a chance this well happen to me.

In my 2 GMAT prep test, 2 and 1 day before the exam, I have had the same score of 620 but I thought it's wrong or some issue with the algorithm.

But to my shock, I got the exact same score in the actual exam!

Having said that, I had scored a 660 in GMAT last year in Sept and havent prepared that well too.

I had taken a week off from work to study and thought I am gonna tame the GMAT this time for sure but as of now, I feel completely lost.

Guys, experts need your thorough guidance as I need to re appear in 60 days time max.

I need this forum more than ever right now and I know I won't be disappointed.

Thank you all!


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New post 02 Sep 2018, 06:23
honneeey - thank you for being a student. A few things:

1. Never doubt the GMAT Prep algorithm. It has been perfected over years.
2. Have a target score and create a study strategy and a corresponding study plan.
3. Make data-driven decisions: Look at data (practice quizzes, application files, ability quizzes) to determine your weakness as well as whether you are studying effectively. Take a look at the video below:
4. Most importantly, follow the process to solve questions. Don't take shortcuts.

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Hi honneeey,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day did not go as well as hoped. From what you have described, there are some aspects of your studies that likely impacted your performance.

To start, 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. By taking two CATs in the 2 days before your Official GMAT, there's a reasonable chance that you experienced some 'burn out' on Test Day.

In addition, GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Your 2 Official Scores are similar-enough to one another that you essentially performed the same each time (about 640 +/- a few points) - even though you took the Tests about 1 year apart. You handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes.

Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for though, 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 for this recent attempt?
2) What study materials have you used so far (including materials that you used for your prior attempts)?

Goals:
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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