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I scored a 590 ,620,640,680 in my official practice test and finally scored 590 in GMAT.I had a horrible performance in Verbal (21) when I mostly used to score 30-35.I am planning to take the test again in two months time.
my questions are:
1.Why was there so much difference in my actual score and test score.
2.Should I enroll for online verbal classes(mostly for RC and CR)
I have gathered the courage to appear for the exam again but I lack the confidence and I am unsure if i will be able to it.
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Below are the suggestions from my experience

1. May be because of anxiety(which happened in my case), taking things too serious....which needs to be evaluated by yourself....other than that most of the cases there will be +/- 20 points in real gmat when compared to prep mocks if everything goes fine.
2. For CR if felt power score bible is very helpful....no other substitute is required and for Rc it's all about practice religiously.
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Hi Anustup,

I’m sorry to hear how things went with your GMAT.

It’s quite possible that nerves, stress, tiredness, or a combination of all three negatively affected your test-day performance. However, it’s also possible that you have some lingering weaknesses that were exposed on test day. Although I’m unsure of how you prepared, it’s possible that, in your verbal preparation, you did not really learn to do what you have to do in order to score high on the actual GMAT. Rather, you picked up on some patterns that were effective in getting you relatively high scores on practice tests. So, for you to hit your score goal, your verbal preparation probably needs to be more complete, meaning that you have to go through the various types of GMAT questions carefully to find your exact weaknesses, fill gaps in your knowledge, and strengthen your skills.

The overall process will be to learn all about how to answer question types with which you currently aren't very comfortable and do dozens of practice questions category by category, basically driving up your score point by point. When you do dozens of questions of the same type one after the other, you learn just what it takes to get questions of that type correct consistently. If you aren't getting close to 90 percent of questions of a certain type correct, go back and seek to better understand how that type of question works, and then do more questions of that type until you get to around at least 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better.

For verbal specifically, you have to become more skilled at clearly defining the differences between trap choices and correct answers. Otherwise, you will get stuck guessing between two choices or be surprised to find that you incorrectly answered questions that you thought you answered correctly. Becoming more skilled in this way takes carefully analyzing all of the answer choices to lots of verbal questions to develop an eye for the logical differences between the choices. In other words, you have to go beyond answering practice questions and reading explanations to doing deep analysis of questions to learn to see everything that is going on in them.

Regarding how to move forward, you may consider using a verbal course. To see what is available check out course reviews here on GMAT Club.

If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out.

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Anustup, You will surely be able to make it up again.
Hope for the best & keep working very hard.
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I thank You all for your suggestions. I will work harder keeping in mind all the points you people have mentioned.

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Hi Anustup,

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.

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your first 3 CAT score results - along with your Official Score - show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 610 +/- a few points). The 680 is an 'outlier', so we should not assume that that is an accurate assessment of your current 'ability level.' You do handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you are also open to making certain mistakes.

Before we discuss any of those various issues, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

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1) How long have you studied? How many hours do you typically study each week?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) What is your overall goal score?
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

You might also choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn’t provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong on Test Day (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

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Hi Anustup, as Rich mentioned, if you could attach the ESR for your exam, that will give us more insights into what actually went South for you, on the examination day.
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Hi rich scott I started with my preparations around June and appeared for the exam on October 3rd.I used to study around 3-4 hours a day . I had completed the official Guide twice apart from that I had completed the Kaplan starters pack questions with 8 cat tests(670 average). I must say the marking in kaplan was a bit scandalous.
my official practice cat break ups is as following-
620(Q49,v26)
640(Q48,v30)
680(Q48,V35)
I am mostly planing for Canadian colleges . I was planning to apply for fall 2020.
I have also downloaded my ESR .How do i upload the ESR?
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New post 23 Oct 2019, 21:27
Hi Anustup,

You need to have at least 5 posts in the forums before you can include attachments to your posts and PMs. If you would rather not go through those extra steps right now, then you can feel free to email me your ESR directly (at Rich.C@empowergmat.com).

Your overall goals and timeline are still unclear though, so I have a few follow-up questions:

1) What is your exact Score Goal?
2) What are the exact application deadlines that you are considering?
3) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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Oh you shall be able to do it. GMAT is a standardized test, don't give up just yet it might be a bad test day nothing else. as far as verbal goes, Yes i think you should work more on the concepts and logic. I would recommend e-gmat for SC and CR bible for CR. as far as RCs go, to each it's own
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