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New post 07 Jul 2017, 06:11
Dear Experts,

I have few queries regarding my verbal score in one of the mock tests i have given today :-

I got V-26 with the break up of questions as follows :-
SC - 10 correct, 3 incorrect
RC- 7 Correct, 5 incorrect
CR- 10 Correct, 6 incorrect.

My queries are as follows :-

1. If i have got a lot of questions correct, shoudnt my verbal score me more ?.
2. If i have got few 400-500 level questions wrong, then does that drastically lower my score.
3. If i have got 4 consecutive wrong answers, then will it affect my score a lot.

Finally i have only 15 days left for my GMAT and i am still getting 26-30 in verbal, what should i do to get in the range of 35-40, keeping in mind the fact that i have got all the basics covered.
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New post 07 Jul 2017, 06:44
Hi thaks25 ,

Getting more questions correct doesn't mean you will get a good score.

It is all about the difficulty of each question.

It may happen that I got 10 questions wrong of 700 level but all correct of below 700 level. I will still be above V48.

But if you get 10 wrong of 600 level and others correct of below level, you would hardly reach V40.

1. If i have got a lot of questions correct, shoudnt my verbal score me more ?. --> NO
2. If i have got few 400-500 level questions wrong, then does that drastically lower my score. --> Very BADLY. GMAC will punish you alot for this.
3. If i have got 4 consecutive wrong answers, then will it affect my score a lot. --> Again YES. Getting consecutive questions wrong would let your graph decline to a very low level, hence probability of getting questions of low level will increase. The lower the level, the lower the score.

Finally i have only 15 days left for my GMAT and i am still getting 26-30 in verbal, what should i do to get in the range of 35-40, keeping in mind the fact that i have got all the basics covered. --> Time is very less now. Try to find out your flaws in your previous mocks and analyze them properly. Do Quality practice.

All the best. :)
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Dear Abhimahna,

Thanks for such a quick reply :).
Furthermore can you please elaborate what do you mean by quality practice?
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thaks25 wrote:
Dear Abhimahna,

Thanks for such a quick reply :).
Furthermore can you please elaborate what do you mean by quality practice?


Hi thaks25 ,

Quality practice means practicing every type of question, determining your weakness and working on that. You should not just keep on practicing without taking your mistakes seriously and working on them. Maintain an error log of your mistakes and make sure you don't repeat the same mistake twice.

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New post 07 Jul 2017, 10:46
abhimahna wrote:

It may happen that I got 10 questions wrong of 700 level but all correct of below 700 level. I will still be above V48.


Your post is generally correct - it's the difficulty level of the questions that primarily matters, not strictly the number of right or wrong answers (though in general, right answers are a good thing). Wrong answers on easy questions make it very difficult to score well. But it is not the case that you can get a V48+ score with ten wrong answers, ignoring experimental questions. I'm fairly sure you can't get a V48 with more than two wrong answers, regardless of difficulty. A V46 is already in the 99th percentile, and you need to be nearly perfect to do better than that. You might think of it this way - there are no questions on the test with a difficulty level 'above' the 99th percentile, so every Verbal question on the test is supposed to be easy or medium to a V46+ level test taker, and to get a V46+, you can't get many questions wrong that are meant to be easy for you.

The situation is very different in the Quant section - someone with a Q48 will almost always have at least ten wrong answers (unless their test was full of easy questions, which sometimes does happen on some GMATPrep tests with small question banks), but most of those wrong answers will be on hard questions, questions above the Q48 level. There are lots of those on the GMAT if you're doing well.
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