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# Verbal score plummet

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Joined: 09 Jun 2017
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GMAT 1: 640 Q44 V35

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27 Feb 2018, 13:50
Hello ,
1. I dont have a target school . No target score either , but for now, I want to retake the test to get at least 650.

2.I took before one practice test ,the score was 640(Q44,V34 ) , then studied for 10 days ..
And today I took my first real GMAT , score : 550(Q44 , V23 )

My Quantitive score is the same as the practice test , that is normal ,but the Verbal score really shocked me! It is a great difference from 34 to 23 . What went wrong ?

During the test , I thought that I am doing well , in both sections .
However , I run out of time (in both sections ) , so I guessed the last 6-7 questions .
Could that alone be accountable for what happened ?

A summery about my GMAT preperation :
I started preparing seriously almost 3 months ago from Manhattan books,and OG . (before that , I read some of the books during on-off study period )

For Q : I practiced every problem in the OG 13 and understood the principle behind it, and kept an error log .

For V , I also did every proble on the OG , except reading .

P.S. During my test experiences , most difficult thing for me was RC . since I can't skip the passage because it have 3-4 questions so I have to read it in order no to get 3-4 guesses in a row .For one passage , it usually takes me almost 10 minutes to finish .

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27 Feb 2018, 15:40
Hello ,
1. I dont have a target school . No target score either , but for now, I want to retake the test to get at least 650.

2.I took before one practice test ,the score was 640(Q44,V34 ) , then studied for 10 days ..
And today I took my first real GMAT , score : 550(Q44 , V23 )

My Quantitive score is the same as the practice test , that is normal ,but the Verbal score really shocked me! It is a great difference from 34 to 23 . What went wrong ?

During the test , I thought that I am doing well , in both sections .
However , I run out of time (in both sections ) , so I guessed the last 6-7 questions .
Could that alone be accountable for what happened ?

A summery about my GMAT preperation :
I started preparing seriously almost 3 months ago from Manhattan books,and OG . (before that , I read some of the books during on-off study period )

For Q : I practiced every problem in the OG 13 and understood the principle behind it, and kept an error log .

For V , I also did every proble on the OG , except reading .

P.S. During my test experiences , most difficult thing for me was RC . since I can't skip the passage because it have 3-4 questions so I have to read it in order no to get 3-4 guesses in a row .For one passage , it usually takes me almost 10 minutes to finish .

Hello!

From what I can gauge from your post, you are at a humble level and need to generally lift your verbal ability- a skill that will help you not only on GMAT but also in your management career.

The scores depend on different factors- most importantly, which mock tests are you taking? Are these GMATPrep scores? Then, other factors such as how fresh or fatigues you were during the mocks, how many guess questions went right, whether you got questions incorrect in a bunch, whether a high percentage of questions went incorrect in the beginning of the test- are various other factors that may have played a role.

My recommendation will be that at such an early stage in your preparation, please focus on developing concepts; chase learning, the scores will gradually follow.

It is common that the verbal scores dip in the beginning of the preparation because one no longer applies intuition and is unable to apply the concepts properly, leading to a bit of a mess. Hang in there, learn from the mistakes, and let the concepts consolidate. Scores shall follow!

Further, try to have a systematic, planned approach and try to avoid picking different study materials randomly- that elongates the preparation.

Keep the morale high and approach the GMAT as not just an exam to be cleared, rather an experience that will give you skills for a career in management.

All the best!
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27 Feb 2018, 16:49

Quote:
The scores depend on different factors- most importantly, which mock tests are you taking? Are these GMATPrep scores?

Yes the 640 practice test i mentioned is the official GMAT Prep .

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Further, try to have a systematic, planned approach and try to avoid picking different study materials randomly- that elongates the preparation.

At the beginning of my preparation , I studied all the books of Manhattan , after that , it is just me ,the OG , and my notes .
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27 Feb 2018, 16:54

Quote:
The scores depend on different factors- most importantly, which mock tests are you taking? Are these GMATPrep scores?

Yes the 640 practice test i mentioned is the official GMAT Prep .

Quote:
Further, try to have a systematic, planned approach and try to avoid picking different study materials randomly- that elongates the preparation.

At the beginning of my preparation , I studied all the books of Manhattan , after that , it is just me ,the OG , and my notes .

Sounds good.

Further, I recommend that you opt for the demo access from the following page and take the free mock tests. The analysis will give you the five weakest areas in quant as well as verbal together with a lot of data that you will be able to use for planning your further preparation.

https://www.expertsglobal.com/gmat-preparation-online

Happy studies!
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28 Feb 2018, 22:01

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 taken any other practice CATs than just the one that you listed (and how did you score on those CATs?)?
2) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
3) Did you take the CATs at home?
4) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you took your Official GMAT?
5) 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.)?
6) 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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