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# What leads to lower score on actual than on practice?

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24 Apr 2011, 15:14
So I've read a few posts on how some GMATers are consistently scoring in the 700-750 range on practice CATs and then on gameday, they score lower than they expected (of course, there are some who score higher than on their practice CATs). What are some of the things that may lead to scoring lower on the actual test? I understand that pressure can play a role because the practice exam isn't quite the real thing. But what else?

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24 Apr 2011, 17:30
Good question
I have been a target of this 2 times now . And no one is to blame except me. IMO, each of us can get a perfect 800 but the time required to get there will be different. It might take me 1 year to score high and someone else may be able go do it in 2 months.
In my case, lack of sleep, attempting to kill every question and yes pressure too made me dip to my lowest score ever on game Day.
I also took a practice test 24 hours before he real one and that drained me out. This test is more about strategy, timing, educated guessing etc than about content. Ofcourse content is imp too but i we are unable to apply it correctly then there's no use of learning the content

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26 Apr 2011, 11:42
Stress, obviously you are a lot more relaxed when you are at home leisurely taking a practice test. Being in an testing environment with other people all around taking the test can elevate your stress levels. Also getting a good night sleep the night before!

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26 Apr 2011, 12:44
Stress and game-day situations...i.e. you have to work all three sections back to back to back and you can't just click "pause" and get up and walk around, get a drink, go to the bathroom whenever you want. Aside from the 10 minute breaks after AWA and after quant, you're stuck in your little cubicle for the better part of 4 hours.
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