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From V41 on GMAT Prep to V32 on real GMAT - advice?

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mzuberi Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Default Avatar
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From V41 on GMAT Prep to V32 on real GMAT - advice?

Post Mon Aug 01, 2016 9:57 am
Hi All,

I would sincerely appreciate any advice, following a somewhat surprising result on my first official GMAT exam this morning.

Preparation:

Time: ~2 months while working full time, approximately 2 hrs per weekday and 6-8 hrs on weekend days.
Material: the MGMAT book series, OG13 and OG Quant Review. (majority of my time spend on quant, as I always excelled in verbal)
Practice CATs:
GMATPrep 1 - 730 (Q49, Q41)
GMATPrep 2 - 690 (Q47, V38)
GMATPrep exam pack 1 test 1 - 730 (Q49, V41)
GMATPrep exam pack 1 test 2 - 710 (Q46, V41)

Actual GMAT
- 660 (Q49, V32)

With a target score of >700, i'm disappointed with my results - specifically the shocking verbal score, which is significantly lower than i've ever scored before. I was confident throughout the exam, not fatigued or crunched for time, and am very confused about the V32... As i'm planning on submitting R1 applications, and don't want to wait too long between exams in order to maintain my quant memory, I re-scheduled my GMAT in 20 days.

I would appreciate any advice on how to best maximize my time over the next 20 days in order to improve my verbal, keep quant fresh, and also allocate time to my applications. Should I re-do the MGMAT verbal books or buy new material? Is it possible the V32 was a fluke?

Thank you,
Mo

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Post Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:31 pm
Hi Mo,

I have a few questions for you:

1) Did you get your enhanced score reports? If not, could you do so and share the verbal score breakdown from your GMAT?

2) When you took the practice tests, did you take them under realistic conditions (e.g. in a quiet environment, no extended breaks)? Did you complete the entire CAT, including the IR and Essay sections?

3) Please describe your study routine. What resources have you been using to study? How many hours a day did you study and for how many total months?

4) Describe your experience on test day. Did you feel nervous while taking the exam? By the end of the verbal section did you feel burned out? Did you take all of your assigned breaks? Feel free to include any other relevant information.

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