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Hi pkaynj,

From your prior post, there were a couple of 'red flags' in terms of how you took your practice CATs, but before we discuss those points I have a few additional questions about the lead-up to Test Day and Test Day itself:

1) What did you do in the 3 days before your GMAT?
2) How did you sleep the night before your Test?
3) How long was the ride to the Test Center from your home?
4) Were there any distractions at the facility or during the Test?
5) What did you do during the two 8-minute breaks?
6) Did you finish any sections early?
7) Did you have to rush to finish any sections (and guess on questions just to finish on time)?

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pkaynj wrote:
DavidG@VeritasPrep wrote:
Quote:
Brent, unfortunately I cannot take the official GMAT practice test without the accommodations I have been approved for making it difficult for me to actually receive an accurate representation of my current skill level. Thank you for your other suggestions however.
If I"m not mistaken, once you're approved for accommodations, GMAC should send you a code that allows you to take the GMATPrep exams with the additional time. Worth looking into...
Thank you for this!! I just checked one of my old emails and found the code. I have one free exam left. Would you say it is worth it to buy the EP 1 for more before my retake in June?
I'd thoroughly dissect the free exams first, but yes, absolutely.

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Working on 50 practice questions is the equivalent of more than half of a full GMAT. By taking the day before your test off from studying instead, you can go into the testing center fresh and rested for your next attempt. Also, if your Kaplan online study materials have expired, you can regain access for free using your Higher Score Guarantee. In order to do so, just call 1-800-KAPTEST (or 1-212-997-5886 internationally) and speak with a customer care representative. Weâ€™re here to support you! Best, Jennifer Free GMAT Practice Test under Proctored Conditions! - Find a practice test near you or live and online in Kaplan's Classroom Anywhere environment. Register today! ### GMAT/MBA Expert Rich.C@EMPOWERgmat.com Elite Legendary Member Joined 23 Jun 2013 Posted: 8954 messages Followed by: 468 members Upvotes: 2867 GMAT Score: 800 Tue May 16, 2017 7:04 pm Hi pkaynj, I think that your assessment of why you lost points on the Official GMAT is correct. If you truly finished the Verbal section 40 minutes early, then that means you spent 72 minutes on that section (and negated the advantage of having extra time altogether). Beyond those points, it's important to remember that Test Day is a rather specific 'event' - the details are specific and they matter, so you have to train as best as you can for all of them. The more you can make your CATs match up with what you'll experience on the Official GMAT, the more likely the score results are to be accurate. The more you deviate, the more "inflated" your practice scores can become - and that's what happened here. By taking a CAT at home, taking the CATs at different times of day, along with any other major details that didn't match up with Test Day, you weren't properly training for the FULL GMAT 'experience.' Now that you've taken the Official GMAT, you should be able to make your practice CATs match up more realistically with what you'll face when you retest. GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made, Rich _________________ Contact Rich at Rich.C@empowergmat.com pkaynj Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts Joined 21 Feb 2017 Posted: 20 messages Tue May 16, 2017 4:13 am Rich.C@EMPOWERgmat.com wrote: Hi pkaynj, From your prior post, there were a couple of 'red flags' in terms of how you took your practice CATs, but before we discuss those points I have a few additional questions about the lead-up to Test Day and Test Day itself: 1) What did you do in the 3 days before your GMAT? 2) How did you sleep the night before your Test? 3) How long was the ride to the Test Center from your home? 4) Were there any distractions at the facility or during the Test? 5) What did you do during the two 8-minute breaks? 6) Did you finish any sections early? 7) Did you have to rush to finish any sections (and guess on questions just to finish on time)? GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made, Rich 1) I did a couple of practice problems and met with my private tutor to discuss what weaknesses I needed to work on. I had careless mistakes in some of the easy/medium problems that I understood, but did not get the answer because of an error in arithmetic, etc. 2) I slept well, got a full 8 hours. However, during the day, I did more practice problems on easy/medium difficulty. I would say around 50. 3) Test center is less than 10 minutes away from home 4) Distractions at the test center was having another test taker across the room constantly blow their nose very audibly...in retrospect I should have mentioned something to one of the administrators. 5) During the two 8 minute breaks, I got up, walked to the bathroom down the hallway and did some stretching with some deep breathing exercises before going back in. 6) I have 50% extra time and one extra break allotted to me because of my ADHD accommodations. I finished math about 3 or 4 minutes early (I admit though towards the last 10 questions I felt a little rushed because I realized I was spending a lot more time than I thought I was) and for the verbal, I honestly thought I did very well because it felt like I understood what the question was asking for and did well to eliminate choices before settling on an answer. However, I finished verbal about 40 minutes early out of the 112 minutes I was given. I believe I could've spent more time in the beginning part of verbal to double check question stem and answers. 7) For quant, I had to guess on a few towards the end maybe 30 questions in as time was running low that I was not able to eliminate because I did not understand what the question was asking for. For verbal, I did not guess on any but may have proceeded to the next question too soon. What are some of the red flags you can point out? I know that I am capable of scoring at least the same 560 I scored on practice tests and even reaching my target of 600. I think in hindsight it may have been careless mistakes on quant and spending too little time on verbal that got me the low scores. Thanks a lot Rich. pkaynj Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts Joined 21 Feb 2017 Posted: 20 messages Mon May 15, 2017 10:32 am DavidG@VeritasPrep wrote: Quote: Brent, unfortunately I cannot take the official GMAT practice test without the accommodations I have been approved for making it difficult for me to actually receive an accurate representation of my current skill level. Thank you for your other suggestions however. If I"m not mistaken, once you're approved for accommodations, GMAC should send you a code that allows you to take the GMATPrep exams with the additional time. Worth looking into... Thank you for this!! I just checked one of my old emails and found the code. I have one free exam left. Would you say it is worth it to buy the EP 1 for more before my retake in June? ### GMAT/MBA Expert DavidG@VeritasPrep Legendary Member Joined 14 Jan 2015 Posted: 2459 messages Followed by: 115 members Upvotes: 1153 GMAT Score: 770 Mon May 15, 2017 10:30 am Quote: Brent, unfortunately I cannot take the official GMAT practice test without the accommodations I have been approved for making it difficult for me to actually receive an accurate representation of my current skill level. Thank you for your other suggestions however. If I"m not mistaken, once you're approved for accommodations, GMAC should send you a code that allows you to take the GMATPrep exams with the additional time. Worth looking into... _________________ Veritas Prep | GMAT Instructor Veritas Prep Reviews Save$100 off any live Veritas Prep GMAT Course

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Hi pkaynj,

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 take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
2) Did you take them at home?
3) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you took your Official GMAT?
4) 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.)?
5) Did you ever take a CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE?

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Hi Rich,

1) My most recent practice test was May 8th (official test day experience through Kaplan) and scored 560 (34Q, 32V) and the most recent one before that on April 29th scoring the same 560 (34Q, 32V).
2) I took my test on April 29th at home while the one on May 8th was at the actual testing center for my GMAT.
3) I took my test May 8th at 2PM after I've already worked a half day at my job when my real test is scheduled for 8AM. My test on April 29th I took at home not at 8AM but in the morning.
4) I never took a break longer than what was allotted to me and I finished all sections including essay and IR.
5) The two most recent practice tests I've done were different and did not feature any of the same questions.

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Mon May 15, 2017 9:00 am
Hi pkaynj,

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 take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
2) Did you take them at home?
3) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you took your Official GMAT?
4) 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.)?
5) Did you ever take a CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE?

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Mon May 15, 2017 6:09 am
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Brent, unfortunately I cannot take the official GMAT practice test without the accommodations I have been approved for making it difficult for me to actually receive an accurate representation of my current skill level. Thank you for your other suggestions however.
Good point. I forgot about that part.

That said, you can still use the GMATPrep software. It will just take a bit of extra work.
You can pause the software at various times during the test and just keep track of the paused time, so that your total test time equals 1.5 times the regular time allowed.

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