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Urgent advice needed--> Hude drop in score from 710 to 60

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Dreamyagrawal Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Default Avatar
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Urgent advice needed--> Hude drop in score from 710 to 60

Post Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:02 pm
Hi
If anyone can help me out. I started preparing for Gmat around 4 months back (April-may) and wrote my first GMAT in July and scored 640 (Q49, V27, IR7/8, AWA5.0).
At that time i was scoring around 640-660 in mocks and as I was going for a vacation for around 10 days I thought to just attempt GMAT for the sake of experience.
After that I prepared rigorously for verbal especially for SC as I was scoring good in CR and RC and completed Manhattan's SC (Basic and advanced), Gmat prep now's video, OG and OG Question pack one.

In last three Mocks my score were
23 August
GMAT Exam pack 1: 660 (Q49, V31)

26 August
GMAT prep (free): 710 (Q49, V39)

28 August
GMAT Exam pack 2: 720 (Q50, V38)

As I am aiming at a 700 score, I was quite confident in achieving my goal. But on test day the big surprise my score was 600 (Q49, V23).
I had took all the mocks under exam conditions and was feeling very confident before exam. During the verbal section I encountered two bold face question and was pretty confident that I was doing fine. Although I am a non native speaker and Quant is my strength I never got 23 in any of the CAT before.



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Post Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:19 pm
Hi Dreamyagrawal,

Sorry to hear about your test-day experience. Your score definitely is not a reflection of your skills (according to your practice tests).

As you've noted, the Verbal section was your undoing. This is not uncommon. Sometimes a ridiculously long and difficult RC passage can knock you off your game (both in timing and in confidence). Unlike the quant section, where you can easily pass on a question, the verbal section has RC passages with up to 4 questions, so you really can't skip the passage altogether. Esoteric science topics (e.g., string theory) can really kill one's confidence, especially if you've never enjoyed science.

If I were you, I'd conclude that you were somewhat unlucky with the passages you received. I have a feeling that if you wrote the test today, your score would be MUCH HIGHER. So, put all of this behind you, schedule another test, and keep doing what you've been doing. It sounds like you're on the right track.

Cheers,
Brent

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Dreamyagrawal Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Default Avatar
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Post Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:48 pm
Thank You Brent !
I found your Video course very helpful during my preparation. I will wait for my ESR as well to gather more data and get back to you for more feedback.




Brent@GMATPrepNow wrote:
Sorry to hear about your test-day experience. Your score definitely is not a reflection of your skills (according to your practice tests).

Hi Dreamyagrawal,

As you've noted, the Verbal section was your undoing. This is not uncommon. Sometimes a ridiculously long and difficult RC passage can knock you off your game (both in timing and in confidence). Unlike the quant section, where you can easily pass on a question, the verbal section has RC passages with up to 4 questions, so you really can't skip the passage altogether. Esoteric science topics (e.g., string theory) can really kill one's confidence, especially if you've never enjoyed science.

If I were you, I'd conclude that you were somewhat unlucky with the passages you received. I have a feeling that if you wrote the test today, your score would be MUCH HIGHER. So, put all of this behind you, schedule another test, and keep doing what you've been doing. It sounds like you're on the right track.

Cheers,
Brent

Dreamyagrawal Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Default Avatar
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Post Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:24 pm
Now after ten days without studying and practicing anything I took Manhattan's Mock and scored 690 (Q49/ V36)
should I retake exam within 1 week or wait and study before my next attempt.

Post Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:34 pm
Dreamyagrawal wrote:
Now after ten days without studying and practicing anything I took Manhattan's Mock and scored 690 (Q49/ V36)
should I retake exam within 1 week or wait and study before my next attempt.
Nice work! 690 is definitely more in line with your previous practice tests.

I think you've shown that your 600 official test score was the true anomaly.

Cheers,
Brent

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