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## What happened!!? HUGE drop in Verbal..

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brunoprado Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts
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#### What happened!!? HUGE drop in Verbal..

Thu Sep 01, 2016 1:38 pm
Hi, guys.

I just came back from my test, with the unpleasant surprise of my verbal score dropping around 9 points (39-40 to 31):

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This meant a drop of 30 points of what i had been scoring (710 to 680 Kaplan's CAT1-7 | Official CAT 8). I guess that if i had sustained my verbal score around 38-40 i would probably score around 720-730.

I'm really disappointed because i don't recognize my real score as "680" and the worst part is i don't know what could've happened. Any clues?

Do you guys know if the official report states your score by subject : SC, CR, RC ?

Is there any chance the unofficial score is reviewed?

I'm from SP,Brazil, and I've been studying by myself only with Kaplan GMAT Prep self-paced. Right now, i'm thinking of preparing with official material and with Manhattan CATs. Any other suggestions?

Rgds,

Bruno P.

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diegocml Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts
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Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:58 pm
Hi Bruno,

Good luck & boa sorte!

Diego

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Rich.C@EMPOWERgmat.com Elite Legendary Member
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Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:31 pm
Hi Bruno,

First off, a 680/Q50 is a strong score (it's right around the 85th percentile overall), so it could be enough to get you into your first-choice School. As such, a retest might not be necessary. Depending on the Schools that you plan to apply to, you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile. There's a Forum full of them here:

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 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?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

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diegocml Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts
Joined
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Posted:
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Test Date:
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Target GMAT Score:
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GMAT Score:
410
Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:58 pm
Hi Bruno,

Good luck & boa sorte!

Diego

_________________
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1st GMAT attemp: 410 (Q18 V27)
2nd GMAT attemp: 490 (Q35 V23)

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Rich.C@EMPOWERgmat.com Elite Legendary Member
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Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:31 pm
Hi Bruno,

First off, a 680/Q50 is a strong score (it's right around the 85th percentile overall), so it could be enough to get you into your first-choice School. As such, a retest might not be necessary. Depending on the Schools that you plan to apply to, you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile. There's a Forum full of them here:

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 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?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

_________________
Contact Rich at Rich.C@empowergmat.com

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