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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote ## Is GMAT software changing? ##### This topic has expert replies ### GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Posts: 3225 Joined: 08 Jan 2008 Location: Toronto Thanked: 1710 times Followed by:613 members GMAT Score:800 by Stuart@KaplanGMAT » Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:09 pm Stacey Koprince wrote:Technically - I didn't say "never spend extra time on hard questions" I said never spend extra time on questions that are truly beyond your ability - that's not the same thing as a merely hard question. People will hit a few questions that are well beyond their ability - and, for those, you don't want to blow *extra* time on them b/c you can't do them in 4 or 5 minutes, let alone 2. Actually, I was quoting snuman, not you! I'm not trying to start a prepwar or anything! Although it could be fun... OG indices at 50 paces. Stuart Kovinsky | Kaplan GMAT Faculty | Toronto Kaplan Exclusive: The Official Test Day Experience | Ready to Take a Free Practice Test? | Kaplan/Beat the GMAT Member Discount BTG100 for$100 off a full course

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by solaris » Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:24 pm
Manhattan GMAT vs. Kaplan - I'm taking bets

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by Stacey Koprince » Thu Jan 17, 2008 1:08 pm
lol! No wars - there's always plenty of room for good competition!
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by beatthegmat » Thu Jan 17, 2008 6:13 pm
Hey! No wars in this community.
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by snuman » Thu Jan 17, 2008 8:22 pm
Thank you guys for your insightful suggestions.

My practice experience also suggests that the question that is beyond your capacity is destined to go wrong no matter you spend 3 mins or 8 mins on it. So self-awareness is very crucial as mentioned by Stuart.

Thanks Stacy again. I really learned from your advice on time management both here and at the manhattangmat.com blog. Now i will give each question the time it deserves.

I am gonna take GMAT 3rd time in the 2nd week of Feb and will let you know my experience .

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by snuman » Thu Jan 24, 2008 7:23 am
I have got the following reply from Pearson against my complaint of low GMAT:-

"The exam is scored first at the testing center. It is then scored again using a different algorithm when it arrives at our corporate hub. The scores are compared. If there is any difference, a hold is put on the result.

Both times your exam was scored, the results were the same. Also, we did an additional check to see if any errors occurred while you were taking the test, and none were found.

Based on these verifications, we feel your score is accurate."

The question that still bothers me is that how come i got 18 in verbal whereas all my practice scores are above 30 ((.

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by beatthegmat » Thu Jan 24, 2008 6:12 pm
Thanks for the update. It seems like the results have been confirmed--I guess you have no choice but to bite the bullet and move on. It seems you are completely capable of a great GMAT score, so I hope you retake!
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by nislam » Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:28 pm
Snuman,

I gave me test today and went through the same situation. I was consistently getting 570-600 over the past two weeks only to get rocked today with a dismal 470 score (36 Quant and 20 Verbal). I just got back and am still in shock. My verbal shocked me the most. I'm too ticked and the moment but will shed some light on this later.

P.S. My first name is Nauman too... don't know if our name's been cursed

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by Stacey Koprince » Sat Feb 23, 2008 12:15 pm
Write down EVERYthing you can remember about the test - timing, what went well, what threw you, question types or content areas that you felt were fine vs. those that you struggled with, stress levels, stamina / energy by the end, etc. Absolutely everything - just stream of consciousness. That will help you to figure out what happened. And that will help us to help you too.
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by parore26 » Sat Feb 23, 2008 12:32 pm
When I took the GRE test there was an option to pay extra and get a complete review of all the questions asked, and also a complete breakdown of the questions I answered correctly and incorrectly. Why doesn't GMAT or Pearson VUE do the same thing. This would provide people like snuman and nislam at least something concrete to work with.

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by gmat765 » Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:36 pm
Just take the test in 3rd time. You will get much higher scores, I believe.