I was sheepish about making this post, but one of the moderators who has been offering me sensible advice all along, suggested I post this so I could get advice from all of you.
I'm scheduled to retake the test a 4th time, in 28 days, so I'd be grateful for constructive advice. I require a score above 700, preferably 750+. This isn't up for debate, that's why I signed up for the test again. I recognize its tough but this is why I'm writing, to get your best advice so I can join the 700 club.
Here's what I did:
1. Feb '06 - 570, AWA 5.5 -- No Prep. I wasn't aware schools know how many times you've taken it. High fever.
2. Dec '06 - 550, AWA 5 -- A month of Prep. OG - not thorough. Kaplan
materials. No classes though. A week on caffeine before the test which I'm not accustomed to - made me really sick.
3. Feb '07 - 610. 1 week of OG and Quant review - gone through thoroughly this time. As well the SC. Not CR or RC though. Math 43 - 73% English 31 - 61%.
Zero sleep the night before. I was worried and annoyed - because these incidental factors certainly add up. By the time I did 15 questions in the verbal I was exhausted.
This was also a new test center, much much better than the other one. They even had noise canceling headphones. Its far - I waited 50 mins in
-15F after for the bus, but its where I'm retaking the test.
4 tries - not pretty, but, showing significant improvement will be well worth it.
English is my first language. I've written financial and other reports. I was baffled in the 2 CATs I took before the test to find I was getting 11 or so wrong in verbal and 7 of them were SC.
I intend to do the challenges this time. Review the OG and Quant. Review (green book, published by the OG guys) again.
What else should I be doing? What would you advice?
I know I can get this score. I'll be diligent.
All my thanks,