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Another "I have 2 weeks and need a 700" plea for help...

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Another "I have 2 weeks and need a 700" plea for help... [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2012, 13:07
Hey guys, so after lurking around for a while and trying to find stories/tips to help me, I think it's time to just ask for help directly...So can you guys please give me some advice to help me hit the famous 700?

- MGMAT CAT 1: 510 (Q24, V35) --> obv quant sucked
- MGMAT CAT 2 (after going through all Manhattan GMAT strategy guides and benchmark questions): 660 (Q43, V37)
- MGMAT CAT 3 (2 days after CAT 2): 630 (Q41, V35)
- I had less than one month to prepare for my GMAT and I'm taking the GMAT on Dec 11 (OMG that's in less than 2 weeks...trying not to freak out)
- For the first 2 weeks of my GMAT prep, I went through all the Manhattan GMAT strategy guides and did the benchmark questions in the OG
- I can take a few days off before the GMAT
- I should note that I'm not really a nervous test-taker...I'm a lawyer and have studied for the bar which was way more stressful and tiring, but I can't stop feeling like an idiot for not being able to do high school math problems...WTF

My questions:
- Is it possible to do too many CATs in 2 weeks? I was planning on doing a CAT or GMATprep each 2 days for the next 10 days till my exam...but I noticed that was feeling really tired when I did my 3rd CAT today (2 days after I did CAT 2).
- Obviously my quant is low, but I've already gone through the strategy guides. How can I improve my score? Should I just sit and do questions in the OG? Should I do timed sets without looking at the answers till the end or should I do each question one by one with the answer?
- Is it normal to get a lower score (I went from 660 to 630)? Should I be worried?
- How do you know when it's time to skip a question? I usually figure it out when I'm taking over 2 mins...
- Knowing that I'm not really a nervous test-taker (I hope I didn't just jinx myself), is the MGMAT and GMATprep scores reflective of what I will get on my actual GMAT?
- Can someone please give me some hope that it's possible to hit 700 in less than 2 weeks? I like reading those stories about people who barely worked and got a 770, but I'm not one of those...I'm willing to put in the work, but I guess I just need some hope :?

Thank you so much! :)
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Re: Another "I have 2 weeks and need a 700" plea for help... [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2012, 19:19
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You need to focus. Figure out what types of quant questions you do poorly on. Practice a bunch of those questions and keep track of what types of errors you're making. Once you're aware of that, then take practice tests in a timed setting -- mimic the testing center as much as possible. Find a quiet room in your house, a library, etc with no music or people talking in the background and concentrate.

On test day, it is completely normal to drop a few points from where you were practicing at. Someone once told me to expect a score that was 50 points lower than my practice tests... You get nervous on test day. You're in an unfamiliar place, sitting at a strange computer, and someone just checked all sorts of your identification and took your finger prints...you're bound to be jittery and get a few more questions wrong. Just be prepared for that.

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Re: Another "I have 2 weeks and need a 700" plea for help... [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2012, 19:20
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On a happier note, it is completely possible to get 700+ with 2 weeks of prep. Schedule your time and don't burn out by doing too many of the same type of problem at once.

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Re: Another "I have 2 weeks and need a 700" plea for help... [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2013, 10:28
Just wanted to update and say that I didn't get a 700, but I got a 680 with a little over 2 weeks of work...so it is possible
Re: Another "I have 2 weeks and need a 700" plea for help...   [#permalink] 28 Jun 2013, 10:28
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