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14 Feb 2011, 01:35
Hey did you have any timing issue in your last exam.

Yesterday, I did MGMAT02, and scored Q46 V30 (
Main issue was timing.
In quant i managed to do only 30 questions, and for rest i just guessed and clicked on to reach the finish line.
It was similar story in verbal part. I managed only 32 questions, and again i clicked my way to dismal end to my test.
On SC my hit rate was around 60% and for RC & CR it was around 70-72%.
I'm disappointed with my score but still i have some time to fix my verbal score & timing issue.

Hey Mackieman - how's your timing in MGMAT/Gprep?

any suggestions and tips are welcomed
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14 Feb 2011, 02:58
Have you had any timing issues before? In GMAT or MGMAT tests?

In my first GMATPrep I only did 28Q out of 37, didn't even guess on the last ones, basically I was out of time already at 25th question.
Second test I made some qualified guesses on the last 3 questions and my third test I could complete all the questions.
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14 Feb 2011, 03:03
Yes this was my second Test
previously i wrote GMATprep and i faced similar issue. My score was Q44 V23or24.
Freakin verbal sections is giving me a nightmare. I improved a bit on verbal this time but still too far from what i want to achieve.
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14 Feb 2011, 04:28
Well, personally I've found out that it is good to warm up with some easy questions before taking the real test. When I reach the verbal part I want my mind to be focused on how to solve questions, what to look for and so on.

I'm thinking of doing a paper with selected questions for G-day, easy level but good to get the brain in working mode.

The first time I took the test I was so nervous that I lost grip of common sense and my brain functioned at approximately 50% of my usual capacity. I guessed where I shoudn't have, I calculated where I should have guessed and so on.

If you are suffering from test-anxiety or much stress I think it would be a good idea to do more tests just to get rid of the worst stress and anxiety. When you have got rid the stress and anxiety, then your brain can maximize your effort in my opinion. The tests doesn't have to be of good quality since the purpose is building self esteem and confidence, with better confidence the brain works better.
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14 Feb 2011, 04:33
thanks Mackieman
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15 Feb 2011, 08:29
Did my 4th GMAT-prep today and got 710 (Q48/V39).

Slightly disappointed with V, I encountered 3 very difficult texts with some word new to me. I finished the math with 5 min left but had to guess on the last three verbal because of bad time management.

SC 65% correct (lots of hard ones)
CR 81% (had to guess on the last two without barely reading)
RC 85%

Will do a full mock test (kaplan or MGMAT) tomorrow with real conditions from 9AM (same as test time).
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15 Feb 2011, 18:23
@ Mackieman- I think you're ready for 700+. I'm seeing a great progress in your scores. In your latest test, did you answer SC questions incorrectly very early on? V39 seems to be on lower end despite great accuracy in RC and CR.
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16 Feb 2011, 00:40
I agree with rg1. You are on the path of glory.
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16 Feb 2011, 04:57
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@ Mackieman- I think you're ready for 700+. I'm seeing a great progress in your scores. In your latest test, did you answer SC questions incorrectly very early on? V39 seems to be on lower end despite great accuracy in RC and CR.

Thanks, I really hope so too! Well, the error-split was fairly well spread among the answers.
I got these Q wrong, 2, 5, 10, 17, 22, 28, 32, 36, 40, 41.

I propably lost some important points because of my errors early on..

tirupatibalaji wrote:
I agree with rg1. You are on the path of glory.

Thanks . Not many days left.
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16 Feb 2011, 05:21
@Mackieman - Have you taken any MGMAT cat?
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16 Feb 2011, 05:24
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@Mackieman - Have you taken any MGMAT cat?

Will do it tomorrow , I spent half the night working with AWA templates and was not in good shape this morning.
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17 Feb 2011, 12:36
Did a full MGMAT mock test today (including AWA) and got 650, Q46 V32. The quant was harder as compared to GMATprep. As for Verbal the SC was easier but the RC much harder, CR was harder too, many answers were basically identical. RC 41% correct (!) SC 67% and CR 57%

One text ruined my score, 1 correct out of 6 (!). It was about some awkard enzym disease and propably the longest text I have ever seen.

I did not like the spread of the different concepts either, I started with 5 CR in a row, thereafter a one or two SC, 1 RC, one or two SC, another RC. Q27-41 was basically only SC.

I haven't decided if I should take one more full mock test (tomorrow or saturday) or if I just should focus and doing math + verbal til the end. What do you guys think?

After doing a test I am basically ruined for the rest of the day, so the cost of one test for me is one full day of study wasted.
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17 Feb 2011, 13:21
I think you should give at least 2 more MGMAT cats. Yes it's true that you will lose rest of the day but you will def will fain from giving more tests.

You can study something early morning n then in afternoon write a CAT. By dong so u can only gain.

Ja even I found verbal part question format bit awkward.

You will def score 700+.

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18 Feb 2011, 06:05
You are probably right, I'll do one mock test today and one tomorrow.

Btw, this was the RC passage I encountered in MGMAT, just having read 2 passages and suffered from reading fatigue I thought what the f*uck is this.
urgent-help-on-tough-mgmat-rc-97444.html

If I just can get some SC and CR between the reading passages I can "reload" my focus and energy.

I'll re-read the passage, It was propably not that hard, I just had trouble to focus. According to MGMAT the first two questions were 700-800 level and the third 500-600.
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Took my last complete mock test now and scored 710, (Q45 V41) (CR 57%/RC 67%/SC 73%) the funny thing is that I was 99% sure that my score would be lower than 650, the math was a nightmare, I got stuck on several questions and had to guess. I thought ****, my last CAT will be my worst leading to ruined confidence on gday.
I am glad to see V41 again, thought I had lost him for good . I feel that all the hard work in SC finally pays off.

I will not take any more tests now, I feel that if I do more tests now I will lower my motivation for the real GMAT, I need to refill my reserves to be 110% focused on G-day.

The plan for tomorrow is to get up early (test is scheduled at 9 AM tuesday), take it easy, go through some CR, SC quant and and review all my errors from previous tests. I still have 50SC from OG10 and 30CR from OG12 to complete as well.

How are you guys doing?
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20 Feb 2011, 10:59
Mackieman, good luck for tuesday! I think you should be able to manage 690/700 if you stay calm on the test day. Let us know how it goes.
I did a MGMAT CAT today and found that the Quant was RIDICULOUS. Also, the concepts tested were nowhere near to the topics/concepts we see on gMAT PRep and OG 12/11. I'm so disappointed . I scored a 590 Q42,V31.
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20 Feb 2011, 11:35
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Mackieman, good luck for tuesday! I think you should be able to manage 690/700 if you stay calm on the test day. Let us know how it goes.
I did a MGMAT CAT today and found that the Quant was RIDICULOUS. Also, the concepts tested were nowhere near to the topics/concepts we see on gMAT PRep and OG 12/11. I'm so disappointed . I scored a 590 Q42,V31.

Thanks! I will let you know the score.

Well, I agree with you, the math in MGMAT is more difficult than GMATprep, they take the concepts to next level and add a twist to it.
Q42 is a good score, you can definitely improve it with a litte practice. I think it is good to use MGMAT as benchmark, its better to be more prepared than less. Don't lose your confidence and keep working on your weak spots.

What is your target score and when is g-day?
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20 Feb 2011, 11:40
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Well, I agree with you, the math in MGMAT is more difficult than GMATprep, they take the concepts to next level and add a twist to it.
Q42 is a good score, you can definitely improve it with a litte practice. I think it is good to use MGMAT as benchmark, its better to be more prepared than less. Don't lose your confidence and keep working on your weak spots.

What is your target score and when is g-day?

Mackieman,your reply was soothing . I was so upset after the MGMAT CAT #4 . I feel some of the quant concepts that they test are not really tested on the GMAT as a parimary concept...any idea how their verbal part compares to the actual GMAT??
My target is 640 for the school that im applying...but i'm pushing myself for a 700. so that i am ASSURED of a 650 on test day taking into account health reasons, nervousness,lack of sleep etc .. my test is exactly 4 weeks away(on and Feb has only 28 days!!)
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21 Feb 2011, 08:19
@Mackieman - Good luck for your test tomorrow. I am sure you will get 700+. Makes sure you keep your cool. You can do it.
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21 Feb 2011, 08:21
For past 10 days I've been doing 10 SCs from OG12 + 3 RCs from RC99 + Powerscore CR explanations n Questions. This weekend i will be writing MGMAT's CAT03 to assess my progress in verbal section.
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