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Bummed with 680 in GMATPrep2 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2009, 06:50
After a 730 in GMATPrep1 last month, I thought it can only get better. But somehow I ended up with a 680 on Saturday in the GMATPrep2.
It could be because I took the AWAfor the first time before the test. Should I practice all tests with AWA?

I am taking the test this Friday, Sept 11th. Dont ask me why I chose that date, I didnt have a choice.

Anyway, now I have almost given up on 700. I have gotten above 700 only twice in all my practice tests, GMATPrep1 and MGMAT6 - 710.

GMATPrep2 - split is 49/34. I have made some silly mistakes in verbal but I did find CR very hard and RC very very dry. I can survive if I get science RC passages, but economics and history passages really turn me off and divert my concentration. I am now working on LSAT passages for 1000RCs to see if I can improve my speed a little bit. Also working on CR and SC.
Quants I am not getting over 49, I should give up expecting 50 I guess. I worked on about 17GMATClub tests averaging only 26.

I suppose the real thing would be +/- 30 of the Prep tests, so I am expecting something between 650 and 710.

Is 650 enough to get into part time program in Haas? I have 6 years experience plus a Masters degree. I have some unofficial management experience, but am in a highly technical field.

Also please suggest what I should do the remaining 3 days.

Your responses are much appreciated!
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Re: Bummed with 680 in GMATPrep2 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2009, 08:40
Hi bzeena,

Just to let you know, I never broke 700 on any practice tests, and scored a 710 on the real thing. Test day can make or break anyone.

Just remember to remain calm during the test, watch your time, and take full advantage of breaks and the given notepad.
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Re: Bummed with 680 in GMATPrep2 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2009, 10:17
Thanks a lot mohater, that sounds encouraging!!
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Re: Bummed with 680 in GMATPrep2 [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2009, 19:05
I've learned one thing very early in my GMAT studies. Improved scores over time are not necessarily guaranteed. I got a 610 on the GMATPrep (the first test I ever took and with no studying). My next text was paper and pencil, not a CAT at Kaplan. Still, I got a 660. I figured that this being my only test I'll get a 710 in my sleep at the real GMAT. Next test was the second GMATPrep and I got a 590. Then after that I got a 510. My next test? A 710. I figured, again that I got on the right track and it was a turning point. How wrong I was. The next 3 tests? 610, 600, and 600. Finally I got some improvement today. I got a 660. BUT, my verbal has severely regressed. I kicked butt in Math. The highest percentile I ever got. I got 88th percentile or a 49. My verbal was 48th percentile or a 28. I have neglected studying for Verbal lately (though I do study it in Kaplan and for homework). Also for some reason my concentration has dropped the last two tests. That test I had I got a 29 in verbal. This makes it sound like I've always stunk at Verbal. But remember that 710 I got? I got 98th percentile or 45. So yep, I fell 50 percentile points since then. So moral of the story is that you shouldn't necessarily expect improvement.
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