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call for suggestion for the last week [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2012, 12:43
Hi everyone,

My test day comes exactly a week later, on next Saturday. Now I need some suggestion for the review process for the last week and on the actual test day. I have practiced GMATprep and several free tests online and all got 700+(that is exactly my expectation for the real test), but I don't know how well these free tests reflect my real level. Not quite confident as I am in other situations here:)

Could anyone give me some advise? It can be the review advise or any advise for the test day.

Meanwhile, there is a school selection process before the test, right? Shall I remember the five universities I want to apply?

Appreciate your help!
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Re: call for suggestion for the last week [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2012, 14:11
YES, remember the 5 schools you want to apply to. You will have an opportunity to select them to receive a copy of your score. Also, the GMATprep test is the most accurate estimate of how you will do on test day (as long as you don't take the same test more than once). So it sounds like you have a good shot at a 700+.

I would recommend that you take a look at this post here: all-january-test-takers-124826.html For last week testing advice

And my post here: 10-tips-to-improve-your-score-app-with-no-extra-studying-124393.html#p1012148 on how to go in prepared on test day.

Good luck, and we look forward to your debief!
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Re: call for suggestion for the last week [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2012, 19:09
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Hi everyone,

My test day comes exactly a week later, on next Saturday. Now I need some suggestion for the review process for the last week and on the actual test day. I have practiced GMATprep and several free tests online and all got 700+(that is exactly my expectation for the real test), but I don't know how well these free tests reflect my real level. Not quite confident as I am in other situations here:)

Could anyone give me some advise? It can be the review advise or any advise for the test day.

Meanwhile, there is a school selection process before the test, right? Shall I remember the five universities I want to apply?

Appreciate your help!


With a consistent 700+ score, the possibility of scoring 700+ in the actual test is quite high. Then again, if you have hit some 740s and 750s too, you would be more confident but a little less if the scores were around 710. It also depends on whether you are a good test-taker. Some people score 720 in practice and hit a 760 on the actual day because their mind is very focused and works best during the actual test. But some people tend to get nervous and lose out on easy points too. So they get 30-40 points less than their average scores. It is the way it is with athletes. The records are set during the actual race, not during practice. They beat their own bests during the actual races. But they also make false starts due to nervousness and hence lose it sometimes. You are well prepared for hitting 700+; you just have to realize that score in the actual test now.
Following are my suggestions:
1. In the next 2-3 days, go through your error log/concepts book if you have made one. Revise the things you found tricky in the beginning but have a handle on now.
2. Practice a few questions of each type. Make sure you instinctively use the strategy that works best for you to tackle every kind of question. Say, when you get an RC, what will you do first? Will you start reading it properly and take 2-3 word notes for each paragraph? or will you read just the first two lines of each paragraph? or will you jump directly to the question? etc
3. Last 2-3 days before the test, give up all studying. Relax your mind.
4. 3-4 hrs before the test, take a quick look at your error log again, just to refresh the concepts in your mind.
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Re: call for suggestion for the last week [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2012, 19:11
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miaojunmaggie wrote:
Hi everyone,

My test day comes exactly a week later, on next Saturday. Now I need some suggestion for the review process for the last week and on the actual test day. I have practiced GMATprep and several free tests online and all got 700+(that is exactly my expectation for the real test), but I don't know how well these free tests reflect my real level. Not quite confident as I am in other situations here:)

Could anyone give me some advise? It can be the review advise or any advise for the test day.

Meanwhile, there is a school selection process before the test, right? Shall I remember the five universities I want to apply?

Appreciate your help!


With a consistent 700+ score, the possibility of scoring 700+ in the actual test is quite high. Then again, if you have hit some 740s and 750s too, you would be more confident but a little less if the scores were around 710. It also depends on whether you are a good test-taker. Some people score 720 in practice and hit a 760 on the actual day because their mind is very focused and works best during the actual test. But some people tend to get nervous and lose out on easy points too. So they get 30-40 points less than their average scores. It is the way it is with athletes. The records are set during the actual race, not during practice. They beat their own bests during the actual races. But they also make false starts due to nervousness and hence lose it sometimes. You are well prepared for hitting 700+; you just have to realize that score in the actual test now.
Following are my suggestions:
1. In the next 2-3 days, go through your error log/concepts book if you have made one. Revise the things you found tricky in the beginning but have a handle on now.
2. Practice a few questions of each type. Make sure you instinctively use the strategy that works best for you to tackle every kind of question. Say, when you get an RC, what will you do first? Will you start reading it properly and take 2-3 word notes for each paragraph? or will you read just the first two lines of each paragraph? or will you jump directly to the question? etc
3. Last 2-3 days before the test, give up all studying. Relax your mind.
4. 3-4 hrs before the test, take a quick look at your error log again, just to refresh the concepts in your mind.


OK, I'll follow your useful advise. Thank you very much!
Re: call for suggestion for the last week   [#permalink] 06 Jan 2012, 19:11
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