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09 Apr 2012, 18:15
Thanks for your time. I am currently scheduled to take the test a week from this thursday and things aren't going well. I am stuck at the 620-650 mark and I am aiming for a 700 min- 46 quant 40 verbal. However, I am having issues. For some reason, unlike most people I find gmat prep harder than manhattan gmat- quant and verbal. Quant- althought manhattan gmat is tedious and long, its pretty straight forward. On gmat prep I have to spend so much time to understand what there even asking... yet alone try to solve it. So on my first manhattan gmat prep after the diagnostic and studying I received a 670- 43 quant 38 verbal. Since then, my quant on gmat prep has been 43 and 44, and verbal has been 35 and 33. I just took a gmat prep today and scored a 620, a 43 quant and 33 verbal. The other I scored a 640 44 quant 35 verbal. Today I ran out of time and had to guess on the last 4 verbal and also guessed randomly on the last 5 quant- both of these im sure brought my score down a lot. I am not sure firstly if I should push off my test date and secondly how to stop the fluctuations with the scores. Any help would be great, Thanks everyone!
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11 Apr 2012, 08:45
transfer9858 wrote:
Thanks for your time. I am currently scheduled to take the test a week from this thursday and things aren't going well. I am stuck at the 620-650 mark and I am aiming for a 700 min- 46 quant 40 verbal. However, I am having issues. For some reason, unlike most people I find gmat prep harder than manhattan gmat- quant and verbal. Quant- althought manhattan gmat is tedious and long, its pretty straight forward. On gmat prep I have to spend so much time to understand what there even asking... yet alone try to solve it. So on my first manhattan gmat prep after the diagnostic and studying I received a 670- 43 quant 38 verbal. Since then, my quant on gmat prep has been 43 and 44, and verbal has been 35 and 33. I just took a gmat prep today and scored a 620, a 43 quant and 33 verbal. The other I scored a 640 44 quant 35 verbal. Today I ran out of time and had to guess on the last 4 verbal and also guessed randomly on the last 5 quant- both of these im sure brought my score down a lot. I am not sure firstly if I should push off my test date and secondly how to stop the fluctuations with the scores. Any help would be great, Thanks everyone!

A 50 point difference between scores on two different tests (MGMAT and GMAT prep) is no big deal so I don't see any fluctuations problem.
Unfortunately, your actual GMAT questions will be very similar to GMAT prep questions so you need to be comfortable with their wording and style. Doing OG questions should take care of this problem. Also, not to discourage you but if I were you, I would think about re-scheduling if 700 is essential. It is unlikely (but not impossible) for one to hit a score of 700 after scoring around 620-640 in GMAT prep a week before. Most people see a drop in their actual scores as compared to scores in GMAT prep since nerves play a role on the actual test. Only after hitting a 750 a GMAT prep would I be confident of getting at least 700 on actual GMAT. So if you have time and would rather not have a low score on your record, think if you want to re-schedule.
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11 Apr 2012, 09:40
Thanks for the advice- I am scheduled for 2 test dates, one next ween and another may 23. It's not the 50 point difference that bothers me its just weird how yesterday I just got a 47 in quant on the manhattan gmat test- with 5 careless errors. Most people on this forum and others have said that your gmat quant is higher on the actual gmat than on manhattan and with a 47 mgmat you should be getting 48-50 on gmat, and I am not getting that at all. I think I am going to take the test and maybe it'll be good to experience it once and get the first time anxiety out of the way for the 2nd time. I know it's not the most likely I'll get a 700 but i don't think its impossible where I am at now- It will all depend how the test happens to go that day.
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11 Apr 2012, 12:22
Being able to read through a question is only half the battle. My guess is that if you're having problems on GMAT prep understanding the question - you'll probably be "freezing" on the actual test day when reading the long-worded questions under timed conditions and the pressure that it is the real thing.

How do you solve the "comprehension" problem? You need the cut the fluff and get practice chopping down complex sentences and use sentence structure to get the idea of what it's saying. Remember, cut the fluff.
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11 Apr 2012, 12:58
^Your probably right about the freezing part! How do I get practice in that sense? The questions from the OG seem way easier than the gmat prep. What would you recommend? Thanks
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