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21 Feb 2010, 20:07
Hi I am very confuse and I need some help and advice.

I remembered around 2 months ago before intense studying, I took the gmat prep practice test 1 and score somewhere around 510-520 ( I forget to log). Yesterday I took test 2 I got 510. I thought I didn't improve. However, I took the test 1 again and score a 590. Today, I took the test 2 again and score a 530. Can someone explain to me what is going on? Is there a difference between tests? Also can someone please give me some advice as to how I can improve my score.

I have already finished the whole OG 12th, Kaplan book, powerscore on critical, and manhattan sc. I have very weak verbal score. Please help. I will be taking the exam in 6 days.
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21 Feb 2010, 20:20
Wow - 6 days is not much to work with.

No difference between tests 1 and 2 really.
There is a 40 point standard deviation within the gmat scores (meaning if you took two tests one after each other, kind of like you did, your score will be within 40 points). The rest of the difference could potentially be attributed to seeing repeat questions.
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21 Feb 2010, 21:23
I guess you badly need an Error Log. For all your tests, maintain a log of correct and incorrect answers (you may include guess work as well). Now try to sub-categorize each question. E.g. from SC, it could be related to idioms, subject verb agreement etc. At the end you'll have a rough idea of your top 3 weak areas. The weak area could be a verbal or quant topics, time management etc.

Now focus on your weak areas and attempt GMAT Prep tests again.

The score tends to increase sharply in case when you see questions from your favorite topic.
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