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First Practice Test (Need a 450-500 on Exam Day) [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2013, 16:51
Hi All,

Just wanted to share my experience with you as far as taking the GMAT Test Prep. I'm a student at Western Michigan University. I will be graduating with my bachelors in accounting this week and hope to pursue an MSA or MBA for the Fall 2013. I just took the GMAT Test Prep and scored an horrific 300. This is without studying or looking over any material. I believe Quant was 17 and Verbal was 14. Integrative was a 4. I'm flustered because I look at forums and they said that its usually only a 30-50 point gain for students who take the GMAT a second time. Is this going to be an indication when come exam time a month from now? I just purchased the official GMAT guide 12th edition and hope to get in 2-3 hours a day until the day of the exam. My school requires at least a 450 for the MBA and a 480 for the MSA. It just sucks because I have an overall GPA of a 3.3 and I feel that this exam should not make or break me from pursuing a masters degree. Any advice from someone who was in the same boat as me and have study tips on how to increase score or if I should even think of taking the exam after the horrific score I received on the test prep. I would also like to point out I'm not a good test taker. As a senior in high school, i took the ACT twice and scored a 17 both times.
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Re: First Practice Test (Need a 450-500 on Exam Day) [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2013, 19:43
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Hi All,

Just wanted to share my experience with you as far as taking the GMAT Test Prep. I'm a student at Western Michigan University. I will be graduating with my bachelors in accounting this week and hope to pursue an MSA or MBA for the Fall 2013. I just took the GMAT Test Prep and scored an horrific 300. This is without studying or looking over any material. I believe Quant was 17 and Verbal was 14. Integrative was a 4. I'm flustered because I look at forums and they said that its usually only a 30-50 point gain for students who take the GMAT a second time.

Yes, but that's for students who have taken the test after studying for the exam. You took this practice exam cold.


Is this going to be an indication when come exam time a month from now? I just purchased the official GMAT guide 12th edition and hope to get in 2-3 hours a day until the day of the exam. My school requires at least a 450 for the MBA and a 480 for the MSA. It just sucks because I have an overall GPA of a 3.3 and I feel that this exam should not make or break me from pursuing a masters degree. Any advice from someone who was in the same boat as me and have study tips on how to increase score or if I should even think of taking the exam after the horrific score I received on the test prep. I would also like to point out I'm not a good test taker. As a senior in high school, i took the ACT twice and scored a 17 both times.


An average score on the GMAT is in the 550 range. So a 450 is doable. With less than a month, imo, you need to dedicate every spare moment to studying. Time management on the exam is crucial. One thing I'm finding as I study is that certain concepts come up and up repeatedly. For example fractions, absolute values, parallelism (sentence correction), and idioms just to name a few. Watch for concepts that keep coming up.

If other members of your class are studying for the GMAT, get a study group together. Ask questions here or search for the problem you are working on. (Many questions are already in the forums.) Go into the test well rested and eat a good meal that morning.

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