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First Practice Test: Ouch! [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2008, 14:44
I knew my first practice test would be bad, but I didn't expect THIS bad. 580 (39Q/31V). I figured I'd start in the 600-650 range, with an overall goal of 700. I haven't scheduled the actual test yet, so I've got time. I took the Manhattan GMAT test online, since I bought the books and got access to the six CATs.

My verbal issues seem to be SC, while the quant issues are across the board. Yikes!
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Re: First Practice Test: Ouch! [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2008, 20:57
580 is definitely not a terrible score, and I read several threads on this forum about people going to mid 500's to mid 700's. Hopefully you will be one of them. Good luck.

I feel that I will score mid 500 when I take it for the first time as well. :(
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Re: First Practice Test: Ouch! [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2008, 21:39
I also got a 580 on MGMAT the first time I took it. I recently took the GmatPrep test and got a 630. Im hoping to get into the 700 range also. I know it will take an enormous effort to get there.
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Re: First Practice Test: Ouch! [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2008, 18:13
How much studying did you do beforehand, or did you take it cold?
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Re: First Practice Test: Ouch! [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2008, 11:38
this is your first GMAT practice test ever? if so, 580 is on track for 700. in other words, it's good
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Re: First Practice Test: Ouch! [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2008, 14:54
I had been doing basic studying for a bit, nothing concrete. I bought the Manhattan GMAT quant books and a basic math review book, and went through those first (math isn't my strong suit!). I didn't do much studying for verbal at all, so I can get started at that and focus my studying now.

Hopefully when I take another practice on Saturday I'll get a better score, and show some improvement. Thanks for all the kind words
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Re: First Practice Test: Ouch! [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2008, 15:44
Most 700+ people seem to start off in the "mid-500s to low-600s" range and work their way up with consistent preparation...I can't recommend the Official Guide enough. It's a killer resource.

Also, remember to keep and refer constantly back to your "errors" log!! I think that alone resulted in a 50-pt increase in my score.
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Re: First Practice Test: Ouch! [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2008, 02:37
It is good no doubt :)
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Re: First Practice Test: Ouch! [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2008, 12:45
Thanks all. I took my second practice test and got a 600. A small improvement, but it's a start. Seems I made quite a few errors on SC, so I'm gonna focus on that. I'll continue with my quant review, no specific area, just everything in general.
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