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From 680 (gmatprep) to a 590 (real test). You can do it too!

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From 680 (gmatprep) to a 590 (real test). You can do it too! [#permalink] New post 01 May 2012, 09:47
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hi all,

So I took my test yesterday.
Basic background: I'm not very good in math or verbal(at least I thought I was okay)

I started studying on 7/1/2011. I averaged about 15-20 hours of studying per week as I work full-time.
I went through the quantitative section of the 60 day study guide in about 5 months. Then I browsed through the RC MGMAT book and read the SC and CR MGMAT books. I've done every single problem the in OG12 and the supplementals. I usually do a quick review of what I get wrong, but I don't go back to reattempt these problems.

Here are my test scores listed below.

7/1 550 (Q32, V33) gmatprep 1 (baseline)
1/7 640 (Q43, V35) gmatprep 1 retest
2/4 640 (Q44, V33) mgmat 1
3/10 650 (Q40, V39) mgmat 2
4/7 680 (Q44, V38) gmatprep2
4/26 620 (Q42, V34) gmatprep2 retest on the new gmatprep 2.0 software
4/30 590 (Q40, V31) real GMAT

after the 4/7 test I was feeling good. And I decided to go through Aristotle SC. I read the book cover to cover and did all the SC problems. I got approximately 75 of the 100 questions correct. Feeling good about the SC portion I went back to retake the gmatprep2 test to see my score plummet to 620. That test was unnerving, and 3 days later I get a 590. Notice my verbal dropped below my baseline score?


What should I do? I never bothered making an error log, perhaps in retrospect, I should have done so. I'm looking for a tutor at this point too, to help me identify my weaknesses.
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Re: From 680 (gmatprep) to a 590 (real test). You can do it too! [#permalink] New post 02 May 2012, 06:21
Sorry for your experience. I don't have any suggestions or advice. Faced the same thing on my GMAT. Read my story in my signature.

Did you try the new GMAT prep software? I would recommend trying that.

Good luck for the prep.
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Re: From 680 (gmatprep) to a 590 (real test). You can do it too! [#permalink] New post 02 May 2012, 09:27
thanks for your response! I just went over to read your post! You scored very well on your practice tests! Let's shake this one off.
Yes, I tried the new gmatprep software for my last practice tests, and that is when I saw the regression from 680 to 620. I mean I guess those scores are still well within range of my other scores.

Anyways, I feel that I am more pumped up for this next go around. I am going to try and study hard and stay focused each day after work. I've also hired a GMAT tutor that will tutor me for 2 hour sessions each week (possible 2 x 2 hr per week on certain weeks).

I think my main problem is that I am able to solve most of the 600 difficulty problems, however, my fundamentals are not strong enough for me to identify what technique I need to use in order to solve the problem, especially on the quantitative side. I hope the tutor will help me identify my weaknesses and then give me direction to strength them. Also concurrently, I'm planning to go once more through the MGMAT book and this time largely ignoring the advanced sections.
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