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GMAT 4 Weeks Away - Need a Fair Assessment! [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2008, 07:33
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So I'm taking the GMAT on March 3rd, and wanted some opinions on how well I've been studying, what else you think I need, if I'm on the right track, etc.

Most recent CAT scores:
GMAT Prep 1: 590 (forgot Q&V scores at the moment)
Paper GMAT: 600 (forgot Q&V scores at the moment)
MGMAT Cat 1: 620 (Q40, V35)
MGMAT Cat 2: 670 (Q40, V41) - yesterday


I've been doing between 10-20 questions a night from each of the 5 sections from OG11, and I still have about half way to go until I finish every question in there. Also, I've been referring to my error log and going back to q's that I got wrong to see if I can get them right and had about a 75% success rate with those.

Other resources I have are:
- Kaplan online material from the course (but it expires next week, I'm thinking of calling them to have them extend it just in case)
- MGMAT Word Translations book (I've completed the first 2 chapters)
- 5 more MGMAT CATs
- Paper tests for extra practice during the week (I don't really sit and take the whole thing in one shot, but I time myself and split them up over 2 nights after work)

I've been taking a practice test every Sun so far - with 4 weeks left, when should I take the MGMAT ones, and when should I take GMATPrep? Also, what else do you think I should do in this next month to make sure I have a good chance of getting 700+? Am I on the right track?

Also, I'm planning on purchasing the GMAT Club Challenges - do I have enough time for this?
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Re: GMAT 4 Weeks Away - Need a Fair Assessment! [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2008, 14:20
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Definitely purchase the challenges. However don't get discouraged by them as they are pretty hard. You have a month, even if you get through half of them it is well worth your time and money.
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Re: GMAT 4 Weeks Away - Need a Fair Assessment! [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2008, 19:44
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GMAT Preps give a very good estimate of your score. I took one earlier in my preparation and the second one closer to exam date. This allowed me to gauge my areas of improvement. I also took couple of MGMAT, Princeton and Kaplan tests. Among these I found MGMAT to be best and Kaplan to be worst. My MGMAT test scores ware 20-30 points less than GMATPrep and actual test score. But there is no way to say that you will have same. I would suggest

Identify your weak areas and focus on them.
Keep an error log and so you do not keep making similar mistakes. It will take quite a bit of time but remember "quality over quantity"
Keep taking tests (including AWA) to improve your focus and timing.
Check all questions irrespective of whether you got it right or wrong. In practice tests picking the correct answer is not enough. You need to pick it for right reasons.
Do not get nervous and stay calm.

Hope this helps and good luck
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Re: GMAT 4 Weeks Away - Need a Fair Assessment! [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2008, 07:36
Thanks for the input! As I'm going through my error log w/ OG, I make note of the topic of the questions I got wrong and it's more specific topic. It's much easier to learn from my mistakes in Quant, but how do you go about doing it for Verbal?

For example, I find that I'm messing up a lot in Argument Evaluation - how does one study and improve upon that topic?
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Usually what I observe, myself included, the real tests yields a score very close to (+/- 20 points) of your GMATPrep and Manhattan GMAT averages. That said, I'd definitely recommend the challenges to move your score up a tad. You have 4 weeks, which is plenty of time to seriously improve certain areas.
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Re: GMAT 4 Weeks Away - Need a Fair Assessment! [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2008, 08:33
Writing back to say that I'm about 3 weeks away from test day and I need more input:

Any advice on how can I work the Challenges into my schedule if I work full time? I still have not purchased them and I'm debating whether I should, and I have about 1/3 of the OG left to complete. What are your suggestions?
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Re: GMAT 4 Weeks Away - Need a Fair Assessment! [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2008, 09:08
I think the challenges are really geared towards 48+ quant scores. In your case I would really drill the OG problems and make sure you have the basics down cold for the test. Best of luck!
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Re: GMAT 4 Weeks Away - Need a Fair Assessment! [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2008, 20:10
Tangaroo, In addition to other suggestions, I would suggest you to take couple of CATS around the same time you have your GMAT scheduled. That will get you into an habit of being mentally active during that particular time of day. Good luck
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Re: GMAT 4 Weeks Away - Need a Fair Assessment! [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2008, 06:13
Quick update, and a little bit of frustration - what do you think now?

See my previous CAT scores above. Since then, I've scored a 660 on a MGMAT last week, I took a PowerPrep this past Sat and scored 650 and then I took a MGMAT the day after and scored 580! The weird thing is that I was feeling pretty confident about the MGMAT as I was doing it.

I know you guys say that MGMAT is not that accurate, but still pretty good - what do you think about this huge drop? Any thoughts or suggestions? I feel like I'm running out of time now that I have less than 2 weeks left.
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Re: GMAT 4 Weeks Away - Need a Fair Assessment! [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2008, 06:23
I wouldn't get upset about the drop. That's why it is probably best to stay away from those cats because they will blow your confidence, especially before a test. Stick to official sources GMATPREP, and to some degree PP
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Re: GMAT 4 Weeks Away - Need a Fair Assessment! [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2008, 06:51
I have time before the test for 4 more CATs (two this upcoming weekend, 2 more the next weekend) - what should I do? Take the other PP, retake GMATPrep 1 and do GMATPrep 2 - then I still need one more!

Should the MGMAT be used more for timed practice then? And I still have some paper ones for during the week practice.
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