Took the GMAT on 11/7 after 2.5 months of studying with Kaplan
I am actually not depressed at this point because maybe that is where I am and top schools are not for me.
GMAT history GMAT 1 (12/08): 590 (V29/Q42)
GMAT 2 (3/09): 640 (V35/74%, Q43/68%) Kaplan
Diag (8/23/09): 670 (V36/Q44)
CAT1 (9/19/09): 710 (V42/Q49)
CAT3 (9/26/09): 660 (V27/Q50)
CAT4 (10/3/09): 670 (V29/Q51)
CAT2 (10/11/09): 680 (V30/Q52)
CAT5 (10/17/09): 640 (V29/Q47)
UPT1 (10/24/09): 670 (V48%/Q99%)
CAT6 (10/31/09): 620 (V35/Q40)
GMATPREP1 (11/02/09): 680 (V32/Q50)
GMATPREP2 (11/04/09): 620 (V34/Q43)GMAT 3 11/07/09: 640 (Q46/V31)
My practice scores have ranged from 710 to 620, with Q ranging from 43 to 51 and V ranging from 30 to 41.
I had a 8am appointment. The night before I simply went through all my cliff notes and the kaplan
pocket guide. I went to sleep at 10p and woke up at 530a. I did 5 math problems before I left for the test center (I was not going to check my answers, but one problem stumped me so I checked the answer but I did get all 5 correct).
I did my 2 AWA and I felt I did okay (since they don't really count). Took my break and came back for Quant. Quant started great. In fact question 3 was the same (90% similar) question I saw on GMATPREP 2 days (which I got wrong) so I knew I got that one right. Everything was going great until about question 8 and it got HARD fast. I was really confident at that time and probably spend a little too much time on 8, 9, 10 to get them absolutely right. By Q25 I was at 35 minute left and I started to panic little. I made a few guesses and just got the last question in before time expired. I knew I did not do as well as on the CATS to get Q50 but I did not think I bombed it.
Took the second break and had a chocolate bar. Started verbal. The verbal questions seem easier than the Kapaln ones (especially the RC). I understood all 4 RC passages and was fairly confident in my answers. The last RC passage I rushed a little due to time but it was a short passage. I finished Q41 with 1:30 on the clock. Submit
I think because I am 70 points lower than one of my practice CATS, this might be a case where a retake is a good idea?
BUT I have to report a score to 2 schools I already applied to. Which is better? In fact my unofficial over ranking is only 75% versus 76% in march.
I registered right away to take it again on 12/12. It will be my FINAL attempt. Any advice for a 4 weeks study plan?
- I figure I am going to get anywhere from Q46 to Q50 so I think it is best to focus on verbal because it seems like a high verbal score does a lot more to the overall socre.
- Not even looking to get 700+ at this point. Just 680 so the top schools know I am not incompetent
I think the Kaplan course
was good but maybe it did not work for me. What can I do in four weeks to make a 40-50 points improvement? (focusing primarily on RC, SC, and CR).