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GMAT --> GRE? Help! [#permalink]
29 Jul 2013, 06:18
My GMAT study has been extremely disconcerting, and with only three weeks to go now, I am thinking I need to try the GRE. I took a diagnostic test, and although my score didn't seem to be much better than what I was scoring on the GMAT, the test definitely felt more comfortable to me.
Has anyone switched from GMAT prep to GRE prep? How did you study? Do you know of where I can get a very solid study plan? I would prefer to take the test in three weeks [crazy, I know, but I have so many work trips after then I think it would be hard to study], and hoping some of this GMAT prep [Knewton online course] will be of help. If I am going to do this, I need to completely switch gears NOW as time is running out!
I just took the diagnostic GRE test with no studying. I realized that I would have a lot of vocabulary to learn, and since I hadn't gotten to reviewing geometry in the GMAT study, this would be important. I would also need to keep my mind focused on Reading Comprehension. Either way, I scored:
This is how my GMAT scores have been:
6/14/2008: 540 (Q- 29, V- 36) [did this with minimal studying 5 years ago]
6/14/2013: 570 (Q- 35, V- 34) [Diagnostic to start my GMAT prep]
7/2/2013: 540 (Q- 30, V- 35)
7/27/2013: 540 (Q- 30, V- 35)
Sadly enough, if I can't get anything up to the 700ish range I am probably wasting my time on these applications. Sad.
If the switch does seem worth the effort, I have a few questions that someone might have some answers to:
1. How do you switch gears from studying for the GMAT to the GRE? What information should I continue to use/study in my brain?
2. On that note, I have been using the Knewton software to study for the GMAT, and I have access to the MGMAT set of books [thanks, b-school neighbor!]. Should I continue at least the math sections [without Data Sufficiency] in these materials? What of this can I continue to use? What other things should I add to my collection?
3. I have read so many negative articles about why you should take the GMAT and not the GRE. But would it be better for me to score well [hopefully] on the GRE instead of poorly on the GMAT? And on that note, I feel like I need a more valid excuse as to why I took the GRE instead of the GMAT if someone asks... anyone got a good-sounding reason?
4. Has anyone done this before? Lessons learned? Advice on how to do this in three weeks?