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GMAT in next 10 days - Should I reschedule? [#permalink] New post 19 May 2012, 07:20
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My test day is due in next 10 days and I am still struggling with the timing. I have taken 4 mock tests so far - 1 GMAT Prep and 3 MGMAT CAT and I was not able to finish any one of them with a second to spare. I had to rush through all of these tests for last 8-10 questions, particularly in Quant.

I would like to score anything above 700 and I feel that I am capable to do so provided I complete the test.

1) Considering above factors in mind, should I postpone my GMAT or Should I go ahead and take the test just to get an experience of what it feels like ?

2)Would I be better taking GMAT before IR pops in? I tried some sample questions in IR and I do not think that I will be any good at them and that's the reason why I booked my test date on 31st May.

3) Would taking the GMAT make any sense when I know that I am not even able to complete the test, which proves that I am not ready yet?

My Scores

gmat prep1 - 620 don't remember, I have got this overwritten because I took gmatprep1 again today.
mgmat cat1 - 540 Q31,V34 ( left many questions blank)
mgmat cat2 - 690 Q45,V38
mgmat cat3 - 650 Q45,V34
gmat prep1 - 690 Q47,V38
gmat prep2 - 660 Q47,V34
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Re: GMAT in next 10 days - Should I reschedule? [#permalink] New post 20 May 2012, 04:07
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1) You should try to find a way to improve in the next 1-2 wks. You will be penalized for questions you do not answer on the test. So you MUST finish the exam or risk losing some points at the end. This test is not just about getting the questions right, it's also a timing thing.

2) IR is going to require you to do more preparation and getting used to the questions. If you have the time for that preparation, go ahead for the exam section. Right now, seems like your time is better spent improving your speed

3) You can still get a decent score if you are close to finished. But don't discount the possibility of freaking out on the exam and usually you might not finish by 1-2 questions, but on real exam just make sure that number doesn't get to 6-10.
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Re: GMAT in next 10 days - Should I reschedule? [#permalink] New post 20 May 2012, 04:25
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My test day is due in next 10 days and I am still struggling with the timing. I have taken 4 mock tests so far - 1 GMAT Prep and 3 MGMAT CAT and I was not able to finish any one of them with a second to spare. I had to rush through all of these tests for last 8-10 questions, particularly in Quant.

I would like to score anything above 700 and I feel that I am capable to do so provided I complete the test.

1) Considering above factors in mind, should I postpone my GMAT or Should I go ahead and take the test just to get an experience of what it feels like ?

2)Would I be better taking GMAT before IR pops in? I tried some sample questions in IR and I do not think that I will be any good at them and that's the reason why I booked my test date on 31st May.

3) Would taking the GMAT make any sense when I know that I am not even able to complete the test, which proves that I am not ready yet?

My Scores

gmat prep 1 - 620
mgmat cat1 - 540
mgmat cat2 - 690
mgmat cat3 - 650
gmat prep 1 - 690



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I really need your advice on above post because I am running out of time. If I have to reschedule the test , I have to do so in next 2 days.

1) I would personally not like anything below 700, meaning thereby I am not going to utilize any score that is less than 700.I will be writing the test again to cross the 700 barrier. Would it make sense to go ahead and still take the test as scheduled on 31st ?

2) Considering that I have not been able to cross the 700 barrier in any of the practice tests so far, Is there still a chance that I can cross 700 on the test day ? Do people generally score more on the actual gmat compared to what they score in gmatprep ?

3) How much time would it take to study for IR. lets say if I reschedule my test for August end. Keeping August reserved for mock tests, would 2 months June & July will be sufficient to improve the score from high 650 range to 720+ while learning IR simultaneously. I can devote 3 hours from Mon to fri and 5 hrs on Sat/Sun.

4) Does experience of having taken the actual gmat once provides any benefit on second attempt ? I mean if I go ahead and take the test now and then I go for second attempt somewhere down the line would I be more confident for second attempt considering that I have actually attempted the GMAT earlier.?
PS: I have taken all my tests under official conditions, So i am not quite sure how much of difference and actual GMAT can bring forward in preparing me further.
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Re: GMAT in next 10 days - Should I reschedule? [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2012, 11:40
I am in the same dilemma .. and tomorrow is the last day on which I can reschedule.. :oops:

What did you do? Did you reschedule , if Yes... Have you taken the test yet?

If you did,do you think that your decision of rescheduling was a good one?

On the other hand, if you did take the test without rescheduling.. what score were you able to achieve?

And would it have helped if you had rescheduled?

Thanks for any help...
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Re: GMAT in next 10 days - Should I reschedule? [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2012, 22:52
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hiteshjoshi wrote:
I am in the same dilemma .. and tomorrow is the last day on which I can reschedule.. :oops:

What did you do? Did you reschedule , if Yes... Have you taken the test yet?

If you did,do you think that your decision of rescheduling was a good one?

On the other hand, if you did take the test without rescheduling.. what score were you able to achieve?

And would it have helped if you had rescheduled?

Thanks for any help...


If you do not feel prepared, re-scheduling is an option. Mind you, your prep test scores aren't perfect indicators of your GMAT score. They just give you an idea. But if you are not happy with your prep test scores, chances are very high that you will not be happy with your GMAT score. If you are certain that you will retake GMAT if you don't get the score you want, I would suggest you to wait for a bit longer and study a little harder to get the score you desire.
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Re: GMAT in next 10 days - Should I reschedule?   [#permalink] 17 Jun 2012, 22:52
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