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Re: Gmat Prep - Hit A Wall!! [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2010, 20:18
I haven't done any tests since GMATPrep 1 (scored 650). I do plan on taking a Kaplan CAT this Sat though. I will no doubt share my results on this forum.

Thanks Dawgie. I have OG 11 so will practice with that as well if I have time.
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Re: Gmat Prep - Hit A Wall!! [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2010, 20:39
Just finished with the Kaplan CAT 3 and got a miserable 37 on the quant section. I opted to not even sit for the verbal section and quite frankly I now feel like crap.

The biggest problem with Kaplan is the wordiness of their quant problems. I found myself reading confusing passages that do not normally appear in OG. Still, how I could go backwards from 40 to 37 is beyond me. Once again, my problem was spending too much time on each question. I felt rushed throughout, particularly towards the end which is never a good thing.

Change of plans - I will buy the MGMAT practice exams instead and practice with those. Does anyone know how accurate the kaplan CATs are compared to the real thing? I would be very worried if 3 weeks out and I'm scoring 37.
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Re: Gmat Prep - Hit A Wall!! [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2010, 23:20
If you have the opportunity, I would recommend looking into a few of the GMATClub tests. They've been a good help in certain areas (but I wish do they didn't require so much long division).

After 4-5 you kind of get the jist of what the GMATClub tests are like, so I'm not sure if you need to purchase all, but at least try the free quant one out. I was consistently missing 3-4 due to dumb mistakes (not noticing the question specified an integer, or that x was positive, etc.), and it's helped me clean up my process.
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Re: Gmat Prep - Hit A Wall!! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2010, 12:52
Good luck on test day, I've enjoyed reading your progress updates and feel they are really helpful to someone weaker in quant than verbal. Let us know how it goes!
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Re: Gmat Prep - Hit A Wall!! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2010, 14:46
Thanks NewSc2 - I did take the free GMATClub test but decided not to buy the full set as I found the explanations inadequate in most instances. Nevertheless they are indeed valuable materials.

I’ll post up my GMATPrep 2 test score tomorrow and of course a full debrief upon completing the test.

Thank you all for the encouragement thus far!
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Re: Gmat Prep - Hit A Wall!! [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2010, 20:22
Took Prep2 test today and got a 670 :evil:

Overall: 44 Quant and 38 Verbal

I mucked up the last quant question (as time was expiring I got nervous) and literally 15 secs after I finished I worked out the correct answer. That's unfortunate but doesn't hide the fact that my progress in quant has been far less ideal than I had hoped. I think a 45 is about where my quant sits at the moment with a 2 point deviation. Had I avoided the silly mistakes on two of the last 4 questions, perhaps the quant score could have been 46.

In terms of verbal, while I can think a lot of negative thoughts (went backwards 2 points on GMATPrep1), truth is I feel a lot more confident today about SC than I did earlier. I still believe that I'm more than capable of pulling a 40+ score on verbal come test day. Optimistic? We'll see.

I need to remain positive and objective... the 670 score only spurs me on as I had planned to ease off a bit with studies and focus on getting the theory and mindset right but will instead ramp up the volume these last few days. I can potentially learn a fair bit from my past mistakes so plan on going through some previous questions which I found challenging.

Please feel free to comment on what you think I should do with 3 days to go.. Logic would suggest that focusing more on quant will help. I did notice that my knowledge on number properties appeared rusty so perhaps revisit the number properties book one more time?

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