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How many practice tests to take during prep? [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2010, 19:10
How many practice tests should be taken during the preparation for the GMAT? I know it is generally recommended to take one "diagnostic" test before beginning your preparations and one at the end of your preparation to quantify your progress and get an idea of how well you will do on test day. Should any tests be taken inside these two points during the preparation itself? What are the common milestones and strategies for taking a test concurrent with studying?
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Re: How many practice tests to take during prep? [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2010, 19:11
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How many practice tests should be taken during the preparation for the GMAT? I know it is generally recommended to take one "diagnostic" test before beginning your preparations and one at the end of your preparation to quantify your progress and get an idea of how well you will do on test day. Should any tests be taken inside these two points during the preparation itself? What are the common milestones and strategies for taking a test concurrent with studying?


Everyone is different but I would say at least two.
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Re: How many practice tests to take during prep? [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2010, 00:44
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How many practice tests should be taken during the preparation for the GMAT? I know it is generally recommended to take one "diagnostic" test before beginning your preparations and one at the end of your preparation to quantify your progress and get an idea of how well you will do on test day. Should any tests be taken inside these two points during the preparation itself? What are the common milestones and strategies for taking a test concurrent with studying?


Usually people will take about 5-8 tests. See this post to answer other questions: gmat-study-plan-for-gmat-novices-start-your-gmat-journey-80727.html
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Re: How many practice tests to take during prep? [#permalink] New post 09 May 2010, 09:47
What is the idea behind this (I mean taking 5 to 8 practice tests)? Do they serve as milestones to track the progress or just as means to get used to taking long tests?

It would be useful if people could indicate their final GMAT score and the number of practice tests taken during preparation.
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Re: How many practice tests to take during prep? [#permalink] New post 09 May 2010, 16:27
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What is the idea behind this (I mean taking 5 to 8 practice tests)? Do they serve as milestones to track the progress or just as means to get used to taking long tests?


Both. Your goal is to maximize value derived from the practice test (benchmarking and assessment for moving forward).

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It would be useful if people could indicate their final GMAT score and the number of practice tests taken during preparation.



You need to go through the debriefs in the share your GMAT experience forum for this information.
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Re: How many practice tests to take during prep?   [#permalink] 09 May 2010, 16:27
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