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How Should I Prepare During Final Week

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How Should I Prepare During Final Week [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2011, 12:00
Actually, I have 10 days to go before taking the exam.

I finished reviewing all 8 MGMAT books, then just took my first official practice exam (sans AWA). I scored 760 (47/47) and am quite shocked by receiving such a high score. My goal is at least 650 on the exam, with a secret goal of 700+, so I am obviously thrilled...but a bit suspicious. I hope this wasn't a crazy anomaly.

So far, I have read the 8 MGMAT books (stopped half way through sentence correction), and worked all problem solving and data sufficiency OG questions plus a handful of each type of verbal. I have not worked many verbal because my diagnostics put me at avg-above avg in quants, but excellent in verbal.

What do you experts suggest I concentrate on most during my last preparation week?

I am leaning toward spending about 3/4 of the remaining time on quant and the rest on verbal, since quant is such a lower percentile. Plus, I haven't even looked at AWA prep, but figure one day's practice on AWA should be sufficient??

Any suggestions would be appreciated. (PS, I am 48 years old, so a kick-ass score may help my prospects more than it would most people's). Based on the demographic statistics of the schools I have looked at, I would be the oldest student by quite a large margin. Funny, I don't feel THAT old.

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Re: How Should I Prepare During Final Week [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2011, 13:11
See my post here, and there are a few posts regarding the last month/weeks of studying... all-january-test-takers-124826.html

Its hard to give you advice without more details on your previous studying.

I would recommend at least a couple FULL LENGTH practice tests with AWA. (Here is the best post ever compiled showing how to get a 6 on AWA: how-to-get-6-0-awa-my-guide-64327.html) You need to give AWA some thought b/c anything less than a 4 and you're not going to a Bschool. Also, you need to see how it feels to do a full length test with AWA. Test day Stamina is so important, you should try to continue to build that. If you are truly shooting for 650+ and and threw a timed 760 down on a new test with AWA, then you should right on track for a strong test day. What are your previous test scores?

Also see my post here: 10-tips-to-improve-your-score-app-with-no-extra-studying-124393.html to study of on some of the intangibles to help you on test day. Remember a 760 on a practice test means nothing if you can't put down a score you're happywith on test day. So stay motivated, study hard, and put the GMAT behind you forever.

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Joined: 31 Dec 1969
Location: United States
Concentration: Marketing, Other
GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V38
GMAT 2: 660 Q V
GPA: 3.64
WE: Accounting (Accounting)
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Kudos [?]: 65 [0], given: 76940

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Re: How Should I Prepare During Final Week [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2011, 17:19
Thanks for the advice. I edited my initial post to provide more clear background information. I will be sure to spend time practicing for the AWA.
Re: How Should I Prepare During Final Week   [#permalink] 30 Dec 2011, 17:19
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