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Just took the diagnostic test in the Official Guide (OG) 13

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Just took the diagnostic test in the Official Guide (OG) 13 [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2012, 15:58
Real test is on the 31st.

I got "Above Average" in every category except for Problem Solving, which I got "Average"

There were probably less than 5 questions in total in which I honestly had no idea how to do. In all other cases I went back, and did it again and got it correct.

Which is kind of disappointing. ugh.....

Dammit.
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Re: Just took the diagnostic test in the Official Guide (OG) 13 [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2012, 01:37
anon1,

The diagnostic test is poorly designed. The large majority of questions are fairly difficult. Did you do these tests for diagnostic purpose(I am presuming that) or just for additional practice because you said your test in on the 31st?

Based on my experience with students, that is a good performance so I won't fret too much about it. Just keep any eye on your results on the Official GMATPrep Practice Tests, don't try to save them for a time closer to the exam.

I think GMAC test writers were lazy when it comes to writing this diagnostic test. I never give this diagnostic test to my students. An ideal diagnostic test would have questions with increasing difficulty, starting with the easiest so I can see where a student is starting to struggle. The Official Guide diagnostic test is way too hard for someone beginning there preparation. And all it does is to demoralize students.

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Re: Just took the diagnostic test in the Official Guide (OG) 13 [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2012, 20:39
scoring around 60% on the 700 level questions. ugh

600-700 level around 70-80% and the rest about 90%

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Re: Just took the diagnostic test in the Official Guide (OG) 13 [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2012, 21:28
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The diag is pretty tough in the OG and it is also hard to correlate to the real test.
Take a GMAT Prep or another CAT since you are just a few days away and only then worry about it.

Good luck on the 31st!

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Re: Just took the diagnostic test in the Official Guide (OG) 13 [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2012, 21:53
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The diag is pretty tough in the OG and it is also hard to correlate to the real test.
Take a GMAT Prep or another CAT since you are just a few days away and only then worry about it.

Good luck on the 31st!

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for that second post I actually meant in the rest of the book (each individual section)

but yeah, there's nothing I can do now. I've done everything I've possibly can these past 3 months, not gonna sweat it.
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Re: Just took the diagnostic test in the Official Guide (OG) 13 [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2012, 11:02
I highly recommend you take a complete break before the day of the exam. Hit the gym do light weights, eat a high protein diet. And stay off books.
And remember children, every question that comes your way at the day of the exam, you will make it your female pet dog. ( bad sentence correction here? )

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Re: Just took the diagnostic test in the Official Guide (OG) 13 [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2012, 21:11
you're saying to not even to do anything gmat related the day before?
what the heck do you do then

im taking it monday 11:15am
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Re: Just took the diagnostic test in the Official Guide (OG) 13 [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2012, 00:59
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you're saying to not even to do anything gmat related the day before?
what the heck do you do then

im taking it monday 11:15am


This is related to any and every exam or performance. Nothing. You do something that helps you release feel good hormones or endorphins.
This is scientifically proven.

You know the great Ronaldo?(I am not talking about Cristianos here), they say he had sex before the match.
You look at the best athletes in the world, they take a break or play a different sport altogether before the a big game. Why else do you think the Indian cricket team would play football?
Yes, to just be happy and mentally prepared.

You could either learn from that or do what most people do - learn through experience(s). (others' or your own).

I scored a 640/620/680/710 on Kaplan mocks(I know nowhere closer - but I wanted to take a GMAT prep too) and I did take one a day before the exam - under pressure scored a 580. I don't know what happened to my spirits and I got a 530 on the actual exam. The only negative I have is that I don't proof read - I still got a 5.5 on the AWAs but that's not the point. I scored an all time low on the verbal. Was my mind wandering off? Was I too tired? WAS I THINKING ABOUT ALL THE THINGS THAT I WAS YESTERDAY? Probably yes. I should've just relaxed and since I assume you know everything by now, a day shouldn't matter to you.

A day shouldn't matter to you; if you studied or you didn't.

So son, sit back. You have done all what you could. Don't drink or break a leg. Make love or listen to music or just play your favourite outdoor sport. And remember at the day of the exam you are invincible. You will get what you want cos you need it.
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Re: Just took the diagnostic test in the Official Guide (OG) 13 [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2012, 07:51
That's a pretty good post CaliNY, I like it.
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Re: Just took the diagnostic test in the Official Guide (OG) 13 [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2012, 09:41
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That's a pretty good post CaliNY, I like it.


Thanks. I wrote something long back. I read it every morning. It gives me a push. I will share it with you.

Fight yourself. Everyday. Over power yourself everyday. Beat yourself everyday. Out perform yourself everyday. Count every breath you take. And breathe one more the next day. Push yourself to a limit that is unknown. Jump everyday. Jump, to jump higher everyday. And one day gravity will no longer have its hold on you. When you jump, you will fly.

and yeah, all the best man!
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