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Keep getting 690 on GMATprep. Exam in 1 week. Goal= 710

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12 Apr 2014, 16:37
Hi All,

I was hoping I can get some insight from Gmatclub members. I have scored 690 on my last 2 GMAT prep exams, and I have an exam coming up next Saturday. My goal is to score 710 or better. Below I provided some details to explain my strengths/weaknesses.

GMAT Exam packet test #3 (690) 4/5/14
49Q -10 incorrect
(In quant, I made some silly mistakes on 4-5 questions.)
v35 - 17 incorrect
(I only got 6 of 17 SC correct!!! My RC & CR was in the 75-80% accuracy. I focused the next week on SC mostly.)

GMAT Exam packet test #4 (690) 4/12/14
49Q -6 incorrect
(I got 4 less incorrect, yet I still have the same score! My quant percentile actually went down from 85% to 83%. How is this possible? Making only 2 or 3 incorrect for entire quant section will be difficult.)
v34 - 12 incorrect
(I made 5 less mistakes but actually got a lower score. This was mostly due to the fact that I ran out of time and got the last 6 of 7 verbal questions wrong. My sentence correction drastically improved to 65% and that is considering that i got 4 SC incorrect due lack of time in the end. It would have been in the 80% range otherwise.)

For Quant, how can I improve from q49 to a 50-51? I got 4 less mistakes this time (on 4/12). The 6 questions I got wrong, were spread out and not in the beginning or end of the exam. 4 of these questions I found challenging and made an error. 2 incorrect choices were silly mistakes here.

For verbal, how can I improve my SC speed in a week? My RC and CR were hovering around 2min a question with about 75-80% accuracy so that is good time. If I didn't run out of time, I would have gotten a great score. Clearly I need to cut my SC by probably 15 seconds per question and keep the same accuracy. Should I just keep practicing questions and make sure I do not go over 1 minute 5 seconds for each?

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12 Apr 2014, 21:53
Just to be clear, you are taking the GMATPrep CATs, not printed tests from GMAC? "GMAT Exam Packet" was a unique phrasing there.

It is crucial that you finish the verbal section to boost your overall score. But, that doesn't mean you have to shave off time only from SC. Work on speeding up slightly on all three problem types, as that will probably be easier/smoother. See if you can be a little more aggressive on both CR and RC questions without compromising too much accuracy. And yes, do keep working on your SC skills as that first CAT you mentioned had a low SC score.

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13 Apr 2014, 06:52
GMAT Prep Exam Pack refers to the 2 online exams that one is able to buy from official GMAT site for 30-40$Moderator Joined: 10 May 2010 Posts: 825 Followers: 24 Kudos [?]: 396 [0], given: 192 Re: Keep getting 690 on GMATprep. Exam in 1 week. Goal= 710 [#permalink] Show Tags 13 Apr 2014, 07:08 I would suggest you to have a timing grid ready for verbal so that you pace yourself uniformly through the section. Take 5-6 sectional tests in Quant and try to minimize the errors. At Q50 V35 you will cross 700. _________________ The question is not can you rise up to iconic! The real question is will you ? Manager Joined: 10 Dec 2009 Posts: 88 GMAT 1: 750 Q47 V47 GPA: 3.6 Followers: 7 Kudos [?]: 22 [0], given: 0 Re: Keep getting 690 on GMATprep. Exam in 1 week. Goal= 710 [#permalink] Show Tags 13 Apr 2014, 16:58 Ah, I hadn't yet heard of the new GMAT Exam Pack. Thanks for clarifying. You have a week left to prep, so focus on the areas that you feel will give you the most rapid improvement on both Verbal and Quant. I recommend either one or two more full CATs to get you tuned up for the official thing: one: Wed/Thurs two: Tues and Thurs Take the day before your test off from prep to rest up mentally. Get some nice hard exercise to help yourself sleep that night and deal with stress. Good luck! _________________ Thomas Hall Intern Joined: 24 Oct 2013 Posts: 8 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 1 Re: Keep getting 690 on GMATprep. Exam in 1 week. Goal= 710 [#permalink] Show Tags 14 Apr 2014, 16:47 Thanks! I have work this week Monday through Wednesday so I will not be able to take full exams at this point... or at least I don't think they will help me in any way if I will take them after 10 hours of work. After reading some success stories on this forum, I also realized that I do not want to burn myself out by taking a practice exam a day or two before the actual thing. My schedule is as follows: Monday- 2 to 2.5 hours of study on SC and hard CR - main focus here is to keep good pace and try to maintain accuracy 80% Tuesday- same as Monday + 2 tough RC passages Wednesday- work then hang out with friends/relax at night Thursday- go over some tough math problem for 2 hours; 2 tough RC passages; 10 RC; 10 SC and minor review of SC notes I have Friday morning- practice AWA under timed conditions; practice 15 Integrated reasoning and review incorrect IR from previous week Friday afternoon/evening- go to gym, hang out with friends Saturday (test day)- Quant I should get a q49 (hopefully Q50). Verbal - my strategy will be to make sure i keep good pace in beginning even if it means getting extra 2-3 questions wrong. As I learned, getting 4-5 wrong in a row at the end will lower your score significantly. If i do this I should be able to get above a v35 (hopefully v37-39) Also, I keep getting 4s and 5s on my IR, but I do not think it will matter as long as I get a 700+ and a good AWA score. ThomasHall wrote: Ah, I hadn't yet heard of the new GMAT Exam Pack. Thanks for clarifying. You have a week left to prep, so focus on the areas that you feel will give you the most rapid improvement on both Verbal and Quant. I recommend either one or two more full CATs to get you tuned up for the official thing: one: Wed/Thurs two: Tues and Thurs Take the day before your test off from prep to rest up mentally. Get some nice hard exercise to help yourself sleep that night and deal with stress. Good luck! Manager Joined: 10 Dec 2009 Posts: 88 GMAT 1: 750 Q47 V47 GPA: 3.6 Followers: 7 Kudos [?]: 22 [0], given: 0 Re: Keep getting 690 on GMATprep. Exam in 1 week. Goal= 710 [#permalink] Show Tags 14 Apr 2014, 19:56 For most students, it is helpful to get a full CAT walk through close to the official test (but obviously not the day before, as that day is for resting up). It gets one in the zone. Of course, do what feels right for you. I'd do at least a little Quant prep sometime from Mon - Wed. Otherwise, your plan looks fine. Good luck! _________________ Thomas Hall Intern Joined: 04 Apr 2014 Posts: 2 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0 Re: Keep getting 690 on GMATprep. Exam in 1 week. Goal= 710 [#permalink] Show Tags 18 Apr 2014, 22:55 Hello, Started preparing for GMAT a month ago.I hav started solvin OG 13 from last 7days and nearly completed half of it with around 83% accuracy...I dont know whether this is good or bad....Plz help me in this regard Manager Joined: 10 Dec 2009 Posts: 88 GMAT 1: 750 Q47 V47 GPA: 3.6 Followers: 7 Kudos [?]: 22 [0], given: 0 Re: Keep getting 690 on GMATprep. Exam in 1 week. Goal= 710 [#permalink] Show Tags 19 Apr 2014, 08:57 Measuring progress requires timing your problem sets to match the official timing. Are you doing that? If so, 83% accuracy is good, depending on your goal score. Taking full CAT Sections is another great way to measure progress, but these obviously need to be spaced out properly in your prep. I'd recommend picking up my book GMAT Clarity. It sounds like you would greatly benefit from the guidance it contains on self-studying. _________________ Thomas Hall Intern Joined: 24 Oct 2013 Posts: 8 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 1 Re: Keep getting 690 on GMATprep. Exam in 1 week. Goal= 710 [#permalink] Show Tags 19 Apr 2014, 13:12 Got a 700! 50q 34v, 7 IR I feel relieved to cross 700 but at the same time a v34 is only 70% percentile. Given that I didn't do well in college English courses (b- and a c+) I am considering retaking the exam in a few weeks to see if I can get a higher verbal score. Math was actually tougher than I expected on real thing. I guessed a few questions, yet still go the highest quant score in all my attempts. Do you think a v34 will negatively impact my chances? ThomasHall wrote: Measuring progress requires timing your problem sets to match the official timing. Are you doing that? If so, 83% accuracy is good, depending on your goal score. Taking full CAT Sections is another great way to measure progress, but these obviously need to be spaced out properly in your prep. I'd recommend picking up my book GMAT Clarity. It sounds like you would greatly benefit from the guidance it contains on self-studying. Posted from my mobile device Founder Affiliations: AS - Gold, HH-Diamond Joined: 04 Dec 2002 Posts: 14241 Location: United States (WA) GMAT 1: 750 Q49 V42 GPA: 3.5 Followers: 3654 Kudos [?]: 22437 [0], given: 4450 Re: Keep getting 690 on GMATprep. Exam in 1 week. Goal= 710 [#permalink] Show Tags 19 Apr 2014, 14:03 Q50 is quite strong. V34 is a fine/good score 700 is a solid score as well. If you feel you can retake and make a difference then sure. You will be able to schedule the next exam in 31 days and pay another$250.

If you are applying to top 10 schools you can get it up to 720 just so that you are "average" and squre but I feel the difference between 700 and 720 is minor enough.
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20 Apr 2014, 07:56
What did you do for your verbal prep last round? It will help to know how much effort and time you have put in there and what resources you have used to give you advice on whether it makes sense to prep further there to boost your overall score.
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