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Need guidance in taking the decision to give GMAT in 2 weeks [#permalink] New post 13 May 2012, 06:16
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I have been preparing for GMAT for last 3 months very seriously.
I have taken the date for Exam in April for 25th May.

I am yet to finish all the practice sets i posses e.g. LSAT RC, LSAT CR, latest Quant etc but felt comfortable to try the FULL GMATPrep1 test i.e. i sat for 4 hours and wrote the Argument and Issue essays too. (I had attempted it approximately an year before with 590 score :-( and didn't dare touch again ;-) )

My score is:

Quant: 48 (12 Q wrong)
Verbal: 41 (8 Q wrong)
Score: 710

Please find the attached screen shot for more detail score.
There was hardly any repeat Q for Quant and i did guess few Q to finish it in time but in the end i had 4+ minutes to spare and the 37th Q was so easy that i solved it in 5 seconds.

There were many repeat Q's in verbal from the practices content and even 1 RC Passages was also a repeat. Though i solved CR (no wrong) and RC (2 wrong) very confidently, i struggled in SC (6 wrong) :-( I had 4+ minutes to spare in verbal section and the last 2-3 Q's were very tough.

More details about the Test:

Out of 12 Wrong Quant Q's
6 PS; 1Q: silly mistake, 3Q: no idea how to solve and guessed after some try, 2Q Guessed after spending around 3 min
6 DS, 4Q: Silly mistakes, 1Q guessed after a 3 minute of try, 1Q No idea how to solve or approach

Out of 8 Wrong Verbal Q's
0 CR
2 RC, 1Q hurried answer without using PoE :-( 1Q wrong inference
6 SC

I am planning to give GMATPrep2 tomorrow.

I am on leave for next one week too and can extend it for one more week. Should i give the final push now and give the exam on 25th as scheduled or reschedule it for late in June to have some more to practice and to get acquaint with IR section. I am in no hurry to apply for a college as my primary goal as of now is to get a good GMAT score :-)

Looking forward for your review comments.
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Re: Need guidance in taking the decision to give GMAT in 2 weeks [#permalink] New post 13 May 2012, 06:26
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If you reschedule the test, you make an elective donation to the GMAC (you either pay for an entire sitting fee or a reschedule fee, depending how close to your exam date).

The best way to avoid silly mistakes is SLOW DOWN when reading the problem and working things out. You don't need to RUSH to stay on point for time. Your goal is be on a path to finish the test (some problems take more than average time, some take less. That's the whole point of averages). You're "no idea how to approach" usually means you are lacking in some fundamentals (content). The best way around this is find materials that specifically address the topic in question (algebra, geometry, trig, word problems, etc.).

Don't forget recognizable repeats will inflate your score. Use a different practice test (MGMAT, Kaplan, Veritas, etc.) to get a fresh perspective and use the next week to focus on your weaknesses.




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Re: Need guidance in taking the decision to give GMAT in 2 weeks [#permalink] New post 13 May 2012, 07:12
Thanks a lot mohater for your prompt response and wise advice. This is helpful.

More CATs should help me in avoiding the silly mistakes and pacing the test.
I indeed need more concept clarity in SC and in few topics in Quant for sure :-(
I will do more practice in weaker topics and few more CAT should be able to help in decision making.
My exam date is 25th may so i have few more days to decide if i should be donating $50 more to GMAC :-(
What say?
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Re: Need guidance in taking the decision to give GMAT in 2 weeks [#permalink] New post 13 May 2012, 07:58
Only problem with current GMATPrep1 score is that it had 4-5 Q in Quant and many Verbal Q as repeat so it may be skewed.
let me see how GMATPrep2 goes tomorrow ;-)
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Re: Need guidance in taking the decision to give GMAT in 2 weeks [#permalink] New post 13 May 2012, 09:28
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Taking practice tests is not a good means of working out smaller problems (what you call "silly mistakes".)

When you do practice problems, try to keep the GMAT test environment intact. Keep track of time, mark ones you guess on/aren't sure about, etc. Keep an error log.

It's up to you if you want to reschedule the test.
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Re: Need guidance in taking the decision to give GMAT in 2 weeks [#permalink] New post 14 May 2012, 10:33
Thanks
i m maintaining an error and its helping.
I did solve more (150+) Quant (PS + DS) problems today and realize one more idiotic thing i am doing :|
I am not maintaining my rough work area (paper/scratch pad) very neat and clean. I selected wrong answers for many DS and few PS problems due to silly mistakes caused by my messy rough workbook :-(
Any patter or best practice suggestion for maintaining a neat and clean rough work area in the scratch pad or paper book?

Lot of people say that u don't even need to pick the pen or write a single line for solving most of the Quant Problems (specially DS). How true is that? I am using pen in almost all of the 700+ level q :-(
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Re: Need guidance in taking the decision to give GMAT in 2 weeks [#permalink] New post 14 May 2012, 11:58
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I have no idea where you're getting "Lot of people say that u don't even need to pick the pen or write a single line for solving most of the Quant Problems (specially DS)". I used my writing pad like crazy.
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Re: Need guidance in taking the decision to give GMAT in 2 weeks [#permalink] New post 14 May 2012, 12:25
please bear with me and my madness :-(
thanks for clarifying one of the doubt ;-)
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Re: Need guidance in taking the decision to give GMAT in 2 weeks [#permalink] New post 16 May 2012, 08:12
I gave GMATPrep2 today:

Quant (14 wrong) 47
Verbal (7 wrong) 41
Score 720

Quant
9 Wrong DS
Guessed 5 DS Problems (2 guess as i was not able to solve in 3 minutes so guessed them and 3 guess in last 8 Q to
finish exam in time)

5 Wrong PS
Guessed 3 PS in last 8 Q to finish exam in time

Verbal
4 SC, 1Q Tense, 2 Pronoun, 1 Parallelism
2 RC, (Misread one Q leading to a wrong answer), 1Q from 4th RC passage which i didn't understand much
1 CR, strengthen Q

I am trying to sit for 4 hour - hour in a single stretch and finish more practice material.
Any General strategy related suggestion?
Any best practice suggestion for Pacing?
There are still 2-3 silly mistakes due to Q misread, Calculation Idiocy, Messy Rough work area :-(
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Re: Need guidance in taking the decision to give GMAT in 2 weeks [#permalink] New post 21 May 2012, 08:37
MY MGMAT 1 score i gave just now

Quant 45 77 %
Verbal 38 85 %
Total 690 91%

more details to follow :-(
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Re: Need guidance in taking the decision to give GMAT in 2 weeks [#permalink] New post 21 May 2012, 08:42
you should take it. you took a practice and did really well. don't psyche yourself out by making it by prolonging it. you have prepared and you are ready.
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Re: Need guidance in taking the decision to give GMAT in 2 weeks [#permalink] New post 22 May 2012, 00:05
Dear All,
Thanks a lot for you suggestions.

I gave a full MGMAT CAT 1 yesterday and try to have conditions similar to Test Day and Center.

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Quant 45 77 % Review
Verbal 38 85 % Review
Total 690 91%

Following are my findings:

Quant
PS 11 Wrong, 8Q of 700 to 800 level and 3Q of 600 to 700 level, (3 Silly calculation mistakes)

DS 6 Wrong, 3Q of 700 800 level, 2Q of 600 700 level, 1Q 300 500 level, (2 traps, 1 Silly Mistakes of choosing wrong answer on screen)

Verbal
SC (3-4 repeat Q) 4Q wrong, 3Q of 700 800 level, 1Q of 600 700 level
In SC, 2Q wrong due to lack of concept clarity e.g. using would or will, Infinitive or Gerund as a subject , 1Q for Meaning Clarity, 1Q is due to a SC trap :-( I was not not able to identify the SC trap of correcting the mistake but inserting a new error in wrong answer choice

CR (3-4 Repeat Q) 5Q wrong , 3Q of 700 800 level, 1Q of 600 700 level, 1Q of 300 500 level,
I took 3 min and 45 second for each of the two wrong Q

RC (1 Repeat RC passage and 3 new RC passages)
In RC, 6Q wrong, 3Q Inference (All 3 700 800 level), 3Q Specific Detail (Anchor Phrase) (2Q 600 700 level and 1 Q 700 800 level) I took 5 min to answer a wrong Q ad 5 min to answer a Right Q, Its criminal :-(, i should have guessed and move on after 2 min but didn't realize that its already 4-5 minutes as i was ahead of time as per y mile stones and thought of sparing a minute or two extra :-(

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I feel that i am not prepared and i should not hurry for giving GMAT soon.
Somewhere within i am feeling it but not accepting it due to false sense of satisfaction from the Prep Tests.

I still have issues in:

1) Pacing the test specially in Quant
2) Accuracy in stress and time constraints ( Without time constraints i am scoring 100% in RC/CR of even at 700 800 level but in exam it reduced to 50% and 60%)
3) Concept Clarity in SC is still an issue on top of it my not so good Vocab causing issues instrictly Meaning Clarity SC problems.
4) CR Mimic the argument is and Strengthen questions are still an issue

What is the ideal time to stop finding answer to a CR Q and move with a guess?
How to find that I am taking more than 2 minutes?
I understand pacing will improve with more practice but realization doesn't come very efficiently in the practice exam. I don't think looking at watch after every Q is a good practice?
I was able to do the RC 100% correct post exam.
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Re: Need guidance in taking the decision to give GMAT in 2 weeks [#permalink] New post 22 May 2012, 00:38
I need at list 700 for my target colleges (1 year course in ISB/IIM-A/IIM-C). I am an Indian Male and Software Engineer (4 year in Oracle and 3 Years in HP) from a college which is Non-IIT, Non-NIT and not anywhere in top 100 Indian Colleges)
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