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Need help... GMAT in 3 weeks [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2012, 16:24
Hi,

I have my exam on August 9, 2012.

I was confident that I'll will score around 700. But, today I'm all shattered as I got 430 in my practice test. (V:16, Q:34).

I don't know how to prepare for the remaining days. I have lost hopes :(
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Was this your first practice test, or have you scored higher on previous tests?

If this was your first test, you should assume that you are not ready to get a high score in 3 weeks. Commit some more time to studying the material and taking practice tests. If you have scored well in the past, you need to figure out why this test was different. How was your timing? Were you unusually tired or stressed? Did you take the test all in one session with essay and IR? If so, did you do that previously?

Let me know a little more about your experience, and I'll be happy to give you some more detailed advice.
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Re: Need help... GMAT in 3 weeks [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2012, 19:00
Yes this was my first test. But I have been studying for a while now.

I have studied 8 Manhattan books, but didnt solve all the questions from the 12th edition.

I thought I'm ready to score as my short test (verbal/quant only) were good.

I'm clueless... should I postpone my test? Or I should be studying from some other material.
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Re: Need help... GMAT in 3 weeks [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2012, 21:48
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If you're hoping for a very high score, then yes, postpone your test. Keep in mind that 700 is a very high score, and most people *never* reach that score. That's what makes it desirable! It's like having a million dollars--if everyone had a million dollars, it wouldn't get you much. If you want a high score, you're going to have to put a whole lot of time and effort into the preparation process. Without knowing more about your particular skills and situation, it's hard for me to say how long it will take you to improve, but many students spend months of hard work (15+ hours/week) to get a 100-150 point improvement. This is a tough test, and it has a lot to it. If you're really committed to this task, you'll need to work on solidifying your skills and putting them into practice under time pressure. The endurance element is also very important, so you should also get used to taking *full* timed tests. If you have our books, you have access to 6 CATs. You can also get 2 free CATs from mba.com. Use these exams periodically to see how you're doing. Don't waste them by breaking them up; take the whole test--essay, IR, and all.

Schedule your test when you've gotten a score you'd be happy with on at least one full CAT exam. Before that point comes, you'll probably find that you need to work back through parts of our strategy guides, looking for holes in your performance and reviewing until those holes are patched up. Use the "Generate Assessments" feature on the CAT Exams page in your Student Center to run a comprehensive assessment of your exams and identify focus areas. Try using the review process I described in this post earlier today: 40-days-of-study-a-waste-down-and-depressed-135595.html

Good luck!
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