mbafall2011 - would be able to share which practice test you are using ? Got scared by seeing your experience. I am also scoring at the range of 700 in the practice test. Target is to go for 720+. I am using Manhattan and GmatPrep so far. Not sure how it will boil down to in the actual test.
I was using Manhattan GMAT
and GMAT prep. I did the one free test on Gmat club and that was very accurate in terms of percentile.
Have you already booked your date. In my case, i had somethings going on which forced me to either give my exam now or i had to postpone it till nov. I thought i was doing well on the practice tests. One fact i missed was that the Manhattan gmat
scores were always below 40. I should have seen this coming but nevertheless i kept hoping things will be good in the real test.
In my case, after my awa, i spent 2 minutes extra outside in the lobby by accident. they tell you that you have 8 minutes but i didnt have a watch and by the time i was checked in i was over by 2 minutes. This caused me to panic for the first 10 questions. Probably the cause of my downfall but- all that happens happens for the best so i shall try again and hopefully prepare better. I got a 6 in my AWA! that was rewarding!
If you have booked your date, i would say give it anyway. If you havent booked your date, then GMAT Prep is an accurate representation of the real test. Also, one thing that i havent seen mentioned anywhere is -
You dont get blank scratch paper. You get a glossy writing sheet at least in the US (SF bay area) with sharpie like pens. The paper has lines- both horizontal and vertical which was annoying me as at times i couldnt tell what i had written 1 or 4 or something else.
Second: Practice test should be written with industrial strength headphones- the ones that cancel noise(not the battery operated ones that you use on planes- more like the kind you use when you are in the lab or using a leaf blower). You will get these in home depot etc. That headphone is kinda tight and applies pressure on your head.
Good luck. Let me know how it goes.