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04 Feb 2012, 16:33
Hello there guys.

After some prep, I decided to attempt a test with the official GMATprep software. I kept it as realistic as possible, except for the fact that I didn't do the AWA, as I haven't even read what it's about.

But the rest was very similiar to what i think the actual exam will be like: I timed my break, used the Manhattan GMAT test simulation booklet and marker, and tried to manage my time properly.

RESULT: 760, Q50, V41 (GMATprep practice test 2)

1st question: How do the separate Q and V scores scale? because 41 looks A LOT lower than 50, but I don't know if they scale the same way.

2nd question: I read around that the verbal section is changing, especially the SC part (no idioms, more meaning), and a lot of people seems to have reported consistely lower scores in the verbal section in the actual GMAT compared to the prep tests - Is there any material i can find to improve my Verbal performanceas it seems to be my weak spot (especially SC)? or is it all outdated?

3rd question: the AWA - how much time do you think I need to prepare it? I knwo it depends on a lto of factors, but keeping in mind that I haven't done a single essay, what do you reckon?

final question - considering how my pratice test went
(actually I felt I coudl have done better in the Quant section, I was behind in time in the middle so I had to rush several questions, and I got wrong two relatively easy question because I didnt' remember a couple things - also I still have a lot of material to go trough: GMATprep practice test 1, all 6 MGMAT cats, most of the difficult Quantitative Review practice questions, and the MGMAT advanced quant book - I think I can improve my timing quite a lot), when do you think I can take the actual GMAT? I really don't want to score less than 720 in the real thing, and I'd like at least a 5 in the AWA.
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04 Feb 2012, 16:44
gmat-scores-83890.html

A 41 is an outstanding verbal score. According to the above table, it's 92nd percentile. The AWA I've heard is not too important if you are a native English speaker as long as you score at least a 5 out of 6, if I understand correctly. I've been told that a person shouldn't spend more than a few days, at most, to study for the AWA. However, the time/stamina it takes may impact the score of your other sections on test day (if you don't do practice tests with the AWA).
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04 Feb 2012, 23:20
Hey, must say great score and ur right there...so u don't have to prep much...
davidecibel wrote:
2nd question: I read around that the verbal section is changing, especially the SC part (no idioms, more meaning), and a lot of people seems to have reported consistely lower scores in the verbal section in the actual GMAT compared to the prep tests - Is there any material i can find to improve my Verbal performanceas it seems to be my weak spot (especially SC)? or is it all outdated?

try MGMAT SC, this book is considered as BIBLE in GMAT world.....
davidecibel wrote:
3rd question: the AWA - how much time do you think I need to prepare it? I knwo it depends on a lto of factors, but keeping in mind that I haven't done a single essay, what do you reckon?

AWA won't take much time..go through this

how-to-get-6-0-awa-my-guide-64327.html
AWA is all templated...don't worry much about it..
hope this expl helps.
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