After reading various online guides and many topics on this forum, I was under the impression that it is best to take as many practice tests as you can possibly handle before taking the real GMAT. The logic is pretty obvious: build up your stamina, simulate the test environment to reduce anxiety, figure out weaknesses, etc.
However, this morning I was reading Jeff Sackmann's GMAT Tips over on gmathacks.com, and he recommended something completely different. Sackmann recommended taking very few tests, just two to three, stating that your time would be better served working, analyzing, and reworking timed practice problems than taking actual CATs.
I have counted and found that I have about 50 days of 2-4 hours study time and about 15 days of 1-2 hours study time before my test. Thanks to the donation of materials from a friend, I also have the following CATs available:
2 - GMATPrep
6 - Manhattan GMAT
6 - Kaplan
4 - Princeton Review
Originally I was planning to dive into these CATs and take one every two to three days for preparation (in addition to working OG problems, reading the MGMAT guides
, etc.), but after reading Sackmann's article I am not so sure anymore.
What are your thoughts, is it better to work CATs or practice problems? (or a combination thereof?)