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Practice Test Scores-Need your thoughts [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2008, 18:05
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I have been preparing for my GMAT for around 8 weeks now.I will taking it around 2 weeks from now. I am aiming for a score of 700, currently I am getting these scores in the practice tests:

GMATPREP-2 (without any preparation in November) -530
GMATPREP-1 (in December) -680
POWERPREP-1 (In Jan) - 640
POWERPREP-2(In Jan)- 660

I am planning to write GMATPREP-2 again next week
I wanted to ask you guys what in your opinion, would be good practice tests to take at this point of time.

Princeton?Kaplan? Please advise.


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Re: Practice Test Scores-Need your thoughts [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2008, 18:14
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Very promising indeed. A 680 on GMATPrep 1 puts you right in the contention for a 700, assuming you didn't get a lot of repeat questions you had seen before.

I recommend buying the Manhattan GMAT (MGMAT) book that works on your most problematic area. This will give you great instruction on one specific area as well as give you access to 6 free CATs that give an unprecedented level of feedback afterwards. Just don't be discouraged by the score, the math is much harder than the real test and scores for MGMAT tests are typically a good bit lower than what people score on the real thing.
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Re: Practice Test Scores-Need your thoughts [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2008, 18:42
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Why did you say you had a GMATprep2 before you had a GMATprep1?

Scoring 680 on a practice test, if the practice test is accurate, definitely puts you in a good position to hit 700. Most people get a little boost on test day due to stepping up. The clutch factor.
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Re: Practice Test Scores-Need your thoughts [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2008, 12:23
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Sorry to hear it. My first test didn't go as well as planned either; my timing got way off after I got stuck on a hard math question.

Timing is definitely important. Make sure you know the math formulas, grammar rules, etc., and how to apply them. Knowing your fundamentals so you can quickly recall them is really key. Also work on timing strategies, like process of elimination. I used Cracking the GMAT (Princeton Review book) for strategy and found the tips very helpful when I got stuck.

And keep taking practice tests, but be sure to review your answers carefully. If you're getting questions right untimed but wrong on the timed tests, then continue to work on GMAT-specific skills especially.
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Re: Practice Test Scores-Need your thoughts [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2008, 19:00
Tarmac, what did your practice scores look like before you pulled out your insane score on the real deal?
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Re: Practice Test Scores-Need your thoughts [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2008, 12:36
Thanks guys for your inputs. I randomly selected GMATPREP -2 initially without any preparation.

Also, I found that I have enough time while working on the Quant Section,but falling a little short in the Verbal Section and scoring less in sentence correction.I will probably go through MGMAT's Sentence Correction Guide
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Re: Practice Test Scores-Need your thoughts [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2008, 13:21
I scored 710 and 730 on the gmatpreps 1st pass, before reinstall. I think 20-ish points is reasonable to expect to get via an adrenalin boost on game day, for most people (some people do worse under pressure).
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Re: Practice Test Scores-Need your thoughts [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2008, 10:14
I took the GMAT Today and I ended up with 580..little disappointed.. I was expecting atleast 650 and aiming for 700...
I think I skewed because of mismanagement of time...for some reason in the real exam i could not manage time... and ended short on both Quant and Verbal. If I had completed both sections I guess I would have scored more.

I might re-take the exam..maybe in april... is a long gap advisable?..

The schools that I am aiming for Emory and Georgia State ..will still take 580, but I am thinking of increasing my chances by getting a better score...
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