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Realistic score increase after 1st practice test [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2013, 11:34
I am 30yrs old and haven't taken any type of test in about 10 years. Haven't taken any math/calculus class or any class at all for that matter in 10 years. I didn't even know what kind of test the GMAT was, and I had no idea it was a computer-adaptive test that gave you progressively easier/harder questions based on how you answered the previous questions.

Anyway, all of that said, I took the Manhattan practice test the other day and scored a 560. That is the 51st percentile, and both quantitative and verbal were almost identical in scoring. This literally not knowing a thing about what I was getting into beforehand. I'm just curious what sort of improvement I should expect with rigorous studying/classes? I know that is hard to answer, but I have seen some people say about 60 points is the average if you have the best preparation for the test. Although I wonder if 60 points is coming from a baseline where people weren't quite as clueless as me when they took their first practice exam.

Reason I'm asking is because I'd like (wouldn't we all) to feel confident I could score 700. If 60 points is stretching it from my 560 score, I know 700 would be very unlikely.

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Re: Realistic score increase after 1st practice test [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2013, 11:37
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I was not 30 when I took my first practice test, so the age may play a factor here but was much better prepared than you. I scored 540.
4 months later I walked out of a test center with 750.
it is possible but there are factors in the way such as work load, family, distractions, and well.... age - being on your side of the 30's divider, I can see how it gets tougher and tougher to remember things.

So, yes, you can do it if you have time.
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Re: Realistic score increase after 1st practice test [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2013, 11:40
I assume that the Manhattan test you are talking about was timed and given in exam conditions. With the background that you have mentioned and the plans that you have for rigorous studying I am very sure you will easily score well above 700. Dont bother about that 60 point improvement thing, its too generalized and we are all different. If you really study hard I dont see any reason why you wont score more than 700. I will suggest you to target 770. You can do it. All the best.
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Re: Realistic score increase after 1st practice test [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2013, 11:56
I also forgot to mention that I did not write any work out while I took the test, and did everything in my head. For some reason I thought since it was a computer test, that you wouldn't be allowed to write your work out when it came time to take the actual exam. Is that untrue?

And yes, it was the timed version of the Manhattan test exam.
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Re: Realistic score increase after 1st practice test [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2013, 12:08
kiteman wrote:
I also forgot to mention that I did not write any work out while I took the test, and did everything in my head. For some reason I thought since it was a computer test, that you wouldn't be allowed to write your work out when it came time to take the actual exam. Is that untrue?

And yes, it was the timed version of the Manhattan test exam.


Dude, this is awesome. One day all of a sudden after years of abstinence you come out and give a GMAT test, that too without any calculation on paper and score 560 !! Go ahead and target 770. Yes you can.

And read this too http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/scratch-paper-on-the-gmat/
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