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Final days - need some advice! [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2011, 19:56
I have given 5 MGMAT CATs, 1 PR CAT and 1 GMATPrep.

I plan to take the last MGMAT CAT coming Saturday - Aug 27. I plan to take 2nd GMATPrep 8 days before the test - Sep 3-4. Then I will repeat GMATPrep 1 and 2 again 4-5 days before the test - I am thinking of heavy duty back to back tests one day :-)

However, I feel like I am running out of CATs. I was hoping to take ~2 more tests, say one on next Wednesday - Aug 31. I want to know which ones would be the best - I have heard good reviews for Veritas CATs. I have 4 Kaplan CAT Tests, 3 PR CAT tests, 1 Veritas Free CAT and 1 Knewton Free CAT to choose from. I want to pick 2 more tests out of this pool of tests, and I want to know which ones should I go ahead with. I don't care much about the score - I would rather prefer close to GMAT quality.

Any advice? Thanks in advance.

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Re: Running out of tests - need some advice! [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2011, 20:04
Hi, in my opinion, if you aim to take only 2 - one of them should be knewton. I liked the test. Verbal Answers were not completely out of blue, and made sense. Quant felt easy though.
I didnt like the Kaplan tests that much. Have taken only one yet though..so may be it gets better! But even so, I dont think Kaplan should be kept for end - if you intend to take Kaplan tests, you should do them asap. Though some of it is good practice, I think they were slightly away from GMAT prep.

Good luck :) btw.. I think we take it the same day..sep 12? :)
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Re: Running out of tests - need some advice! [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2011, 17:11
Thanks vivesomnium for the response. I guess 1 kaplan and 1 knewton/veritas then.

And yeah, we will be heads up with GMAT on the same day :)
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Re: Running out of tests - need some advice! [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2011, 18:03
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Re: Running out of tests - need some advice! [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2011, 04:52
i think you should also try the 800 score tests. they are possibly available. try searching.

the quant section of these tests is really good though i am not sure about the verbal.
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Re: Running out of tests - need some advice! [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2011, 07:56
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My advice is to be careful and not go overboard with the CAT's. Your schedule provides some room toward the end to taper off and relax, so that's good. But there's a fine line between 100 percent ready and burnout. Just keep that in mind in case some adjustments are called for.

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Re: Running out of tests - need some advice! [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2011, 08:33
bmillan01 wrote:
My advice is to be careful and not go overboard with the CAT's. Your schedule provides some room toward the end to taper off and relax, so that's good. But there's a fine line between 100 percent ready and burnout. Just keep that in mind in case some adjustments are called for.

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Thanks bmillan01 for your honest and genuine advice. Appreciated!

I agree with you, and, in next 16-17 days left, I plan to take the least amount of CATs possible. I guess I will do 1 MGMAT, 1 GMATPrep and 1 double trouble (Kaplan + Knewton same day). That way I have ton of time in my hand to revise concepts, review my mistakes and do targeted practice.

I am focusing on reviewing my mistakes and fine tuning all my weaknesses for next 7-8 days. In last 7-8 days, I plan to primarily focus on my strengths and, if possible, try to remove any margin of error in those. And hope for the best :)

I am not intending to rigor myself trying to cover all the material people keep talking about. I know that GMATPrep docs are important to cover; however, I will try to cover them as much as I can - maybe 25-50% if not more - while following the right process: more importantly continue to refine my thought process, realize what I tend to overlook even when I solve something correct, understand if I could have done a better job by answering the question more quickly, and of-course try to understand how can I not repeat a mistake if get something wrong. Trying to rush through the ton of materials, I don't want to burn myself out by doing ton of practice. As you said it is important to realize the fine line b/w be ready and be burnt-out.

Does that plan for the last fortnight sound reasonable? Any other advice would you or anybody else like to give me so that I can continue to gear up my momentum?

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Re: Final days - need some advice! [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2011, 12:22
Take 1 Kaplan and 1 veritas....Though kaplan quant is quite tough priceton rivew is easy
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Re: Final days - need some advice! [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2011, 07:00
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As to the specifics of your plan, it's hard to say. Everyone is different. But, overall, it looks fine. Remember, though, that your weaknesses represent the biggest opportunity to gain points on the test. You mentioned that the first seven days is devoted to weaknesses, while the following seven is spent on strengths. Fair enough. But if you're still having trouble on one or two areas, continue working on those. Don't get too rigid on the timeline that you created. In other words, be flexible.
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