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28 Feb 2007, 13:55
I have taken the GMAT 3 times:
1) 640 Q: 38 V40
2) 610 Q: 43 V:31
3) 630 Q:44 V:33

One of the schools I am wait listed at has asked me to retake. It has been 6 months since my last test and I have not looked at any material. So I took a GMAT PRep and got a 680, met with a tutor, started reviewing again, took the second GMAT Prep and scored another 680.

Then I hit the powerprep and got a 690 (I know the test seems easier), and then I took the second powerprep and scored a 720. So with the review and the tutor along with the practice tests I have felt confident I have a good shot at improving my score.

Today I took a Princeton Review and scored a 570 Q:38 V:30 - my lowest score since well over a year ago. It shocked me really.

Anyone have experience with the Princeton tests?
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28 Feb 2007, 14:46
GMAT Prep and PowerPrep are the best estimates of what your actual GMAT score is going to be. If you are looking for more practice tests, the second best alternative would be Manhattan GMAT CATs. Princeton review tests are better than Kaplan's, however, they are still not good predictors of your GMAT score. Based on your recent GMAT Prep scores, it looks like your actual score is going to be in very high 600s - low 700s.

Good luck!
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28 Feb 2007, 16:24
Yeah my only concern is at this point I feel like I have truly exhausted the "official" practice material, including the GMATPrep and Powerprep tests. I just dont want to go in with overinflated confidence and be let down - but I am shooting for high 6's low 7's, that would be enough for me.

I will try out the Manhattan exams.
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28 Feb 2007, 18:21
I liked using the retired paper tests. They are official questions so you can get the proper feel for what is being asked. They are not CATs though, so they won't help much with timing, etc.
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28 Feb 2007, 20:43
Kaplan is not that good at predicting scores, but it's good for working on timing. Kaplan RCs and CRs are quite longer than GMAT's so if you can manage Kaplan with time to spare, then your timing is OK+.

Hope it helps. L.
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01 Mar 2007, 05:33
pelihu wrote:
I liked using the retired paper tests. They are official questions so you can get the proper feel for what is being asked. They are not CATs though, so they won't help much with timing, etc.

I have some of the paper tests - bought a pack of them - I think there are 3-4 of them.

I will use them over the next week before the exam.
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01 Mar 2007, 13:44
OasisNYK wrote:
pelihu wrote:
I liked using the retired paper tests. They are official questions so you can get the proper feel for what is being asked. They are not CATs though, so they won't help much with timing, etc.

I have some of the paper tests - bought a pack of them - I think there are 3-4 of them.

I will use them over the next week before the exam.

have 12 of them if interested, - let me know.
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01 Mar 2007, 22:43
The GMAT Prep practice tests are the only one's available which are good predictors of your score, however they are only a good predictor the first time you take them.

So once you have taken the 2 practice tests the only really good predictor of your score will be the real test, although the practice tests from Princeton review, Kaplan etc are likely to be in the ball park.

If you have taken the GMAT 3 times before and have got similar scores then you are going to need to do something different in your preparation this time. Maybe it's the tutor that will make the difference this time or maybe you will crack an area of the test that you have been particularly struggling on.

Best of luck.
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02 Mar 2007, 07:49
prepfortests wrote:
The GMAT Prep practice tests are the only one's available which are good predictors of your score, however they are only a good predictor the first time you take them.

So once you have taken the 2 practice tests the only really good predictor of your score will be the real test, although the practice tests from Princeton review, Kaplan etc are likely to be in the ball park.

If you have taken the GMAT 3 times before and have got similar scores then you are going to need to do something different in your preparation this time. Maybe it's the tutor that will make the difference this time or maybe you will crack an area of the test that you have been particularly struggling on.

Best of luck.

Yes I believe you are right and that has been my ongoing concern. I have exhausted the only tru indicator of performance so the real test is all thats left. The tutor has helped me in some of my weak spots so we will see how things go next Thursday. I believe I will get a higher score, my fundamentals are much stronger then before even though I always felt prepared to do well.
02 Mar 2007, 07:49
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