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I know this is a quite popular thread here, but I'm hoping for some feedback.

My goal is at least a 700 on the test. I've finally been seeing some improvement in my tests. A long long time ago I actually got a 710 in my Kaplan CAT. Since then I had 3 straight scores of 610, 600, and 600. Finally last weekend I got a 660. On Monday (this was actually a practice test at the facility) I got a 640. My Quant has been improving, in fact I got my best score yet when I got that 660. 88th percentile (or a 49). I got 75th percentile on the 640 test. For both I got 73% correct for problem solving and data sufficiency. Difference is that for 88th percentile one I got the first 11 correct and in the 75th percentile one I got 7 of the first 10 correct only. Still both are 2 of the top 3 percentiles that I ever got in Quant (I also got 79th percentile in my 710 test).

However, my verbal has gone to hell. In my 710 test I got 98th percentile verbal. I've come to believe that that was a fluke of sorts. Since then I haven't done well at all. In the 88th percentile test for example I had a pathetic 48th percentile in verbal. Granted, I wasn't concentrated all test (I don't know why). Still my verbal percentiles haven't been very good. It was a little better in the last one, when I got 75th percentile in quant, I got 66th percentile in Math.

My question is, is it worth postponing the test? If so for how long? I mean, I know all of the Kaplan strategies for verbal. I can do some quiz banks for Kaplan also. Or I can buy the Manhattan GMAT. I don't know if the latter is worth it, since I have my Kaplan strategies. Would I be able to improve? If I should postpone it, how long is long enough but not too long? I don't want to delay too much either.
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If you've hit a ceiling, it's obvious the strategies are not providing you what you need to break past the barrier.

I would postpone the test and focus on content. Of you can buckle down and study, a month should be enough.
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mohater wrote:
If you've hit a ceiling, it's obvious the strategies are not providing you what you need to break past the barrier.

I would postpone the test and focus on content. Of you can buckle down and study, a month should be enough.


What do you mean by focus on content? Also, I worry that a month is too long. I don't want to postpone too much. Frankly, a part of me wants to just get it over with.
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What do you mean by focus on content? Also, I worry that a month is too long. I don't want to postpone too much. Frankly, a part of me wants to just get it over with.


Content = material. The concepts covered. Strategies are about answer elimination, not about which one is right. When one hits a ceiling with strategy use it's because there is a deficiency in the content somewhere (idioms, sentence structure, algebra, geo, etc.)

Getting it over with includes achieving your target score. We all have/had the anxiety and desire to be done with it, but that doesn't mean cutting prep short and not giving prep its due time.
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mohater wrote:
GmatNY86 wrote:

What do you mean by focus on content? Also, I worry that a month is too long. I don't want to postpone too much. Frankly, a part of me wants to just get it over with.


Content = material. The concepts covered. Strategies are about answer elimination, not about which one is right. When one hits a ceiling with strategy use it's because there is a deficiency in the content somewhere (idioms, sentence structure, algebra, geo, etc.)

Getting it over with includes achieving your target score. We all have/had the anxiety and desire to be done with it, but that doesn't mean cutting prep short and not giving prep its due time.


How would I go about polishing up on my content?
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GmatNY86 wrote:
How would I go about polishing up on my content?


Use the details results from a diagnostic practice test to figure out WHY you're getting X problem wrong.

If you have not been doing this, use an error log to track your progress.

The timer tool developed by Walker is quite useful for this:
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New post 16 Sep 2009, 17:40
mohater wrote:
GmatNY86 wrote:
How would I go about polishing up on my content?


Use the details results from a diagnostic practice test to figure out WHY you're getting X problem wrong.

If you have not been doing this, use an error log to track your progress.

The timer tool developed by Walker is quite useful for this:
gmat-timer-56014.html


Thanks.
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