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14 Feb 2011, 13:27
Hi Everybody!

I have taken the GMATprep and I think that the program repeats several qs. Is it worth it if I practiced the GMATprep or should I take another test? Maybe 800score, or something????

What do you think?

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14 Feb 2011, 13:38
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It depends what you are taking the practice tests for? If you are trying to improve timing, then sure.
Otherwise, it may be best to review the mistakes you have already made.
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14 Feb 2011, 21:50
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I agree with the above. I suggest that you do some other tests like Kaplan or 800 score and work through your mistakes. Only then, before your real exam, you should give the GMATPrep another try.
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15 Feb 2011, 04:39
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If you're taking the GMATPrep in order to feel more comfortable with the test environment, then it's fine. Other than that, however, it's probably best to move on to something else at this stage.

I'm not a big fan of taking many CAT's, so just be careful with how many of those that you use.
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15 Feb 2011, 06:13
Try MGMAT CATs,if you have access. I loved MGMAT CATs. I have done 3 so far. If you do not have access to MGMAT CATs then take some other tests. Check the forum for reviews. Personally, I found that GMAT prep inflates scores a little and I prefer tests that deflate scores
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15 Feb 2011, 06:51
I will be taking my first cat-GMAT prep1 this saturday; a little background: finushed solving OG12, plan to give gmat 1st week of sept.

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15 Feb 2011, 07:53

@heygirl - I took the MGMAT tests... its because I'm through with those exams that I was asking what should I do next... I think I'm just going to solve some qs learn from my mistakes etc... for now.

@Indigointensions... that sounds good... I've been doing a lot of exercises these days... for now exercising on tough qs seems like a good idea. Thank you though for your...Indigo Intensions!
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15 Feb 2011, 09:05
Hi mariyea,

If you're looking for quant practice, 800 score tests may be just fine. however, I wouldnt be too worried if I get only 4-5 questions wrong in Quant and still score 43-44, something that never happens on GMAT prep or MGMAT tests.

Beware of their verbal questions though. some of them are poorly written with really confusing OEs. So if you dont see a reason why you got a Q wrong then probably there is no reason! On the other hand, their verbal scoring is pretty cool. Gave me a 44 everytime, a feat I've never achieved in GMAT prep or MGMAT!
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15 Feb 2011, 09:18
@gmatpapa, I'm not so worried about the Q section as I am about the V section.

At any other time RC wouldn't have worried me I'm just unable to collect my thoughts once I start reading the passages. In other words, I perform much better when I'm not being timed... That's what I have observed. Anyway I think I'm just going to practice on some difficult problems that i can find here in the GMATclub or may on the LSATs. Thank you though for your valuable in put!
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15 Feb 2011, 10:55
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At any other time RC wouldn't have worried me I'm just unable to collect my thoughts once I start reading the passages. In other words, I perform much better when I'm not being timed... That's what I have observed.

I had the same issue. What I did was , I timed the OG RC passages too. I gave about 8-10 mins per passage assuming that we have 4-5 questions. This used to nerve wrecking for the first few passages and then I started to get used to the clock ticking. Just keep practicing with the clock on a couple of passages daily and you will improve in a week's time.
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15 Feb 2011, 11:03
ummmm.... You should have mentioned that you're gonna take the real GMAT in two days

I got the info from some other post... At this stage, it is my opinion that you go for the GMAT Prep Test. Write both of them and then average out the scores...
From my experience, I use the following principle to estimate my final GMAT score:
1. Average of both the GMAT Prep Tests - 50 [Bad Day]
2. Average of both the GMAT Prep Tests - 20 [Normal Day]
3. Average of both the GMAT Prep Tests + 10 [Good Day]

So with just two days left, I think you should write the Prep Test and not worry about the other tests
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15 Feb 2011, 11:09
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AHHHHHHH!!! LOL....I know I know... I'm extra nervous as each day goes by... I just wanted to know what everyone else would do normally and then I thought about it and I just decided to strengthen the areas where my skills are weak. Thanks for the advice!
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15 Feb 2011, 11:10
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mariyea wrote:
At any other time RC wouldn't have worried me I'm just unable to collect my thoughts once I start reading the passages. In other words, I perform much better when I'm not being timed... That's what I have observed.

I had the same issue. What I did was , I timed the OG RC passages too. I gave about 8-10 mins per passage assuming that we have 4-5 questions. This used to nerve wrecking for the first few passages and then I started to get used to the clock ticking. Just keep practicing with the clock on a couple of passages daily and you will improve in a week's time.

Thanks, I'll try to do that!
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15 Feb 2011, 11:15
Thanks for the scoring translation and comparison of prep with others.

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15 Feb 2011, 11:16
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I just wanted to know what everyone else would do normally

lol...

I would booze my head off on the second to last day before the exam... and do the 6th Manhattan GMAT on the last day before the exam... Not for analyzing any weak spots and stuff... Just to get in the groove
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15 Feb 2011, 11:21
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mariyea wrote:
@Entwistle
I just wanted to know what everyone else would do normally

lol...

I would booze my head off on the second to last day before the exam... and do the 6th Manhattan GMAT on the last day before the exam... Not for analyzing any weak spots and stuff... Just to get in the groove

Thanks man!

Unfortunately, I'm out of MGMAT exams but I'll do some exercises and improve in the my weak areas... i.e One on one with the clock!
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15 Feb 2011, 11:24
2 days!! i think you'd be better off not taking any new test at this stage but you should just review your strong areas..
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If you take a test and do not see the score that you want to see, it wouldn't leave you with that confident feeling you'd want to have 2 days before the test. . Also, if you try to improve on your weaker areas, there is not sufficient time left. So even this may not be so good for your confidence.

On the other hand, if you review your stronger areas, solve some tougher problems with confidence and rhythm, it'll help you set up a good mood- something you'd definitely want to take to your exam.

Just my 2 cents and all the best wishes for G-Day!
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15 Feb 2011, 11:26
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2 days!! i think you'd be better off not taking any new test at this stage but you should just review your strong areas..
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If you take a test and do not see the score that you want to see, it wouldn't leave you with that confident feeling you'd want to have 2 days before the test. . Also, if you try to improve on your weaker areas, there is not sufficient time left. So even this may not be so good for your confidence.

On the other hand, if you review your stronger areas, solve some tougher problems with confidence and rhythm, it'll help you set up a good mood- something you'd definitely want to take to your exam.

Just my 2 cents and all the best wishes for G-Day!

Thank you! That's what I think I'm going to do.
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15 Feb 2011, 11:48
Yup will do!
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