I took my first mock test yesterday ,the Knewton
Diagnostic test and scored a 530.
Verbal Quantitative Total
32 / 64% 31 / 27% 530 / 40%[/color]
I wasn't expecting a very high score but wasn't expecting such a low score either. This was the first ever mock test i took and i experienced 2 things:
1) I was behaving very differently under time pressure - my focus was haywire and i was quite intimidated by math topics i dread (DS, inequalities, percentages). I was spending too much time on some questions. I marked almost 3-4 questions without reading as i was running out of time ,and 5 questions in Verbal.
2) i couldn't crack even the simple quant questions which i otherwise can. in almost 50% Quant incorrect questions i have made silly mistakes. In Verbal i messed up in RC big time. RC i thought was my strenght as i had been scoring high while practicing,however, i couldn't get my mind to read the passages peacefully. I got 6 inference questions wrong. I couldn't even follow the strategies i had learnt like reading the first two and last lines of the paras.
Quant isn't my strength. I thought Verbal was however, this exam has really shaken me. My target it around 700. After this mock exam it seems like wishful thinking. Some GMAT forums say that Knewton
scoring is flawed but i feel i can't afford to get carried away with that as my end objective is to fix those silly /conceptual mistakes and push up my score on GMAT.
Prep Plan so far:
I started with Grockit about a month and a half back , in their Diagnostic test i had scored 48% in Quant and 96% in Verbal.
For Quant - I did Nova and am doing all the Manhattan series as i know i need to brush up my concepts.
For Verbal i did SC from Manhattan , CR - i am doing the Powerscore
Before studying any of these books i did around 900 questions (Quant + Verbal) from Grockit.
I am doing the OG as well.
My exam is in last week of Dec and i am now thinking how to prep better. I plan to take mock tests every week till end of Nov and increase the frequency to twice a week in Dec.
Pls share any suggestions and thoughts.