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Took a Kaplan online practice test - 610 - how to improve?

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Took a Kaplan online practice test - 610 - how to improve? [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2007, 22:52
Hi folks:

I am just starting my GMAT preparation. I decided to take Kaplan's free online test tonight. I have never previously prepared the GMAT, but I have taken an LSAT course (which helps on CR I think). From this test, I can already see that the Verbal-type sections are much easier on the GMAT (IMO) than the LSAT.

Here are my breakdowns:

Q: 19 correct, 37 total - 51% correct, 59th percentile
DS: 4 correct, 14 total, 29%
PS: 15 correct, 23 total, 65%
~20 minutes to spare (maybe I need to slow down and be more careful)

V: 35 correct, 41 total - 85%, 96th percentile
RC: 12 correct, 14 total, 86%
SC: 13 correct, 16 total, 81%
CR: 10 correct, 11 total, 91%
~20 minutes to spare

TOTAL: 54 correct, 78 total - 69%, 73rd percentile, Q33 V43

My questions now are:

1) On Data Sufficiency, say I can deduce that x = 2 or -2. Is that sufficient to know what x is? This occured at least 2-3 times and I said sufficient each time.

2) What self-study books should I pick up? I have GMATPrep and am contemplating OG11.

3) Is the Kaplan free online test even a good indicator of the types and difficulty of questions I can expect on the real test? I know it is not adaptive.

4) I scored 85% correct on Verbal. If I had a similar % correct (>80%) on Quant, what sort of GMAT score can I expect (>700)? Upon further reading, I know that this is sort of anomalous.. but are there any general guidelines?

Any and all suggestions, comments are welcomed.
I am sure you've seen thousands of these types of post. If there is a similar post out there, please let me know the link or what to search!

Thanks in advance!

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 [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2007, 23:06
At the start of preparation, 610 in Kaplan should be a good score. I see people getting around 650 in this forum in the mid of their preperation.

Dont worry as Kaplan tests are harder than the real GMAT as per the views of this forum members.
  [#permalink] 03 Dec 2007, 23:06
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