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# Went from a 650 to a 530???

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Went from a 650 to a 530??? [#permalink]

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26 Dec 2007, 14:01
grrr! I've spent about 3 months studying hardcore for the GMAT. I took the Princeton Review's Small Group Tutoring course, which I thought was beneficial. I took 5 PrincetonR practice tests and both of GMAC Practice tests. The last GMAC practice test I took (two days before the real test) I scored a 650 (660 on the 1st prac test, and a 680 on the last Prince Rev. prac test), so I was thinking I was in good shape, boy was I wrong. I walked out of the GMAT Testing Center with a 530. How could I have done so far down? Honestly, I know I was nervous, which maybe factored into my bad timing (I guessed on a handful of questions). But I also felt the questions were harder not similar to the ones I did in my practice tests. Now it's back to studying. I'm determined to beat this damn test. Anyone else with a similar experience or any advice you can lend?

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26 Dec 2007, 18:47
I can understand your frustration. I thougt I was doing well while I was taking the test, only to be disappointed with the score afterward. Don't beat yourself down (too much).
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26 Dec 2007, 19:40
Did you score a 680 on GMAT Prep? or was it Princeton's practice test. I have heard that PR scores are inflated as comapred to GMAT.

How were the tutors. I thought of picking PR tutors for sentence correction but then the cost was astronomical !! I am thinking Veritasprep for holistic course.

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27 Dec 2007, 08:13
I didn't get the teacher I wanted, but I think PR is good for overall fundamentals. If you are shooting for a 700, you'll need to find access to more difficult questions/tests. I've learned that a good combination of practice tests are good, so you don't get used to any one style of test. I'll be purchasing the 25 tests on GMATclub and probably the Manhattan tests for purchase online.
27 Dec 2007, 08:13
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