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Hey people. I am new to this site but have found the postings to be very informative. I need some help. Heres my story.
I studied for the gmat for about 3 1/2 months. I took the test yesterday and got 510 (Q31, V30). I would like to score at a minimum 600. My target is 650. I have the following test prep material:
Kaplan verbal Kaplan math Gre/Gmat
Arco math Gre/Gmat
KaplanGmat 800 PowerPrep
I only took two kaplan tests on their cd. The scores were: 510, 570
Powerprep scores were: 600, 570
I worked really hard. I know i have issues with timeing, and with having to re-read over and over before a question actually sinks in.
I am willing to work, but I need some help. Do you guys think that I can get the score I am working for? What can I do?
I would suggest you to do the Official Guide tests. They give good practice. Though it's surprising that you got only 510 while you could do well on Kaplan tests as well as the others. Think back and see where you had difficulty, what parts consumed majority of the time, etc. Then you can work on those. Timing is really the key, and as you mentioned you have timing problems, you can figure out what type of questions take up the most time for you and try to find quicker way of doing them.
I would echo sentiments about OG tests. If you can get your timing down on those questions, you will improve your scores because of the familiarity you will have with the problems on test day. Some have spoken on these boards about the difference in difficulty between OG math and real GMAT math, but I personally found them to be quite similar at a decent (Q44) scoring level.
I found myself in the same situation, the only difference is that I got 520 in PP test, which I took recently I have been practicing for several months already, using Kaplan's gmat 2003, math and Verbal workbooks. I think the crucial thing to do right now is to plunge into correction work - analysing mistakes, clasifying them, making an error worksheet, looking for reference in theory and promising to yourself not to repeat the same mistakes never again (I used to repeat the same mistake over and over again untill I understood that I could improve significantly if I get rid of this bad practice.) I think if you figure out in what areas you are particularly weak and what makes you perform bad, this is 50% of what is required to do to boost the score. Another 50 is practicing. Since I have too little time left (i take the test on October 7), I'll quickly study the theory in particular areas then I'll start practicing again. I have problem with timing, which I think comes from bad knowledge of question types.
Well, the thing is I do not feel any lack of practice questions. I have lots of them in hand (kaplan books + practice sets I downloaded from this site). Of course, I think OG might help in a way, but I have no time to buy it indeed. I'd rather concentrate on materials I have with me and focus on my mistaces. I still have 1 PP test left and those from Kaplan's CD (I have not taken them yet). My target is around 700. How realistic is this aim given the fact that I have a couple of weeks left?
How are you doing, Bono? when do you plan to take the test?
You don't have enought time for preparation? As for me I cant's say that I had been busy all the year, I just did not take gmat seriously - not because I felt prepared, just because of lazyness. And since I am far from being brilliant, I have to invest much time in all that staff.
No, I am from Chernigov. What company are you working for?