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30 Oct 2010, 04:11
Hi all, I have been preparing for 1 month now, taken the GMAT prep tests 3 times and noticed that with each test my scores are declining, I feel very anxious and am unable to continue, feels like I've hit the wall

Materials used are OG 12th edition, Kaplan and few CAT books to practice quants, I've almost completed 2/3rd of the OG, details of my scores are as below:

First test taken 15 days into my preparation - 540 (Q 36, V 22)
Second test ten days after - 520 (Q 36, V 24)
Third test 2 days ago - 530 (Q 36, V 27)

My quants score seems stagnant, I know I need to improve a lot, aiming for at least 45+ and verbal does not show much improvement. I realise that I'm not able to complete the quants question within time, so end up guessing the last 3 - 4 questions....with verbal I have issues with RC and CR...I know I'm probably too late now but please advice on how should I spend the last few days of my prep, I know for a fact that I need more practice with quants and time keeping for starters, but with these bad scores, I get all worked up and lose confidence. I keep wanting to take the test again and again, but am not prepared to face the result...please help!

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30 Oct 2010, 07:27
Hi rosh,

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I don't know by how many points you want to increase your score. If you want 600+ it would be hard to improve in one week, but there are a lot of exceptions from such rules.
You may reschedule your test and prepare better for math section. You have to brush up your concepts. Best source some people claim is Manhattan GMAT 8 books series.

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Btw, i see a huge discrepancy in V score in 540 (Q 36, V 22) and 530 (Q 36, V 27) - there is something wrong. Overall score could not be higher if raw scores are lower. I believe that first score is about 500.

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30 Oct 2010, 11:06
Hi Rosh,
If I we were you,I'd better schedule my GMAT than screw it up. I think you should prepare for some more time ,become strong in different areas and then take the GMAT.It really doesn't make sense to take the GMAT and get a 540 and then retrospect what did you get wrong!
What is even more alarming is that you don't have encouraging scores in either of the two sections,so you may want to think about rescheduling your exam because the fact that that a score of less than 650 will make the task of getting through a decent business school quite difficult.
If you by chance decide to delay your exam by a month,then probably we all here can help you with the strategy.
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30 Oct 2010, 20:55
Yes, at this point you may need to reschedule (if you have time and looking for a score higher than 500-550). When do you need to take the test by?
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31 Oct 2010, 01:36
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Yes, at this point you may need to reschedule (if you have time and looking for a score higher than 500-550). When do you need to take the test by?

Thank you all for responding quickly, I really need to take the test now as I want to apply before Dec 1st week, if I delay the test then I lose out on round 2 applications and my chances of getting through round 3 would be lesser...

I'll give this my best shot, will continue to work on improving quants and yes like you say will take up the gmat club tests...however 1 question here, do you think I should practice by taking more tests or only take them once I'm confident I've improved my quants?

Thanks for all your help!!!

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31 Oct 2010, 02:01
For many schools you may be able to take the test right before the deadline, such as nov 30th. You know that, right?

Though you still need to work on the apps
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31 Oct 2010, 04:28
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'll give this my best shot, will continue to work on improving quants and yes like you say will take up the gmat club tests...however 1 question here, do you think I should practice by taking more tests or only take them once I'm confident I've improved my quants?

You had better take the tests when you are confident in your quants (i think it is 40 and above level). But you may try one free test and see how do you perform if compared to others.

Gmatclub gives you Free GMAT Club Tests this Halloween - so you may try even more tests and see your results.
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