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I haven't taken a practice test since sitting the official over 2 weeks ago now, so I'm incline to plan out my last GMATPrep test before I recycle the tests.

Recycling the tests sounds dangerous. Back before they put the GMAT Prep tests online, you could reuse GMAT Prep 1 and 2 pretty well, because you wouldn't see too many repeats. I'm not 100% sure what the situation is now. In any case, repeated tests don't challenge you the way fresh tests do, even if you don't see many repeats. So, be careful not to be fooled by how a repeated test feels, even if you supposedly don't recall answers to repeated questions.
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I haven't taken a practice test since sitting the official over 2 weeks ago now, so I'm incline to plan out my last GMATPrep test before I recycle the tests.

Recycling the tests sounds dangerous. Back before they put the GMAT Prep tests online, you could reuse GMAT Prep 1 and 2 pretty well, because you wouldn't see too many repeats. I'm not 100% sure what the situation is now. In any case, repeated tests don't challenge you the way fresh tests do, even if you don't see many repeats. So, be careful not to be fooled by how a repeated test feels, even if you supposedly don't recall answers to repeated questions.



Perhaps I should take a test from another provider then. I'm skeptical of Manhattan as I know they're math is more difficult, so I don't want to be down mentally before going into a test.
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I have scheduled the test date for 19th July, but I'm also in the frame of mind of just winging it and pulling the trigger at the end of next week and worst case scenario it'll be an expensive mock.
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I have scheduled the test date for 19th July, but I'm also in the frame of mind of just winging it and pulling the trigger at the end of next week and worst case scenario it'll be an expensive mock.

Just keep the five tests in a rolling twelve month period maximum in mind, and don't get yourself into a situation such that you may have to wait months to take another GMAT if necessary.
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I have scheduled the test date for 19th July, but I'm also in the frame of mind of just winging it and pulling the trigger at the end of next week and worst case scenario it'll be an expensive mock.

Just keep the five tests in a rolling twelve month period maximum in mind, and don't get yourself into a situation such that you may have to wait months to take another GMAT if necessary.


True! I may just focus on my test-taking ability and wait for July 19
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Just an update.

Took a Veritas Practice CAT last Tuesday and scored 650 (Q46/V34). Not too fussed about the score as I am about the findings: weaker topics/ timing on questions/ ability to manage stress before the test.

I have seen some users test on third-party CATs and get destroyed, so I'll keep these as an improvement tool. For example, I reviewed the timing on some questions and Dayumn... i spent 6 mins 55 seconds on 1 RC question, 5 mins 23 on another!

Although these were likely the questions in which I received the passage (and read) its clear to me that I need to 'learn to let go' as i only got 1 of these 2 RC right.

Good to note my RC has improved - I've been nutting out 4 passages a day and have reviewed past mistakes (this is a very slow burn).

Also, some analysis of my error log reveals that of my 46 or so RC errors, 52% were Inference. So Inference questions are a strong contender to dump on the exam if I can't get it in a suitable time.


Will plan to retake another Veritas CAT soon, then take my last GMATPrep CAT before recycling GMATPrep.

Thanks again for the continued support, particularly MartyTargetTestPrep for our most recent discussions.
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Hi all,

MartyTargetTestPrep, GMATNinja ScottTargetTestPrep

I just wanted to ask for some guidance. I've hit the study pretty hard over the last 3 weeks.

2 weeks ago I sat a Veritas CAT and felt okay with it, scoring 650.

Since then, I moved back with my parents to focus on studying and I've knocked out ~40hours of quality study this week with 1 day of work.

Today, I reluctantly took an official GMATPrep CAT (last CAT) and scored 590.

I well and truly ran out of time in verbal as I needed to rush through quite a bit.

This is incredibly frustrating as I'm 13 days out from my exam.

I'm wondering if I shouldn't have moved back home and just focused on continually improving. I'm also wondering whether I should push back my test.

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I think I'm going to just jump back to my city residence and balance out other life commitments, but focus on reviewing past mistakes. I'm likely overstudying.

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Based on my quick analysis of verbal I got a 95% type hard CR question to start, likely blew 3-4 mins on that then was slapped with 2 RC passages back to back, and I bombed out on one completely. Then it was pretty much a game of catch-up after there.
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Hi Dan.

While you may have over studied a little, I tend to doubt that over studying is the real issue.

In my experience, outside of training to complete exhaustion, as in, say, going without sleep for days, one can’t really train too much, IF one is training in effective ways.

So, probably you have to adjust what you are doing, particularly in verbal.

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Hi dcummins --

I know that you and Marty had a rather long phone call yesterday. Are you feeling better now? Do you have any more questions?

Let's kick some butt!!! You got this!!!!!

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Hi dcummins --

I know that you and Marty had a rather long phone call yesterday. Are you feeling better now? Do you have any more questions?

Let's kick some butt!!! You got this!!!!!

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Hey Scott,

Thanks for reaching out as well!

Yea man I think it sorta clicked with what I need to do in my studies, and I took a bunch of actions down.

Bottom line is I think i'll need to just silo in on a few areas, namely RC, in an untimed manner, then timed, then take ensure i'm at that level of mastery before taking another practice test.

I normally take 1 day off and go for a bike ride or something at my city residence, but I had been grinding for 14 days straight leading up to that dog **** CAT yesterday; I amassed 106 hours of study in this time. So, I'm taking today off and considering moving back to my city residence where my life and existence aren't circulated around the GMAT lol

As I'm cutting it fairly close to the 19th, It makes sense that i move my Exam date back at this stage, but I've got the intention of preparing as if I was sitting it on the 19th, so I can bring the exam date forward if need be.
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I think moving back may be a good idea, so you can integrate some other things into your life besides GMAT prep, you know?

Please keep me updated and reach out to us with further questions.
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I think moving back may be a good idea, so you can integrate some other things into your life besides GMAT prep, you know?

Please keep me updated and reach out to us with further questions.


Most definitely. Will reach out to you guys in a week or so. Seriously you guys are the best. The support throughout the last year since meeting you guys has been phenomenal.
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Hi All,

Just as an update. I sat the test again yesterday at 3pm and scored the SAME 650 (Q44, V36). Obviously it's quite annoying, so i'm gonna update this comment with my ESR when I receive it then take things from there.
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New post 11 Aug 2019, 15:46
Sat a Veritas Test yesterday and scored 650 lol.... 650-650-650...
The tests are extremely demotivation, but I believe a lot of other users report similar issues. However, it seems that users who consistently score above 700 also score above 700 in third-party tests no matter the source. The real impact is for users who scrape in the low 700s or high 690s - at least based on my desktop search.
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Hi All,

I'm updating this original post to reflect things.

Yesterday late afternoon I undertook the GMAT and scored 650 again, but this time my quant dipped and my verbal increased slightly.
Score: 650 (Q44, V36).

Previous score: Q47,V33 - 650, sat May 21st 2019

In the ~2 months since my May take, I hit the study pretty hard. This time focusing a lot more on sticking points such as RC.

My study time was consistent, but my actual activities were a little less planned out, and I would either try and work on a bit of everything when I could or try to focus on one thing until I got a bit bored of it.

Will update with ESR



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Stopped my prep for a week to focus on b.school apps and work stuff.

Went from Vertias CAT2: 650 to 630 on CAT3
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