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610 (GMAC Practice Exam) to 720 (Actual GMAT) in one night

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Hi GMAT fighters,

I've taken a test today (14 Oct) and got 720 (Q48/V40)
It's not a high score, but I'd like to share my story in case it can help you in some ways

My Background
I'm a 28 year-old Thai with my bachelor in finance and work experience in FMCG
I got lowest 1.65/4.00 from a normal high school with 2.78 when graduated
So my knowledge of high school math is very low (that's why I got Q48)

Preparation
All FREE resources
1. gmatclub (special thanks to bunuel, carcass, bb on many invaluable topics)
2. youtube (mostly from veritas prep and dominate the gmat free lessons)
3. gmatpill (free sessions)
how long : 1 month start around Sep with 60 working hours a week
(surely, I was unable to finish all the free resources before today test)

Practice Exam
GMAC 1 : 590 @ 26 Sep
GMAC 2 : 610 @ 13 Oct (Yesterday)

Here is the most important part...
I got 720 or +110 from GMAC Practice Exam #2 I took just yesterday

What did I change on my strategy ?

After seeing 610 on my computer screen yesterday, I felt really shocked and thought about rescheduling the exam. (Fortunately after I research for the criteria, test taker has to pay a fee of $250 to reschedule the exam within 7 days before the test date. So I cancel the plan. :lol: )

My following thought was that life has to go on.

So I go to bunuel topic about how GMAT is scored.
https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-prep-so ... 46146.html

Learning that first 10 questions are very important for the score, I decided to change my strategy.
For 2 practice exams, my strategy is to control the time for each question to be in average (like 2 mins for Quant and less than 2 mins for Verbal).
And that forced me to educatedly guess on some early questions that I was not sure but reached the time limit set by the strategy.
So I change the strategy to be very focus on first 10-20 questions although I spend more than average time.
And that works ! at least on this real test.
(but I did this together with thoroughly analyzed incorrect questions on practice exams)

I planned to take a real test on Oct,Nov,Dec and I think I still going to do it.
So my next action is to analyze my real score and find subjects to improve and complete all the free resources.
And if I can complete them before the last test, but it's not enough for my score to go up, I may consider to purchase a course.

So if anyone has any recommendations for my next tests, please throw them to me.

That's all, wish you all get your target score !
With Best Regards
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For 2 practice exams, my strategy is to control the time for each question to be in average (like 2 mins for Quant and less than 2 mins for Verbal).
And that forced me to educatedly guess on some early questions that I was not sure but reached the time limit set by the strategy.
So I change the strategy to be very focus on first 10-20 questions although I spend more than average time.


Congrats on your marvelous achievement in just a day!!

Do you mean it is worth spending extra 30s on each Q for first 10 with steps like back solving in quant?
Did you never keep a check on bunch of say 10 Qs after completing first 10 to see how you paced?
Do feel running out if time was worth with this strategy or you had to make random guesses in Q 15-35?

Let me know your views.
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Congrats @'Jakaphan Suksiri on getting the GMAT out of the way.

You are living proof that we should not delve too much into the mock scores!
Anything is possible : Someone scoring as high as 700 in the mock scores might lose
the plot on test day and score as less as a 600.

Thanks for all the tips that you have given to all future test-takers.
All the best for the tests you plan to take in the next 2 months!
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For 2 practice exams, my strategy is to control the time for each question to be in average (like 2 mins for Quant and less than 2 mins for Verbal).
And that forced me to educatedly guess on some early questions that I was not sure but reached the time limit set by the strategy.
So I change the strategy to be very focus on first 10-20 questions although I spend more than average time.


Congrats on your marvelous achievement in just a day!!

Do you mean it is worth spending extra 30s on each Q for first 10 with steps like back solving in quant?
Did you never keep a check on bunch of say 10 Qs after completing first 10 to see how you paced?
Do feel running out if time was worth with this strategy or you had to make random guesses in Q 15-35?

Let me know your views.


Yes, I have to ensure that I answer those first 20 questions correct even though they are easier than the rest.
And then be more strict on time on next 10 and much much more on the rest.
It's like a negative slope on how I strict with the time limit. (thus positive slope on the possibility to make educated guesses)

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What an achievement!! Just one day and you got through that.



Thanks. That's because I don't have other choices to make an improvement given the time left haha

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New post 15 Oct 2017, 08:21
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Congrats @'Jakaphan Suksiri on getting the GMAT out of the way.

You are living proof that we should not delve too much into the mock scores!
Anything is possible : Someone scoring as high as 700 in the mock scores might lose
the plot on test day and score as less as a 600.

Thanks for all the tips that you have given to all future test-takers.
All the best for the tests you plan to take in the next 2 months!


Absolutely right !!! that's what I want to share.

Don't destroy your confidence and your mind if you get a low score on the mock.
(Don't listen to any myth about how much your real score will be, compared to the mock. It has no benefit and will limit your expectation and bring you down and, in turn, will affect your real score. That's power of your mind...)
And also don't be overconfident if you get a high score.
There are many factors affecting your real score.
Especially strategies, time management, and ability to deal with real pressure.

And thanks for your wish !

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