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# 630 (40Q and 37V) on my first practice CAT

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06 Aug 2018, 09:13
Hi, yesterday I took my first practice test through Kaplan's online study guide and scored a 630 (40Q and 37V). I am very content with this score. My only concern is that I did run out of time on the quantitive section. The grad school I plan on applying to has a minimum requirement of 450. How should I continue to prepare over the next few weeks to take the GMAT to ensure I stay above 450? I was just thinking of taking all the practice test Kaplan has to offer. Is it possible to make above 600s on practices and then make below a 450 on the real thing?
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06 Aug 2018, 10:18
shf126 wrote:
Hi, yesterday I took my first practice test through Kaplan's online study guide and scored a 630 (40Q and 37V). I am very content with this score. My only concern is that I did run out of time on the quantitive section. The grad school I plan on applying to has a minimum requirement of 450. How should I continue to prepare over the next few weeks to take the GMAT to ensure I stay above 450? I was just thinking of taking all the practice test Kaplan has to offer. Is it possible to make above 600s on practices and then make below a 450 on the real thing?

Congrats on the strong score!

It's possible that your score will drop a lot on test day, but unlikely. Did you take the practice test in the same way that you'll have to do the real thing? (That is, did you use the timer with the same time limit you'll have on the real test? Did you take the same number and length of breaks?) If you took it the same way, unless you suffer from test anxiety (or have a really, really bad day on test day) you'll probably get a similar score. If you want to be more confident, take an official GMATPrep practice test - since those tests are published by the same company that writes the GMAT, it's more likely that you can trust the accuracy of their scores.
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06 Aug 2018, 10:25
your score look really solid for 1st CAT.
1) Have you taken any GMAC prep test , if yes what is your score?
2) If possible give Math Revolution diagnostic test , its only for quant or give atleast 2 more mocks (there are plenty of free mocks available and takes its average as your base score)
3) Make sure you don't leave any question , even if you have to guess (now guess has to be logical ; POE , plugging answer choices are some strategies you can look)
4) I don't know what's your weak and strong sections in Quant , but if you have Q40 , I think you have covered all the basics atleast ,so doing practice make sense ---> take any test series you like all are same as only GMAC prep test are only one near to actual Gmat (you can buy other tests available)
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06 Aug 2018, 11:33
Hi shf126,

Based on this initial CAT Score, I would have to assume that you have the necessary skills to score 450 on the Official GMAT. Whether you actually hit that mark or not is dependent on a number of different factors though, so you have to properly prepare for the specific "event" that is Test Day. To start, you need to think about how you took your CAT (and how you take your future CATs):

1) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT in one sitting (including the Essay and IR sections)?
2) Did you take it at home?
3) Did you take it at the same time of day as when you plan to take your Official GMAT?
4) Did you ever do ANYTHING during this CAT that you can't do on Test Day (pause the CAT, skip sections, take longer breaks, etc.)?
5) Did you take this CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE (re: for example, in an online forum or in a practice set)?

As an aside, when you say that the School has a minimum score requirement of 450, does that mean that if you get a 450 that you will automatically be accepted? Or does it mean that you need a 450+ just to apply?

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