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Come one, come all! January is a big month for the GMAT and I'd like to open up a forum for January GMAT discussion. Use this forum as a place to ask your last second questions, get support, update us on your progress, and share your goals. You're very close to what could be the end of your GMAT journey... keep your nose in the books and finish on a strong note! Plus, once you're done with your test we'd love to hear how you did!

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18 Dec 2011, 20:03
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Good luck to both of you!

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I have heard that MGMAT verbal tends to be slightly easier (as far as scoring on the CAT tests). I did many verbal problems with MGMAT and found them to mostly be representative of test day. Kaplan on the other hand seemed to be harder than the real test. I'm a native English speaker, and I found the verbal to seem WAY too easy on test day. But it turns out I was just doing well and got a 90% in verbal. GMATprep test will give you the best taste of what verbal on test day will be like.

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31 Dec 2011, 17:47
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Your score of a 770 is definitely inflated but still VERY good! I would take off approximately 5-10 points of your score for each question you recognized. There are 3 reasons for this. First, you got a question right that you may not have. Second, you didn't spend as much time on that questions as you would have on another, so it gave you extra time to finish the other questions. Third, it boosted you into harder questions (since this is an adaptive test) when you may not deserve to be there. But still, GREAT job.

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1) Since, I usually finish Quant in an hour, can i take extended break of 15min + 8min? If I select answer to the last Quant question(37th), would it be submitted?

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2) Am I allowed to drink coffee etc during break time? I think so, but wanted to confirm. Drinking coffee is really important for me; if it's allowed, does cold coffee works as good as hot - not sure you would know such things, but no harm in asking.

You are allowed to drink coffee during your breaks, but they will not provide it for you. If drinking coffee is important to you I would recommend making coffee the night before and bringing it with you (cold) so that you can have it on your break. BUt remember, you will only have 8 minutes, and probably only 6-7 so you can get back to your test on time!! Coffee will still make you feel the same way cold or hot. You just won't get to enjoy it the same way your used to. Just remember though, if you drink a lot before the last section, it may make you need to use the restroom. You don't want that to distract you. I also don't recommend drinking coffee on test day unless you've practiced this on tests before. Sometimes the coffee can make you jittery, and not be able to concentrate if you don't drink coffee often. It sounds like this will not be the case for you. But for me personally I could not drink coffee on test day.

Congrats on your 770 test score! I definitely think you could score 750+ on test day! So get a good nights rest, and earn the score you deserve. Good luck!
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18 Dec 2011, 18:01
I'll Play

Test Date: January 7
Target Score: 700+
Materials:
MGMAT Complete Test Prep (http://www.manhattangmat.com/storeitems ... 29&catid=1)
GMATClub.com

Practice Test Scores:
MGMAT 1: 550 (Q33 V33) Oct 10
MGMAT 2: 600 (Q35 V36) Nov 26
MGMAT 3: 630 (Q37 V38) Dec 3
MGMAT 4: 660 (Q44 V36) Dec 17
MGMAT 5: 640 (Q44 V34) Dec 25 with AWA
MGMAT 6: DID NOT ATTEMPT
GMATPrep 1: 670 (Q47 V35) Dec 27 with AWA
GMATPrep 2: 700 (Q46 V40) Dec 31 with AWA

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How does MGMAT RC and CR questions compare to the actual GMAT?

If I could do it all over, I would make sure I finished all the MGMAT supplement books (foundations + strategy guides) and both diagnostic tests in the OG guide before signing up to the test. I think the most optimal situation for someone with a full time job is to have roughly 40 days to do all the Qs in the OG guides + practice CATs almost exclusively.
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18 Dec 2011, 18:05
planning to write on Jan 27th..............
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18 Dec 2011, 20:51
for non native English speaker verbal is a big problem.
It would be really good if test takers share their number of mistakes in verbal mock tests
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18 Dec 2011, 21:18
For any non-native speakers, I would recommend checking out these posts on the topic: 1. GMAT Fiction 2. best-gmat-verbal-prep-books-reviews-recommendations-78094.html. This should start you in the right direction! As far as # of incorrect problems, this is not always the most accurate way of figuring out how well you will do in verbal. On a CAT test, it really matters the difficulty of questions you are getting, so this includes the number of correct or incorrect answers in a row, and what types of problems the mistakes and correct answers come on. This is why some may say that the first 10 questions are very important because they can really help get you into the harder bucket of questions.

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18 Dec 2011, 22:05
Thanks GMATLA for the clarification
No of errors gives you a rough idea how well others are doing and in what different way.
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19 Dec 2011, 02:39
MGMCAT CAT Verbal error ranges for me

SC: 7 - 10 wrong
CR: 2 - 5
RC: 4 - 6
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21 Dec 2011, 06:49
Test Date: Jan 28,2012
Target Score: 700+

Material :MGMAT, GMAT Prep

I am concentrating on Quant right now..will come back once I get to my desired level in Quant..would require help in Verbal section (Non Native)
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21 Dec 2011, 20:41
To all you Junuary GMAT test takers out there, good luck! And don't forget to ask for those GMAT related holiday gifts!

If you're taking around the holidays, check out this post for some great pointers: gmatp-prep-and-the-holidays-124144.html
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22 Dec 2011, 08:44
Hi,
It is nice to see this thread.

My test date is : January 5th.
Prep materials : OG, OG Verbal review, OG Quant Review , MGMAT SC Guide, Kaplan Premier, Kaplan 800.
Target score : 700 +

Practice Scores so far ;
GMATPrep test 1 : 710
Kaplan practice test 2 (online) : 670
Kaplan practice test 3 (online) : 720
MGMAT CAT 1 : 710
MGMAT CAT 2 : 700
GMATPrep test 2 : 720

Challenges :
1. Verbal is a challenge to me. I am a non native speaker and find SC difficult. In fact I am struggling to keep my verbal score in the 40+ range.
2. In Quant, DS is a challenge. I am trying to hammer it in my mind that I need to consider the possibilities of -ve, zero and fraction (the deadly trio) while evaluating options.

I will post more practice scores, and the methods I followed to prepare for GMAT.
Wish me luck for the Big Day

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22 Dec 2011, 12:00
Test Date: Jan.14th
Target Score: 700+
Practice Test Scores and Materials: prep 1: 750, prep 2:760, Knewton: 720 with Q49~50, V is always the priority for me as a nonnative:)
(I seriously doubt whether prep is accurate in estimating my score because some of the questions are quite similar to my practice questions from Knewton, at least in the way of thinking)

Any Last Minute Questions: Maybe the challenge for me lies in how to do my best on test day:)
Also, should I buy MGMAT or any other CAT? What's the difficulty compared to real test? I heard that real test tend to be more tricky
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22 Dec 2011, 13:22
Jan 3rd.
Targeting - Not sure where? Struggling with timing at the moment.

Hope to have a better prediction of where I may end up by next week
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22 Dec 2011, 13:24
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Test Date: Jan.14th
Target Score: 700+
Practice Test Scores and Materials: prep 1: 750, prep 2:760, Knewton: 720 with Q49~50, V is always the priority for me as a nonnative:)
(I seriously doubt whether prep is accurate in estimating my score because some of the questions are quite similar to my practice questions from Knewton, at least in the way of thinking)

Any Last Minute Questions: Maybe the challenge for me lies in how to do my best on test day:)
Also, should I buy MGMAT or any other CAT? What's the difficulty compared to real test? I heard that real test tend to be more tricky

Best of luck. Looking forward to read a debrief of a phenomenal score afterwards.
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22 Dec 2011, 14:49
Hello everyone,

I'm actually retaking the GMAT since I bombed it this past Saturday. 510...35Q and 25V. Obviously I studied wrong for about a month and a half. I had an online course and the OG guide but I really didnt use the OG guide as much as I should have and used the course and the practice problems and quizzes from the course and I felt great. I took the two practice exams and had a 510 on one and a 550 the week before the exam and that is when I knew I was in trouble. I was shocked to see my verbal so low actually since English is my native language. What advice would you guys have for me on this second time around..I need to clear 600 and ideally if I can get to the 650 range would be ideal. I have the OG 12 guide and I am for sure giong through everything in that book this time but also I have ordered the Manhattan Verbal foundations book and also the number properties and word translations from Manhattan as well and they arrived today. Any study plan or words of advice to increase my score? I know that I can get higher than this this next time around. What materials should I use to study to give me an accurate assessment this second time around?

Thanks

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22 Dec 2011, 22:01
Exam date:Jan 9th
Target :700+
Current level in 500's

Quant-Am good at 48~50
Verbal -Pathetic 20~32

I simply struggle to make head or tail of RC passages.
Focusing on SC now.Then CR and RC at the end.
Following MGMAT,OG12,Kaplan 800

Any suggestions?
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23 Dec 2011, 11:50
Test Date: 4th Jan
Target Score: 740+
Practice Test Scores: 710(Princeton), 710(KNewton), 700(mgmat1), 760(PowerPrep), 670(mgmat4, was doing a lot of revision when this mishap happened)

Material: both OGs, mgmat, Aristotle SC, PowerScore CR, Kaplan800 - going through

Any Last Minute Questions: I need more practice problems; suggest me some good source(s)Any Last Minute Advice: No advice before success

Guys, I have been doing a lot of analysis in last 2-3weeks and what I founf is that my test scores are hugely corelated with the time I spent on each sections. so my plan is to practice 2000(500Q, 750SC, 500 CR, 250RC) questions in next 10 days.
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23 Dec 2011, 20:41
Hi All,

I'm retaking my GMAT . (Earlier attempt : 14 July 10: 640 Q44 V33)

GMAT Test date: 12 Jan 2012
Target Score 700+
Matrerials: OG 12th, Kaplan Premier, Kaplan 800,MGMAT for SC, CAT material(Available In India ) For quant conceptual clarity.

Gmat Power Prep: 650
Score 800 :630
Score 800 :660
Gmat Prep 1: 630
Gmat Prep 1 (repeat) 700

My quant seems to be Coming fine with my scores in GMAT preps being 48 and 49. But my verbal scores are unpredictable. I cant even say for sure if these are coming along well or dismal. While in my score 800, i score not less than 38, GMAT prep shoots a 28 and 36.
Frankly I'm very confused as to how to now improve my verbal. Im doing MGMAT sc Guide for the 2nd time to see if i can get my SC's to 100 % accuracy!

Any suggestions are welcomee!!!
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26 Dec 2011, 08:44
Hey, I'll add my name to the list

Test Date: 1/12
Target Score: 700
Practice Test Scores and Materials: OG, Kaplan, and I bought the MGMAT Quant Guides but I don't think I'll have time to work my way through all of them.

MGMAT CAT I: 720 (Q: 43 V: 45)
MGMAT CAT II: 630 (Q: 36 V: 40)
MGMAT CAT III: 710 (Q:42 V:45)

I'm a native English speaker and avid reader, so the verbal seems fairly intuitive, but my quant skills are very rusty. I actually enjoy the logical analysis of the quant problems, but remembering the algebraic rules and properties (much less the shortcuts) is a challenge for me.
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