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Hello All

I have been consistently getting 640-660 score in these tests:
GMAT Prep 1&2 ( reset ones)650/660 resp
Kaplan 640
Manhattan 630

Took these exams in last ten days, mainly to guage my progress in verbal as well as to get used to the long duration of the test.
Scores have been Q47-49, V31-32

After carefully studying and practicing CR, it has improved but at the same time I doomed in SC which was better in the previous test. So overall I am stuck at 650. I do considerable careless mistakes but somehow this knowledge isn't helping.

Please suggest how to break the barrier.
My target date was 21st March but doesn't look possible now. I have taken leave till then, cannot extend it but can keep giving 3-4 hrs everyday even after I join. As much as I don't want to extend the date.

Any valuable suggestions how to stop the careless mistakes that are eating up my confidence and hard work. I have been studying > 6-7 hrs everyday for last 24 days, that is whole of Feb. Prior to Feb, I was studying quant regularly in December and Jan. In Verbal, I improved from a meager 21 to 31 in a week of focused studies, but it doesn't seem to move ahead. Taking a coaching isn't an option, I want to crack it on my own.

Feeling quite demotivated but don't want to give up on my target of 720+.


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New post 24 Feb 2017, 11:38
Hi spc11,

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you're looking for, I'd like to know a bit more about how you took these CATs:

1) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
2) Did you take them at home?
3) Did you take them at the same time of day as your Official GMAT?
4) Did you ever do ANYTHING during your CATs that you couldn't do on Test Day (pause the CAT, skip sections, take longer breaks, etc.)?
5) Did you ever take a CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE?

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