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# First Impressions: GMAT practice test - Feedback required

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08 Feb 2018, 05:37
Over the last few weeks, I made the decision to do an MBA in the US. I decided that I'd take the GMAT sometime during July as I'm planning to apply for 2019.

With no preliminary preparation at all, I managed to score a 580 based on the CAT test provided on the 'Manhattan Prep' website. I thought that I had done the test in a very shoddy manner. I didn't know the answering pattern for many of the initial questions for Verbal and Quant. For some odd reason, the graphs and data tables wouldn't load in the Integrated Reasoning section, resulting in nearly ALL questions being answered wrong. I had to select randomly for most questions as the links wouldn't load.

If all of the above didn't happen the way it did, I'm sure I'd have done much better. I have no way of knowing how well I wrote the essay, but I believe that I wrote it with clarity. I could attach/paste it on to this forum if any of you would like to criticize.

Would this be a good indicator for me to set my goals very high? A lot is riding on my GMAT scores as the University that I study in has a very arbitrary grading pattern, and I find it very hard to consistently score high grades (its a humanities course).

Hopefully, if I start preparing now, I should be in a position to score 700+ by July.

This is my first post on this forum. I plan to stick around for a while. Thank you for having me here.
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08 Feb 2018, 11:20
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A 580 is a solid initial CAT score (the average score on the Official GMAT hovers around 540-550 most years) - and based on the technical issues you faced when taking this CAT - then you're likely a really strong 'critical thinker' and could potentially score at a really high level on the Official GMAT. You've also given yourself plenty of time to study - which is good. Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so now you have to commit to a consistent study routine and get to work.

1) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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08 Feb 2018, 22:53
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Thank you for taking the time to reply. It is definitely very encouraging to know that I would be considered as a strong contender. I will set my goals high and work for it.

I plan to take another mock in the next 2 days. I might post the results of that in this thread.

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09 Feb 2018, 10:05
580 with no any preparation is a very good score, I am sure if you put 3-4 months 1hr in weekdays and 3-4hr in weekend is sufficient for scoring 700+

All the best.
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09 Feb 2018, 10:37

While there are certain aspects to Test Day that you can really only learn by taking realistic, FULL-LENGTH CATs, once you've learned those things, it's important to remember that taking lots of CATs will NOT make you a better Test Taker. A CAT is really a 'measuring device' - when used correctly, it will give you a realistic score and help define your strengths and weaknesses, but it will NOT help you to fix any of those weaknesses. To raise your scores, you have to put in the necessary practice and repetitions. The CAT will show you whether your studies are helping you to improve or not. As such, you really shouldn't take more than 1 FULL CAT per week (and that type of frequency is really for when you get closer to your Official Test Date). Right now, there is NO good reason to take a new CAT in 2 days - you should study for 2-3 weeks, THEN take a new CAT to gauge your progress.

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