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New post 27 Nov 2017, 07:35
Hi Guys,

This is my first post on GMAT forum. I am quiet an "active reader" here and would have stayed that way had I not been flipping.

My GMAT date is nearing up - 16.12.2017 (almost a fortnight) and I feel I have a lot to prepare since I have a target score of 720.

My mock CAT scores -

06.11.2017 - Veritas 480
12.11.2017 - GMAT Tool - 520
26.11.2017 - Manhattan - 550

I am stressing out since I need a 170 points jump to reach my target score.

Needed suggestions on the following -

1. Veritas Paid CAT ($10)
2. Manhattan Paid CAT ($49)

I am also considering purchasing the official GMAT Pack (the one with the 2 CATs) - $49
With this I would have 7-8 mock CATs in hand.

Also I am off work from 1.12.2017 until the exam day. That gives me a lot of time for rigorous preparation.

My verbal is bit better than quant (I have been away from core quants since 10th grade).

Mentally I am all set and I know there have been examples where people have achieved such an herculean task (170 point jump)
Could you guys help me with a schedule / plan ?

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GMAT prep is a great source. The scores are indicative of what you would get on the actual exam. you can also go through this wonderful compilation of all the official question:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-most-com ... 40372.html
Once you are done with the gmat prep tests you can start preparing in test mode. take the official questions and solve 37 questions (14-13-13) for verbal and 41(14-14-13) for quant. This will help you build a lot of mental strength.

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New post 27 Nov 2017, 11:22
Hi Shobhit,

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your 3 CAT score results show that you essentially performed in the same range each time (about 520 +/- a few points). Raising a 550 to a 720+ will require that you make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections - and all of that training will likely take at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study. As such, the goal to do all of that in just 2.5 weeks is likely too difficult to be considered realistic and you should consider pushing back your Test Date.

From what you've described, it sounds like you're planning to take lots of practice CATS over the next 2 weeks - and that is NOT a good idea. 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.

Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) What were the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores on each of your CATs?

Goals:
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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I'd recommend sticking to the official mock tests. I think it's better to buy EP 1 & 2 along with the question bank. GMAC spens thousands of $$ on 1 question, so no other prep company can make that many high quality questions.
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