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Has anyone used 15+ practice tests to aid their studying efforts?

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I only ask because I've heard both that doing more than 2 practice tests a week is overkill, and also that doing 3-4 a week, followed by meticulously reviewing them, is a great way to supercharge studying and isolate problem areas. I'm curious if anyone is an advocate for a heavy practice test focused strategy? Thanks in advance

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I only ask because I've heard both that doing more than 2 practice tests a week is overkill, and also that doing 3-4 a week, followed by meticulously reviewing them, is a great way to supercharge studying and isolate problem areas. I'm curious if anyone is an advocate for a heavy practice test focused strategy? Thanks in advance
I have students who say they're comfortable taking 3-4 tests a week, but I'm quite sure that most test takers would not be comfortable with that pace. At the end of the day, it comes down to personal preference. With the GMAT however, there just aren't enough high quality practice tests to support an intensive testing strategy. A test taker would have to reduce the frequency of his or her testing or compromise on quality.
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Hi k1414,

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.

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Both excellent points - I really appreciate your advice. I think I will readjust my strategy to better cover themes and problem areas outside the context of full length CAT practice tests.

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