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HELP! No pattern in mistakes test scores stagnate!4days left

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New post 05 May 2013, 12:49

I have been following many threads on this forum, which were very helpful, but now I am beginning to panic!

I am taking the GMAT in 4 days and my situation is as follows:

- I am a GMAT retaker (took it in 2009 when I scored a 620, retook it this year but had a drop to 420! - I clearly underestimated GMAT and didn't prepare enough next to my full-time work)
- Now I took 2 weeks off, and have been doing nothing else but the GMAT for in average 9 hours per day...
- I went through the complete 12OG, Kaplan Premier 2012 (most parts) and started questions and parts of the Verbal Review

- I started taking tests yesterday:

- 2nd offical GMAT prep (Score 630 Q43 V34)
- Kaplan CAT1 (2h later): (Score 520 Q26 V30)

- Kaplan CAT2: (Score: 530 Q25 V33) --> Here I noticed, that I have serious time mgmt. problems both in math and verbal (had for last 6 quant questions just under 1 minute per question left and in verbal worse!
IN FACT in verbal I had almost all questions 22/29 of first 29 questions right, but then missed ALL the remaining questions besides one from Q30-42!!!

So I saw the POSITIVE and said it's a CLEAR TIMING issue!! I disciplined myslef and too the CAT3 with disciplined time management and got through spot-on timing wise for quant, bit of a struggle in Verbal but managed. RESULT:

- CAT3: (Score 520 Q28 V28) GOSH!!!!!

So I am helpless! I don't know what it is!! I am not getting better, and the COMPOSITION of my score keeps changing! I started off doing well on MATH (Q43 V34) and ended up with the inverse (Q28 and V27)... - what I have noticed on this test and many other test, that I start screwing up several questions in a row!! Q28-35 all wrong besides one in verbal....I know this has a huge effect on scoring, but when taking the test not feeling answers were wrong.

--> I really CANNOT spot what to do, where the source of problems is and what to DO in the next days???
More tests, what review? Time management?

Could anyone please help? Share experience?

Thanks a lot in advance!!!!

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Re: HELP! No pattern in mistakes test scores stagnate!4days left [#permalink]

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New post 08 May 2013, 14:02
Hey there - i am sorry I am finding this message only today and looks like you have a day left only.
My main suggestion is to take it one question at a time and not worry about the whole test or where you stand or how hard/easy the question is - just take it and do it!

if you have to avoid careless errors - pause before the questions and watch out for the errors and traps.

1 Day (36 hours before the test)
• If possible, the last day before the test, should be a copy of your test day experience (wake up at the same time you would for the test, eat what you would, wear the same clothes, etc).
• Take the test at the same time as your appointment – try to take a GMAT prep if you have one left. If not, take whatever test is available. Make sure it is a full IR/AWA drill with breaks/etc.
• After you finish, do a brief review (don’t agonize too much) and have a healthy meal. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and doing something that would be relaxing for you and keep your mind off the test.
• It is OK to bring a few flashcards for the last set of concepts/check lists/etc for the test and glance at them/study as you go around your day but no heavy studying should be done now. For one it is too late, and two, you have a risk of not performing at the peak on the day of.
• Athletes train and force their bodies to adapt to the training schedule and their bodies start expecting to provide a certain level of output. Then before the competition, they take it easier for a day or two to get the most of mental and physical output when it counts. Make sure the test day is your best day, not your recovery day. If you run or exercise in the mornings, don’t do the double-doze even though you may feel absolutely up for it. It will wipe you out.

The BIG Day:
1. Do not arrive too early – mistake many make (more than an hour in advance (half an hour is the best to give you time for unpredictable) – you won’t be able to take the test earlier and will only spend time waiting and stressing out. If your appointment is in the morning, you will have more time to sleep and rest.
2. Do not stress out if you have not been able to fall asleep at the time like you usually do. It is a big day and most people get less sleep. Do not stress out about that. Everyone does it. That’s why it is helpful to schedule a test at least 30 days before the deadline so you can retake if you need to (not that you should plan on retaking but this should take some stress away). If you are a procrastinator and know that you won’t be motivated enough if you have a secondary date then you may want to use an opposite strategy.

Good Luck!
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