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How do you know that you are ready to take the test?

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I sat for the GMAT in March of this year and got a score of 680 Q45 V38 after about 2 weeks of studying. A day before taking the test, I was still coming across new material as I was doing questions - so after getting the 680 I thought to myself if I were to study harder, I could get a 740+.

I have been studying for 2 months now and have gone through all the questions in the OG 2017. However, when I do CATs, I still come across new material and new approaches to questions. Just wanted to hear from the experts on this site, what are the signs that show me that I am ready to sit for the test? Desperate to catch the round 2 application dates for the top B schools. :cry:
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Ready for the test is the point when you can't improve your score meaningfully or when absolutely hate the test and can't stand it.


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streetking wrote:
I sat for the GMAT in March of this year and got a score of 680 Q45 V38 after about 2 weeks of studying. A day before taking the test, I was still coming across new material as I was doing questions - so after getting the 680 I thought to myself if I were to study harder, I could get a 740+.

I have been studying for 2 months now and have gone through all the questions in the OG 2017. However, when I do CATs, I still come across new material and new approaches to questions. Just wanted to hear from the experts on this site, what are the signs that show me that I am ready to sit for the test? Desperate to catch the round 2 application dates for the top B schools. :cry:


Take GMATPrep CATs:

1. If you consistently score say 740/750/760 or say 690/700/710 then you're ready. Ofcourse if you're not aiming 800 :P
If your scores fluctuates say 680/750/710 then you need to understand what is the real issue.

2. You need take all of those CATs with ALL sections, in real exam like conditions.

3. you should also be sure that you're able to apply all the strategies and balance timing well.

These are good signs for readiness :D

P.S: If you Consider real exam just another GMATPrep then you would be able to get the desired score or may be better :P
Most people who come out of exam and say they were getting far better score in CATs but on the real exam the story was different. That is because they took the exam so seriously that it became nothing but a serious affair for them. Chill out! :D
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streetking wrote:
I sat for the GMAT in March of this year and got a score of 680 Q45 V38 after about 2 weeks of studying. A day before taking the test, I was still coming across new material as I was doing questions - so after getting the 680 I thought to myself if I were to study harder, I could get a 740+.

I have been studying for 2 months now and have gone through all the questions in the OG 2017. However, when I do CATs, I still come across new material and new approaches to questions. Just wanted to hear from the experts on this site, what are the signs that show me that I am ready to sit for the test? Desperate to catch the round 2 application dates for the top B schools. :cry:
Everyone comes across something new from time to time. And that's true even for the experts you refer to in your post. Keep learning, and take the test when it makes sense for you (keeping in mind the other, bigger, goals you have).

By the way, 680 after just 2 weeks is excellent, and I wish you all the best!
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thank you all for your responses.

my plan of actions is to now do tests regularly and track my progress :-)
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You're ready for the test when you are (at a minimum) - able to reach your target score on a practice test comfortably.

Do NOT walk into the test room if have not been able to score your target in practice. You can't expect miracles to suddenly happen on test day.

But more important than the score itself --is when you feel confident that you are answering every question within your ability correctly. That sounds easy but in reality - a lot of people incorrectly answer questions that they SHOULD be getting correct.

All those easy and medium questions - those should be 100% gimmies for you. If they are not, then you have room for improvement in terms of not messing up questions that you really should be getting correct.

Next, if you are able to correctly answer some reach questions and feel you are reaching a peak - then you may be ready for the test.

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