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# How soon should you start taking full tests before real GMAT

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Joined: 12 May 2007
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How soon should you start taking full tests before real GMAT [#permalink]

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14 Jul 2007, 14:29
I have fours weeks and I am hoping to start from this week. Plan to give 5-6. I wonder how has been people's experience. How many tests are minimum that one must do for 700 range score, 5-6 gives you good confidence.

My problem is that I's rather spend some time in between to attack weaknesses and I know I have enough o work on in Verble probably since I haven't spent any effort on RC and CR yet (Not even OG). So I am planning to give one test tomorrow and then take 5-10 days to spend sufficient concentrated effort on RC/CR and refresh my SC. At that time I will be ready I think. Only issue is that I have only four weeks from today!

Any advise out of people's experience appreciated. thanks.
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14 Jul 2007, 15:01
I would at least take a GMAT Prep before studying. This will help you anayze weaknesses you can attack. I think studying weaknesses during the week and taking one CAT each weekend is a great strategy.
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14 Jul 2007, 15:16
i would not waste a gmat prep at the very beginning. you can gauge your weaknesses using the og, or other books
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14 Jul 2007, 21:30
dabots wrote:
i would not waste a gmat prep at the very beginning. you can gauge your weaknesses using the og, or other books

I disagree.
Just don't check your answers, and after two weeks or so, you won't remember a thing
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15 Jul 2007, 10:18
And what would be the point of taking a practice test without checking the answers?

Seriously, to the OP...don't waste a test. Start studying with the practice questions and identify your weaknesses that way. Do 10 or so questions for each type and review your errors. Come here for help if you're stumped. Take a test after you've done some more practice, then revise your prep strategy after you see the results. Just be sure not to neglect areas that are average to strong so that you don't blow those on your tests!

If verbal is a weakness, I would highly recommend getting Verbal Workout from Princeton Review. The strategies are great. Altho if you have their Cracking the GMAT book, you'll have the strategies along with several tests. I found the answer explanations to be very helpful. The workbook just has more practice questions. Good supplement if you finish the OG and still need more practice.
15 Jul 2007, 10:18
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