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I'm not improving...*sigh*

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27 Sep 2010, 10:51
Okay, so I took the GMAT in July and got a 620 (42Q 3something V). At this time, I was getting around a 640-680 on GMATPrep tests.

I've been doing practice problems, brushing up on basic skills, keeping track of missed problems, learning concepts, etc. etc, but my score simply is not improving and I don't know why.

I took a GMAT Prep exam today and got a 660 (46Q 35V) I feel like my Quant level is decreasing because I started with a Quant 47 and haven't reached it since my second practice test in GMATPrep again.

Breakdown of what I missed:

14 Quant (7 PS, 7 DS) - Looking at the problems, I KNOW I can solve them. I feel like I'm stressing out, and with the time constraint making careless mistakes.
11 Verbal (1 CR, 5 SC, 5 RC)

Also when doing practice problems in sets of 20 (randomly picked - not in order) (using OG12) I miss 3-4 at the most. I feel like my score is not reflective of this.

When doing MGMAT untimed, I tend to get around 680-700. I haven't gotten below a 680 for the last 5 practice tests I've taken. Isn't MGMAT supposed to be harder?

I need to get at least a 700 by the end of October and I don't know what to do. I've been through the MGMAT SC twice and the Powerscore CR twice. I've done countless math problems and gone over my mistakes. I'm just about ready to give up. I don't know what else to do/try.

Can anyone help? Motivation, Tips, and Advice greatly needed and will be appreciated!

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27 Sep 2010, 10:59
I have a feeling you might be burning out and making careless mistakes. For the math portion try the GMAT Club tests. They kinda help you by showing you a lot of the tricks that you might fall for when you take the GMAT. For verbal, did you notice which section you're doing better/worse on? If you know this and it's just one section then maybe you can do more questions in that. But before all that I think you should take a day or two off. Relax and start again.

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27 Sep 2010, 11:10
660 in hand on gmat prep and 1 month to go for real GMAT exam you can achieve 700+ mark. You just keep yourself motivated and keep on reviewing your mistakes on previous other exams. Also try to keep error log for the mistakes.

Good luck with your preparation, also keep update gmatclub members with your preparation.
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27 Sep 2010, 11:15
whiplash - Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately, I relax way too much. Haha, most of my weekends are spent in relaxation, and I look to any excuse to take a break. But I think you're right on saying I'm probably burning out and making careless mistakes and stressing out way too much.

I updated my post with what I missed.

Kissthegmat - Thanks for the motivation. It's nice to hear that it is possible! Thanks for the advice, I will definitely do that!
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27 Sep 2010, 12:58
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Aha the classic RC/SC syndrome . Your eyes will glaze over and you'll feel sleepier than ever before when you read those lovely passages about the intestinal system of a tapeworm and why scientists think it might be a nanometer smaller than they thought it was. But fear not! :D

Do you break down your RC passages into message, structure, argument and attitude? Try doing that if you haven't. For SC, I think you might want to practice the rules and idioms without a specific question. Try the 2-3 splitting rule more efficiently. Usually these questions have more than one thing wrong. Elimination will help you. Keep a log of questions wrong while recording what exactly you did wrong - careless, guessed, had no clue etc. Might help

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27 Sep 2010, 13:12
try error logs . i think quant 46/47 are in the ballpark so you might need to find what type of ques you get wrong on and get on it! you also need verbal improvement as well for a 700
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27 Sep 2010, 13:35
I got a 620 on the GMAT back in June and signed up for Knewton back in July. I will retake the GMAT next week and I am shooting for a 700. I got a 700 and 730 on my last two GMATPrep CATs. Knewton classes, concept videos, HW problems in addition to going back over some problems in OG12 and doing some Gmatclub math tests seemed to have help my score greatly. I never got over a 640 on the 6 or 7 CATs I took before I started the Knewton course.

Since you want to take the GMAT soon then I suggest focusing on Gmatclub math tests and SC.
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03 Oct 2010, 06:43
im in the same boat... any tips are useful
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03 Oct 2010, 06:55
Here is what I would say. If you stop now, you will fail now (because your score will not improve without practice). If you keep going, there is a good chance you will meet your goal. You still have a month to prepare, and that is a lot of time if it is used wisely, and planned properly. Just go for it!
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