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I gave the Kaplan 800 test in Jan'09 just to check where I stand and I scored 580 (Q50, V22 or V23). So I knew at that time that I have to work hard on Verbal
I started studying for GMAT 2-3 times in last 2 years for about 2-3 weeks, but couldn't able to continue.

This time I started the preparation in May 2nd week and worked only verbal and haven't touched quant till now for more than a year now.
Today I gave my first GMAT Prep Test and I scored 720 (Q49, V40). Definitely I will be able to improve the score of quant to 50 or 51.

But I need advice that should I go ahead and take the date in mid july. I am thining that by any chance I screwed the exam on the D day then I can reappear in a month before the B School applications.

I am using OG11, Manhattan SC, Kaplan 800 and OG verbal. Also studied some critical reasoning bible.

Now I am planning to work more on 100SC and 1000CR. And more sample test and practice more.

I can spare 2-4 hrs on weekdays and 6-7 hrs on weekends till first week of july.

Please advice. Should I go ahead for mid july.
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Excellent score on Gprep, go ahead for mid July if you feel comfortable. Alternatively, you can schedule your test for August with September as a backup. I realized that 30 days between first and second attempt is optimal. Longer break between two test dates could prove inconvenient for you.

Certainly, I hope you wouldn't have needed second attempt at all.
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I think you are ready to go. I would not delay more than Mid July - you can even go as early as late June/early July. If you are waiting for the time when you will feel comfortable with GMAT - that day will never come :)

This is a decision you just have to make. The strategy you picked is also good becuase it will take some pressure off you on the test day - you can always retain a month and still submit the scores to the Bschools.

Spend the last 2-3 weeks before the test taking full-length tests with AWA and reviewing your mistakes and polishing some areas that still need work.
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in general when is a good time to take the test after studying for it? Like do I need to take a few sample tests until i get a consistent and "satisfactory" score then go for it? I am starting this week (waiting for books...) and i probably have 3-4 hours a day to study for it and I will be more focused on verbal section.
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Thanks bb and pathfinder.

I need some time for AWA that's why I am also putting it for mid july. Also I need to make sure that I am consistent with the Verbal and it was not the fluke on one occasion. Will definitely go for mid-july.

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Thanks bb and pathfinder.

I need some time for AWA that's why I am also putting it for mid july. Also I need to make sure that I am consistent with the Verbal and it was not the fluke on one occasion. Will definitely go for mid-july.

Thanks again for the inputs!


I know that AWA may seem that it requires an equal amount of prep, but it really does not. Many people here prep for half-day and still get 5.0 or 6.0 on the AWA - see this guide on how to ace it in just a few days: how-to-get-6-0-awa-my-guide-64327.html

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Don't pay too much attention to AWA. You have to prepare for it if you are not native speaker but we are talking about few days here, certainly not couple of weeks. I had to study it a little longer than BB's half-day - you can conclude that from my poor styled posts he he he :) Again, I had no problem with AWA and scored 5.0. The most helpful tool for me was Chinesburned's famous template for AWA essays.
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Thanks again guys! Will put more emphasis on other topics( verbal definitely ;) )
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