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New post 27 May 2011, 14:21
Hello Everyone,

I've been a regular visitor to this forum. The people here have been really helpful and kind - thanks a lot.

I appeared for the GMAT once in December 2010 and scored 690 (q49 v35). I am not very satisfied with my score - partly because I believe I can do better than this.. and partly since I have certain financial constraints and want to improve my chances of acquiring a scholarship. I wish for about 30-40 points rise in score.

The last time I prepped, I enrolled in for knewton course. I exhausted all my knewton tests with scores ranging from 580 to 680...and then later prepared for another month, practicing OG11 problems... I also enrolled in for MGMAT tests and my MGMAT CAT scores varied from 630 to 750. Ofcourse I also gave the GMATPREP scoring 640 (GP1 with zero prep), 720 (GP1 after 2 months), 700 (GP2 first attempt), 770 (GP2 retake).

I'd prepared very meticulously last time - maintained error logs and pondered over each and every question I faced on the tests. I gave atleast 14-15 tests, thoroughly analyzing each. Perhaps due to lack of skill, test day fatigue or anxiety, I couldn't do as well as I'd hoped. I remember reeling mechanically through the last 15 odd questions in verbal because I really wanted the test to get over.

Now I've planned to take it a bit more easy and only study for about 2-3 hours a day. I've booked my GMAT appointment for 14th July and started solving problems from OG12 (completed SC and CR). During the course I gave two CATs one knewton and one MGMAT free test. I scored 700 (v40 q46) in knewton and 750 (v45 q48) in MGMAT.

Now my problem is that I don't know if these scores truly reflect my ability, esp in verbal. My job was made easier because I could vaguely remember the RC paragraphs and CR questions - though I didn't remember the correct answer choices, I knew what the sentence meant.

I mostly falter in trying to make sense of whats given in RC and CR given the short time frame. It takes me about 1-1.5 mins to fathom the details in CR and about 5+ mins in RC. So being already aware of the meaning of the sentences perhaps helped me score well in verbal.

I would like to know
1) Whether I should continue taking the same tests, knowing that it would be showing me inflated scores? If not, what are the other options?
2) I need new practice questions. Shall I enroll with a non-knewton GMAT prep course this time? I've read about grockit and gmaptill but i don't know how good they would be for my case.
3) Anything else you'd like to suggest?

Hope somebody would help me out!

Thanks in anticipation!

The night is at its darkest just before the dawn... never, ever give up!

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