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# Need help with retake strategy

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22 Aug 2011, 21:25
I have already gone through the retaking strategies and the 650 to 700 threads. My question is in bold. Rest all in unecessary.

I have exhausted all the material mentioned. I have exhausted the GMATprep Docs and Prep tests and the strategy guides.

What I feel did me in were test day jitters.

I clearly remember getting atleast 5-6 Quant questions incorrect, questions that I cracked again at home in 2 minutes. I can't count the number of times I have asked people not to get stuck on one particular question but on the test I remember getting stuck on a question and spending at least 4-5 minutes on that question and I was so nervous because I was running out of time. I finished the test with just 2 seconds to go. Downright stupid!!

Verbal, I am sure I must have gotten most of the CR questions incorrect. Usually my CR accuracy is 90% but the test day had some really weird questions. RC was much easier than I had expected and I saw too many questions in RC. One last RC was on Social Science. I think that was the place where I lost the ball. The 'thought' that I will run out of time and became so jittery that I just couldn't concentrate. I finished the verbal with 2 minutes to spare! Again really ridiculous.

My question:
I have used plausibly the best material available, as per this website. I also re-did the strategy guides and error log till the time I became perfect.

I remember answers to MGMAT and GMATPrep tests, so I cannot retake them.
Any other mock tests that I can take to GAUGE my skill, which I do not FEEL is lacking.

If my skill is not the issue, then I can probably retake without studying anything. But I would want to take 3-4 CATs just to practice.

But if my skill is still low, then I will have to make a different plan altogether.

Also, is there anyway I can get access to Knewton CATs because I don't want to the course, just the CATs. I think Knewton CATs are really good.

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22 Aug 2011, 21:48
I think it was just bad day for you and you will definitely get your target score this time around. However I must say you were doing mistake by retaking gmatprep because you had already solved OG10 and paper pencils tests before (if i remember correctly). Both OG10 and Paper Pencil tests overlap with gmatprep. That meant you were not solving NEW CR questions and virtually went out of touch with solving new questions. For verbal and especially CR you can try LSAT questions . Many test takers say it is not gmat like but I differ. Just leave the formal logic and paralllel reasoning questions and do the remaining ones. Remember LSAT is a standardised test so questions it offers cannot be bad or questionable. DO some RC for improving your timings (og10 aristotle lsat rcs). In maths you can try out jeff sackmann challange sets for improving the timings. Also revise sc rules yet again for keeping it safe.

No you cannot subscribe tests only from knewton as has been said by knewton representative in one thread. You can definitely give verbal sections of tests like Kaplan. I do believe kaplan questions look odd but after reading the explanations doing those questions will only help you.

Kudos [?]: 132 [0], given: 21

Senior Manager
Status: 750+ or Burst !
Joined: 01 May 2011
Posts: 385

Kudos [?]: 132 [0], given: 26

Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
GMAT 1: 670 Q48 V35
GPA: 3.5
Re: Need help with retake strategy [#permalink]

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22 Aug 2011, 22:06
Aj85 wrote:
I think it was just bad day for you and you will definitely get your target score this time around. However I must say you were doing mistake by retaking gmatprep because you had already solved OG10 and paper pencils tests before (if i remember correctly). Both OG10 and Paper Pencil tests overlap with gmatprep. That meant you were not solving NEW CR questions and virtually went out of touch with solving new questions. For verbal and especially CR you can try LSAT questions . Many test takers say it is not gmat like but I differ. Just leave the formal logic and paralllel reasoning questions and do the remaining ones. Remember LSAT is a standardised test so questions it offers cannot be bad or questionable. DO some RC for improving your timings (og10 aristotle lsat rcs). In maths you can try out jeff sackmann challange sets for improving the timings. Also revise sc rules yet again for keeping it safe.

No you cannot subscribe tests only from knewton as has been said by knewton representative in one thread. You can definitely give verbal sections of tests like Kaplan. I do believe kaplan questions look odd but after reading the explanations doing those questions will only help you.

Hmm true that

I have already exhausted Jeff Sackmann Extreme Challenge and OG 10 - all timed

I have done some 20 LSAT Papers. That improved my RC big time and CR was very different as you mentioned. But!!! in the test, I somehow felt that CR was very similar to those in LSAT. Perhaps, I can redo GMATPREP CR and work through LSAT CR.

But I do need at least 3 CATs
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GMAT done - a mediocre score but I still have a lot of grit in me

The last 20 days of my GMAT journey

Kudos [?]: 132 [0], given: 26

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Re: Need help with retake strategy [#permalink]

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23 Aug 2011, 03:56
akhileshgupta05 wrote:
Aj85 wrote:
I think it was just bad day for you and you will definitely get your target score this time around. However I must say you were doing mistake by retaking gmatprep because you had already solved OG10 and paper pencils tests before (if i remember correctly). Both OG10 and Paper Pencil tests overlap with gmatprep. That meant you were not solving NEW CR questions and virtually went out of touch with solving new questions. For verbal and especially CR you can try LSAT questions . Many test takers say it is not gmat like but I differ. Just leave the formal logic and paralllel reasoning questions and do the remaining ones. Remember LSAT is a standardised test so questions it offers cannot be bad or questionable. DO some RC for improving your timings (og10 aristotle lsat rcs). In maths you can try out jeff sackmann challange sets for improving the timings. Also revise sc rules yet again for keeping it safe.

No you cannot subscribe tests only from knewton as has been said by knewton representative in one thread. You can definitely give verbal sections of tests like Kaplan. I do believe kaplan questions look odd but after reading the explanations doing those questions will only help you.

Hmm true that

I have already exhausted Jeff Sackmann Extreme Challenge and OG 10 - all timed

I have done some 20 LSAT Papers. That improved my RC big time and CR was very different as you mentioned. But!!! in the test, I somehow felt that CR was very similar to those in LSAT. Perhaps, I can redo GMATPREP CR and work through LSAT CR.

But I do need at least 3 CATs

I would not recommend doing knewton cats as they only make you feel stressed. There is no clear algorythm and the scores are much lower than your perfomance is.

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24 Nov 2011, 09:25
dont the schools put u a bit down if u retake it 2 or 3 times and only get a good score on the last try?

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