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New to GMAT: First practice exam

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New post 28 Mar 2018, 13:03
Hi everyone,

First, I would like to thank you for putting so much effort in creating/gathering useful studying resources/materials for the GMAT prep!

As part of the application process for a Master degree in Hospitality real estate in France, I am asked to perform the GMAT and to reach a score of 550-600 (relatively low). I have planned to work (at least 4-5 hours/day) through April until mid-May to take the exam but I am starting to reconsider my study plan.

As suggested by many members on the forum, I first brushed up on my Math knowledge using the GMATclub book and then took a practice exam (one of the two trials from the Official Guide).

Surprisingly, I have already achieved a score of 550 with:
Verbal 27 (Percentile 43)
Quantitative 39 (Percentile 48)
IR 3 (Percentile 24) --> I went quickly through it and did not really pay attention (mainly guesses)

Considering that I was relatively dissatisfied with my performance and seemed to have some troubles in Quant, I am wondering whether these results are accurate predictions or if I should not necessarily rely on them. I was expecting many questions on triangles/permutations/mixtures/modulus and had barely any. Are there any more reliable tests?

Let me know if you think that I could shorten my study plan, longer holidays would be much appreciated ;)

Thank you again for your help!
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New post 28 Mar 2018, 13:58
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First off - that is a fine score a first attempt. You should look at that as encouraging that you will be able to achieve what you need.

GMAT Prep software is THE most reliable software you can get, and I would imagine that if you go into a testing center today and took the test you would achieve a very similar score to what you already reached.

As far as the questions you expected to see (triangles/permutations/mixtures/modulus) - these are more of the advanced topics, and you should only expect to see them if you are doing exceedingly well - probably Q44+ level. I would focus your studies more on the basics: number properties, factors, etc.

Honestly, if you're getting a 550 right now, a month of study will put you over 600.
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New post 28 Mar 2018, 21:11
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That's great! Good luck for your future study :)
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