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Seeking advice: Aiming for a 710 on 7-10

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New post 01 Jul 2008, 05:49
Quick history: I have studied for the GMAT for 2 months. I spent the first month using the Kaplan study guide. Eventually I started taking practice tests and browsing different forums. Below are my test results and reactions to the tests.

1. Kaplan written test: 690

This was an easy test to take, not too stressful. I did much better on the verbal than I expected and worse on the quant as I was a mathmatics undergrad.

2. Kaplan online test: 670

Test felt similar to the written even though it was supposed to be adaptive. Studied a bunch and took a step back, was frustrated, but knew that this was probably withing the +/- that my score would vary

3. mba.com GMATprep test A: 700

This was such a shockingly hard test to take. I felt like I was getting my butt kicked. I got 15 quant wrong and 10 verbal wrong. It was a wake-up call to what the test would actually feel like. I spent WAAAAY to much time on the early quant problems which killed me in the end of the quant b/c with <1 min per problem for the last 20 Sad

4. mba.com GMATprep test B: 710

Same experience as above. I did not have a good strategy to speed up on the early math problems. 15 quant wrong and 7 verbal wrong. What the heck am I doing getting in the 97th percentile in verbal and the 83rd in quant anyway Sad

5. Princeton review online test: 570

I seriously almost cried after this experience. I still can't explain fully what actually happened, but I just pray it does not happen again on the test day.

6. Old MBA.com prep test A (forget the name): 690

Right back to my original score. 83rd percentile in math and 93rd in verbal. I felt like I paced my mathematics much better than in previous tests, never rushing like I had to so many times before. But I ended up getting q3 and q4 wrong because of stupid mistakes, so in the end I netted the same result

So I have a few questions:

Am I just where I am going to be in two weeks and not much will actually change my score?

If the answer to the above is "no" (and I pray it is), what do I do?
- How can feel secure about getting my goal of a 710 on the test?
- What would be the most effective ways I could improve my quant score and my method for taking the quant?
- Should I purchase more practice tests?
- I feel like my biggest problem is finding the balance of getting through early questions while still making sure I get them right. What would be the best resources to refine that ability?

I am kinda at my last resort at this moment in time.

Thanks for any advice you can offer.

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Try taking a few GMATPrep tests to see where you stand. Don't worry too much about your PR CAT score. PR CATs aren't a very good predictor of how you'll do on the real GMAT. Although, PR CATs are a good source of medium difficulty questions, so don't discount that score completely. Maybe just keep taking a lot of tests to work on your consistency and pacing.
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Thanks for the advice. I am now looking to clean up my math with some harder problems. Is there a place I can go to get a slew of harder math problems? Doing the easy and moderate problems just is not helping any longer.

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jmaynardj wrote:
Thanks for the advice. I am now looking to clean up my math with some harder problems. Is there a place I can go to get a slew of harder math problems? Doing the easy and moderate problems just is not helping any longer.

GMAT Club Challenges are the way to go if you're looking for difficult math questions.
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New post 30 Jul 2008, 10:00
Thanks again for all the advice. I got a 740! :)

Great site... great system for rewarding those that contribute... great quant discussions.

Thanks again

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New post 30 Jul 2008, 15:55
jmaynardj wrote:
Thanks again for all the advice. I got a 740! :)

Great site... great system for rewarding those that contribute... great quant discussions.

Thanks again

Hey that's great to hear. Congratulations on an awesome score. What was your Q/V split and what, in your opinion, ultimately contributed to your success on test day?

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