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New post 05 Oct 2017, 12:22
Hi. I'm taking the test today. I'm pretty sure I'm not going to knock it out of the park so I wanted to discuss ways I can improve going forward.

Background: I took 3 practice tests (Kaplan/official website) and scored 610, 600, 590. This was with little studying. I'm not sure how to find my verbal and quant level but it said I was somewhere in the 60 percentile in verbal, 40% in quant. In verbal, I was missed almost every sentence correction and got almost every reading comprehension right. I purchased eGMAT afterward (the $250) version and I have gone through all the quant sections twice and did a quick pass of verbal (except for the SC) where I went through everything pretty slowly.

While I did almost 3 hours of studying nearly everyday for a month, I'm pretty sure that I'm not anywhere near prepared for the test. I want to take the test to get an idea for where I actually am/live test experience but I don't think it's likely i'll hit my goal score of around 680. I think my range is likely going to be 600-650. Assuming that is correct, I will likely try to take the test again and focus on building a strong application for round 2 of acceptance for the school I'm after. Note: The average score is 650, median is 680 at the school. I have a strong GPA so I think with a score of 650 I should be okay as long as my quant is okay.

1) I have no idea where people get their levels like Q40 V38. I looked through the official gmat practice test and I could only find the percentile. Where do you find this?
2) From browsing this board, I know I need to take the OG questions and i plan to make this a big part of my retake plan. However, I have no idea how to access the OG questions. Is it something I need to buy? Do you guys recommend buying any other study guide supplements?
3) This may change based on my actual results but I'm curious as to know how much time I should expect to invest for a 50-100 score jump. I was thinking about a month to submit my application before the round 1 deadline ends, but it might make more sense to take more time and really become comfortable and apply in round 2. I'd be studying for roughly 3 hours a day but I can do more if needed.
4) I was thinking of revising my studying to reviewing all the concepts on EGMAT, followed by doing OG questions on that concept and creating error log. For studying, I was thinking I'd write down the concepts of the lesson and then practice OG questions for each EGMAT concept. Afterward, I do them all, I'll revisit the areas I struggled on and then start taking CATs. Depending on my timeline, I'd do a CAT and then focus on the areas I struggled and review some OG questions for that and repeat a few time. Is this a good strategy? If not, what would you suggest I do? Also, where can I find CAT exams to practice?

Thanks for your help! I appreciate it.
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New post 05 Oct 2017, 16:28
Hi Dyee4613,

1.) Once you do a full length practice test from GMATPREP, you will get the scaled scores (ex: 40V). This will provide you with the information you are looking for. In addition, despite Kaplan being a legit company, the GMATPREP tests are the official ones, and as such they provide a more accurate picture of your current situation.

2.) The OG questions can be solved from the official guide books, or using the online website, but you should keep an error log of which questions you get wrong and why. Important: this forum has lots of guides on how to make an excellent error log, you should definitely do it.

3.) Hard to say, really depends on the person.

4.) I think that would be a good strategy! You can get the free CATs from

Best of luck in your studying,
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