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Target 700, Started hitting 720. Should I prepone?

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Hi, I have attempted GMAT once in June and got 640 (Q49, V27, IR7/8, AWA5.0).

I have a second attempt scheduled for Sept 7, and here are my recent test scores.

23 August
GMAT Exam pack 1: 660 (Q49, V31)

26 August
GMAT prep (free): 710 (Q49, V39)

28 August
GMAT Exam pack 2: 720 (Q50, V38)

I have reset all these exams, last attempted in June. So I didn't recall anything from last attempts, and everything seemed fresh/new to me, except 1 or 2 questions.
Can I consider these scores a real assessment of my level of preparation?

I am feeling kind of exhausted as well as a feeling that this is my peak performance ever hit.
Should I just revise my notes once again and appear earlier? (Thinking of Sept 1). Or Should I just keep the original date of Sept 7th?

My only worry is that I might lose my patience and worsen my score by waiting a week longer.

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Hi, I have attempted GMAT once in June and got 640 (Q49, V27, IR7/8, AWA5.0).

I have a second attempt scheduled for Sept 7, and here are my recent test scores.

23 August
GMAT Exam pack 1: 660 (Q49, V31)

26 August
GMAT prep (free): 710 (Q49, V39)

28 August
GMAT Exam pack 2: 720 (Q50, V38)

I have reset all these exams, last attempted in June. So I didn't recall anything from last attempts, and everything seemed fresh/new to me, except 1 or 2 questions.
Can I consider these scores a real assessment of my level of preparation?

I am feeling kind of exhausted as well as a feeling that this is my peak performance ever hit.
Should I just revise my notes once again and appear earlier? (Thinking of Sept 1). Or Should I just keep the original date of Sept 7th?

My only worry is that I might lose my patience and worsen my score by waiting a week longer.
It's possible that your GMATPrep scores are no longer representative (as you've reset all your tests). And it's definitely very tempting to take the exam early, to just be done with it. But unless you're feeling really good about your chances, I'd advise you not to take the exam early.
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dreamyagrawal wrote:
Hi, I have attempted GMAT once in June and got 640 (Q49, V27, IR7/8, AWA5.0).

I have a second attempt scheduled for Sept 7, and here are my recent test scores.

23 August
GMAT Exam pack 1: 660 (Q49, V31)

26 August
GMAT prep (free): 710 (Q49, V39)

28 August
GMAT Exam pack 2: 720 (Q50, V38)

I have reset all these exams, last attempted in June. So I didn't recall anything from last attempts, and everything seemed fresh/new to me, except 1 or 2 questions.
Can I consider these scores a real assessment of my level of preparation?

I am feeling kind of exhausted as well as a feeling that this is my peak performance ever hit.
Should I just revise my notes once again and appear earlier? (Thinking of Sept 1). Or Should I just keep the original date of Sept 7th?

My only worry is that I might lose my patience and worsen my score by waiting a week longer.
It's possible that your GMATPrep scores are no longer representative (as you've reset all your tests). And it's definitely very tempting to take the exam early, to just be done with it. But unless you're feeling really good about your chances, I'd advise you not to take the exam early.


To add to what AjiteshArun sir has already said,
I would definitely recommend you to buy the GMATPrep EP1 & EP2
and take these tests, if money is not a big concern.

In my opinion, they are definitely a worthy investment and will
give you much clearer picture of where you actually stand.

Hope that helps you.
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Hi dreamyagrawal,

Test Day is a rather specific 'event' - the details are specific and they matter, so you have to train as best as you can for all of them. The more realistic you can make your CATs, the more likely the score results are to be accurate. The more you deviate, the more "inflated" your practice scores can become. Since all 3 of these CATs were ones that you had taken previously (just a couple of months ago), there is a high possibility that you saw 'repeat' questions (and even a few of those questions would significantly impact the scoring algorithm, your energy/anxiety levels, fatigue, pacing, etc.). In addition, if there was anything else that you did during these Exams that was not realistic (such as taking the CATs at home, taking them at a different time of day, skipping sections, pausing the Exams, etc.), then there's an even greater likelihood that these scores are not accurate.

Based on this evidence, I wouldn't assume that you are actually at the "700 level" right now, so I think that you should pay to push back your Test Date. Beyond that, you should be sure to take NEW CATs from now on (and no more than 1 CAT/week).

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