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New post 24 May 2017, 11:26
Hi all,

I'm approaching my test date, for a second attempt. Hoping to earn a score of 700+ (or close to). I'm currently just hammering in drills for the next two weeks until my date, the 6th of June.

I'm basically redoing all of the exam questions in the Exam packs with a breakdown I found online.

I wanted to ask the community if this is a good e/m/h question breakdown for what my goal is, or if anyone could tell me if what I'm doing is not a good idea. I'm concerned the breakdown has too many easy questions, but I wanted to ask if these are reasonably realistic to expect on the real gmat.

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Hi brashid91,

If your 'goal' with this task is to receive a realistic score result as a means to assess your readiness to take the GMAT, then what you're discussing will NOT do that. The only real way to get that type of assessment is to take a FULL-LENGTH CAT (with the Essay and IR sections) in a realistic way that matches up with what you'll experience on Test Day. The assignment that you're considering won't adapt to you, won't include experimental questions, isn't a full test and presupposes the number of questions that you'll receive at each "level." For general practice purposes, it's okay - but it's essentially a quiz of random questions that (from what you've described) you already know the answers to.

Assuming that your interested in using these last couple of weeks to hone your skills and 'shore up' any weak spots, it would help to know how you've been performing on your CATs:

1) How have you scored on each of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores on each)?
2) Did you take the FULL CAT each time (with the Essay and IR sections)?

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New post 24 May 2017, 18:43
My issue is. This is my second time taking the real gmat. I've already used the gmatprep cat exams. I've ended up remembering the pool of questions. So I can't generally rely on them to be an accurate representation of my ability, as I'm scoring above 730 on them, since I'm used the questions.


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Hi brashid91,

While the most realistic CATs available are the 6 from GMAC, the CATs from Kaplan, MGMAT and Veritas are all 'close enough' to the real thing that they will give you a reasonably accurate score result (assuming that you make sure to use those CATs correctly).

1) How did you score the first time you took the GMAT (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)?
2) When was the last time you took a NEW CAT (meaning that you hadn't seen any of the questions before) and how did you score?

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New post 24 May 2017, 19:02
1.) i scored well below 700, at about 580 due to a combination of nerves and unorganized strategy. I knew the content but was poor on time Managment.

I believe my spread was around 34q 32 v first time, back in march.

2.) it has been a few weeks since I have taken a full cat exam. I have been reading mixed messages about the efficacy of the aforementioned test preps, with the exception of mgmt. which seems unreasonably difficult in quant sometimes.





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Hi brashid91,

Have you purchased the Enhanced Score Report for your 1st GMAT? While the ESR doesn't provide that much information, there are usually a few data points in the report that we can use to define the areas that you need to work on to improve your scores. If you have not recently taken any "new" CATs, then there's really no way to accurately assess your current skills. To start, I highly recommend that you take one of those 3rd party CATs (and make sure to take it in a realistic way that matches up with what you'll face on Test Day). Once you have that score, you should report back here and we can discuss how best to proceed. Based on what you have described so far though - you might want to consider pushing back your Test Date.

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New post 25 May 2017, 08:38
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi brashid91,

Have you purchased the Enhanced Score Report for your 1st GMAT? While the ESR doesn't provide that much information, there are usually a few data points in the report that we can use to define the areas that you need to work on to improve your scores. If you have not recently taken any "new" CATs, then there's really no way to accurately assess your current skills. To start, I highly recommend that you take one of those 3rd party CATs (and make sure to take it in a realistic way that matches up with what you'll face on Test Day). Once you have that score, you should report back here and we can discuss how best to proceed. Based on what you have described so far though - you might want to consider pushing back your Test Date.

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I did in fact purchase my ESR. I will be taking a MGMAT CAT today and reporting back with my findings!
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Exam Overview

Integrated Reasoning 1.7 1 - 2
Quant 47
Verbal 45
Total 740

I took the MGMAT exam, however there seemed to be a substantial amount of ridiculous questions on the quant section, and a lot of strange question types on the V that I hadn't really seen before. I seem to be suffering quite a bit in IR as well.
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Hi brashid91,

A 740 is a significant improvement over your 580 on the Official GMAT from 2 months ago. Since there was some question as to how accurate your other recent CAT scores were, I have a few questions about how you took this CAT:

1) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT (including the Essay and IR sections)?
2) Did you take it at home?
3) Did you take it at the same time of day as when you plan to take your Official GMAT?
4) Did you do ANYTHING during this CAT that you won't be allowed to do on Test Day (pause the CAT, skip sections, take longer breaks, etc.)?
5) Have you taken this CAT before? Have you seen any of the questions BEFORE?

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Took the entire thing. IR and Essay included. I will say I was testing a lot higher than a 580 prior to my first official test as well. So that test was a bit of a shock.

Today's test the only things I deviated with included:


1.) I had a bottle of water on my desk and drank occasionally.

2.) midway through my quant portion. My pen for the erasable noteboard stopped working. So I briefly paused for about a minute to switch to pen and paper.
3.) I had not taken this exam before.

4.) I began the test around 12:30. My scheduled exam is for 12.
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Hi brashid91,

I'd like to see your ESR. If you're comfortable sharing that information, then you can either post it in the thread or PM it directly to me.

In your last post, you noted how you were scoring at a much higher level right before you took your first Official GMAT. As such, we should also consider other factors that could have impacted your performance - so I have a few additional questions about the lead-up to Test Day and Test Day itself:

1) What did you do in the 3 days before your GMAT?
2) How did you sleep the night before your Test?
3) How long was the ride to the Test Center from your home?
4) Were there any distractions at the facility or during the Test?
5) What did you do during the two 8-minute breaks?
6) Did you finish any sections early?
7) Did you have to rush to finish any sections (and guess on questions just to finish on time)?

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi brashid91,

I'd like to see your ESR. If you're comfortable sharing that information, then you can either post it in the thread or PM it directly to me.

In your last post, you noted how you were scoring at a much higher level right before you took your first Official GMAT. As such, we should also consider other factors that could have impacted your performance - so I have a few additional questions about the lead-up to Test Day and Test Day itself:

1) What did you do in the 3 days before your GMAT?
2) How did you sleep the night before your Test?
3) How long was the ride to the Test Center from your home?
4) Were there any distractions at the facility or during the Test?
5) What did you do during the two 8-minute breaks?
6) Did you finish any sections early?
7) Did you have to rush to finish any sections (and guess on questions just to finish on time)?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich



Sure, I will PM it to you after I redownload it.

1.) 3 Days, if I recall correctly, I just did practice questions from GMATprep alternating quant/verbal
2.) Not well, if I admit honestly. I was in denial as far as stress was concerned, I recall ignoring the stress I was feeling.
3.) About an hour, I also made a large mistake of taking a 4:30 exam. I had never taken an exam at that time, however there were no other time slots available. I arrived at the test site roughly 90 minutes early.
4.) No distractions, I had never taken an exam with other people in the room, so while technically not loud distractions, I was distracted somewhat by the movement occurring behind me. I had also not previously studied with the overhead headphone/earplugs they provide you. They were uncomfortable, I remember consciously thinking about those as well.
5.) I went and ate some nuts, drank some gatorade and ate a banana.
6.) I did not finish any sections early.
7.) I recall rushing to finish both IR and Quant, verbal I finished on time.
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