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# Tips after a bad diagnostic score?

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06 Oct 2012, 14:01
I just started studying for the GMAT about 2 days ago. In these 2 days, I did the diagnostic test in the OG which are NOT timed, and I scored "above average" in all the sections, other than in Reading Comprehension, which I scored "Excellent." (I REALLY took my time to do all the questions, especially in Quant)

I felt good about that and decided to take an official practice test from the free software download without any further studying. Ouch... Scored a 31-Q, 32-V, and 8-IR, final scored of 530. That's horrible! I am aiming for 700+ and this is really bumming me out. I felt super pressed for time in Quants as I only answered 23/37 questions in Quants. Better in verbal but still did not finish, answered 40/41. I answered 8/12 questions in IR, so I don't understand why I got such a high score?

My test date is in about 1.5 months and I need some serious study strategies. Any tips? Is that 700+ score still possible?

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23 Dec 2012, 16:51
Angela:

"(I REALLY took my time to do all the questions, especially in Quant)"

Everything you do should be timed. It makes a huuuuge difference. If you had done the diagnostic with timing you probably would have scored average on all the sections (which is about what 530 equates to)

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23 Dec 2012, 16:53
What did you end up scoring btw? just noticed that you were planned to have taken the test already. (1.5 months from Oct 6th)

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# Tips after a bad diagnostic score?

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