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What to do 2 weeks before the GMAT

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What to do 2 weeks before the GMAT - How to Maximize Your Score

This post is a continuation of this post: what to do 3 days before the gmat

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  • You should have finished covering all of the material or your course work. At this point the big study push should be DONE
  • You should be within 40 points of your target score; if you are more than 40 points from your target score, then you are not ready and should plan to spend more time studying or looking back at what you did wrong or may improve
  • Many unfortunately don't improve in the last 2 week but rather lose points
    • You CANNOT expect to gain more than perhaps 20-40 points in these 2 weeks. (I was able to improve only 20 points – from 730 to 750; the day before the GMAT, I scored 740 on my last practice test)
    • These 2 weeks you will be practicing to defend your practice scores so that you are not defeated on the test day. This is NOT a dash of cramming to raise your score by 50 points, at least it should not be under the “normal” scenario.
  • You still can and should find things you forgot, missed, and need to memorize/fix. This is a part of your modest improvement opportunity
  • This is a good time to start coming up with check-lists, items to memorize, and so on (some examples are here: Arithmetic to memorize and SC checklist by Whiplash2411)
  • At this point you should plan on taking 2 full length tests per week to polish your test-taking skills, timing, and stamina.
      Focus on your timing – this is the area that most people can improve. You can read GMAT Timing suggestions here. Spending 4 minutes on a question is the easiest way to mess up a score
    • I won’t touch much on timing since a whole separate post covers it but if you are lazy - main takeaways: make sure you plan for the unexpected, setup checkpoints throughout the test, and never spend more than 3 minutes on a question.
    • Take the 2 CAT tests with IR and AWA if possible so you know how it feels to slug for 4 hours.
    • Save and cherish all of your mistakes and questions and make sure you never commit any of them again
  • Make sure you are familiar with the noteboard and how the marker works on the GMAT. You can get a set from here: ... 0979017580
  • If you are like me and waited until the last minute, this is a good time to schedule your test. My test center was full for weeks out, so I had to travel to take the GMAT. In retrospect, I feel it somewhat helped me score higher since I was able to relax and reduce my anxiety.

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New post 03 Sep 2018, 15:59
Thank you for the detailed post!

Here is also a helpful article about how to treat the final week leading up to your GMAT as well as some tips for test day.

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