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Your first GMAT practise score & how much has it improved?

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About to start GMAT practise for the next set of intake rounds (2021). I've never taken a practice test let alone attempted many individual questions.

What was your first predicted GMAT score before you started to study and how much has it improved in your latest GMAT test.

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About to start GMAT practise for the next set of intake rounds (2021). I've never taken a practice test let alone attempted many individual questions.

What was your first predicted GMAT score before you started to study and how much has it improved in your latest GMAT test.

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HWaus - Welcome to the community. I will say that I hope if you are taking a practice test upfront, you are using unofficial (third-party) material. This is because I believe you should treat official questions as a precious commodity, especially the official practice tests through mba.com. Burning through one such practice test and maybe getting a sub-500 score will do little for you in the way of predicting how you might end up with practice. Lack of familiarity with the test may account for a huge drop in score, regardless of your particular strengths in, say, reading comprehension or general mathematics. You have to learn how the test is woven together to unravel it effectively, both in terms of content within the sections and in terms of the question types themselves. If you just want to get your feet wet, do some Princeton Review questions or Kaplan or whatever else, but I would suggest you leave those GMAC™-generated questions alone until after you have gained more exposure. Trust me, you will want those two free practice tests when the time comes, and retaking an earlier exam and earning a much better score may not be an accurate mark of improvement or eventual performance. (You might think you would not remember any of the answers, but you could also recall them unwittingly.)

To answer your question directly, five years ago, I, as a tutor, was asked by my then boss whether I could help someone prepare for the GMAT™. At the time, I had never even looked at the test, but I had taken the GRE®. I said sure, I would give it a go. My boss lent me his copy of the OG, and I took the Diagnostic Test. I scored in the top bracket in each portion of the test except one, Critical Reasoning. Those questions were just too much for my untrained eye. Nine days later, I took a practice test on mba.com and earned a 720. I was devastated that I had missed so many questions. (I was used to near perfection on other tests I taught, such as the ACT and SAT.) Thus began my journey toward self-improvement on the GMAT™. I just wanted to be a better tutor for my potential clients. To be honest, I have no idea where my current set of skills would place me. Around the time I left my job, I took an official practice test and scored a 770 (50Q, 44V, 8IR). By then, I had about three years of full-time tutoring under my belt, although the bulk of my clients were not GMAT™ clients. Now that I am tutoring GMAT™ clients on a regular basis, I know I have gotten better, but how much better is just a guess. Sooner or later, I want to prove myself. In fact, I am relishing that opportunity. But I suspect that three years for 50 points via a here-and-there study schedule is atypical of test-takers. Perhaps others will respond and give you a fuller picture of what to expect, even if their own journeys, like mine, will be at least somewhat unique.

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HWaus - You should browse through the forum to read a few success stories. Quite frankly, several test-takers have made massive improvements in their score from a below-average 400 to well above the 700 mark.

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Hi HWaus,

From your post, it sounds as if you might be a bit concerned about your first practice CAT Score - and what it might mean to your eventual Score at the end of your studies. Many Test Takers are unhappy with their initial practice scores, but you really shouldn't be. It's just a measure of your skills right now - and we need to know your skills, strengths and weaknesses so that we can put together the proper study plan for you. The GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam - so you CAN train to score at a higher level (and we've had Clients improve over 300 points over the course of their studies, so regardless of how YOU might score, I'm certain that you have the capacity to improve on that result).

Since it sounds like you're just beginning your studies, then it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can take 2 for free at www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). If you want to do a little studying first, so that you can familiarize yourself with the basic content and question types, then that's okay - but you shouldn't wait too long to take that initial CAT. That score will give us a good sense of your natural strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 3.5 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can come up with a study plan.

I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:
1) What is your goal score?
2) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi HWaus,

As has already been mentioned, I think it would be helpful for you to read some success stories from the “Share your GMAT experience” section here on GMAT club. You’ll see that students have increased their GMAT scores anywhere from 50 to 300 points from their initial practice exams.

Also, since you are just starting out on your GMAT journey, if you need any advice regarding your study plan, feel free to reach out.

To start you may find it helpful to read the following article:

How to Score a 700+ on the GMAT — A Mini Guide for Success

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi HWaus,
I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:
1) What is your goal score?
2) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Thanks for the advice. I have not taken any practise tests, only attempted some individual questions on this forum.

To answer your above questions.
1) 730+ (710 min)
2) DEC 2020 - MAR 2021
3) M7 + Melbourne Business School
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Hi HWaus,

Studying for the GMAT now - far in advance of when you'll actually "need" your Score - is a smart choice. In that way, you can proceed however you choose, and if you end up getting 'stuck' at any point, you'll have plenty of time to adjust your studies and continue working. That having been said, your Score Goal is above the 90th percentile, so you'll have to put in some really specific training to get to the point that you can consistently score at that high level - and your commitment and efficiency with your studies will dictate how long all of that ultimately takes.

I still highly recommend that you take a FULL-LENGTH CAT sometime soon. Once you have those results, you should post back here (you can also feel free to PM me directly) and we can discuss the results.

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So just attempting a bunch of questions posted on this forum, I am continually getting them wrong. Do I even bother applying for an MBA if I can't do GMAT questions?

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Hi HWaus,

You're in the early phase of your studies, so you should NOT expect to be a 'master' of any of the content or Tactics of the GMAT just yet. Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so getting some questions wrong right now is NOT a bad thing. Every question that you work on should be a learning experience though. WHY did you get those questions wrong? Be specific. Did you not have the necessary knowledge? Then you will have to learn it. Did you make a little mistake in your work? Then you have to train to do that work in a more precise and organized fashion.

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi HWaus,

You're in the early phase of your studies, so you should NOT expect to be a 'master' of any of the content or Tactics of the GMAT just yet. Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so getting some questions wrong right now is NOT a bad thing. Every question that you work on should be a learning experience though. WHY did you get those questions wrong? Be specific. Did you not have the necessary knowledge? Then you will have to learn it. Did you make a little mistake in your work? Then you have to train to do that work in a more precise and organized fashion.



Well I have never attempted GMAT questions until two days ago. But how truthful are people on here.... I've seen many posts "I have never attempted GMAT questions before and on my first practise test I got 710". So many of these posts.
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Hi HWaus,

You should be a bit skeptical of the sample of stories that are available on any website. From a statistical-standpoint, only about 10% of Test Takers ever score 700+ (and some of them hit that level repeatedly, so the 'absolute number' number of people who do that in a given year is even smaller than that). Some people are naturally strong Test-takers, but even if you're not one of those people, you can still train to take advantage of how the GMAT is written.

You will likely find the overall process of training for the GMAT to be challenging in spots, so you have to be careful about putting too much pressure on yourself (especially right now). The type of result that you're after is going to take a lot of time and effort - and dealing with all of this in small pieces is almost certainly how you'll earn that result.

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