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# When to take CATs?

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12 Aug 2008, 15:44
Folks,
Its been around 2 weeks since I started my GMAT prep. I am mainly reading each sub-section using MGMAT material and solving OG11 problems in that section. I spend around 2 to 2 and a half hours everyday. So far I have completed SC and have just started with quants. I am weaker in Verbal than my Quants. So I see myself spending as much time with CR and RC too! This method seems to take a long time, and i really think there should be a better way to ramp up quickly with the basics and then start solving as many problems as possible and learn from the error log. I am thinking of taking the GMAT in the last week of October. Can you share what's worked best for you? I took the Princeton Review diagnostic test 3 weeks back, when i had not started preparation and scored 550. Thanks for your advice.
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12 Aug 2008, 16:51
You can start taking CAT test whenever you think you are down with all basics of maths and verbal. Especially once you finish Manhattan SC guide and all Math basics should be sufficient enough to start CAT. There is nothing harm appearing few CAT from MGMAT (I will suggest to keep GMATprep for the last) and PR and evaluate yourself. If you score considerably low then go back to those basics or fundamentals of wrong questions and cover those topics thoroughly.
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13 Aug 2008, 10:12
To me, it all depends on when you plan to take your test. My approach was to begin taking full CAT tests every week about 8 weeks before my test date. By this time, I had my fundamentals down and allowed me to focus in on timing.
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13 Aug 2008, 11:55
I would take the CAT when you nailed down all the fundamentals and you're nearly completion of your studies. The CAT should not be a place to 'learn' new material. It should be more of guide in terms of how to pace yourself. That being said, you should be taking the CAT several times to exhaust the set of questions it has to offer, while ignoring the score.
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