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Hey. Which mocks should I go for between Veritas and Manhattan? I don't have much time but if someone gives me good advice, I might go for both. Please give a detailed explanation or post the links if already answered before. Thanks :)
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New post 17 Dec 2018, 18:03
Why not the official practice exams? Same amount of money , but much more relevant

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I used a combination of Manhattan and the official ones. Manhattan is harder (which I like). For me I probably underperformed on Manhattan vs the real thing by 40-60 points.

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Hey. Which mocks should I go for between Veritas and Manhattan? I don't have much time but if someone gives me good advice, I might go for both. Please give a detailed explanation or post the links if already answered before. Thanks :)
Have you tried their free tests? That could help you take a call.
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Having used the Veritas Prep tests myself, I will say this: they slightly underestimated my quant scores relative to 3 GMAT Prep tests that I've taken thus far (but not by much) and grade a bit more harshly. They were a near perfect simulation of the timing struggles that I faced on the actual GMAT Prep exams, so it was great for making me realize just how much I was going to (and am still continuing to) struggle with timing (and as a result, make avoidable careless mistakes). The actual GMAT Prep exams also felt a lot more abstract and reasoning based to me (which can be both a blessing and a curse, depending on question type).


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I'm not sure how frequently they occur, but Veritas has promos where you can get a limited question bank and 7 CATs for $15. They've also had promotions in the past where if you did certain things (I forget what it was I did - I think I took a survey a few years ago?) Veritas would give you the tests for completely free.
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Thank you everyone for your reply. I guess I'll take both of them along with the official ones :)
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Hi Prateekj05,

In your first message, you stated that you "don't have much time"; does that mean that your Official Test Date is coming up relatively soon? If you're thinking about taking lots of CATs in a short period of time, then you should know that that is NOT a good idea.

While there are certain aspects to Test Day that you can really only learn by taking realistic, FULL-LENGTH CATs, once you've learned those things, it's important to remember that taking lots of CATs will NOT make you a better Test Taker. A CAT is really a 'measuring device' - when used correctly, it will give you a realistic score and help define your strengths and weaknesses, but it will NOT help you to fix any of those weaknesses. To raise your scores, you have to learn the necessary Tactics and put in the proper practice and repetitions. The CAT will show you whether your studies are helping you to improve or not. As such, you really should not take more than 1 FULL CAT per week and your last CAT should be about 1 week before Test Day.

1) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
2) What is your goal score?
3) When are you planning to take the GMAT?

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Hi Prateekj05,

In your first message, you stated that you "don't have much time"; does that mean that your Official Test Date is coming up relatively soon? If you're thinking about taking lots of CATs in a short period of time, then you should know that that is NOT a good idea.

While there are certain aspects to Test Day that you can really only learn by taking realistic, FULL-LENGTH CATs, once you've learned those things, it's important to remember that taking lots of CATs will NOT make you a better Test Taker. A CAT is really a 'measuring device' - when used correctly, it will give you a realistic score and help define your strengths and weaknesses, but it will NOT help you to fix any of those weaknesses. To raise your scores, you have to learn the necessary Tactics and put in the proper practice and repetitions. The CAT will show you whether your studies are helping you to improve or not. As such, you really should not take more than 1 FULL CAT per week and your last CAT should be about 1 week before Test Day.

1) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
2) What is your goal score?
3) When are you planning to take the GMAT?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
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Thanks EMPOWERgmatRichC for you valuable advice. My target score is 730. I'm still in the preparation phase. I'm planning to schedule my GMAT in somewhere around Feb end/early March. When should I start with the tests?
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Hi Prateekj05,

From your message, it's not clear if you're just beginning your studies or if you've been studying for some time. Thus, we should start there: to date, how long have you studied? What study materials have you used?

If you have not taken any practice CATs/mocks yet, 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.

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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