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Can I go from 600 to 700 in 2 weeks?

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Can I go from 600 to 700 in 2 weeks? Post Mon Apr 05, 2010 1:07 pm
After several months of studying i'm still hovering around the 600 level on practice tests. I've scored as high as 640 and as low as 530. I have a scheduled GMAT appointment April 17th, and would love some advice to help me get over the hump and closer to 700 before that date. I've scored average on quant and below average on verbal. My last practice test was 590: 41 quant and 30 Verbal (MGMAT test). Verbal is defiantly my weakness, although I need to improve my quant score as well. I've taken the official practice tests a couple times and scored 640 the last time I took one of those. I have never finish the Quant section on time and usually end up guessing on the last 6-7 questions. I've sat for the GMAT twice; 1st time I scored 530 and the 2nd time canceled my score after a frustrating testing experience. I struggle with test anxiety (like everyone else), often get distracted and read things over and over during the test.

Any ideas on how I should spend my final 2 weeks of prep? Is it realistic to improve 50 points over 2 weeks? I really want to get 700, but need to get above 630. Should I wait to take the GMAT until my scores are more consistent and on par with where I want to be? Lastly, if I take the GMAT this third time on the 17th and get just an average score, is it going to hurt me significantly to take the test again with 2 reported scores and 1 canceled score already? I've heard its ok to take the test twice and even three times, but four might be stretching it.

I've submitted an application with my low GMAT score to a school that is waiting for me to post a higher score. I would prefer to take the GMAT as soon as possible (17th), but I don't want to put my future in jeopardy with 2 average/low scores and a canceled score. Perhaps I need to move it back. I would appreciate any advice! Thanks in advance.

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Post Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:22 am
bump. Thanks again.

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Post Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:01 am
If I were you, I'd focus my attention on the OG. In the days leading up to your test, it's important to focus on official material, because its structure is pretty unique and hard to replicate. It sort of gets you in the mood, so to speak.

It's also a good idea to work on your weaknesses right now - and I see you've mentioned verbal. You might not have time to go for a book from cover to cover, so you might want to focus simply on the bits that you're unsure about.

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Post Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:35 pm
DanaJ wrote:
If I were you, I'd focus my attention on the OG. In the days leading up to your test, it's important to focus on official material, because its structure is pretty unique and hard to replicate. It sort of gets you in the mood, so to speak.

It's also a good idea to work on your weaknesses right now - and I see you've mentioned verbal. You might not have time to go for a book from cover to cover, so you might want to focus simply on the bits that you're unsure about.
What DanaJ said. The Manhattan CAT SC and CR questions diverge a bit from the real GMAT, from my experience:

1) Manhattan CAT SC questions almost all allow splicing. On the real GMAT, I encountered quite a few SC questions where you cannot splice.

2) Some Manhattan CAT CR questions involve calculations. I have never encountered a CR question in the GMAT, GMATPrep, or OG that required any type of calculation at all. Manhattan GMAT should really revise their CAT CR questions and remove these CR questions from their pool.

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