• Free Veritas GMAT Class
Experience Lesson 1 Live Free

Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

• Award-winning private GMAT tutoring
Register now and save up to $200 Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Free Trial & Practice Exam BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • 1 Hour Free BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • FREE GMAT Exam Know how you'd score today for$0

Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

• Free Practice Test & Review
How would you score if you took the GMAT

Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

• 5-Day Free Trial
5-day free, full-access trial TTP Quant

Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

• 5 Day FREE Trial
Study Smarter, Not Harder

Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

• Get 300+ Practice Questions

Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

• Magoosh
Study with Magoosh GMAT prep

Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

## 9 days until I take the GMAT

This topic has 4 expert replies and 3 member replies
pdonaldson1990 Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts
Joined
11 Feb 2016
Posted:
5 messages

#### 9 days until I take the GMAT

Wed May 18, 2016 4:28 pm

I have 9 days left until I take the GMAT. I initially took it back in September 2015 and got a score of 474. I was extremely disappointed, and ended up being denied entry to my target school, University of Houston.

I took a practice test in February after deciding to retake the GMAT and got a 490(Q32, V24). I just took another practice test last weekend and got a 530(Q32, V29).

I could hardly concentrate once I got to the verbal section and kept having to re-read sentences / answer choices / paragraphs. I definitely did not feel like I functioned at my highest level. I'm aiming for a 580-630 on test day. Do you guys think I'll be able to hit my target score if I take 4-5 more practice tests in an attempt to condition my brain to function at a GMAT-length of time? Or is that a pretty far-fetched goal?

I am utilizing these last few days to try to brush up on areas I feel are lacking. Any helpful advice or feedback will be appreciated.

Cheers, and happy studying.

### GMAT/MBA Expert

Rich.C@EMPOWERgmat.com Elite Legendary Member
Joined
23 Jun 2013
Posted:
9433 messages
Followed by:
480 members
2867
GMAT Score:
800
Wed May 18, 2016 10:22 pm
Hi pdonaldson1990,

Taking lots of CATs in a short period of time is NOT a good idea - you're far more likely to 'burn out' before Test Day than actually gain anything from doing that.

Since you can't score 474 on the GMAT, I'm going to assume that you meant to type 470. Given that these last two CATs are 490 and 530, you're scoring in a general range right around 500. Unfortunately, you're unlikely to pick up 80+ points in 9 days. At your current scoring level, it's not impossible, but you haven't shown that you're consistently performing at that level right now, so we can't assume that it would happen in a little over a week. As such, if you have the flexibility to push back your Test Date (even if it's just a couple of weeks), then that could provide you with some valuable additional study time.

1) How long have you studied? Were you studying consistently?
2) What materials have you used?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

_________________
Contact Rich at Rich.C@empowergmat.com

pdonaldson1990 Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts
Joined
11 Feb 2016
Posted:
5 messages
Thu May 19, 2016 5:15 am
Thanks for the reply Rich, and yes you're right, I meant 470.

1) I have been studying since February, and between working full-time and studying, there were periods of inconsistency. Unfortunately, I do not have the flexibility to push my test date back.
2) I have used the 60 day study guide, and the OG2016 review book.

### GMAT/MBA Expert

Rich.C@EMPOWERgmat.com Elite Legendary Member
Joined
23 Jun 2013
Posted:
9433 messages
Followed by:
480 members
2867
GMAT Score:
800
Thu May 19, 2016 9:18 am
Hi pdonaldson1990,

If you can't push back your Test Date, then how would you adjust your plans if you did not score at least 580? Would you still apply? Would you apply later on? Would you retake the GMAT?

With 9 days, you can't expect to learn/master everything, so you have to pick-and-choose the questions that you'll spend time on and the ones that you'll 'dump.' In that way, you can study the bigger categories during this last week and potentially pick up some points.

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

_________________
Contact Rich at Rich.C@empowergmat.com

### GMAT/MBA Expert

Brent@GMATPrepNow GMAT Instructor
Joined
08 Dec 2008
Posted:
11499 messages
Followed by:
1229 members
5254
GMAT Score:
770
Thu May 19, 2016 9:25 am
If you don't have any flexibility regarding rescheduling, then you have to make the best of the time constraints. I suggest that you focus on concepts that have the greatest return on investment (ROI). These are concepts that are tested frequently and require the least amount of time to learn. In my opinion, these concepts are:
- Sentence Correction
- Data Sufficiency strategies
- Percent
- Integer Properties
- Powers/roots
- Algebra
- Geometry

I should mention that CR and RC questions probably have the lowest ROI. I'm not saying that you shouldn't prepare for them; I'm just saying that improvement can take a long time. For CR, be sure you understand the various question types.

Over the next 9 days, take a couple of practice tests to perfect your time management skills and build your endurance. Remember that the GMAT is a test of your math and verbal skills AND it's a test of your test-taking skills.

If you're interested, we have a time management video at http://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/general-gmat-strategies?id=1244

Finally, As part of your preparation, work on adopting the proper mindset/attitude on test day. To this end, you may be interested in reading the following articles:
- http://www.gmatprepnow.com/articles/mindset-and-body-language-gmat-destroyer
- http://www.gmatprepnow.com/articles/junior-girls-volleyball-scoring-big-gmat

Cheers,
Brent

_________________
Brent Hanneson â€“ Founder of GMATPrepNow.com
Use our video course along with

Check out the online reviews of our course
Come see all of our free resources

GMAT Prep Now's comprehensive video course can be used in conjunction with Beat The GMATâ€™s FREE 60-Day Study Guide and reach your target score in 2 months!
pdonaldson1990 Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts
Joined
11 Feb 2016
Posted:
5 messages
Thu May 19, 2016 2:11 pm
Thank you very much for the feedback. I think I'll prepare the best I can in these 9 days and I will still apply to my B-school of choice, regardless of the score I get. If I don't get in... well, I'll have to reevaluate and reapply.

### GMAT/MBA Expert

Joined
28 Jan 2016
Posted:
171 messages
Followed by:
3 members
21
Thu May 26, 2016 6:23 pm
Wish you all the best with your GMAT and the next steps.

_________________
Veritas Prep | Veritas Prep Admissions Consultant

Find the expert who's right for you. Meet our team!
Register for a free MBA Admissions Workshop!

Enroll in a Veritas Prep GMAT class completely for FREE. Wondering if a GMAT course is right for you? Attend the first class session of an actual GMAT course, either in-person or live online, and see for yourself why so many students choose to work with Veritas Prep. Find a class now!
MarianEstes Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts
Joined
20 Sep 2016
Posted:
1 messages
Tue Sep 20, 2016 3:59 am
Good luck!

### Top First Responders*

1 GMATGuruNY 65 first replies
2 Rich.C@EMPOWERgma... 46 first replies
3 Brent@GMATPrepNow 41 first replies
4 Jay@ManhattanReview 24 first replies
5 Terry@ThePrinceto... 10 first replies
* Only counts replies to topics started in last 30 days
See More Top Beat The GMAT Members

### Most Active Experts

1 GMATGuruNY

The Princeton Review Teacher

129 posts
2 Rich.C@EMPOWERgma...

EMPOWERgmat

114 posts
3 Jeff@TargetTestPrep

Target Test Prep

98 posts
4 Scott@TargetTestPrep

Target Test Prep

92 posts
5 Max@Math Revolution

Math Revolution

89 posts
See More Top Beat The GMAT Experts