Gmat Help

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Gmat Help

by nataashaj » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:49 am
Hey people,

I scored a 510 on the Kaplan cat 2 .
Feeling miserable.

My test log:

Petersons :650
Cambride: 560
And some other random test Knewton i think : 540 again

Please guide me , my test is on the 16 th of September .
Is it possible to get a 680 in a month ..
I have already been preparing for a while., no serious improvement.
I identified one prob of mine,which is taking a test under timed circumstances.
I get really nervous and end up messing it up .

Cant afford to this time its a do or die situation.Already on a career break.

Please help.


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by myohmy » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:37 am
Jumping 100 points plus in one month is difficult. I'm not saying you can't do it but it's certainly going to be an uphill battle. Are your test scores in chronological or reverse chronological order? I'm curious as to what you think drove the dip in scores if they are chronological.

The main thing you have to do is identify your weaknesses. Go back through your practice tests - what types of problems were you getting wrong? Set problems? Geometry? Sentence correction? Then you need to target those areas for further study.

As for timing, I really think doing a bunch of problems at varying difficulty levels with a 2 minute timer (MGMAT allows you to put a per question timer on their tests) would be helpful. It's not that each question should take exactly two minutes on the test, some will take one, some will need three, but you want to develop a mental "clock" -- ie, you KNOW when you're getting close to two minutes without even needing to look. Don't waste your time on problems you have no clue on - if you're still staring at a problem 1 minute in with no idea how to solve it, make a guess and move on! The most important thing to remember is that guessing is okay, that the GMAT expects you to get several questions wrong even if you're scoring high. So don't worry too much if you need to guess, just refocus on the next question and keep going.

Good luck on your GMAT!