Gmat test in a week

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Gmat test in a week

by knowledgeisatreasure » Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:58 pm
Hi,

This is the first time that I'm posting in this section. I am so impressed with the scores that many of you are getting (official scores as well as practice scores). I personally didn't do much as far as studying for this test. It is coming up in about a week (August 28th). I have downloaded the GMATPrep and that's what I have been practicing. My scores are very low comparing to all of you here, the highest was 340 (after 3 attempts). Please if anyone could give me some practical advices before taking this test.

I really appreciate it.

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by myohmy » Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:18 pm
If your target score is much above 400, I would reschedule. I think with just a week left and little practice/low practice test scores, you need more time to understand the basics before attempting the GMAT -- the score will go on your record.

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by knowledgeisatreasure » Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:28 pm
thank you, I should have mentioned that my target score is about 500 (university requirement). what I have been doing is that I take a practice test and then go over all the questions for both sections (Quantitative and verbal). I search for answers to the questions that I got wrong and I make sure I understand why the correct answer is the one that I should have chosen. Do you think this is enough as a prep?


appreciate any comment.

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by yes you can » Mon Aug 10, 2009 6:24 pm
Hi:

On the Positive side, there is a lot of Scope of improvement.If you are targetting 500 then Official Guides and GMat Prep should get you there.However, you must study the two in great detail....and focus on the Content before you take tests.

If I were in your shoes then I would seriously consider recheduling,i would take two weeks just to focus on the content and use MGMAT Flashcards free to download.and then only practise GMAT PREP towards the end.

Hope that Helps,

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by tohellandback » Mon Aug 10, 2009 11:17 pm
if you have got the 340 score very recently... you might wanna reschedule..
the gmat prep scores are more more or less consistent with the real scores.
Get the OG and if other prep material. practice a few questions everyday. Solve questions on the forum. a 500+ score is not really that tough. All you need is some serious effort into it for a few days.

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by knowledgeisatreasure » Tue Aug 11, 2009 12:33 pm
Thank you....I'm going to put more efforts into this..do you think doing practice tests and going over them is in some what enough to prepare?

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by myohmy » Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:55 pm
Honestly, no. At a 340 stage you shouldn't be doing practice tests -- a score at that level indicates that you do not understand the basics. While you may surprise yourself, I would certainly reschedule the test under those circumstances.

I would go pick up a high school math book and review the fundamentals - number properties, triangle ratios, basic algebra and geometry, etc. I would *not* reschedule my test until I was regularly scoring 500+ on my practice tests.

You're not at the stage where repetitive practice tests would help. You need to understand the concepts behind those problems, rather than just understanding the problems themselves.

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by VP_Jim » Tue Aug 11, 2009 2:00 pm
myohmy gives good advice. At this point, you shouldn't be looking at GMAT materials at all. You need to work on the math and grammar foundations before adding on another layer of complexity with GMAT problems. A high school math book is a great idea, as is adding 30 minutes of reading into your daily schedule. It's an easy and interesting (well, more interesting than GMAT reading passages) way to improve your general verbal skills. I recommend the Wall Street Journal and the Economist. After a few weeks of reviewing math and verbal, THEN start doing practice tests and working out of the OG.

Good luck!
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by knowledgeisatreasure » Tue Aug 11, 2009 2:23 pm
Thank you guys, I will follow what you have suggested.

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by aanderson04 » Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:42 pm
Just out of curiosity, where are you applying?

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by knowledgeisatreasure » Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:35 pm
NMSU or UTEP