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First Attempt GMATPrep without studying

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First Attempt GMATPrep without studying

by drabindran » Thu Sep 05, 2013 6:50 am
Hi,

Would it be a good idea to try the first GMATPrep test before even studying?

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by SanjayGolf » Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:29 am
If you plan on using other Prep guides (Manhattan, Kaplan, Veritas, etc) then it definitely doesn't hurt. It's good to take it fresh so you'll have a good basis on where you need to improve.

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by SanjayGolf » Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:33 am
If you plan on using other Prep guides (Manhattan, Kaplan, Veritas, etc) then it definitely doesn't hurt. It's good to take it fresh so you'll have a good basis on where you need to improve.

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by [email protected] » Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:29 pm
Hi drabindran,

Yes, we recommend that each student take that first CAT cold, before any real studying has occurred. The results of that test will give you some important perspective on what areas you're comfortable with and what areas need improvement.

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by [email protected] » Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:33 am
There are 3 good reasons to take a practice test early in your studies:
1. The test will give you a good taste of what you'll be preparing for over the coming weeks/months.
2. This will likely be your worst test score, and as your subsequent practice test scores improve, your confidence will undoubtedly increase as wel.
3. The results of this test will help you gauge the amount of work required to reach your target score.

If you're interested, I recently wrote an article for BTG about the importance of taking a practice test at the start of your GMAT prep: https://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/2013/05/ ... st-already

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by [email protected] » Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:57 am
I have to agree with the wording that Brent used "take the practice test early in your studies"

In other words, I think it is a good idea to at least find out what, for example, Data Sufficiency is all about and do 10 or 20 of those problems before trying the GMATPrep Test.

Maybe just do the 15 sample problems on each topic that are found in the "practice content" of the GMATPrep software.

I feel like if you take the test without any idea of how to do the questions then you will get an artificially low score. There is still plenty of room to improve with studying, but it does not make much sense to attempt the test if you are not familiar with, for example, the answers choices on Data Sufficiency.
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