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Run down by the GMATTruck

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ikjeft001 Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Default Avatar
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Post Fri Oct 06, 2006 12:35 pm
Hi...
This is my first ever posing to any forum(yes..any forum...I have never posted anywhere before)....

Back from the test center a while ago..kind of depressed...of course, I got a dismal 590(Q47/V25), an improvement of only 20 points from my last test(took that in Dec 2005). I am baffled, astounded, disappointed,shocked
and what not...I am looking for some harsh / constructive feedback as what could have gone wrong or what did I miss or what did I do wrong ?

Here is what I did :
I started my preparation for GMAT this May(2006) and joined the Kaplan classroom that month...did almost all of their practice questions(ok may not be 100% but around 95%). Kaplan has about 1000+ practice questions (online) for its classroom course. I also did 500+ additional Kaplan questions not connected to this classroom. Took practice tests at regular intervals as shown below :
5/2 Kap/Diag in the class 680(q44/v37)
7/4 Kap/Cat1 630(q48/v26)
7/30 Kap/Cat2 640(q46/v28)
8/20 Kap/Cat3 580(q40/v24)
9/10 Kap/Cat4 630(q44/v30)
9/14 Kap/Cat6 660(q50/v27)
9/17 Kap/Cat1 690(q52/v31)
9/21 Kap/Cat8 660(q49/v27)
10/1 GMATPrep1 600(didn't capture the score)
10/2 Kap/Cat5(@ Pearson Vue test center) 670(q48/v32)
(Didn't take the 2nd GMATPrep test)

I did 50-60 % of the OG (this past week). I did the Kap GMAT verbal workbook too...I used Eric's flashcard and Spidy's Grammar notes....I have visited this website many times and have tried some of the suggestions posted here, too ....

In spite of all these efforts, I couldn't even pass the 600 threshold....any idea, suggestions ? I know 2 of my greatest weaknesses : Nervousness in the test center and poor time management...
But in spite of these 2 weaknesses, I was able to score higher in the Kap tests...Are these (Kap's) tests flawed ? I would appreciate any comments, feedback, suggestions....

Note : I'll be out of town for 3-4 weeks starting next week...I really need a break...neglected my family, spent most of the Summer in my GMAT prep only to get a stinking score like this.

Thanks...

ikjeft001

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flo821 Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Default Avatar
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Post Fri Feb 02, 2007 8:47 am
hi.. first time i'm posting.. i keep reading that the Kaplan prep test are skewed. I have been using the PR computer test.. does anyone know if they are found accuarte? Anyone that has taken the real test and used PR? Thanks!

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Post Fri Feb 02, 2007 10:38 am
flo821 wrote:
hi.. first time i'm posting.. i keep reading that the Kaplan prep test are skewed. I have been using the PR computer test.. does anyone know if they are found accuarte? Anyone that has taken the real test and used PR? Thanks!
PR's scoring algorithm seems more realistic than Kaplan's--but PR's test questions are not perfectly representative of the real GMAT. Focus on OG and GMATPrep for real content.

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Post Fri Oct 06, 2006 5:25 pm
Hi ikjeft001:

Sorry to hear that your GMAT experience didn't meet your expectations.

With regards to Kaplan--normally those scores are severely skewed DOWN. Anecdotally, I've heard that people score 50-100 points higher than their Kaplan performance on the real GMAT.

I don't think your problem is knowledge of the material--like you said, it sounds like the root problem is nerves/time management.

When you took your practice tests, did you take them timed in a simulated testing environment?

My suggestion is to take more practice tests, but emphasize taking them in a simulated environment. I recommend a somewhat busy area of a public library.

Best of luck and stay confident! The GMAT is something you can certainly beat! Just get that timing down and be focused.

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jtsgmat Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Default Avatar
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Post Sat Oct 07, 2006 10:37 am
Looking at your test scores, it seems to you are well prepared in quant but verbal is a weak spot. I would suggest spending more time on your verbal preparation and that the preperation be focused soley on the official guide and the verbal workbook provided by GMAC. Another good idea is to be keep track of your errors so you can pinpoint your weak areas (i.e. sentnece correction, critical reasoning or reading comprehension).

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ikjeft001 Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Default Avatar
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Post Sat Oct 07, 2006 12:54 pm
I took all the tests under simulated / timed environment/conditions...during many tests, my neighbours were mowing their lawn (during weekends)...so I did have ample disturbances during the tests...Sad

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Post Sat Oct 07, 2006 10:21 pm
Have you looked into resources for controlling your nerves in high-pressure situations? From what you've described about your experience, I feel like you will gain the most improvement in your score by simply finding a way to keep focused and calm.

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