My Journey to 760 (Part 2) – My First Practice Test

*This is part of a series on my journey to get a 760. Part 1 can be found here.

scaryTo kick off my Week 5, I decided to take my first Practice Test. Talk about a rough restart. It has been almost one year since I got a 710 the first time. While following my rigorous schedule, I have been using The Economist’s GMAT Tutor and I am about 65% completed.  Even though my goal is 150 hours of studying, I have only be averaging about 10 hours a week (I need to kick it up a notch).

Results of the first practice test

Test1 Okay enough dragging it out. I took my first practice test in almost a year and got a 680 (Q50, V35). Obviously we know where the problem lies! I felt really good during the test, although I didn’t do an AWA or and IR (I will from now on to build up my endurance). I will also start taking a test or more a week (Finish my last two economist’s tests and the 4 OG tests).

Breaking down my first test

My math felt really good (I haven’t even covered probability yet!). My Verbal is totally tanking my score though; more specifically my sentence correction is tanking my score. I am hoping that the Economist program will start helping me more in that arena (about 75% of my time has been on Quant in the program).

I also got done with the Verbal section 11 minutes early (I am a VERY fast reader and also great with CR). That can’t be good.

My action plan going forward

forecast1I need to get my sentence correction up. I will be utilizing Magoosh’s great question bank and video expanations to get me there. I also purchased the new OG GMAT 2015!!!!

I will also be ramping up my studying. Averaging 10 hours a week is not how a top MBA applicant does it!!!!

Let’s do it!

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9 Responses to “My Journey to 760 (Part 2) – My First Practice Test”

  1. Babble

    That’s a fantastic first practice test score, Grant me admission! great job!! I just hope mine will be as good, when I take it in a couple of weeks!

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  2. Ramil

    Sentence Correction is a fast forgettable section if you don’t practice continually. But I think you will be ok with it. Good luck.

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  3. happyimmortal

    Reminds me of my practice test when I decided to retake. I got a 690 on Veritas. Same score as my GMAT, since then I haven’t had the courage to take another one until I am sure I brush up my basic skills and complete all Official. The process is still on. Looking forward to your next score. Good Luck Buddy!!!!!

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  4. Farhan

    Reminds me of my practice test when I decided to retake. I got a 690 on Veritas. Same score as my GMAT, since then I haven’t had the courage to take another one until I am sure I brush up my basic skills and complete all Official. The process is still on. Looking forward to your next score. Good Luck Buddy

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  5. bizwiz

    Hey Grant, nice post! I’ve been a following your journey since last year on Gmatclub, and now looking forward to the outcome of this new application cycle for you.
    Quick question, which prep test is this one? It’s not the Gmatprep, right?

    Thanks!

    bizwiz

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