Day 30 - Kaplan Practice CAT 1
Now that I am officially taking my real GMAT in the afternoon, I'm happy that I no longer have to wake up to do practice tests in the morning (like I did that anyway). Anyway, I took the Kaplan CAT 1 test off of the Kaplan CD under simulated conditions today--I started at 2:00 PM and tried my ear plugs for the first time.
It was a pretty rough test--but I knew that it was going to be. Test prep companies tend to make the first practice test the hardest and then make each consecutive test easier as a way to demonstrate "improvement" by the student. How do I know this? Let's just say I have my sources...
I also knew to not freak out about this first Kaplan test because I've seen how many people on the Test Magic Forum score really badly on this particular one (500s to low 600s) and later do very well in the real GMAT (700s).
With that said, I got a 610 (39Q, 34V) today. I'm pleased with that score and I believe it translates to about 700 on the real deal.
On another note, if you plan on using ear plugs during the real GMAT, be sure to practice doing tests with them on. They felt weird at first, but after a while I really got to appreciating them.
Time for Chinese food.
SUMMARY OF DAY 30 WORK:
1. Kaplan Practice CAT 1 off of Kaplan 2005 CD.
RECAP OF DAY 30 INSIGHTS:
1. Do not freak out about the your first Kaplan practice test performance. It's okay if you are 80-120 points below your goal on this one.
2. Use ear plugs and practice with them on.
Labels: Practice Tests