Well, after having tastes of two Kaplan tests and also after reading the experience of some stalwarts, I didn’t keep my target too high… Assuming a 700+ is almost impossible to touch in a Kaptest, I targeted 680-690 in my Kaptest 3..

Well that was not to be.. If GMAT gurus advise not to take Kaptests too close to ur G-day, it surely carries some meaning.. They can easily bring you down.. Remember the Times job Ad, where the employee’s inflated ego takes a beating after seeing his paycheck.. Similar thing happened to me after I saw my score in this test..

So.. the scores were:: M50 🙂 ,V36 🙁 ; overall 650.. :'(

Maths is going fine, it was a third 50 in as many Kaptests.. and that too for a silly silly mistake.. Out of 37, I got 1 incorrect. No idea how Kaplan scores.. Should getting just 30th Q wrong bring the score down to 50.. Even with 7 Qs wrong in my Kaptest #1, I got the same score… 😮 Good thing was that I finished with 11 minutes to spare.

Anyways it’s the Verbal that matters more to me…. Remembering my past scores, I started cautiously… Spending more time on each Q… And particularly RC that has been my nemesis for some time now… I made elaborte roadmaps for each passage and that did help in increasing my accuracy level to 60%. And I was more confident as I neared the last 10 Qs that I had done at least okayish this time.. But then I was left with hardly any time for the end Qs.. So had to rush towards the end…And that badly lowered my score..

I got 8 out of last 15 wrong and that included four wrongs in the last four Qs… 😐 Heard that GMAT punished you harshly for a series of wrong Qs.. Saw the evidence this time. 🙁

Take-aways from the test:

  • Maths isn’t a problem… Just need to avoid the silly mistakes… And given that time too does not appear to be a problem.. I guess I can afford to double-check even the simple-appearing ones..
  • Roadmap technique is working for RCs. But need to do that fast.. Else the accuracy gained in earlier Qs will be at the cost of Qs in the end.
  • Avoid a series of wrong Qs… If I take a guess for one of the Qs, I need to be doubl cautious on the next
  • No matter how much u know about the Kaptests being low scoring, they have this ability to take you down.. So will surely give my next Kaptest next weekend.. a safe 3-weeks distance from my G-day.

     

3 Responses to “Kaptest #3:: Another Heartbreak…”

  1. Chaitanya says:

    Very nice thought of posting ur process of preparation.Can u explain me wat roadmap technique means??How to use it 2 do well in RC??

  2. Richa says:

    Just went through the blog-posts.
    Good going and all the best for the preparations. 🙂
    There is no need to fret too much over Kaplan scores, the serial wrongs need to be taken care of, though.
    Hope you do well on the actual G-day!

    I too am taking the test in July..hope to see you around in apping process too.

    Good luck!

  3. missionmba says:

    Hi Richa
    Thanks for the wishes.. And yes, I’ve already started looking beyond Kaplan scores..

    You may kile to join 2 of the active GMAT groups:
    http://groups.google.com/group/gmat_may2007
    prachi_pareekh_gmat@yahoogroups.com..

    @Chaitanya:
    Roadmap technique is from Kaplan.. Do buy the book.. u wont regret it..

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