Finally did the complete simulation of the GMAT today with MGMAT 1. I wrote the essays on the analysis of argument and analysis of an issue, followed by the Quant and the verbal sections. Results were not encouraging at all. The percentile scores are as follows :

Quant – 44 (73%)

Verbal – 33 (69%)

Overall – 640 (80%)

For someone who was aiming for 750+, this does not bode well at all. Perhaps the drop in score from GMATprep1 to MGMAT 1 is indicative of the kind of stamina I need to sustain myself through the GMAT.

These are the key take-homes from this test

Quant :

1. Didn’t time myself and in spite of guessing at the end could not attempt the last two questions. Never to be repeated again !!!

2. For absolute value problems try using the number line or the tables with positive and negative columns to try out the various options.

3. When dealing with absolute values that contain variables, you should always check that the solution is valid by plugging the solution back into equation.

4. For a triangle inscribed in a circle the ratio of the angles will be the same as the ratios of opposite arcs.

5. If the sum of the digits of a number has a remainder of X when divided by 9, the number itself has a remainder of X when divided by 9.

6. For any set of consecutive integers with an **odd number of terms**, the sum of the integers is **always** a multiple of the number of terms. For example, the sum of 1, 2, and 3 (three consecutives — an odd number) is 6, which is a multiple of 3. For any set of consecutive integers with an **even number of terms**, the sum of the integers is **never** a multiple of the number of terms. For example, the sum of 1, 2, 3, and 4 (four consecutives — an even number) is 10, which is not a multiple of 4.

Verbal :

1. Do NOT use a comma to connect two independent clauses, thus creating a run-on sentence. Two independent clauses must be connected either by a conjunction, such as “and” or “but,” or by a semicolon.

2. “considered to be” is unidiomatic and hence INCORRECT

3. Correct answers to “inference” questions will not be stated explicitly in the passage.

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I just got decimated in this test. Had scored a 750 (q49, v44) in GMAT Prep1 (w/o AWA) two days ago. Plummeted down to 670 (q45, v36) with AWA in this one. Have only 10 days to go, so hopefully other tests will be better. Comforting to know that some else had this issue.

Hey Datastruck, when you practice with the AWA you will build you stamina gradually and improve your scores … all the best for the GMAT 🙂