No, I’m not ready to break out the champagne bottles just yet, but I can tell you one thing for sure, the first time you break 700 on a practice CAT is an awesome feeling!Â This is a marked improvement from my dismal 630 score on my previous CAT.Â I guess my Manhattan GMAT course really works.Â ;)Â My percentile rankings were 79%, 93%, and 94% respectively.
I skipped the AWAs for this test, simply because of personal time constraints.Â I also haven’t studied the proper outlines of the AWA essays.Â I’ll definitely do that section on my next CAT.
What surprised me most was how well I did on the Math section.Â Given, I didn’t break the 80th percentile, I still was pleasantly surprised by my score.Â During the test, I ran into a number of problems that I simply could not solve.Â Rather than dwell on those problems and waste valuable time (like I did last time) I listened to my instructor’s advice and guessed to move on.Â This was definitely the key difference between my two math CATs: I timed myself much better on this exam and finished with time to spare.Â On my previous test I felt I was fighting a losing battle throughout and it definitely made it harder for me to concentrate.
I wonder if every CAT is going to be like this, with seemingly impossible problems to conquer?Â Every time I run into a problem that I have no idea how to solve, it definitely brings me down emotionally and has a negative effect on subsequent performance.Â I took a really long break between the Math and Verbal sections just because I thought I had bombed on my quant section.
When I got to the verbal section, overall, I thought it was breeze.Â Some of the sentence correction questions towards the end were extremely tough and rather obscure, but that only motivated me because I knew I was doing well.Â I started off sprinting through the material, but when I noticed that I was so far ahead from a time to question ratio, I slowed down a bit to focus more on Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension.Â Looking back at the results, I definitely made quite a few dumb mistakes, many falling into the RTFQ category.Â But to me, that just means my Verbal score can potentially go even higher.Â I just need to get better at reading the “you know what.”
I’m going to review every CAT question I did on this test and make sure that I can at least solve the “wacky” Math problems I encountered in this test.Â I wasn’t very thorough with the last CAT because it made me so depressed.Â This time I feel motivated.
Below is my CAT progression thus far.Â I have at least 7 more that I am planning to do.Â Here’s to hoping that CAT number 2 wasn’t a fluke.Â 😉
- MGMAT CAT 1: 630 (Q 41, V 35)
- MGMAT CAT 2: 710 (Q 46, V 41)