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1st GMAT High Score Question [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2011, 20:35
Hi all, I just began an MGMAT course about a 3 weeks ago and took my first full CAT exam this past weekend to see where I stand (I wanted to become familiar with the material before writing a full exam). I scored 710 (48 Quant, 39 Verbal) but felt I got extremely lucky on several quant questions. In fact, I looked at the score analysis afterwards and saw that I got 4 or 5 questions correct which I completely guessed on. Additionally, there are several quant concepts which I struggle a bit with in my homework so this score seems way too high for my current skill level. Is it possible that my score was a complete fluke? I felt much more confident about my verbal performance where I didn't really guess on any questions but I just feel like my quant score was inflated a lot by those 4/5 ones I guessed on which were correct.

I'm planning on taking the test at the end of August and would be more than happy with a 700. I was really just hoping to break 600/650 on this first one and was wondering even with the fluke quant score, if I can safely assume that I'm in that range. Has anyone ever heard of a situation like this and if so, what is your input on my results?

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Re: 1st GMAT High Score Question [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2011, 07:08
Getting 4 or 5 questions correct in quant from guessing can give you a better score, but I'm not sure that it would be lower than 650 if you had guessed and got them wrong. I've noticed that the verbal appears to be more heavily weighted than the quant. I scored a 95% in Verbal and got 95% overall, with a quant % in the 80s.

Take another practice test or two even and see how you do. Simulate the conditions and you might just find that you are ready to take the exam and get a 650+ score.
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A 710 on the first attempt is quite impressive. Congrats! But which CAT did you take, Manhattan or GMATPrep? Manhattan tests are pretty decent, but the best indicator of your actual level is the GMATPrep software.

I wouldn't worry too much about the lucky guesses. You did manage to answer the rest. But I would side with caution and wait until you take another CAT to form a better idea of where you stand. Right now, just keep focused, continue studying, and improve your weak areas.

Also, I assume that you took the CAT under realist test conditions. This includes completing the AWA, taking the test under timed conditions, and so forth.
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Re: 1st GMAT High Score Question [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2011, 11:23
I took the Manhattan CAT under regular timed conditions with both AWA prompts. I actually took the LSAT twice so the verbal was relatively easy for me. I'm just confused by the quant score being so high since I guessed on several questions and felt it was very difficult when I took it.

Does anyone know how the verbal and quant are weighted in the overall score? If I get a 39 or higher on verbal, then what is the lowest quant score I can get and still have a 700 overall?

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Re: 1st GMAT High Score Question [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2011, 11:28
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I took the Manhattan CAT under regular timed conditions with both AWA prompts. I actually took the LSAT twice so the verbal was relatively easy for me. I'm just confused by the quant score being so high since I guessed on several questions and felt it was very difficult when I took it.

Does anyone know how the verbal and quant are weighted in the overall score? If I get a 39 or higher on verbal, then what is the lowest quant score I can get and still have a 700 overall?

Thanks so much.


I don't know what the link is (or if the webpage still exists) but there used to be a place you could go and type in various Quant and Verbal scores and see how each affected your overall score. Like a "what if . . ."
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Re: 1st GMAT High Score Question [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2011, 02:24
jklein1233 wrote:
Hi all, I just began an MGMAT course about a 3 weeks ago and took my first full CAT exam this past weekend to see where I stand (I wanted to become familiar with the material before writing a full exam). I scored 710 (48 Quant, 39 Verbal) but felt I got extremely lucky on several quant questions. In fact, I looked at the score analysis afterwards and saw that I got 4 or 5 questions correct which I completely guessed on. Additionally, there are several quant concepts which I struggle a bit with in my homework so this score seems way too high for my current skill level. Is it possible that my score was a complete fluke? I felt much more confident about my verbal performance where I didn't really guess on any questions but I just feel like my quant score was inflated a lot by those 4/5 ones I guessed on which were correct.

I'm planning on taking the test at the end of August and would be more than happy with a 700. I was really just hoping to break 600/650 on this first one and was wondering even with the fluke quant score, if I can safely assume that I'm in that range. Has anyone ever heard of a situation like this and if so, what is your input on my results?

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Re: 1st GMAT High Score Question [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2011, 04:24
i also think that verbal is given more weightage that quant, regards
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