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580(Q50 V20).. Which practice tests are best for me??

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580(Q50 V20).. Which practice tests are best for me?? [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2007, 12:17
Hello Everybody,

Can you people please guide on which practice tests should i take.
To be precise should i buy
1. Manhattan online tests
2. Princeton review
3. Kaplan
4. 800Score.com

I am confused and unable to judge which test will be close to Real GMAT and best for me to improve my Verbal score ..

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Re: 580(Q50 V20).. Which practice tests are best for me?? [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2007, 13:03
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Hello Everybody,

Can you people please guide on which practice tests should i take.
To be precise should i buy
1. Manhattan online tests
2. Princeton review
3. Kaplan
4. 800Score.com

I am confused and unable to judge which test will be close to Real GMAT and best for me to improve my Verbal score ..

Regards,
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i heard mgamt is tougher and closer. Kaplan is brutal. :)
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2007, 13:43
Thank you Ravshonbek

@everyone: Guys please help me out !!!
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GMATrep and OG only [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2007, 13:43
The only realistic practice tests are Official guide for GMAT 10th and 11th edition and also GMATPrep.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2007, 18:48
The official prep tests are the best.

Then I say use the old paper tests. You can find out where to get them by searching around on here.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2007, 21:15
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Hey ASDERT - does this test papers are along with answer explanation?

a friend of mine from GmatCLub has sent me paper tests, are those papers are same as what in above url? any idea whether these papers are new totally?
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2007, 22:38
Please find below CATs, which i feel are quite close replica of the real test, in decreasing order of their proximity to real GMAT CAT-

Real GMAT CAT >= GMAT Prep>POWER PREP>Paper Tests>SETs = MGMAT>..................>Princeton>KAPLAN

I focus lesser on CAT scores from red font CATs, just use them to practice!

I hope this will help!

All the best!
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2007, 04:49
not advocating theft but like everything else on the internet the paper tests are widely available.
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Re: 580(Q50 V20).. Which practice tests are best for me?? [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2007, 06:19
gmat0007 wrote:
Hello Everybody,

Can you people please guide on which practice tests should i take.
To be precise should i buy
1. Manhattan online tests
2. Princeton review
3. Kaplan
4. 800Score.com

I am confused and unable to judge which test will be close to Real GMAT and best for me to improve my Verbal score ..

Regards,
Gmat0007


Stick to the official, PowerPrep and Gmatprep. I think the others are good only to learn time management.

For your balance I'd suggest to "forget" the Q and study hard for the V part, go for LSAT material and the official Verbal Workout.

Good Luck
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2007, 07:21
I would recommend Kaplan. Ok, before all of you beat me down for recommending 'Krap'-lan, hear me out! Yes, the tests are brutal. Unrealistically brutal. Yes, the tests will probably knock your confidence even lower than you thought it could go. But, they are still great practice. Given that, they are not for the fainthearted. If you can handle the stress of continuously scoring between 550 - 650 on the tests, take 'em. On the other hand, if your confidence is already at a low, I would recommend not taking them now. But I would still recommend taking them after some preparation. Btw, I scored below 600 twice on Kaplan CATs and ended up with a 700+ on the actual GMAT. So don't stress too much about the actual scores :) Just use them to practice. On a final note, always do the AWA sections on the practice tests. I cannot stress this any more. That extra one hour makes a huge difference.
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2007, 10:42
Thank you all for your advice and encouragement ...

@ Everyone: I have taken Mgmat online test yesterday and scored a 670 (Q 49 V33)..
How close will you see the verbal score to actual Gmat .. should i buy online mgmat online tests .. are they competent in terms of Verbal??

Waiting for your Inputs

Thanks for all help
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2007, 11:02
singh_amit19 wrote:
Please find below CATs, which i feel are quite close replica of the real test, in decreasing order of their proximity to real GMAT CAT-

Real GMAT CAT >= GMAT Prep>POWER PREP>Paper Tests>SETs = MGMAT>..................>Princeton>KAPLAN


I focus lesser on CAT scores from red font CATs, just use them to practice!

I hope this will help!

All the best!


i also agree with this! except powerprep and paper sets have a ton of repetition from OG questions
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2007, 12:13
Thanks a lot beckee529 and singh_amit19

That will surely help me a lot...

Thanks again guys ...

The Game is ON
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2007, 19:02
gmat0007 wrote:
Thanks a lot beckee529 and singh_amit19

That will surely help me a lot...

Thanks again guys ...

The Game is ON
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May I know what is SETS?
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2007, 11:41
singh_amit19 wrote:
Please find below CATs, which i feel are quite close replica of the real test, in decreasing order of their proximity to real GMAT CAT-

Real GMAT CAT >= GMAT Prep>POWER PREP>Paper Tests>SETs = MGMAT>..................>Princeton>KAPLAN

I focus lesser on CAT scores from red font CATs, just use them to practice!

I hope this will help!

All the best!


How about those 1000 series questions? How do they fit in the picture?
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mgmat [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2007, 10:44
I think MGMAT are not scored properly.
My scores

630
640
650
650
660
640

gmatprep
560
570



real exam 540
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Re: mgmat [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2007, 11:33
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I think MGMAT are not scored properly.
My scores

630
640
650
650
660
640

gmatprep
560
570



real exam 540



They are scored properly, for what they are. But there's just no substitute for the official GMAT Prep tests to show you where you really are, score-wise. MGMAT tests are incredibly useful for learning concepts, so I believe they are worth taking and worth going through all of the explanations. Very helpful. The real GMAT is a different animal. I took my test this past October, and while I did have a couple of sets/combination/permutation problems and a few others that required brute force to solve, the overwhelming majority of the problems on my exam were absolute value/number properties types, with a few classic GMAT "trick" problems thrown in for fun, the kind that don't feed off of math knowledge as much as logical reasoning.
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Re: mgmat [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2007, 13:41
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kid20000 wrote:
I think MGMAT are not scored properly.
My scores

630
640
650
650
660
640

gmatprep
560
570



real exam 540



They are scored properly, for what they are. But there's just no substitute for the official GMAT Prep tests to show you where you really are, score-wise. MGMAT tests are incredibly useful for learning concepts, so I believe they are worth taking and worth going through all of the explanations. Very helpful. The real GMAT is a different animal. I took my test this past October, and while I did have a couple of sets/combination/permutation problems and a few others that required brute force to solve, the overwhelming majority of the problems on my exam were absolute value/number properties types, with a few classic GMAT "trick" problems thrown in for fun, the kind that don't feed off of math knowledge as much as logical reasoning.




well i agree but the point I am trying to make is this:
on MGMAT u get a easy question wrong. It will give you a 700-800 level question which pumps your score. On the real exam, I never reach the venn diagrams, mixture rate problems i know i can easily solve. I am a computer science/ economics major and a cfa level 3 candidate. So I need to find a strategy so I reach those level of problems
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Re: mgmat [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2007, 14:07
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well i agree but the point I am trying to make is this:
on MGMAT u get a easy question wrong. It will give you a 700-800 level question which pumps your score. On the real exam, I never reach the venn diagrams, mixture rate problems i know i can easily solve. I am a computer science/ economics major and a cfa level 3 candidate. So I need to find a strategy so I reach those level of problems


OK. So then my best advice would be to keep taking the official GMAT Prep tests, and reloading the software. On your second and third retakes, you will start to see repeat questions, you will answer those properly, and that will jack you up to another level so that you get the more difficult questions from the bin.
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