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# A discussion about the various prep GMAT CATs

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11 Sep 2007, 17:36
Hello everyone,

Warning: This is a bit of a rant, its been a long day. Feel free to disagree!

So... I'm getting a little annoyed with the many GMAT CATs available. I understand that GMATprep/power prep is the official gmat test, essentially the real thing. However, I do not want to waste the couple of legitimate tests offered in GMATprep/pp until the last week of preparation before stepping into the test center.

So what does that leave me? According to my own experience/from what ive heard..

Princeton Review.----- Math = too easy (from what I hear.) Verbal is decent. but its biggest flaw is the algorithm. I myself have noticed on my tests that it is far more punishing if you make one mistake wrong near the beginning.

For example: on PR Cracking the Gmat cat 4 in the verbal section, I made 5 mistakes before problem 17 (the earliest bein the 2nd problem), afterwards I was on a correct streak to problem 41, making only one mistake on problem 27. End result? Verbal 39. Fair? Eitherway, it didn't seem that PR replied to my correct answers with increasingly difficult problems that would challenge my verbal skills. I also got a 48 on Math with 700 total. I didn't make a mistake till problem 20 but still don't feel prepared when I try another company's test prep CAT

Kaplan: From what I hear, Kaplan's math is absurdly difficult w/ poor explanations, and that the verbal is awkward. Thoughts?

MGMAT: Everyone has been saying that MGMAT offers the best prep for its difficulty and explanation, but everyone also agrees that it doesn't help in regards to pacing (the math/verbal takes too long).

and lastly, GMAC's paper tests (official non adaptive gmat tests)

admittedly, I was very excited when I first got a set of these. But of course, I underestimated the importance of adaptive in the general psyche of taking the test. I have scored well consistently on the tests, they almost feel easy. But it caused a false sense of confidence, as soon as I hoped on a GMATprep test I got a different set of questions that I wasn't familiar with and was really thrown off my game.

So my question for you all is what is the most rounded prep cat? thoughts? comments opinions? Thanks!!
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12 Sep 2007, 04:27
your frustration is totally understandable! if you are at the earlier stages of your studying...i wouldnt worry too much about the accuracy of the CAT's. based on your assessment of the various CAT's, it's clear to see that there are flaws in all non-GMAC CAT's.

that said, it's unarguably a useful exercise to do other CAT's if you have time, but if you are focused on getting an accurate score, check out the debriefs of past GMAT writers and compare your CAT scores with their practice and official GMAT scores. E.g. you will see ppl with 650 scores on MGMAT, but they usually end up scoring 30-50+ points higher on the actual GMAT.

IMO, I was most comfortable writing the MGMAT CAT's even tho the quants were much tougher. most ppl find that since MGMAT quant is a bit harder, it gives them confidence on the real GMAT since the quants are a lot more reasonable.
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