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18 Sep 2013, 11:03
I fail to figure out the explanation behind this!

This is my MGMAT#4 Verbal score

Score : 36 & %-ile : 79
Attachment:
File comment: My test
Rohit_4.xlsx [42.52 KiB]

Question level : Correct
600 - 700 : 4
700 - 800 : 22

And this is the score by my friend for the same test
Score : 38 & %-ile : 85
Attachment:
File comment: My friend's test
Ruchir_4.xlsx [35.85 KiB]

Question level : Correct
500 - 600 : 4
600 - 700 : 12
700 - 800 : 10

Both of us got the same no. of questions wrong. In fact, I answered more difficult questions correctly. Shouldn't this naturally lead to a better score? I can’t figure out what went awry!

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18 Sep 2013, 20:26
Hi Rohit,

No prep service knows the exact algo of the GMAT and hence they try to map it as closely to the GMATPrep as possible.
However, you cannot believe them to be same as that of GMAT.

Just try to focus on the number of incorrect questions in your prep, try to reduce them test-on-test, that would lead to an effective preparation.
Also, take care to get no wrong in first 10 questions on any section.

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26 Sep 2013, 11:10
Agree with gmatsheeba,

Don't worry about your score on a practice test. Adcom will not see this score. The only one that matters is the real thing.

And as mentioned above, no one knows the exact algorithm. All prep services try to get as close as possible. Some (as you see above) may have small bugs, but that's not what you should be paying attention to.

Learn from your mistakes in practice mode. And on the real thing, pay attention to answering as many questions as you can correctly in as little time as possible. Do this on the real test and you won't care what number you got in practice.
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28 Sep 2013, 08:23
It is really hard to dispute with experts; however, I am going to add my two pences in the discussion.

MGMAT has a lot of disadventage, but its analitical reports are perfect. Very useful. I have not find analogs.

Please look at your report q.30. You had got 90%. If the test were finished at the q30, you would got 40-41 score.

But after that you did 7 out of 11 wrong. And the score was ruined. Obviously, you was out of time.

One thing, which I got from me preparatiin, is that GMAT is not too strict for a single mistake, but it is really brutal for consequetive mistakes. Futhermore, it is twice brutal for cosequative mistakes at the end of the test. MGMAT does not punish for this as GMAT does. So in the real GMAT your score might be even lower. If you did the same number mistakes in the questions with the same dificulty, you would probably get about 39.Timing is very important on GMAT, but you failed it. Your friend did not. It is the reason.

I hope it helps.
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