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Joined: 19 Mar 2008
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Today I took the Powerprep (the older version of GMATPrep).

Score:
Overall: 660 (87%)
Quan: 49 (93%) -- 3 Questions wrong
Verb: 31 (59%) -- 9 wrong

The score largely disappointed me. I usually score Q50-51 and V35 , and overall 700-720. The number of wrong is roughly the same as how I performed in Powerprep. I wonder why my score in Powerprep is much lower.

Does Powerprep has a high requirement?

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Joined: 30 Apr 2008
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I'm not sure that any test prep company has successfully reverse engineered the way GMAC scores out GMAT results. I would not focus on your scores for any tests other than GMATPrep. Focus on how many you got incorrect (even then only to an extent because non-GMAC questions can be very different than the real deal). 3 wrong in quant and 7 wrong in verbal is good. I would not worry too much about it. I didn't take PowerPrep so I can't comment on my own experiences, but I view scores generated by non-GMAC places with a bit of caution.
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Thanks alot Jallen.

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PowerPrep is a GMAC product; it's the older version of GMATPrep. There's a difference between the two, however- GMATPrep clearly has a much larger pool of very difficult questions. This means that on GMATPrep, you can get a lot of questions wrong and still get a very good score, just as long as you're only answering the supremely difficult questions incorrectly. On PowerPrep, the hardest questions seem to be only medium-difficult level, so if you get a couple of these wrong, the test becomes convinced that you're not a top (50/51 level) scorer. The underlying scoring algorithm should be more or less the same, but the question pool is quite different.
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When I took the powerprep tests I found it useless as most of the questions I had already seen before in OG.
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I honestly wouldn't worry about it. The Powerprep tests are too old to be relevant anymore, and the scoring algorithm doesn't match the current GMAT. I wouldn't bother taking them. If you've finished with the GMATPrep tests, then take Princeton Review tests...they're the next closest tests.
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