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Diagnostic test [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2011, 21:16
Hey all...

Should i take the GMAT Prep Test for diagnostic test or shall i have it for future.

If so suggest me a diagnostic test.....
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Re: Diagnostic test [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2011, 03:20
It is best to save the GMATPrep tests as they are the best predictor of scores, a good alternative is to take the free MGMAT test (which has an accuracy of +/- 50 points).

Here is a link with a review of tests available:
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Re: Diagnostic test [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2011, 05:07
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I can see why people would want to save GMATPrep for later, but I think doing one as a diagnostic test is a good idea. Ultimately, you are not looking for tests that are the "best indicators" of your actual performance - you are looking for ones that will help you most effectively prepare for the actual exam. I believe that doing a test that most closely mimics what you will see on the actual day (not just scoring algorithm-wise but also in difficulty of questions) helps you best identify your weaknesses and tackle them right away. For instance, MGMAT's quant section is known to be a lot more difficult than GMATPrep - so, if you only do MGMAT practice tests early on, you may end up spending unnecessary amount of time training for the quant section.
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Re: Diagnostic test [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2011, 05:26
wjdgusqls wrote:
I can see why people would want to save GMATPrep for later, but I think doing one as a diagnostic test is a good idea. Ultimately, you are not looking for tests that are the "best indicators" of your actual performance - you are looking for ones that will help you most effectively prepare for the actual exam. I believe that doing a test that most closely mimics what you will see on the actual day (not just scoring algorithm-wise but also in difficulty of questions) helps you best identify your weaknesses and tackle them right away. For instance, MGMAT's quant section is known to be a lot more difficult than GMATPrep - so, if you only do MGMAT practice tests early on, you may end up spending unnecessary amount of time training for the quant section.




Hey ur GMAT TEst Prep scores and MGMAT scores are awesome...

How are u taking your GMAT preparations. Share some tips and techniques...

And how to proceed aftr the diagnostic tests...
Well how did you start your preparation and how is this 770 and all was possible....

share your insights please...

And congrats in advance for the 790.
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Re: Diagnostic test [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2011, 05:43
Thanks for your words of encouragement.

Actually, I took my first GMATPrep without any preparation. I didn't even really know what type of questions there were in GMAT (well I knew there were verbal and quant sections, but I wasn't sure what kind of questions are asked in each section). I just graduated from college, so my mind is still in academic mode. This must have helped me do well on my diagnostic. Also, since it was my very first test, I was really relaxed and felt no pressure during the exam. If I did poorly, I could just say, "that was expected."

Because I studied engineering in college, I am pretty confident in quant, so I am not going to spend much time preparing for it. I just skimmed through OG12 to make sure that I am comfortable with all the concepts that GMAT may potentially test. I think understanding the scope of the exam is important, because it really narrows down the type of approach that you might take to answer each question. For this, I think OG12 is the best guide to look at because it IS the official book and it does give you an outline of all the topics that may show up on the exam.

As for verbal, my GMATPrep diagnostic showed me that my weakest section is SC - out of 5 questions that I got wrong, 4 of them were SC. So basically, I have been going through MGMAT SC, putting stars beside concepts that I didn't know / wasn't sure about. Doing GMATPrep as my first diagnostic helped me pinpoint my weaknesses right away.

In general, I think the best way to prepare is doing targeted practice.

Best of luck to you!
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Re: Diagnostic test [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2011, 06:00
wjdgusqls wrote:
Thanks for your words of encouragement.

Actually, I took my first GMATPrep without any preparation. I didn't even really know what type of questions there were in GMAT (well I knew there were verbal and quant sections, but I wasn't sure what kind of questions are asked in each section). I just graduated from college, so my mind is still in academic mode. This must have helped me do well on my diagnostic. Also, because it was my very first test, I was really relaxed and felt no pressure during the exam because if I did poorly, I could just say, "that was expected."

Because I studied engineering in college, I am pretty confident in quant, so I am not going to spend much time preparing for it. I just skimmed through OG12 to make sure that I am comfortable with all the concepts that GMAT may potentially test. I think understanding the scope of the exam is important, because it really narrows down the type of approach that you might take to answer each question. For this, I think OG12 is the best guide to look at because it IS the official book and it does give you an outline of all the topics that may show up on the exam.

As for verbal, my GMATPrep diagnostic showed me that my weakest section is SC - out of 5 questions that I got wrong, 4 of them were SC. So basically, I have been going through MGMAT SC, putting stars beside concepts that I didn't know / wasn't sure about. Doing GMATPrep as my first diagnostic helped me pinpoint my weaknesses right away.

In general, I think the best way to prepare is doing targeted practice.

Best of luck to you!




Hey man... Kudos to uu....
Wish u get a 800. Do update abt ur preparations and schedule.
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Re: Diagnostic test [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2011, 06:07
Haha thanks. Please keep us updated on your progress as well.
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