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GMAT club test accuracy [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2012, 04:31
How accurately tweaked are the test questions so that they reflect the difficulty of the actual test?

I never really studied Verbal to begin with, but I just finished one test (containing 41 questions) missing only three. Is that a good result or bad? How do I interpret the score to predict my actual GMAT score?


Just to note: What I took was the new GMAT club test with CAT - so should level up difficulty as I go.
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Re: GMAT club test accuracy [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2012, 04:41
Hey i personally have not taken the CAT yet but my friend did and he said it was so easy. He missed only 2 or 3. I, on the other hand, am doing the quizzes and find those quite challenging. You might want to do the timed quizzes and see how it goes.
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Re: GMAT club test accuracy [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2012, 04:44
You mean the verbal quizzes?
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Re: GMAT club test accuracy [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2012, 04:45
Yes, both verbal and math quizzes
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Re: GMAT club test accuracy [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2012, 04:59
Just did one verbal quiz "HARD"

missed two (out of ten) - apparently a 'bad' score. But I used only 9 minutes (out of 20) - I was on study mode (thought it would be nice) and had no timer.
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Re: GMAT club test accuracy [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2012, 05:02
Then congratulations, skip verbal and focus on math only.
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Re: GMAT club test accuracy [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2012, 05:07
Does math correlate with SAT II well?

I did my SAT II last year (October) , 800. I had a look at Sackmann's book (the blue one, $60), the only part that requires a bit of memorization seems to be "combination and permutation"

Have you tried his extreme challenge set?
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Re: GMAT club test accuracy [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2012, 05:19
Also : are RC questions on the real GMAT presented in a similar fashion? I noticed that questions (whether for passage main point, or specific local question) all come individually, viz., not after groups. Maybe I'm not making it too clear. Typically on a test like SAT or LSAT or anything, questions follow one long passage. But what I saw on the test is that each question follows each passage - and the next question could be about a completely different passage. This means that I'll have to re-read the passage quite frequently.

But overall, I find the CAT experience quite good, akin to reading WSJ in print mode!
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Re: GMAT club test accuracy [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2012, 05:42
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Also : are RC questions on the real GMAT presented in a similar fashion? I noticed that questions (whether for passage main point, or specific local question) all come individually, viz., not after groups. Maybe I'm not making it too clear. Typically on a test like SAT or LSAT or anything, questions follow one long passage. But what I saw on the test is that each question follows each passage - and the next question could be about a completely different passage. This means that I'll have to re-read the passage quite frequently.

But overall, I find the CAT experience quite good, akin to reading WSJ in print mode!


No, you'll normally get 3-4 questions per passage grouped together. I think they're still working out bugs in the CATs here (free beta testing), your best bet would be to try your hand at an official gmat prep test to gauge your level and figure out where you should focus.
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Re: GMAT club test accuracy [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2012, 05:51
In general the gmat verbal is easier than the real one. CR and SC are easier but RC are more challenging because they come in as 1 paragraph w/ only 1 question. The real gmat paragraph has at least 2 questions each.

As for SAT, I have no idea. The last time i took it was 7-8 years ago and i must say i don't remember much how it was like.
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Re: GMAT club test accuracy [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2012, 05:57
will do. But I think, generally speaking, if one has read enough books in his life, he/she (being grammatically and politically correct here) is bound to do well on any verbal section. I find GRE's word comparison a bit complicated, though.

The data sufficiency question type is a bit novel, but I think the math shouldn't be too hard for someone who's good at calc and diff eqn, all of which require the basics.
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Re: GMAT club test accuracy [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2012, 06:05
recommend a GMAT non-fiction to read

"The Alpha Masters" , just out, by a 27-year-old woman who works at CNBC covering hedge funds. She got connections with some hotshots through her position - and the book is generally engaging and informative, sort of like "Hedge Fund Market Wizard" and all market wizard series. Biographical and interview-ish - some prominent hedge fund managers are mentioned. To name a few, Ray Dalio, John Paulson, Bill Ackman.
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Re: GMAT club test accuracy [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2012, 06:06
heintzst wrote:
will do. But I think, generally speaking, if one has read enough books in his life, he/she (being grammatically and politically correct here) is bound to do well on any verbal section. I find GRE's word comparison a bit complicated, though.

The data sufficiency question type is a bit novel, but I think the math shouldn't be too hard for someone who's good at calc and diff eqn, all of which require the basics.





If you are a native speaker who reads consistently, and can focus while reading dry topics, RC should be easy. If you are a strong logical thinker, CR should be easy... with SC, that just depends on if you're a grammar nerd or not, especially when you get up to the tougher questions.

With math, once you get a hang of DS, the main issue is the scope of knowledge needed, and not over thinking simple questions. If you have a strong foundation in the basics and calc/stats, the rest is just filling in the gaps you've forgotten.
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