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GMAT Prep Score Vs Actual GMAT [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2013, 22:47
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With a GMAT Prep score of 540-550 , how much can I expect in the actual GMAT exam ?
Is the score decent enough to get me admission to a reputed business school for executive MBA ( one year full time ) ?
I have 9 years work exp.

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Re: GMAT Prep Score Vs Actual GMAT [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2014, 17:48
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I took 3 GMATPrep tests, simulating the test environment as closely as possible. To my surprise and disgust, the scores decreased on each attempt. However, they proved to be pretty accurate to my actual score. I did see some material on the quant section of the real test that I did not see on any practice test or practice problem set.
GMATPrep1: 730
GMATPrep1: 710
GMATPrep1: 690
Actual GMAT: 710

I also took 2 Kaplan tests before taking the GMATPrep tests.

Kaplan test 1: 630
Kaplan test 1: 620
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Re: GMAT Prep Score Vs Actual GMAT [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2014, 13:37
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Hi Ruma,

A score can dip from one exam to another even with the same amount of knowledge or the same percentage of correct/incorrect. The GMAT scoring algorithm takes many factors into account including where you make errors, how many mistakes you commit in a row, whether you finish both sections or leave questions out, whether the last few questions of either section seemed like they were guessed at, how you felt on test day, etc. These factors can all affect your score.

From one test to the next you can easily jump +/- 30 points (and even up to 80 or so) depending on where the mistakes are. *Where* you make mistakes can often be more important than how many. Overall, when a student wants to know where he/she stands, the best way to do so is to take the average after a few sim tests. This should get you to a fairly close estimation of where you are at.

In general, our students tend to score within about +/- 30 points or so from what they get on our tests and the GMAT test preps.

Hope this helps!

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