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# Gmat Prep Variance

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24 May 2009, 12:06
I had a pretty big difference in my Quant score between GMAT prep 1 and 2.

GMAT Prep 1
Q47
V42
730

GMAT Prep 2
Q40
V41
670

I missed 15 Quant questions on the first test and 13 on the second. I know that the number of questions missed doesn't necessarily mean anything since question difficulty is taken into account, but I was just curious if other people had experienced large swings like this? Thanks.
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24 May 2009, 16:29
mkrump wrote:
I had a pretty big difference in my Quant score between GMAT prep 1 and 2.

GMAT Prep 1
Q47
V42
730

GMAT Prep 2
Q40
V41
670

I missed 15 Quant questions on the first test and 13 on the second. I know that the number of questions missed doesn't necessarily mean anything since question difficulty is taken into account, but I was just curious if other people had experienced large swings like this? Thanks.

Does not sound very typical. Usually GMAT Prep is much better at figuring out your level, but based on the number of questions that were answered right/wrong, it may be that the experimental questions got in the way.

How long apart were these tests taken?
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24 May 2009, 16:53
One day between the tests ... I took the PowerPrep Quant and it was coming to 44 which was ~80%.
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24 May 2009, 18:13
mkrump wrote:
One day between the tests ... I took the PowerPrep Quant and it was coming to 44 which was ~80%.

Is your test pretty soon? It is usually recommended to save at least one GMAT Prep or PowerPrep until a few days or a week before the test to get your performance estimate.... just a thought.
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24 May 2009, 18:35
This Friday, which was why I was a bit concerned.....I guess we'll see.
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24 May 2009, 21:08
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This Friday, which was why I was a bit concerned.....I guess we'll see.

Definitely best of luck on the test - would be very interested to hear what score you get, and I hope it is the higher one. Please share your GMAT experience after you are done. Take a look at this post for some suggestions for the last week before the test. test-day-warm-up-78595.html?view-post=591364#p591364

Again - good luck - don't hesitate to ask if there are any questions,
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26 May 2009, 23:19
It could be just a bad performance, or perhaps you've written one GMATPrep more than the other, hence memorized more answers and falsely inflated your score.

GMATPrep is the best indicator of how you'll do, assuming you don't skip any questions.
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