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GMAT Tests Accuracy [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2013, 10:43
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I have a question related to GMAT Tests. I have taken MGMAT, Kaplan, and GMAT Prep Tests. I have always scored about 580-600, today I got a shocking 490 with GMAT Prep. I took Kaplan on Saturday (2 DAYS AGO!!!) and scored 600, while today I scored a poor 490 with GMAT Prep. While I assume that GMAT Prep is the most reliable indicator of my performance, I struggle to explain the score discrepancy with Kaplan/MGMAT. Does anyone have a good explanation, beside perhaps having a bad day or a severe drop in concentration? I am planning to take the exam on February 1st (second attempt, given that the first one had a similar situation, as I dropped to 520 after reasonable scores during prep time), but I would like to avoid bad surprises again and may consider postponing it.

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Re: GMAT Tests Accuracy [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2013, 13:59
A few thoughts...

1) If you've used a lot of Kaplan materials, you'll definitely get used to their writing style, which is different from the style of the actual exam. Inevitably, you'll learn to see Kaplan's traps, and you'll do much better on their tests than on the real thing. The same would be true of MGMAT--if you've used their materials heavily, you might do disproportionately well on their tests.

2) Maybe you saw some repeat questions when you scored a 600 on the Kaplan test?

3) Non-official tests (anything besides the GMATPrep) are inherently unreliable, at least to some extent. These tests are the work of some very smart people who are trying their best to reverse-engineer the actual GMAT test... but they aren't the actual GMAT. They differ from the actual exam in all sorts of subtle ways, and it simply isn't unusual to see huge discrepancies between Kaplan (or MGMAT or Veritas or PR) tests and the real thing. Sure, your gap is larger than most, but it isn't unheard of.

4) As you mentioned, maybe you were having a bad day? :dunnow

5) Have you taken the GMATPrep tests before? If so, is the 490 close to your previous GMATPrep score(s)? If your GMATPrep and actual GMAT scores are in a similar range, then it suggests that the Kaplan test might be giving you the wrong impression, unfortunately.

I hope this helps!
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