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Good Diagnostic test to take ? [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2005, 16:03
I have access to Kaplan materials (Kaplan 2005 & Kaplan800) and was wondering what I should do for the diagnostic .
Should I take the paper test included in the book or should I take the diag. test included on the CD or shd I sign up for and take the free online GMAT test ?

My perception is that I should go with the diag. (on the CD) which is probably included for a specific reason ;) But then , I understand that the format is very different so I will not have a GMAT-like score for ref.
.... or shd I go with a PR test since it will be easier and hence probably serve as a better diagnostic tool :-)

... and maybe this is a real silly question ... guess I'll know if this q. goes unanswered :oops:

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 [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2005, 16:44
Check out the score estimator on this site. It may give you a rough idea of your standing regardless of what test you take.
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2005, 11:55
yb wrote:
Check out the score estimator on this site. It may give you a rough idea of your standing regardless of what test you take.

Well , yb , the score estimator only gives an "estimate" of your score based on another test .

What I'm / was real interested in is pinpointing the weak/strong areas within a specific section like Q or V , and that would be a good diagnostic test , with some kind of a reference score that would be a bonus . Maybe I didn't explain myself well enough but thats what I was looking for .

In any case , here's what I ended up doing for the benefit of anyone reading ...
a) I took the Kaplan Diagnostic test (on CD) and got a score .
IMO , this test was a waste of time ... It has 6-7 diff. sections of 8-11 q's each . That way they focus on a particular area like CR,RC,PS, etc. The format is diff. and hence , the score I feel is not representative for even being a reference score .
b) Next , I decided to take the Kaplan Practice Test "paper" . Now , while I understood that it wasn't a CAT , I felt it was at least representative of the format , level of difficulty & displayed the endurance one would need for an exam as the GMAT . IMO , a much better diag. test .

An interesting thing was my calc. score based on both a) &b) was very similar so I guess one could conclude that the Kaplan diag. test on CD is accurate :)

My Ideal diag. test:
1) sticks to GMAT format exactly , i.e. 37q/75 mins. for Q and 41q/75mins for V.
2) gives a scaled GMAT score as a reference .
3) is truly adaptive , and hence , CAT and not paper .
4) level of difficulty is at least if not slightly greater than GMAT
5) provides analysis of diff. types of problems so one can see if one is strong in CR , RC and specific PS areas like probability,etc.

Hope this helps someone ....
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2005, 12:31
Hey Sachin,
Have you taken any of the Powerpreps? I think score-wise powerpep is more reflective. However, it does not give a breakdown of what sections and concepts you missed. Kaplan CD CATs, although harder, do in fact break down your success rate into different categories, such as Algebra, Arithmetic, Number Props etc.. (also DS vs. PS)... Ignore the verbal though...

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