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implications of test date on bellcurve (to IR or not to IR?) [#permalink] New post 21 May 2012, 10:53
I just received a notification that my scheduled GMAT (which was planned right before the switch on June 5) has been cancelled, and I'm trying to reschedule. I have a question about how the bell curve works which would really help me make my decision (I will now have to drive 150 miles to take the test before June 5).

I am generally comfortable with standardized tests and haven't studied a great deal for the GMAT (3 practice tests, a bit of work on problem areas), but I'm happy with my practice tests scores (700 range). I have done exactly one IR practice problem -- so I'd be reviewing it from scratch next weekend.

If I take the "new" GMAT right after the IR section launches, my assumption is that everyone will be in the same boat with regards to prep levels -- there just isn't much practice material to study, so we'll all be taking it a bit cold, which is fine with me. Will people be scored relatively among their test group (people who take it within the first few days), or will they be scored against an absolute standard regardless of the cohort's performance?

Also, with regards to the bell curve for the quant and verbal section -- is it based on deeper historic performance records (ie, we will be benchmarked against everyone taking the GMAT this year), or is it just benchmarked against the folks who take it around the same time as you? I'm probably really overanalyzing here, but honestly, I secretly kind of worry that all the GMAT prep providers will all send their teachers to see this new section in the wild on opening weekend, and so the competition might be much stronger. Or perhaps weaker, as all the strategic test-takers would avoid this window. I don't really know.

Perhaps these are weird externalities to consider, but I'd love to hear any perspectives on this before I commit to a new test date.
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Re: implications of test date on bellcurve (to IR or not to IR?) [#permalink] New post 21 May 2012, 11:07
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I would try a few IR practice tests. They only take 30 minutes. See how you do on them. I personally would score a perfect score on almost all IR questions b/c the type of work they want you to do is exactly the kind of stuff I do at my current job. But if you do poorly on the questions then you might see that the IR will waste precious study time. My advice is to drive the 150 miles, stay the night, and take the test there. This is only for the simple fact that you can spend more time studying for the Quant and Verbal, and no time studying for IR.

It sucks they canceled your test. I would look at all your options to take the test before June 5th in your area. That extra Quant Verbal studying without IR might be the difference between a 690 and a 700 and I wouldn't leave that up to chance.

But if IR is super easy for you then it might not matter
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Re: implications of test date on bellcurve (to IR or not to IR?) [#permalink] New post 21 May 2012, 13:18
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I just received a notification that my scheduled GMAT (which was planned right before the switch on June 5) has been cancelled, and I'm trying to reschedule. I have a question about how the bell curve works which would really help me make my decision (I will now have to drive 150 miles to take the test before June 5).


why was your scheduled test canceled ?
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Re: implications of test date on bellcurve (to IR or not to IR?) [#permalink] New post 21 May 2012, 14:24
Why was your test cancelled!!! That's worries me! I have my test scheduled on May 31, 2012.
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Re: implications of test date on bellcurve (to IR or not to IR?) [#permalink] New post 22 May 2012, 07:25
They had an "anticipated power outage". They said it was really unusual... but it has totally left me in a pinch. I planned this a long time ago and picked a test center that was accessible by public transportation (and there were plenty of other options when I registered!), but now their only open options are several states away, so I'm going to have to rent a car and drive several hours to take the exam. They were not very accommodating or apologetic... my expectations for customer service honestly weren't very high, but I was really disappointed by how they handled things, particularly given the late notice.
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Re: implications of test date on bellcurve (to IR or not to IR?) [#permalink] New post 22 May 2012, 07:42
Sorry to hear that.That really sucks.
Do you think you would have the enough energy and enthusiasm to take the GMAT after driving for several hours ?
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Re: implications of test date on bellcurve (to IR or not to IR?) [#permalink] New post 22 May 2012, 10:24
guys any idea what on the IR would be a good score? is it also a score on a 6 point scale like AWA?
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