I have a question for anyone who has already taken the GMAT. Did you find the actual test to be similar to the GMAT prep practice exams.
I just sat for a full GMAT prep CAT (including writing 2 full AWAs). I scored a 720 (Q47,V42) and was shocked. I had previously taken 2 Kaplan
CAT tests and scored 590 (Q36,V34) and 600 (Q37,V34). I have read here that the scoring algorithm on Kaplan
is more rigorous, but a 120-130 point difference in the course of a week is quite significant. I did notice that the Verbal on Kaplan
's CAT was a lot more difficult and I never saw a boldface question, whereas I saw one on the GMAT prep exam. Are Kaplan
's CATs not indicative of the actual test? Or is the GMAT prep exam a watered down version of the GMAT?
I ask these questions because I have not yet signed up for my exam. I would like to take it at the end of this month or early next month. However, I will only take it if I feel as though I have a legitimate chance of scoring above 700 and possibly 750+. I would like to be within 40 points of my goal 4 weeks before the test so I have a reasonable amount of time to get myself to that level. If I'm closer to the score Kaplan
indicates then I will put off taking the exam for a while. However, if the GMAT Prep score is a good benchmark then I will sign up for a November 6 GMAT.
What do you think?
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