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Is the exam getting harder?

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10 May 2010, 12:37
I have two friends who recently took the GMAT in April. Both were scoring high 500's/low 600's on GMATPrep. They prepared from the OG12 and one took a full-length Princeton Review course. However, they both wound up scoring mid-400s on the exam. Has the most recent iteration of the exam changed significantly? Are some test prep materials outdated?
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11 May 2010, 06:02
Seems same to me. Just took it may 3rd and got a 710 which was inline with my gmatprep scores
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11 May 2010, 23:37
Not to my knowledge, no.
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16 May 2010, 05:49
i have no idea!
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17 May 2010, 01:40
i have taken the exam two times ..and i must say that the exam is definitely more difficult when compared to gmatprep software or the OG book ...but then again maybe i wasnt prepared to the level that i wanted .....the questions are much harder and the books still havent caught up to that ....so i wish sooner or later they do catch up and represent the real difficulty on gmat
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14 Sep 2014, 09:35
It seems this is true, for me at least ...

I had the exam today.. scored a depressing 640 :(
(((I was stunned when score popped up, ..FEELING DEVASTATED))))

(I scored 690 - 710 on gmatprep software ) .. OG13 questions definitely doesn't catch up with difficulty level of actual GMAT.
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16 Sep 2014, 18:54
Here's what I think:

> 5yrs ago vs Now: Quant has gotten considerably more challenging, Verbal is about the same, albeit with a slightly different focus - much of the difference is related to how global the test has become (e.g. less idioms in verbal, making for a more level playing field)

<5yrs ago vs Now: Difficulty has not changed materially; however, the scoring algorithm has been re-calibrated, IMHO penalizing more for each wrong answer, and requiring progressively higher accuracy rates to hit the same scores

Creative Speculation: The new policy allowing users to see their score before they submit it can potentially drive up the average score and thus continue to ratchet down the scoring curve until a point where the GMAC will need to revamp the test with even harder questions :0

Of course if they include cancelled scores in the avg, than this is much less likely
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