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MGMAT CAT #5...what happened??

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MGMAT CAT #5...what happened?? [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2008, 08:36
Here's what my breakdown looked like for MGMAT #2:

780 Q51/V45

9 wrong in quant
14 wrong in verbal

Almost every single question in each section was 700-800 level.

Now today I took MGMAT #5:

760 Q49/V45

5 wrong in quant
2 wrong in verbal

Almost every single question in each section was 600-700 level.

Here's what my quant difficulties looked like:

1. 300-500
2. 600-700
3 through 8: 700-800 (I got #6 wrong, but 7-8 were still 700-800)

then I didn't get another question wrong until #24, but I only got ONE more 700-800 question in the whole test! (#13). Everything else was 600-700 with #34 being 500-600 (without getting any of the previous 4 wrong before that)

I can't figure it out. The first four MGMAT tests were all very similar. I got almost exclusively 700-800 level problems, and when I got one or two wrong I would drop to 600-700 difficulty level but then after getting those right would jump right back to 700-800. Now I got a total of 7 problems wrong on the entire test and only got 18 700-800 problems in the entire test! PLUS, the quant section only had 36 questions! They didn't even give me a full 37!

I'm kind of at a loss here guys, this test seems to have been a waste of time. Any theories on what happened here?

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Re: MGMAT CAT #5...what happened?? [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2008, 08:52
The MGMAT tests are simply inconsistent as far as scoring and level of difficulty. Do not read too much into that stuff on MGMAT. The tests are created just to make you better. I don't think you are at a loss esch, you just proved that the scoring is not on the mark and the algorithms are not that accurate. As you probably already know the GMATPrep is the only accurate test out there and the others may or may not be close to the real deal.

But hey man, you're kicking butt. Keep up the good work.

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Re: MGMAT CAT #5...what happened?? [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2008, 12:28
Is it safe to say that nothing like this could ever happen on an actual GMAT test? I'd hate to go into the testing center and have my score suffer because the test isn't throwing many 700-800 level questions my way. If it's just MGMAT using less than perfect software I'll be a lot more relaxed about the whole thing :lol:
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Re: MGMAT CAT #5...what happened?? [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2008, 14:24
Official GMAT test is uniquely designed and should be perfect. It has been used for many years. so there is no reason that you should worry about that.
your mgmat scores are the indicators of your official gmat may be +- 20
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Re: MGMAT CAT #5...what happened?? [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2008, 08:48
I just took MGMAT #6 and same thing as the last time happened.

I missed 3 in quant and 3 in verbal, but only had one 700-800 level question on each section. My verbal score stayed at 45, but my overall score got a boost from a Q51 this time.

I'm starting to think Manhattan just ran out of 700-800 level questions for the last 2 practice CATs
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Re: MGMAT CAT #5...what happened?? [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2008, 17:53
In case anyone was wondering I ended up emailing MGMAT and got a very prompt and courteous response. It turns out all 6 tests pull questions from the same question bank and they only have enough 700-800 level questions to support 720-730 on each test. If you consistently score 99%-tile they'll simply run out of the toughest questions before you finish.

Fortunately this could never happen on the real test so all fears are alleviated!
Re: MGMAT CAT #5...what happened??   [#permalink] 22 Feb 2008, 17:53
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