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MGMAT CATs - inflated score closer to actual GMAT score?

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MGMAT CATs - inflated score closer to actual GMAT score? [#permalink] New post 17 Feb 2014, 16:09
Hey guys. Long-time reader, first-time poster.

I have a question for those of you that have completed most or all of the MGMAT CATs in addition to the actual GMAT. I've run into the issue of running out of 700- to 800-level problems on the CATs. I've taken five of the six CATs, with the following scores:

CAT 1: 740 (Q47/V44) (left 2 quant questions blank)
CAT 2: 710 (Q48/V39) (bad day overall on verbal...lots of stupid mistakes)
CAT 3: 730 (Q45/V45) (bad timing on quant caused a lot of guesses)
CAT 4: 740 (Q47/V45) (left 1 quant question blank)
CAT 5: 780 (Q51/V45) (first time attempting AWA/IR, as well)

As you can see, my quant scores were hovering around Q47-48 for the first four tests, then jumped to Q51 on the last one. I assume this was partially due to running out of high-level questions (1 500-600 question, 7 600-700 questions, 29 700-800 questions on that test). My verbal has been pretty consistent at V44-45 (V39 was a bad day).

My question is this: has anyone found that the scores on these later tests more accurately reflect the scores achieved on the actual GMAT test? My thinking is that the actual test will have experimental questions mixed in, and that the varying difficulty of these experimental questions will be similar to my experience with these later MGMAT tests, where you run out of harder questions and get some easier ones mixed in. That, combined with the fact that MGMAT quant is generally thought to be more difficult than the actual GMAT quant, furthers this possibility.

Of course, I don't have much information to go off. I haven't taken the GMAT Prep exams yet (I'll do those after I finish the sixth MGMAT CAT). I'm just curious as to whether this last test was more likely a fluke or an accurate assessment.

I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks, everyone!
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MGMAT CATs - inflated score closer to actual GMAT score?   [#permalink] 17 Feb 2014, 16:09
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