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My GMAT Practice Scores: 510 - 650 [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2009, 10:56
I am struggling to find consistency in my scoring and I am wondering if anyone else had inconsistent scores in their preparation. I have recently completed the Knewton GMAT online class, which I highly recommend, and throughout the time I was taking the class I have also taken a handful of practice GMATs supplied by Knewton. My results were:

GMAT 1: 560 (Q33/V35)
GMAT 2: 600 (Q41/V33)
GMAT 3: 620 (Q38/V39)
GMAT 4: 560 (Q42/V26)
GMAT 5: 510 (Q30/V31)

I also took a few of Kaplan's practice GMATs and scored:

GMAT 1: 550 (Q28/V35)
GMAT 2: 530 (Q28/V29)
GMAT 3: 540 (Q30/V31)

However, when I recently took a practice GMAT supplied by GMAC, I scored a 650. Has anyone else experienced a 140 point oscilation in scores? It was only last weekend that I got a 650 on GMAC's test, and this morning I scored a 510 on Knewton's test. What might I be doing wrong and what can I do to improve scoring accuracy?
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Re: My GMAT Practice Scores: 510 - 650 [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2009, 12:26
A lot of these tests are not at par with each other when it comes to the difficultly level. Based on what I have heard, only the GMATPrep (GMAC's test) will be the closest to your actual score.

There are a lot of debriefs on this forum, look around and see how the breakdown worked for others.
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Re: My GMAT Practice Scores: 510 - 650 [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2009, 15:06
I would say to practice some more.
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Re: My GMAT Practice Scores: 510 - 650 [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2009, 03:47
I had similar scores when I started to prepare for GMAT.

GMATPrep : 560, 580, retake : 550 , 620.
Kaplan : 530, 520
Princeton: 520, 570

I would suggest the same as what I did: (It may not be the best solution but it has helped me a lot)

1. Instead of rushing and taking more and more tests. Try to go slowly building solid foundation.
2. Start with Manhattan SC and maintain error log. (Do SC for at least 4-5 days) Solve as many problems as you can.
After 5 days review your mistakes from error log and mark the repeated one's with RED (weakness).
3. Powerscore CR bible : try to read each and every details. Solve as many problems as you can after that for 4-5 days.
4. Do the same for Maths: Instead of rushing to difficult questions try to solve simple questions to build foundation.
5. For RC : I need to work on it . So no suggestions. Practice is the key.

After this try to take one test to check your progress.

I repeat: don't just rush to take test.
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Re: My GMAT Practice Scores: 510 - 650 [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2009, 05:50
Thanks - that is helpful. I admit that I am guilty of trying to rush things. I will have to spend some more time developing my fundentals.

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Re: My GMAT Practice Scores: 510 - 650 [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2009, 11:45
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GMAT Prep is the most reliable indicator but even GMAT Prep has a 40 point variance on a day-to-day basis. (Meaning if you took 2 in a row, you could have scored as much as 40 points apart, and that's "normal").

You can take a look at the gmat score estimator/calculator to help understand scoring across the board.
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Re: My GMAT Practice Scores: 510 - 650   [#permalink] 08 Sep 2009, 11:45
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