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Need help with interpreting my Practice Test Score [#permalink] New post 24 Mar 2011, 12:27
I took GMAT Prep Test #1 after a thorough review of PR Cracking the GMAT as a basic overview of the test, since I have been out of college for a long time.

I need help in interpreting my results and suggestions for improving it.

Here is the results I got (unofficial score at the end of the downloaded CAT).

Overall Score: 680 Target: >720

Math: Raw Score - 44 --> 11/34 Incorrect (#13, 20, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34) and 3 unanswered (ran out of time)!
I was running out of time after #25, so did not use scratch pad (no work), got stuck on #28 and had to do blind guesses for #30 through #34 and
could not answer #35, #36 & #37.
The last five (#29 through #34) were quite simple and I could solve it in less then 45 seconds each during the review.

Verbal: Raw Score - 38 --> 12/41 Incorrect (#2, 11, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 25, 28, 32, 41) and finished before the time limit.
The break up of the incorrect answers was: 7 SC, 3 CR and 2 RC. Looks like I need to focus on SC, followed by CR.

I would like some help in interpreting my scores.
How much did I lose on Math because of 3 unanswered questions?
How much damage did the last 5 incorrects (#29 - #34) did?

For Verbal section, how do I interpret the impact of pattern of incorrects on the raw score? I need to get 42 or better!

Any help/suggestions?

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Re: Need help with interpreting my Practice Test Score [#permalink] New post 24 Mar 2011, 14:41
CDM770234 it sounds like you're in a good position.

Missing questions really hurts, and so does rushing questions. You should be able to see decent improvement with some time management work.
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The number of questions which you answered incorrectly does not impact the raw score as much as the difficulty level of the questions which you answered incorrectly does.

A score of 44 represents the following (strictly my interpretation):
1. The test taker is comfortable with 60% of the tested concepts.
2. The test taker has not adopted good time management practices.

To boost your score to the next level (47 to 48), you need to:
1. Focus on solving problems of different types in order to familiarize oneself with the different ways in which the concepts are tested.
2. Time all future practice questions.

There are detailed articles on timing and other test strategies, please glance through them aswell!
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Re: Need help with interpreting my Practice Test Score [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2011, 18:05
Thanks for the feedback, #jko and #Entwistle.

I noticed that in Math section, I got only 1 problem wrong in the first 19, but got 10 wrong in the next 15!! So, how do I relate this to the raw score of 44? If I had managed my time better and would have had a bit more time to devote to the later questions and done better then 5/15 correct, how much would my score have improved?

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Re: Need help with interpreting my Practice Test Score [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2011, 18:57
Answering 3 or more questions incorrectly in a row impacts the score negatively to a considerable extent.
Your Case:
1 wrong in the 1st 20
and 10 wrong in the next 15
I assume that you took too much time to answer the first 19 questions and thereafter started rushing through the remaining questions. This assumption could explain the drastic fall in accuracy for the last 15 questions.

Overall, you got 11 wrong out of 34 and you missed 3.
If these 11 errors were spread out evenly throughout the test (e.g. one incorrect after every 3 or 4 correct), your score would have increased by 3 points or so. But the difficulty of future questions would have increased as well...

All factors considered, your score would have been 47 :)
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Re: Need help with interpreting my Practice Test Score [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2011, 17:17
Entwistle wrote:
Answering 3 or more questions incorrectly in a row impacts the score negatively to a considerable extent.
Your Case:
1 wrong in the 1st 20
and 10 wrong in the next 15
I assume that you took too much time to answer the first 19 questions and thereafter started rushing through the remaining questions. This assumption could explain the drastic fall in accuracy for the last 15 questions.

Overall, you got 11 wrong out of 34 and you missed 3.
If these 11 errors were spread out evenly throughout the test (e.g. one incorrect after every 3 or 4 correct), your score would have increased by 3 points or so. But the difficulty of future questions would have increased as well...

All factors considered, your score would have been 47 :)


Thanks Entwistle. This gives me an idea about how much I am losing out because I am not able to pace myself correctly.

However, when I practiced with OG12 problems, I was consistently hitting below 2.1 min / question for mid-level difficulty. It seems that just during the CAT, I end up getting stuck at some problems and mess up my timing completely. Tomorrow is my first attempt at real GMAT. I hope I don't screw up my timing.

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