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Practice Test Score Interpretation [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2014, 00:14
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My GMAT is in 2 weeks and these are my practice test scores on MGMAT and GMATPrep arranged chronologically :

MGMAT1 : Q42 V33 620 :cry:
GMATPrep1 : Q49 V33 670 :|
MGMAT2 : Q46 V37 680 :|
GMATPrep2 : Q50 V38 720 :)
GMATPrep EP1 : Q48 V35 680 :?
MGMAT3 : Q45 V34 650 :cry:

I just finished taking the last one (MGMAT3) and am thoroughly disappointed.

Can someone please interpret these results to me to help me understand where I might be going wrong. I am taking the tests under timed conditions and start a test at around the same time (9 AM) as my actual GMAT would.

How can I maximize my preperation efficiency in this last fortnight so as to cross 720 on G-Day?
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Hm... I did not know what a fortnight was. I have not heard anyone use that term before.

As to the scores - they jump around naturally. There is a standard error built into tests since you only have so many questions and you tend to have your own strengths and weaknesses.

My suggestion for you is - look at your weaknesses and see how you can eliminate making mistakes. That's really what it comes down to - not ever making that type of a mistake again. how-to-review-and-analyze-your-mistakes-167118.html

Focus on the areas easiest to improve and the lowest hanging fruit. Don't go after probability or combinations but instead focus on arithmetic and word problems (unless you are really perfect in those). Try to avoid making careless mistakes - that's what really gets you on the tests.

Good luck!
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Re: Practice Test Score Interpretation [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2014, 05:21
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Hm... I did not know what a fortnight was. I have not heard anyone use that term before.


Haha. "Fortnight" is used quite commonly where I come from . I'm glad I taught something new to you, BB, as that's usually your job around here :-D

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As to the scores - they jump around naturally. There is a standard error built into tests since you only have so many questions and you tend to have your own strengths and weaknesses.

My suggestion for you is - look at your weaknesses and see how you can eliminate making mistakes. That's really what it comes down to - not ever making that type of a mistake again. how-to-review-and-analyze-your-mistakes-167118.html

Focus on the areas easiest to improve and the lowest hanging fruit. Don't go after probability or combinations but instead focus on arithmetic and word problems (unless you are really perfect in those). Try to avoid making careless mistakes - that's what really gets you on the tests.


Thanks for the advice! I have planned to go through my (extensive) error log in the next 2 weeks, focus more on OG questions in Verbal, and solve 700-800 level Quant questions from my most trusted sources (Veritas Question Bank and GMATClub forums).

Other than that there is a physical aspect of the GMAT for which, I have realized, I need to train myself as well. Waking up at the same time I would on test day, using the breaks efficiently, etc. are all factors that I am planning to include in my GMAT prep.

I hope all this pays off.I really do.
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Re: Practice Test Score Interpretation [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2014, 08:29
This thread will be helpful for understanding and evaluating why your scores varied: why-practice-test-scores-vary-168747.html

What is your goal score?

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Re: Practice Test Score Interpretation [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2014, 10:28
ThomasHall wrote:
This thread will be helpful for understanding and evaluating why your scores varied: why-practice-test-scores-vary-168747.html

What is your goal score?

http://www.gmatclarity.com


Thanks for the link Thomas. There's some really great advice in there.

My goal score is 720 or above.
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Re: Practice Test Score Interpretation [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2014, 12:58
With a goal score of 720+, you should be scoring 720-740 on your CATs right now. As you are fairly far from that range, I recommend pushing your test date back and preparing further to continue building your skills.

Are you self-studying? My guide GMAT Clarity (amazon link) could be helpful in improving the quality of your prep. Please let me know if I can assist with anything.
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Re: Practice Test Score Interpretation [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2014, 01:46
ThomasHall wrote:
With a goal score of 720+, you should be scoring 720-740 on your CATs right now. As you are fairly far from that range, I recommend pushing your test date back and preparing further to continue building your skills.

Are you self-studying? My guide GMAT Clarity (amazon link) could be helpful in improving the quality of your prep. Please let me know if I can help with your preparation.


Thanks Thomas.

After my last post my two CAT scores have been :

GMATPrep : 710 Q49 V38
MGMAT : 680 Q46 V36

I am confident of scoring in the 49-50 range in Q and am working hard to bring my verbal score in the range of 38-40. I do not think this is an impossible task.

I will get back to you after my test on May 3rd and I hope to prove your interpretation wrong :)
Re: Practice Test Score Interpretation   [#permalink] 23 Apr 2014, 01:46
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