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Princeton Review CAT Verbal - Strange? [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2007, 15:01
Ugh, just took a Princeton Review CAT. The scores were really strange.

I got 670 (ouch) with a Q50 and V33?! I never got a V that low before on the OG, GMATPrep, or Manhattan.

My other scores were Manhattan 720 (Q44, V41) and GMATPrep1 770 (Q50, V44).

I actually missed more RC and CR questions than SC?! In my GMATPrep, 6 out of 8 wrongs were SC. Manhattan was similar, mostly SC. And now my SC is really good and RC/CR is really bad?

I reviewed all my mistakes, and I would say 1/2 of the CR/RC I would dispute the official answer completely. I've never this fully disagreed with even 1 question on the OG, GMATPrep, and Manhattan.

Has anyone ever had this experience with PR's Verbal section? Oh yeah, their explanations were pretty bad too.

Anyway, is this something I should worry about or just consider it a fluke and keep on working the OG and GMATPrep stuff?

Thanks for any suggestions!
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2007, 17:32
Kryzak,

I too had a similar experience with PR CAT 1 verbal. I scored only 27 . My cores in other CATs such as MGMAT, GMATPrep have ranged from 33 to 38.

The verbal score i got on PR CAT 1 had really bombed my confidence for few days. I have just moved on and ignored that score. I suggest you to forget the PR score and keep a learning approach
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2007, 19:53
Thanks for the encouragement trahul!

Right now my confidence is at an all time low because I just finished the Manhattan GMAT CAT 2 and got a 680 (Q47, V36)

My Q went up 3 pts from Q44 the last time I took it (a week ago), but my V went from 41 to 36, and I missed EIGHTEEN questions on the Verbal, including a lot of CR questions (which I shouldn't have missed).

I think it's probably because I tried taking 2 tests (PR earlier today, and Manhattan later) and my the middle of verbal, my brain was obviously having a hard time understanding passages and thinking clearly. I guess that means if I'm fresh, I should be able to do well.

I was trying to do 2 tests in a row just to see my stamina (since I haven't done the AWA yet), but I guess the max I can do is 3 or so sections before my brain dies... so I guess it's a good indicator. MGMAT quant is much harder than an hour of AWA, so I think I'm not in too bad of a shape.

Anyway, this will lower my confidence for the next few days as I do more practice questions on the OG... right now I just feel like crap...
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2007, 22:13
Kryzak,

I too feel that you will do a lot better when you are fresh, and i think your performance on PR CAT took a toll on your performance on MGMAT CAT. I would still suggest you to refrain from this strategy. Take full length CAT including AWA instead. Taknig 2 tests back to back will not help you and you wont be able to do proper analysis. If you take the tests one by one, then you have a good chance of leveraging your learnings in one test into other. Just my 2 cents. By the way, 680 on MGMAT CAT is till very good.
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2007, 22:22
Thanks again trahul! Yeah, I think I will only do at most one per day from now on.

You're right, 680 is still pretty good. It's just a slight disappointment after a 770 and a 720 in my previous practice tests. At least now I know what my mental state is like when I'm exhausted. Will need lots of sleep, good food and a clear mind on test day!
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2007, 22:28
You are right. Keep the spirits high and you will get there. But make sure you dont burn out yourself.
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