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Princeton Review GMAT test - Accuracy [#permalink]  28 Jul 2013, 10:34
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I just finished the Princeton review test (free) on their website and this is the score I got :

Verbal: 31 (31 out of 41 correct)
Quantitative: 39 (34 out of 37 correct)
Total (V & Q): 580

Do you guys know of any issues in scoring algorithm of PR ?

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Re: Princeton Review GMAT test - Accuracy [#permalink]  28 Jul 2013, 20:24
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Why are you doubting it? Do you have a different score that's meaningfully different (less than 40 points is not meaningful even on the GMAT)
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Re: Princeton Review GMAT test - Accuracy [#permalink]  28 Jul 2013, 21:09
I doubt it as the score is pretty low compared to the percentage of correct ansers. In Manhattan test I scored 680 with far many wrong answers. I think Princeton algo is faulty and assigning lower scores are a part of their marketing strategy.

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Re: Princeton Review GMAT test - Accuracy [#permalink]  28 Jul 2013, 23:08
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gaurav780 wrote:
Hello Everyone.

I just finished the Princeton review test (free) on their website and this is the score I got :

Verbal: 31 (31 out of 41 correct)
Quantitative: 39 (34 out of 37 correct)
Total (V & Q): 580

Do you guys know of any issues in scoring algorithm of PR ?

Thanks,
Gaurav

Aiming for 750.

The score does seem a bit suspect to me (especially in Quant) if the numbers are what you have given above (any chance of misinterpretation or typo?). There are many factors (e.g. difficulty level of the questions) that decide your raw score but if you answer questions correctly, you are supposed to get harder questions. Since you missed out on only 3 questions, even if they are all in a row, they can't affect your score this much. Though I haven't heard of any major issues with the scoring algorithm of Princeton Review. Whatever the reason for your low score, I don't think Princeton Review will try to get a marketing boost using a faulty algorithm. If anything, it will have the opposite effect since today's clientele is discerning enough. It might be some temporary glitch somewhere. Just to be sure, I would suggest you to try out the GMAT prep test or our free test.
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Get started with Veritas Prep GMAT On Demand for $199 Veritas Prep Reviews Intern Joined: 07 Jul 2013 Posts: 3 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 0 Re: Princeton Review GMAT test - Accuracy [#permalink] 06 Aug 2013, 10:48 Definitely not a typo. I tried a free test on gmat club - got 51Q and 31V - I think that rounds to 680. Anytips to improve verbal in a week ? Intern Joined: 09 Sep 2013 Posts: 8 Location: India GMAT 1: 710 Q50 V36 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 0 Re: Princeton Review GMAT test - Accuracy [#permalink] 21 Sep 2013, 04:24 Even I had the same problem. I gave the free Princeton Test: Verbal 33 of 41 correct Quant 32 of 37 correct Score 670. I gave GMAT Prep test few days back...scored 710 with a lot many incorrect questions in there. Intern Joined: 12 Jul 2013 Posts: 9 Concentration: General Management, International Business Schools: HBS '17 GMAT Date: 06-12-2014 GPA: 3.66 WE: Information Technology (Other) Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 9 Re: Princeton Review GMAT test - Accuracy [#permalink] 24 May 2014, 04:53 I just took the Princeton Free GMAT Test and I became doubtful. Q 46(30 out of 37) and V41 (31 out of 41). The thing is I have never gotten about a 34 in Verbal. In fact the 34 I got was a retake on GMAT Prep 1. I started from a V25 (Manhattan GMAT) but I have been studying. The Verbal questions seemed easier. Could it be that I have improved sooooooo much? Wow!! I soooooo hope that is the case. I immediately Googled to see what others are saying about the Princeton Review Test. Does any one else feel the Verbal section was some what easier than normal GMAT Prep questions? _________________ Constantly sharpening the sword... Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor Joined: 16 Oct 2010 Posts: 5967 Location: Pune, India Followers: 1527 Kudos [?]: 8428 [0], given: 193 Re: Princeton Review GMAT test - Accuracy [#permalink] 25 May 2014, 21:05 Expert's post dakrownie wrote: I just took the Princeton Free GMAT Test and I became doubtful. Q 46(30 out of 37) and V41 (31 out of 41). The thing is I have never gotten about a 34 in Verbal. In fact the 34 I got was a retake on GMAT Prep 1. I started from a V25 (Manhattan GMAT) but I have been studying. The Verbal questions seemed easier. Could it be that I have improved sooooooo much? Wow!! I soooooo hope that is the case. I immediately Googled to see what others are saying about the Princeton Review Test. Does any one else feel the Verbal section was some what easier than normal GMAT Prep questions? Try an official GMAT Prep Test (mba.com) or Veritas Free Practice test (http://www.veritasprep.com/gmat/free-gm ... tice-test/). A V41 in these tests will validate your score. _________________ Karishma Veritas Prep | GMAT Instructor My Blog Get started with Veritas Prep GMAT On Demand for$199

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Re: Princeton Review GMAT test - Accuracy [#permalink]  24 Jun 2014, 19:22
I recently took two Princeton Review tests:

Yesterday:
Q49 (31/37)
V37 (27/41)
690

Today:
Q43 (33/37)
V33 (31/41)
620

Even looking at which problems were experimental, it shouldn't cause this much of a difference. Some of the difficulty levels went down after correct answers.
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Re: Princeton Review GMAT test - Accuracy [#permalink]  26 Jun 2014, 05:16
i have the same question..
Q47 (34 of 37 correct)
V35 (32 of 41 correct)
overall score - 660

while in gmat prep 1, i got overall score of 660 with 9 questions incorrect in Quant and 17 questions incorrect in verbal.. i don't think i would have improved so much in a week.. no matter how hard i study..

i felt that quants of princeton review was extreeeemmmeeeelllyyyyy easy and verbal was also a little easier (for ppl weak in verbal)

if anyone has analyzed then can you please throw some light on algo (which seems incorrect) of Princeton Review practice test and help us understand how do we predict our actual GMAT score based on this.. will be very helpful..
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Re: Princeton Review GMAT test - Accuracy [#permalink]  19 Jul 2014, 11:49
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Hi,

First thing don't be scared of Princeton review scores

Yes there is some flaw in their algorithm.

I tried their diagnostic test with no preparation at all ( completed quant in 30 mins! )

Scored : 630
Quant : 33 out of 37
Verbal : 27 out of 41

Then after a preparation of 2 months with the following scores:

GMAT PREP 1 : 750
GMAT PREP 2: 720

KAPLAN 6 TESTS : 740,720,740,720,700 (This one sucks)
VERITAS : 720

I again tried princeton test:

Score : 640
Quant : 34 out of 37
Verbal 31 out of 41

Though Quant was easy 2-3 question are really hard no way (45 /51)
and verbal was of normal difficulty.

I know after reviewing carefully that I deserve greater than 640 for this attempt.
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Princeton Review GMAT test - Accuracy [#permalink]  12 Oct 2014, 08:09
Something is wrong with PR mock. I just took PR mock and got 650(QA 48/VA32).
I got 5 wrong in QA (all are silly mistakes which I have myself to blame) but didn't agree with some of the OAs of VA (got 9 incorrect).

Out of 41 VA questions around 9 were experimental. If we see the difficulty level in VA, I started with 5 rating and ended up with 6. In between I got 8/9 level of experimental questions which surprisingly I got correct.

Last 4 mocks:
VeritasPrep Mock 4 - 710(QA50/VA37)
VeritasPrep Mock 3 - 710(QA50/VA37)
VeritasPrep Mock 2 - 720(QA50/VA39)
GMATPrep Mock 3 - 760 (QA50/VA42)

Anyway, I will be completing the other mocks and let see how I stabilize.
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Re: Princeton Review GMAT test - Accuracy [#permalink]  15 Feb 2015, 05:27
magatx wrote:
I recently took two Princeton Review tests:

Yesterday:
Q49 (31/37)
V37 (27/41)
690

Today:
Q43 (33/37)
V33 (31/41)
620

Even looking at which problems were experimental, it shouldn't cause this much of a difference. Some of the difficulty levels went down after correct answers.

I just had V29 with 26 of 41. This is not even possible right? If you scored a V37 with 27/41 !
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Re: Princeton Review GMAT test - Accuracy [#permalink]  28 Feb 2015, 18:21
Verbal: 37 ( 32 correct out of 41)
Quantitative: 40 ( 28 correct out of 37)
Total (V & Q): 630

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Re: Princeton Review GMAT test - Accuracy [#permalink]  21 May 2015, 21:26
Hi Even my score have varied exponentially for Princeton review tests but not for Kaplan, I also am in doubt abt. the scoring system of Princeton

My Princeton Tests scores
Test 1 - 660 (QA - 32/37 , VA - 30/41)
Test 2 - 740 (QA - 28/37 , VA - 35/41)

Quant of Kaplan tests is balanced overall and i think close to actual GMAT questions
Verbal of Kaplan tests is little hard than actual GMAT
Test 1 - 740 (QA - 24/37 , VA - 23/41)
Test 2 - 760 (QA - 34/37 , VA - 30/41)
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Re: Princeton Review GMAT test - Accuracy [#permalink]  22 May 2015, 10:23
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Hi apoorv601,

The scoring algorithm on the Official GMAT is far more complicated than most people realize. It takes into account a number of different factors, including the relative difficulty of the question, whether you were expected to get it correct or not, the placement of the question, what's going on "around it", the "strings" of correct and incorrect answers, whether the question even counts or not (some questions are "experimental" and are worth 0), if you leave questions unanswered and incur a penalty, etc. As such, you shouldn't be spending time trying to figure it all out. You'd be better served working on building up your skills.

Since that algorithm is proprietary, no GMAT company has an exact match for it, thus CAT scores can vary a bit based on the 'biases' involved in their respective designs. Some are known to be more accurate, others less so.

With these CATs, did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
Have you taken any of the GMAC CATs?

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Re: Princeton Review GMAT test - Accuracy [#permalink]  24 May 2015, 20:23
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gaurav780 wrote:
Hello Everyone.

I just finished the Princeton review test (free) on their website and this is the score I got :

Verbal: 31 (31 out of 41 correct)
Quantitative: 39 (34 out of 37 correct)
Total (V & Q): 580

Do you guys know of any issues in scoring algorithm of PR ?

Thanks,
Gaurav

Aiming for 750.

We can't comment for other tests but do note that no test prep company's algorithm will exactly match the real thing. The most we can do is get close.

In terms of our scoring, many of our students report scores that are +/- 30 points from their actual GMAT test and so are a relatively good indicator of their performance. That said, no practice test can perfectly replicate the actual score algorithm, but this is quite close.

You can always take a free GMAT PILL practice test here complete with detailed performance and timing analytics: http://www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-t ... ctice-test
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