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Real GMAT score vs Kaplan CAT results [#permalink] New post 27 May 2012, 08:44
Well, I am very much confused. Better to say I feel desperate. I have been working on the GMAT for the last 2-3 months, the last 2 weeks like a crazy. I ve managed to reach 600 score with CAT Kaplan. Today I have done the Official GMAT test 1 (2 tests are available) and i score 510. Frankly, I do not know what tosay. I have my exam on Tuesday, and...yeah.

Any ideas, what is the difference bw the Official GMAT 1 test and the Kaplan CAT?

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Re: Real GMAT score vs Kaplan CAT results [#permalink] New post 27 May 2012, 09:13
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Well, there is some margin of error built into both the Kaplan and the GMATprep software. Can't really get around it.

Since your exam is so close and you can't reschedule it, the strategy is pretty clear - take the GMAT and do your best. I would stress about learning or cramming at this point but rather focus on high level strategis (e.g. Ale one question at a time, try to Eli,innate careless errors, etc).

You may be surprised with your final Score. There are flukes that happen when people take gmatprep. No reason to agonize - more value to keep it cool and calm.

The best part is that you have plenty of time for the new application season and even if you do have to retake, IR is pretty easy, and it is just a few hundred bucks, not with losing years of life over it. You life does not depend on this particular outcome.

Good luck on Tuesday!

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Re: Real GMAT score vs Kaplan CAT results [#permalink] New post 27 May 2012, 10:20
Thanks a lot for your prompt response. Appreciated. Agree, "stay calm and focused" at this point is the best strategy. Will do my final GMAT test 2 tomorrow and god bless me on Tuesday. Thanks
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Re: Real GMAT score vs Kaplan CAT results [#permalink] New post 27 May 2012, 13:01
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Good luck! I am very curious how the second GMAT prep goes. Please do update the thread after you take it (and make sure you still take the AWA).

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Re: Real GMAT score vs Kaplan CAT results [#permalink] New post 28 May 2012, 05:49
Well,...500
While in Kaplan CATs the last couple of weeks I was scoring 560-570-580- and finally 600.

I have a strange feeling that official GMAT test is right... I have done stupid mistakes, but it counts.
Let's hope my lucky star will shine tomorrow:)
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Re: Real GMAT score vs Kaplan CAT results [#permalink] New post 29 May 2012, 13:32
My today's exam was a complete disaster. I would like to avoid details. Scored much below my Kaplan tests results..
Point now is to get together, study and kill this test in August. I know I can do it, I can do it, I can do it!
I decided to take this week off and reflect. Then I would do the strategy, I know I was doing all the right things BUT I was not doing things right...
I would like to turn to you for advice as soon as i formulate my case

Thanks once again for your support!
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Re: Real GMAT score vs Kaplan CAT results [#permalink] New post 29 May 2012, 13:40
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Sorry to hear about your experience. You got plenty of time.

I would recommend getting mgmat roadmap book!

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Re: Real GMAT score vs Kaplan CAT results [#permalink] New post 29 May 2012, 13:50
Thanks a lot, appreciated. I ve ordered the book.
Well, I am very concerned about time. I do work full time and then I normally study after work 3 hours and full days on the weekend. let's hope it will be enough for me to make it happen in august.
This forum is a great resource and a community.So, I need to get into the active mode :) Thanks
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Re: Real GMAT score vs Kaplan CAT results [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2012, 21:33
Hello there! Hishka, I had the same problem as you did. I was not at all happy with my score (I took the test June 2) and I was very disappointed. My test score kept declining and my Kaplan teacher told me I was just nervous. Well it declined more on the actual test day. I plan to get the same book that was suggested to you and start over. Although I wanted to have my summer free from studying looks like the sacrifices that I will have make as a MBA student are starting early. Haha! Thanks for your sharing your story. It was a comfort and inspiration to me! Good luck in August. I'm right there with you!
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Re: Real GMAT score vs Kaplan CAT results [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2012, 01:15
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Hello there! Hishka, I had the same problem as you did. I was not at all happy with my score (I took the test June 2) and I was very disappointed. My test score kept declining and my Kaplan teacher told me I was just nervous. Well it declined more on the actual test day. I plan to get the same book that was suggested to you and start over. Although I wanted to have my summer free from studying looks like the sacrifices that I will have make as a MBA student are starting early. Haha! Thanks for your sharing your story. It was a comfort and inspiration to me! Good luck in August. I'm right there with you!


Hallo LizB,

I am glad that you are in a positive and fighting mood. Way to go! And summer...well thousands splendid summer seasons are waiting ahead, believe me.
I have started my preparation today. Will work out new study plan. I was advised to start with Manhattan GMAT Number properties and Sentence correction book. Need to study these books once again. Sooner or later we gonna kill the GMAT, better sooner than later :) Stay in touch!
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