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05 May 2013, 20:34
Hi Guys,

The first GMAT prep2 I gave after preparation, I scored 710. Since then I am consistently scoring 700+ in all GMAT prep tests (v 1.2, v 1). Some of the high scores can be attributed to few repeat questions. I was getting confident but then I gave MGMAT and I scored just 660. But in MGMAT I noted that:

1. Some of the concepts tested, esp. in Quant, were not tested in any of the 5 GMAT preps I have given
2. Overall difficulty level was pretty high when compared to GMAT prep for both Quant and Verbal

Can any of the experienced people in the forum answer my following queries?

1. Can we take MGMAT to be reflective of real GMAT? In terms of concepts tested and difficulty level of questions?
2. How much is GMAT prep reflective of real GMAT? Is GMAT prep easy and real GMAT is comparatively much tougher?

My GMAT is on 15th May. Although now I don't have much time to adjust but the answers to questions above might do good for my confidence.

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06 May 2013, 08:49
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1. I think this varies for every person, however, I outperformed my MGMAT practice scores on the real exam. I averaged about 710 on MGMAT practice exams and ended up scoring 760 on the real GMAT.

2. I think most people will agree that GMATPrep practice tests are the closest to the real exam that you will come. What people may disagree on is how close to the actual test it really is. I took the second GMATPrep exam one week before the real exam and scored 760 - the same as my score on the real GMAT. So for me, it was a very good predictor. But again, you can find plenty of people whose real scores were very different from their GMATPrep scores (both higher and lower).

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06 May 2013, 10:23
bdepp wrote:
1. I think this varies for every person, however, I outperformed my MGMAT practice scores on the real exam. I averaged about 710 on MGMAT practice exams and ended up scoring 760 on the real GMAT.

2. I think most people will agree that GMATPrep practice tests are the closest to the real exam that you will come. What people may disagree on is how close to the actual test it really is. I took the second GMATPrep exam one week before the real exam and scored 760 - the same as my score on the real GMAT. So for me, it was a very good predictor. But again, you can find plenty of people whose real scores were very different from their GMATPrep scores (both higher and lower).

Hope this helps.

Hi Lokesh, Bdepp took the words right out of my mouth! Right down to the 710 practice score into a 760 test score!

The practice tests are good indicators of how you'll do, but nothing is the GMAT except for the GMAT. Traditionally, your score will either increase or decrease from your practice scores in proportion to how well you handle the stresses of test day. If you sleep badly or are overly nervous, there's a good chance your score goes down from what you expect. If you sleep soundly the night before and eat well, your score will probably be even higher than your usual test score. The GMATPrep practice tests are likely the best approximation you can have, but they'll all be approximations of your actual score. It's unlikely that it'll be 100 points off, though, more likely 0-50 points in either direction.

Stay focused and prepare well and hopefully you'll exceed your best score on test day.

Best of luck!
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06 May 2013, 19:51
Thanks Ron and bdepp... I guess I will put MGMAT behind me as of now and hope for the best on the test day..

Targeting 720-740.. will keep you guys posted..
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15 May 2013, 05:59
Hi Guys,

I gave GMAT today and scored 720 (Q49 V38). Now I am confused whether I should attempt again to improve the score and would need experts' advice for the same.

Colleges I am targeting in order of preferenc (all one year executive MBA)
1. ISB/IIMA
2. IIMB
3. IIMC
4. IIML
5. XLRI

Ideally I want to hit ISB or IIMA

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1. 8 yrs of IT experience
2. Excellent academic record
a. B.Sc. (H) Electronics, Delhi University - 79.53% (University topper in 2nd year with 86%)
b. MCA, IIT Roorkee - 9.65/10 CGPA (2nd in the class)
3. Decent extra-curriculars during MCA (nothing during B.Sc.) - Coconvenor for a couple of technical festivals
4. My current company has a flat hierarchy. So I don't have anything officially to show a lead position or something like that but I have few things which I can highlight to show leadership/initiative. The growth in the company has been good and I am considered among good performers

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1. Given my profile and considering ISB/IIMA as targets, do you think it would be a good idea to repeat GMAT? The point to consider is that I don't see myself scoring more than 740.. may be 750 if I am really lucky on that day.

Please let me know if you would need more information to provide a better response

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15 May 2013, 06:13
I would say GMAT prep is easier than MGMAT which is easier that real GMAT.
My scores (without repeat questions) : 740 (50,40) on GMAT prep, 730 (50,39) on MGMAT, 720 (50,38) on real GMAT.
Maybe you can use the gmatclub score calculator to evaluate how well you performed considering your practice tests results.
http://gmatclub.com/gmat-score-calculator/
I did it after my test more than a year ago and the tool told me that with my test practice scores, 72% of the test takers would score less than I did and 28% would score more. I concluded that I should leave it like that and not retake. And most importantly, 720 is competitive for most schools but I don't know the average GMAT of those you plan to apply to.
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Does anyone know if the quant section on the real GMAT is more similar in difficulty to the MGMAT tests or the GMATPrep tests? I found the MGMAT quant much harder than the GMATPrep questions and was wondering what kind of difficulty to expect on the real test.

The verbal difficulty in both seemed about the same.
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Does anyone know if the quant section on the real GMAT is more similar in difficulty to the MGMAT tests or the GMATPrep tests? I found the MGMAT quant much harder than the GMATPrep questions and was wondering what kind of difficulty to expect on the real test.

The verbal difficulty in both seemed about the same.

Real gmat- Quant is similar to gmat prep and verbal is a notch higher.
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15 Dec 2013, 01:29
For me the real GMAT led to a higher score. I got 600 and 590 from GMATprep and 650 from the real test. to me, GMATprep and the real test are of same difficulty. When i completed the real test i expected to get something around 600 based on my experience with the GMATprep, but the score was much higher.
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For me the real GMAT led to a higher score. I got 600 and 590 from GMATprep and 650 from the real test. to me, GMATprep and the real test are of same difficulty. When I completed the real test I expected to get something around 600 based on my experience with the GMATprep, but the score was much higher.
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21 Dec 2013, 15:59
I have only taken 1 GMATPrep test so far and scored at 750. However, for MGMAT, I consistently score 690-700. I'm not sure which test to trust.

I am aiming for a 750 on the real GMAT. I might try taking a Veritas CAT next week in case there is something wrong with MGMAT algorithm (which I have heard on the forum is not as accurate as it used to be).
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