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Score inflation / repeats in reset MGMAT CATs [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2011, 01:11
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How many repeats typically does one get in MGMAT CATs when reset for the first time?
And by how much do repeats typically inflate scores?

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Re: Score inflation / repeats in reset MGMAT CATs [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2011, 02:09
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I'm not sure how many repeats one should expect, but I suspect that you would find quite a few. The problem with score inflation is that it makes the score meaningless - even if there were only a few repeats. Repeats are basically free answers and allow you to reach more difficult questions afterward. They also boost one's confidence. Even if you don't fully remember the question, it will still be easier to answer now.

And I think that the six Manhattan CAT's, along with the GMATPrep software, should be plenty of practice. It might be better to spend time reviewing the guidebooks again or moving on to more difficult question sources, such as the GMATClub tests or LSAT material for RC and LR (if the three OG books have already been exhausted).
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Re: Score inflation / repeats in reset MGMAT CATs [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2011, 18:10
If you have taken all 6 MGMAT tests and you have been scoring at a pretty high level you will probably see many repeats. I say this because by my 6th MGMAT test the system had pretty much run out of 700-800 level questions, and so even though I was getting everything correct I was still being given 600-700 level questions.

I asked about it on the Manhattan forums and they confirmed that they only have a limited number of high level questions in the pool.
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It really depends on your performance. Ideally, if you've run through all 6 CAT tests, your performance should be much better the second time around, which means you shouldn't see that many repeats. Also, if you haven't reviewed your CATs extensively, you may not recognize the repeats that do appear.

If you should happen across a problem you've seen before, you can work to reduce score inflation by taking the full time to answer the question. Also, if you missed the problem before, choose a wrong answer this time, too, unless you know for a fact that you would get it right this time around.

I guess the short answer is that seeing things for the second time is likely to reduce the accuracy of your score, but by this point you should have a decent sense of your ability. If you have already completed 8 or more CAT tests, you can use new exams to work on timing and problem identification, and to review areas that are still giving you trouble.
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Re: Score inflation / repeats in reset MGMAT CATs [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2013, 02:03
DmitryFarber wrote:
It really depends on your performance. Ideally, if you've run through all 6 CAT tests, your performance should be much better the second time around, which means you shouldn't see that many repeats. Also, if you haven't reviewed your CATs extensively, you may not recognize the repeats that do appear.

If you should happen across a problem you've seen before, you can work to reduce score inflation by taking the full time to answer the question. Also, if you missed the problem before, choose a wrong answer this time, too, unless you know for a fact that you would get it right this time around.

I guess the short answer is that seeing things for the second time is likely to reduce the accuracy of your score, but by this point you should have a decent sense of your ability. If you have already completed 8 or more CAT tests, you can use new exams to work on timing and problem identification, and to review areas that are still giving you trouble.


I started the first one of the tests a year ago, and was halfway in quant section. I left it there. Now, I am going to do all the MGMAT CATs but, I cannot start over. The system is only letting me to continue where I left it a year ago. I browsed the website and it says that you cannot reset them until after you complete all 6 tests. Is there really no way of starting over? Is the only option available to me registering at the website with different email?
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