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Skeptical of GMATPrep Score [#permalink] New post 04 Jan 2014, 14:55
Hi,

I've done only a small amount of research, but from the sources I've seen the consensus is the GMATPrep CATs give the closest representation of your real score. My prep was the Kaplan book and OG 13. When I took this test I got:

710 overall; Q42(57th) V46(99th) IR8(92nd).

A week earlier I took a Kaplan CAT:

640 overall Q(76%) V(69%).

With an engineering background I got behind quickly on the GMATPrep quant and didn't recover well, I believe I should score better in most other cases. My question is how much of a fluke was my verbal score? In the practice books I was doing much better in verbal as time went on (maybe 80% correct), but this result still seems unlikely. Also the verbal in the OG seemed easier than kaplan, but I did use the OG second. How much weight would you actually put in to these results?
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Re: Skeptical of GMATPrep Score [#permalink] New post 04 Jan 2014, 22:44
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spacecadetjer wrote:
Hi,

I've done only a small amount of research, but from the sources I've seen the consensus is the GMATPrep CATs give the closest representation of your real score. My prep was the Kaplan book and OG 13. When I took this test I got:

710 overall; Q42(57th) V46(99th) IR8(92nd).

A week earlier I took a Kaplan CAT:

640 overall Q(76%) V(69%).

With an engineering background I got behind quickly on the GMATPrep quant and didn't recover well, I believe I should score better in most other cases. My question is how much of a fluke was my verbal score? In the practice books I was doing much better in verbal as time went on (maybe 80% correct), but this result still seems unlikely. Also the verbal in the OG seemed easier than kaplan, but I did use the OG second. How much weight would you actually put in to these results?



Wow. That's quite a polarity you have got going on with the scores. Hm....
Usually GMAT Prep is accurate but there are peculiarities that skew your score (knowledge of certain subjects, certain question pattern, etc). I would still stick behind GMAT Prep, more so than other tests. Keep in mind that GMAT Prep tends to be more accurate with verbal than other tests since the questions are actual real questions. It is much easier to write Quant Questions that resemble the real thing than verbal, so it is a huge challenge for all test prep companies to come with high quality verbal questions.

Don't stress and don't lose focus of the final goal. I think your quant can use a hand and you should be ready within a month.

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Re: Skeptical of GMATPrep Score   [#permalink] 04 Jan 2014, 22:44
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