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Hello Mike.

I'm giving the GMAT exam on the 6th of February. Over the last 2 months, I've attempted a number of Mock Tests, detailed here:

MGMAT 1: 540

MGMAT 2: 680

MGMAT 3: 690 - 5th January 2014

MGMAT 4: 710 - 15th January 2014

GMATPrep1: 770 - 23rd January 2014

MGMAT 5: 690 - 24th January 2014


My Quant score has been consistently between 48-50 in both MGMAT Tests and the GMAT Prep Test I gave. My Verbal score for MGMAT has been ranging from 36-40(10-15 questions wrong out of 41). But my verbal score for GMATPrep was 45 (Just 6 wrong out of 41), hence the change in the final score.

I think the change has to do with the fact that I found the verbal questions on the GMATPrep exams better framed as compared to MGMAT. The CR questions had a more obvious connection with the answer, the SC questions made more sense with regards to their meaning and the RC questions were again more obvious when I went through the options. Considering our discussion about poor quality verbal questions from a few days ago, I wanted to know what your view is on the above mentioned discrepancy.

Also, I've heard a few people say the GMAT has become tougher since they published the GMAT Prep Tests and that an MGMAT test is closer to the real deal? But others believe the GMAT Prep tests are as close as they get to the real thing. Could you please elaborate on your experience with the same?

I'll keep you updated on my GMAT Prep 2 score once I give it in the coming week.
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Re: Test Accuracy [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2014, 16:32
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Also, I've heard a few people say the GMAT has become tougher since they published the GMAT Prep Tests and that an MGMAT test is closer to the real deal? But others believe the GMAT Prep tests are as close as they get to the real thing. Could you please elaborate on your experience with the same?

Dear asethi100,
My friend, I apologize for not seeing this sooner.
I haven't taken a ton of MGMAT tests myself, so I don't know that I am authority, but here's my two cents. GMAT Prep is made by the same folks that make the GMAT, so it's going to be similar in many ways. Whether the CAT algorithm and the scoring procedure are the same in both is anyone's guess, but one would think they would have to be close. Meanwhile, those folks at MGMAT are really smart, but at the end of the day, they are still guessing in the dark about GMAC's priorities, just as everyone does.
I have to wonder if part of the discrepancy is stress and the unfamiliarity of the testing environment. No matter how well one pretends a practice GMAT Prep test is the real thing, nothing recreates the full impact of the real thing, and I have to wonder if people just underestimate how powerful that is.
In the next 48 hours, I would urge you to focus on stress-reduction as much as you can. Here are some articles to consider:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/overcome-g ... y-breathe/
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/beating-gmat-stress/
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/the-gmat-b ... g-picture/
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/zen-boot-c ... -the-gmat/
Best of luck, my friend. May the Force be with you!
Mike :-)
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Re: Test Accuracy [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2014, 00:04
mikemcgarry wrote:
asethi100 wrote:
Also, I've heard a few people say the GMAT has become tougher since they published the GMAT Prep Tests and that an MGMAT test is closer to the real deal? But others believe the GMAT Prep tests are as close as they get to the real thing. Could you please elaborate on your experience with the same?

Dear asethi100,
My friend, I apologize for not seeing this sooner.
I haven't taken a ton of MGMAT tests myself, so I don't know that I am authority, but here's my two cents. GMAT Prep is made by the same folks that make the GMAT, so it's going to be similar in many ways. Whether the CAT algorithm and the scoring procedure are the same in both is anyone's guess, but one would think they would have to be close. Meanwhile, those folks at MGMAT are really smart, but at the end of the day, they are still guessing in the dark about GMAC's priorities, just as everyone does.
I have to wonder if part of the discrepancy is stress and the unfamiliarity of the testing environment. No matter how well one pretends a practice GMAT Prep test is the real thing, nothing recreates the full impact of the real thing, and I have to wonder if people just underestimate how powerful that is.
In the next 48 hours, I would urge you to focus on stress-reduction as much as you can. Here are some articles to consider:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/overcome-g ... y-breathe/
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/beating-gmat-stress/
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/the-gmat-b ... g-picture/
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/zen-boot-c ... -the-gmat/
Best of luck, my friend. May the Force be with you!
Mike :-)



I just read this post today. I gave the GMAT yesterday and scored a 770. Thats such a relief. So the GMATPrep Tests are as close as you'll get to the real thing.

Thanks for all your help Mike. :)

PS: Just to give the others an idea, I took 3 more GMAT Prep Tests after the 1st one mentioned above, including GMATPrep Exam Pack 1. My scores for the same were:

2nd Test: 770
3rd Test: 760
4th Test: 760
Re: Test Accuracy   [#permalink] 07 Feb 2014, 00:04
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