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Test Prep materials, I'm so confused [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2004, 13:26
Hi:

I'm kind of confused about the information on this site regarding accurate test materials.

So I still have not touched OG as I ordered it late last week. So far all I've used is PR and I've also taken PP1.

A few questions I had were:

1. People say not to do PowerPrep till the end. Well if I wait for that and do the OG first, won't it be pointless? Which should I do first, PP or OG?
2. Is the PP accurate? There was a msg on some topic that said that except for the last 100 questions in OG, all other are the kind you would see on questions #1 to #3 on the real thing? This sounded a bit exaggerated to me but is it true?
3. I also read that math on the real GMAT is MUCH harder than math on Kaplan. I have'nt taken Kaplan yet as I've been studying PR and have scored between 45-47 on the Math. Am I screwed???
4. My PR test scores have been between 620(when I started) to 680(got this score 3 times) with my highest being 730(i think this was a fluke). Is this representative of anything or is PR too easy?
5. I scored a 710 on PP1 without even looking at OG (means I had no previous knowledge of any questions) with a 50Q 36V break up. Some say that PP is extremely accurate others have called it a crock of SH!T? Which one is more likely?

I've been babbling way too much. The widespread disagreement on "Which test prep material is the best" is giving me the jitters. :? Any insights would be appreciated.

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 [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2004, 06:15
Point to be noted. READ THE FORUM POSTS FROM START TO GET MOST OF YOUR QUERIES.

Anyway, Pointwise clarifications.
1. You have taken PP1. You should not touch OG before PP2. Have at least one month before your PP2 and your actual exam which you should devote completely to OG. The advice is for at least one month.

2. PP is the best predictor there is. NOTHING else has been discovered - at least by this club.

3. No, maths is not harder than Kaplan, although you would do well to practice from OG (after pp2) to get a sense of all kinds of difficulty levels.

4. PR - general agreement is - is easier than Kaplan and PP.

5. A 710 on PP1 is EXCELLENT. you must try seriously with all the Kaplan tests - to get a sense of timing and practice with the CAT, take PP2 (to see the improvement) and then kick ass with OG. Schedule GMAT when you think you are ready.

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 [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2004, 12:31
Do your other Powerprep test before you go through the OG - they repeat some of the questions so your score will be skewed if you have already been exposed to those questions. The PP tests and the OG are excellent practice.

Actually, I thought PR was on par with the GMAT. They have made their materials a lot harder in the last year or so, and the questions are written very similarly to the real thing. More so than Kaplan.
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2004, 00:29
Maybe PR has improved, but unless we have many more opinions on the same, we would like the new club members to be directed by the assimilated learning. If PR has improved (and they needed that), it is a good omen - since a lot of new material is now available for practice. I would personally like to hear more posters with their experiences of Princeton 2004 material, although earlier posts have been quite critical of this new material.
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2004, 14:31
Thanks guys,

that was definiately helpful. I'm doing exactly what has been suggested. Right now I'm working on Kaplan and by this week end I'll take PP2. After that its OG all the way.

About PR, yeah I too thought it was more similiar to PP than Kaplan (I've only taken 1 Kaplan test though). The negatives of using PR are:
a) their software was probably made by some bored high school kid who was probably paid 10 bucks for his worthless efforts. It is probably the worst software I've EVER used!!!!
b) the RC is terrible because they use the same ones for multiple tests. Hence if you keep taking PR tests you already know the answers to some of the questions. This in my experience has considerably skewed my score.
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2004, 17:17
I had heard that PR 2003 was not at par with the actual GMAT, also that PR 2004 has improved significantly. No experience on PR 2003 .. so cannot compare/contrast. But as far as PR 2004 goes, I can venture to say that I found the material and tests to be good and closer to the real test. Although there are still a few bugs in the CD tests .. and a bunch of questions in verbal are repeated .. online tests were better than the CD ..

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 [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2004, 11:21
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JackDaniel19 wrote:
Thanks guys,

that was definiately helpful. I'm doing exactly what has been suggested. Right now I'm working on Kaplan and by this week end I'll take PP2. After that its OG all the way.

About PR, yeah I too thought it was more similiar to PP than Kaplan (I've only taken 1 Kaplan test though). The negatives of using PR are:
a) their software was probably made by some bored high school kid who was probably paid 10 bucks for his worthless efforts. It is probably the worst software I've EVER used!!!!
b) the RC is terrible because they use the same ones for multiple tests. Hence if you keep taking PR tests you already know the answers to some of the questions. This in my experience has considerably skewed my score.


I personally had a horrible exprience with Arco - after running it once, I would not even bother. PR has an online tester and I used the Online access for that - it was quite good interface-wise (well, it is a webpage :)) they also had a few questions split by difficulty and topics - I thought it was a wonderful idea.

Also, I found that Kaplan has a question bank - about 500 questions or so, but it is a bit pricy - $100.

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