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# theoretical scoring ceiling of the Official Guide 11 , 12

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theoretical scoring ceiling of the Official Guide 11 , 12 [#permalink]  13 Jul 2009, 07:48
OK, so my question in the title says it all. I am preparing to take the GMAT again and this time, I've changed my study philosophy. I have the Official guide 11 and 12 as well as the quant official guide supplement and have spent the last 3 months really picking apart the questions. My goal in the quant is to be able to set the problems up in my head before I even write them down and solve them, which forces me to really understand the technique of solving the problem. On the quant, I am to the poi nt where I can solve most of the first 100+ DS and 200+ PS in my head. I am doing the questions, even the ones I know over and over...every now and then finding a nuance I missed before so I can really be comfortable with the question type when the test rolls around. I know I need more practice with sets and some number properties. For the verbal, I seem to be doing fine and if I usually get 90%+ of the questions right but the bold face ones I'm not too comfortable with. I am simultaneously doing the GMAT powerprep (the older version) and am saving the GMAT prep (newer version) exams for when I feel comfortable that I have reached an ability dictated score ceiling.

My question is this: If I completely master the Official guide questions and use other resources just as reference only to solve the OG questions, can I score a 760 (99%) on the exam. My last crack at the GMAT was a 720...which was a while ago, but I want to be a GMAT tutor, so a 99%tile or at least 98%tile would suffice. What are your thoughts about the theoretical "ceiling" of the GMAT official guide? 720? 760? Could the guides lead one to an 800, or are there problem types the GMAT creators won't reveal so as to keep too many people from scoring an 800?
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Re: theoretical scoring ceiling of the Official Guide 11 , 12 [#permalink]  13 Jul 2009, 10:30

According to that thread, there is a theoretical ceiling on your score if you're solely using OG 11 or 12. The guide is supposedly not as useful for people who are aiming to score 700+.

I have not done OG 11 or 12 yet, and I am at around 700. One thing I hear helps with math are the GMATClub tests. \$79 will get you access to about 1000 more questions that were designed to help people really master the nuances of the test and push you to the upper echelon of scores.
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Re: theoretical scoring ceiling of the Official Guide 11 , 12 [#permalink]  14 Jul 2009, 12:03
Nailing all of the questions in the official guide is not enough preparation to score in the 99th %. However, using study materials that offer questions that are significantly harder than those on the real GMAT is not the best strategy either. I teach private GMAT bootcamps and what I have seen yield results is using a combination of the official guide, real practice tests, and supplementary materials from a trusted source like Kaplan. I have analyzed and assessed materials from all of the top GMAT prep companies and thusfar Kaplan has proved to offer material that is closest to the real thing. I like Kaplan's GMAT 800 book as a suppplemtary guide.

Additionally, the best way to score close to perfect is to analyze your responses to real GMAT questions and train yourself to commit to memory all concepts and omit from practice careless mistakes.

I hope this helps,
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Re: theoretical scoring ceiling of the Official Guide 11 , 12 [#permalink]  25 Jul 2009, 11:33
The Quant in Kaplan's 800 IS NOT HARD ENOUGH. The verbal is ok....
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