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Trying to understand Kaplan CAT scores [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2013, 04:18
I bought Kaplan's GMAT Premier 2014, which comes with 5 CAT exams. To date, I've taken the first three, and my scores are as follows:

710 (92%) Q51 (98%) V29(53%)
750 (98%) Q51 (98%) V33(66%)
720 (94%) Q51 (98%) V34(69%)

Looking at this, a couple of questions come to mind.

First, for my second exam, I scored a 750 which is 98%. My Q score is also 98% but my V score is only 66%. Shouldn't the total% be somewhere between my Q% and my V%? I'd say the first exam looks sketchy in this regard as well.

Second, how could I have gotten a higher total score on my second exam when compared to by third exam? The Q scores are the same but the V score for my third exam is higher. (750 vs 720 total, but V33 vs V34)

Also, for what it's worth, the "Performance Summary" isn't accurate either. For example, on a certain exam, it claims there were 15 ReadingComp questions, when there were only 14 ReadingComp questions.

Any insights would be great. Thanks!
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Re: Trying to understand Kaplan CAT scores [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2013, 09:25
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I bought Kaplan's GMAT Premier 2014, which comes with 5 CAT exams. To date, I've taken the first three, and my scores are as follows:

710 (92%) Q51 (98%) V29(53%)
750 (98%) Q51 (98%) V33(66%)
720 (94%) Q51 (98%) V34(69%)

Looking at this, a couple of questions come to mind.

First, for my second exam, I scored a 750 which is 98%. My Q score is also 98% but my V score is only 66%. Shouldn't the total% be somewhere between my Q% and my V%? I'd say the first exam looks sketchy in this regard as well.

Second, how could I have gotten a higher total score on my second exam when compared to by third exam? The Q scores are the same but the V score for my third exam is higher. (750 vs 720 total, but V33 vs V34)

Also, for what it's worth, the "Performance Summary" isn't accurate either. For example, on a certain exam, it claims there were 15 ReadingComp questions, when there were only 14 ReadingComp questions.

Any insights would be great. Thanks!

Hi Farful,

Sorry for the confusion. There have been some student concerns about Kaplan test scores, and I'm working to track down the root cause. Can you forward me the email address that you used to register for the practice tests, so our techs can look at your scores in detail?

Thanks so much, and thanks for choosing Kaplan!

Best,
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Re: Trying to understand Kaplan CAT scores [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2013, 10:14
Hi Eli, thanks for the reply. I have PMed you the email address associated with my Kaplan account. If you could take a look and send a response, that would be great :)

I took a look again at the "Performance Summary", and this is the breakdown for verbal:

CAT1: 14 CR, 13 RC, 13SC
CAT2: 14 CR, 13 RC, 13SC
CAT3: 14 CR, 15 RC, 13SC

This is interesting, because to me this implies that CAT1 and CAT2 had 40 verbal questions, and CAT3 had 42 verbal questions. However, all three exams had 41 verbal questions.
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Re: Trying to understand Kaplan CAT scores [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2013, 07:42
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Hi Eli, thanks for the reply. I have PMed you the email address associated with my Kaplan account. If you could take a look and send a response, that would be great :)

I took a look again at the "Performance Summary", and this is the breakdown for verbal:

CAT1: 14 CR, 13 RC, 13SC
CAT2: 14 CR, 13 RC, 13SC
CAT3: 14 CR, 15 RC, 13SC

This is interesting, because to me this implies that CAT1 and CAT2 had 40 verbal questions, and CAT3 had 42 verbal questions. However, all three exams had 41 verbal questions.

Hi farful,

All of the CATs had 41 questions. Those number breakdowns were an old bug that had been fixed, but they've apparently popped up again. Thanks once more for following up. We'll get to the bottom of this!

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Re: Trying to understand Kaplan CAT scores [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2014, 20:54
KapTeacherEli wrote:
farful wrote:
I bought Kaplan's GMAT Premier 2014, which comes with 5 CAT exams. To date, I've taken the first three, and my scores are as follows:

710 (92%) Q51 (98%) V29(53%)
750 (98%) Q51 (98%) V33(66%)
720 (94%) Q51 (98%) V34(69%)

Looking at this, a couple of questions come to mind.

First, for my second exam, I scored a 750 which is 98%. My Q score is also 98% but my V score is only 66%. Shouldn't the total% be somewhere between my Q% and my V%? I'd say the first exam looks sketchy in this regard as well.

Second, how could I have gotten a higher total score on my second exam when compared to by third exam? The Q scores are the same but the V score for my third exam is higher. (750 vs 720 total, but V33 vs V34)

Also, for what it's worth, the "Performance Summary" isn't accurate either. For example, on a certain exam, it claims there were 15 ReadingComp questions, when there were only 14 ReadingComp questions.

Any insights would be great. Thanks!

Hi Farful,

Sorry for the confusion. There have been some student concerns about Kaplan test scores, and I'm working to track down the root cause. Can you forward me the email address that you used to register for the practice tests, so our techs can look at your scores in detail?

Thanks so much, and thanks for choosing Kaplan!

Best,




Have these issues been fixed I just took my first CAT today from Kaplan Premier 2013. I got a 710 92% Overall but it says that I got 92% Quant 92% Verbal. If those percentiles on Quant and Verbal were accurate (which I assume they aren't) then my score would be well above a 710. 710 sounds about par for the course and around where I would expect to be scoring but I would like to get some estimate of my verbal and quant scaled score. Thanks.
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