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Verbal Scoring Flaw???? [#permalink] New post 30 May 2013, 07:58
Hey All! Been taking the Knewton course, and getting clobbered by their scoring, Quant rightfully so, but Verbal no idea why.

I got the first 17 verbal correct on their CAT, and ended up getting 35 out of the 41 correct, with the last 6 in a row also being correct, and still ended up with a scaled 35 in verbal

I understand that the algorithm penalizes more for getting easy ones right / wrong, but I don't understand how I was getting any easy questions at all if I had gotten the first 17 correct! Any input would be highly appreciated.

edit: And between #1 and #26 I got only one incorrect as well...
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Re: Verbal Scoring Flaw???? [#permalink] New post 30 May 2013, 09:21
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Hi buguy, there could be a flaw in the algorithm, as that doesn't seem correct based on what you've reported. I'd ask that company about it, but the big takeaway is that you're getting 85% of the questions correct. That bodes well for test day when the actual GMAT algorithm calculates your score. It's a better situation for you than the students whore are missing lots of questions but think they're fine because their scores are inflated.

Either way, concentrate on the concepts and don't worry too much about the score, it'll come if you keep doing everything right.

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Re: Verbal Scoring Flaw???? [#permalink] New post 30 May 2013, 11:24
I took Knewton's course and worried about the scoring as well (I was getting 600-620 on ALL tests - including the last one). All you can do is your best - do the tests and the homework. Rather than counting the problems you got wrong, just review them. It doesn't do you any good to count them as even the highest scorers are going to get a number of them wrong.

Review and work at what you get wrong and by the time you're finished Knewton's program you should be getting a score that is more representative of your ability and less representative of Knewton's algorithm (which I think is a lot less helpful than their actual course) - although you're going to be using a different CAT source. I went from 610's-620's on my Knewton tests to 660/670 on my GMAT Prep tests almost immediately after finishing Knewton and finally a 660 on the actual test. So there wasn't too much in common with my Knewton CAT scores.
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