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What is the best diagnostic to take? [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2009, 10:40
I don't want to "waste" a GMATprep CAT, but what are your thoughts? I want to do one to see where I am and then decide on my study materials and focus from there.
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Re: What is the best diagnostic to take? [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2009, 10:54
hmm well you cant beat that for authenticity. but you could try others if you dont want to "waste" it such as Manhattan Gmat Test which are fairly accurate too.
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Re: What is the best diagnostic to take? [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2009, 12:13
imo, mgmat is tougher than the real gmat and will not give an accurate read on how well you'll do - at least it didn't for me. i averaged around 660 on my mgmat exams, 720 on the gmac cats and ended up getting a 760. the whole time i was studying, i felt pretty miserable that i wasn't improving. if i had to do it over, i'd have taken a gmac exam as a diagnostic and not saved them both til the very end.
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Re: What is the best diagnostic to take? [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2009, 12:43
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imo, mgmat is tougher than the real gmat and will not give an accurate read on how well you'll do - at least it didn't for me. i averaged around 660 on my mgmat exams, 720 on the gmac cats and ended up getting a 760. the whole time i was studying, i felt pretty miserable that i wasn't improving. if i had to do it over, i'd have taken a gmac exam as a diagnostic and not saved them both til the very end.



Nice..I have taken 3 MGMAT CATs...580,590, 600..improving but I am targeting at least a 650....sort of feeling a little miserable also..hopefully, like you, my scores are not reflecting my current level....
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Re: What is the best diagnostic to take? [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2009, 12:46
OK well after doing a little more research I may just use a GmatPrep test for a diag, & then re-do them multiple times throughout my studies.
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Re: What is the best diagnostic to take? [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2009, 13:40
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OK well after doing a little more research I may just use a GmatPrep test for a diag, & then re-do them multiple times throughout my studies.


PR has a free CAT...you could use that to get some idea.
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Re: What is the best diagnostic to take? [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2009, 14:21
topher wrote:
OK well after doing a little more research I may just use a GmatPrep test for a diag, & then re-do them multiple times throughout my studies.

Taking a GMATPrep as a diagnotic exam is unlikely to be wasteful, because you will probably never test at that level again. If your first diagnostic is in the 550-650 range, but you later improve to the 650-700 range, you will be tested on a whole new set of questions.

MGMAT tests are not very representative of the real exam, but their composite scores seems to be fairly accurate.
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Re: What is the best diagnostic to take?   [#permalink] 09 Apr 2009, 14:21
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