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Wondering about KAPLAN CAT TEST representativity !!!!!?????

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Wondering about KAPLAN CAT TEST representativity !!!!!????? [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2009, 10:31
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Hey Guys,

I want to thank you first about what you're offering for the GMATers community. The forum is a wonderful box of knowledge. I've been surfin on here from a month ago.

Maybe You've understand it guys, I am one of those MBA's carrot victims :lol: preparing this test.. not easy guys 6 years after leavin university to take such an exam...

Wanting to share with you my exp:
-preparing for GMAT seriously from a month (about 15 hours per week).
-Material used: started with OG12 (shouldn't do it) then the KAPLAN Premier online (good book but easy questions+ intersting online material: tests, quizzes, videos...) now starting by the MGMAT guides.. and gmat forum notes surely...

So the main point I want to share is about the KAPLAN CAT tests. Actually as I've seen, the majority of posts over here considers that the GMAT Kaplan CAT test is always about 50-100 less than the real GMAT score (this is implemented in the score simulator also). My personal experience shows that this is not pretty correct. I just finished my 2nd Kaplan CAT test and my score is wonderful 740 (Q53 V40), description as follows:

Quant: 33/37 correct answers (the false answers are Nbrs: 8,14,20,37 so well distanced), I think that with 4 false questions the Q51 shouldn't be reachable (here I have Q53) so this is the first exclamation sign !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Verbal: 23/41 correct answers (the false answers are Nbrs: 5,13,18,22,23,25-27, 31-39,41 so well distanced at the beginning and guessing at the end 10 questions), with such figures I am asking seriously if I merit a Q40...

I thank you for you intervention guys,
Is it normal to have 740 with such figures?
Is KAPLAN tests still 50-100 pts behing the real GMAT test?
What is the nb of false answers permitted per session to still have a high score!!! (answer isn't obvious I know) but your experiences are the most welcome.

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Re: Wondering about KAPLAN CAT TEST representativity !!!!!????? [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2009, 20:59
Well, I got 660 (q50 v29) in Kaplan CAT 1 on 12 July'09. Anyway, I was a Kaplan student, and had access to 6 CATs and a great number of quizzes. I don't know whether we were practicing in the same CAT because you got the access from the Kaplan book. I, eventually, got 640 (q49 v29) in the actual GMAT on 11 Aug'09.

However, a friend of mine also got a quant score exceeding 51 in Kaplan CAT 1, but he got only a quant score of 48 in the real test.

In summary, I strongly believe that you shouldn't take the scores of Kaplan CATs too seriously because of the ridiculous scoring algorithm and the obvious difference in verbal problems between Kaplan CAT and GMAT's.
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Re: Wondering about KAPLAN CAT TEST representativity !!!!!????? [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2009, 22:03
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Re: Wondering about KAPLAN CAT TEST representativity !!!!!????? [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2009, 09:01

I have access to the 9 Kaplan CATs that is offered in my test prep package and find a strong correlation between the Kaplan CAT scores and the GMAT Prep scores. When I was getting between [620,690] on Kaplan CATs I scored 650 on GMAT Prep . I recently took Kaplan CAT 6 and 7 and scored 710 on those, took GMAT Prep then and scored 720 on it.

It is possible that the score estimator is based on Kaplan scores from the tests available on CD which had a tougher scoring algorithm and hence the upward deviation. From what I gather the CD has been discontinued.

Long story short, I would use the score estimator for estimating my score on the actual test based on GMAT Prep scores and use Kaplan CATs for practice purposes only. You can keep an eye on your own level of correlations since the score estimator may not be taking into account the newer Kaplan scoring algorithm which has changed and seems less stringent.

I have not taken my GMAT yet , so cannot comment on the correlation between Kaplan CATs and the real GMAT.
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