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21 correct out of 31 - still Q38??

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New post 26 Oct 2018, 09:32
I need some help!

I took a gmat prep mock (Exam-4) today and scored Q38- despite of answering 21 questions correct.

I got 4 inccorect in the first 10 but Q38 was not something that I was expecting.

I felt like the software refused to throw harder questions.

Is that really possible? Should I try to take an another test to check?

I am really confused..
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New post 26 Oct 2018, 23:33
Moreover, I got only two incorrect questions in row.

Question number 24 and 25 to be precise.
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Hi KB04,

I don’t think there is anything wrong with the GMAC practice test you took, and thus I wouldn’t waste another exam just to check. Remember, your GMAT score is based on not only the number of questions you answer correct/incorrect, but also the difficulty of those questions, among other things. So, at this point, rather than spending time worrying about the GMAC algorithm, you really should focus on the things you can control, and the number one thing you can control is getting better at the GMAT. If you get to a point at which you can dominate the GMAT, the specifics of the scoring algorithm won't matter because you will to have the skills that you need to get an amazing score, right?

If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out.

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KB04 wrote:
I need some help!

I took a gmat prep mock (Exam-4) today and scored Q38- despite of answering 21 questions correct.

I got 4 inccorect in the first 10 but Q38 was not something that I was expecting.

I felt like the software refused to throw harder questions.

Is that really possible? Should I try to take an another test to check?

I am really confused..


Hello,

This is unusual but totally possible theoretically as well as practically when the average difficulty of questions you got correct is low. Rather than thinking that the software didn't throw difficult questions at you, think that you didn't get difficult questions correct- that is how I will think of I were you and not worry much about the scoring and work on improving my preparedness.

Good luck.
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KB04 wrote:
I need some help!

I took a gmat prep mock (Exam-4) today and scored Q38- despite of answering 21 questions correct.

I got 4 inccorect in the first 10 but Q38 was not something that I was expecting.

I felt like the software refused to throw harder questions.

Is that really possible? Should I try to take an another test to check?

I am really confused..


It's absolutely possible. The GMAT doesn't factor how many questions you got right, into what your overall score is. Here's a breakdown we did of the data:

https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/blog ... an-i-miss/
https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/blog ... ions-miss/

There's at least one data point in my own set where somebody scored a 38Q on the official GMAT while getting (approximately - there's a little wiggle room due to experimental questions) 21 questions right. So, it can certainly happen!
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