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# A Question to all who scored 720+

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30 Mar 2013, 03:26
Hello Everyone,

This is a question to all who scored 720 and above..

When you sat for the exam, did u feel that you were getting all correct OR were you nervous that the answers may be wrong?
My Exam is in May and I am trying to study as much as I can (My job is very hectic and I need to be on the phone/laptop 10-12-hrs a day)..
When I practice from the OG, it seems I can answer 80-90%of the questions correctly, but when I took the free exam today I answered 75%. I am really dissapointed at myself and want to ask you all..did you go through the same thing?? or were you able to answer all questions correctly before the exam..

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30 Mar 2013, 06:52
The questions in the OG are easy, we can't find many 700+ level questions. When you take a CAT, the computer adapts the questions to your level, and raises the level according to your performance, that's why you percentage dropped.
However you score is not directly related to your overall %, it is raleted to the % of each level you missed.( Missing a 700+ question won't hurt your score as bad as an error in a 600 level question)
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30 Mar 2013, 14:51
Hi!

I had a similar question a while back prior to taking the GMAT for the second time.

The GMAT is designed in such a way that you will not be able to answer more than 80% of the questions correctly (at the very most - if you're in the 760+ range, most likely). Due to its very nature, the GMAT will keep ramping up the difficulty level until you can no longer answer questions correctly. This does not necessarily mean that your score is actively decreasing with every mistake that you make. Naturally, the OG only has a small number of 700+ level questions - at the very end of each section (probably the last 20-30 in my humble opinion).

In my OG-related experience, I had an accuracy rate of approximately 80% in Quant and 90% in Verbal. This ultimately translated into a 49 Q score and a 42 V score for a combined 740.

What you really need to do is focus on ironing out the simplistic mistakes; someone aiming for a 720+, like yourself, should not be prone to making errors on 500-level questions. Once you finish the OG, seek out 700+ level problems. Since your exam is in May, you still have a good deal of time. The very best gauge of your ability is to use the GMATPrep software to take a mock test. It will tell you how far along you are, and how much further you need to go to achieve your target score.

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30 Mar 2013, 19:26
You won't get all of them right because as others have said the tests adapts to your abilities.

You say you are getting about 80% right in the OG, hopefully the vast majority are on the higher difficulty questions. If not, make sure you master the basic principles first so that you are rarely if ever missing the 500-600 level questions. From there you can build on your foundation.

Another major part of the test prep is mastering the timing. This is definitely what helped me boost my scores from 730 level to the 780 which was my ultimate score. I'd recommend doing all of your practice tests in timed conditions to start getting it down. Later, once you are getting around 700+ you can really focus on timing. You have to learn to narrow your choices quickly and accurately and pay attention to the timer at all times so you never get behind pace. The GMAT is beatable but you have to manage the test the whole time.

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31 Mar 2013, 00:12
Hi Everyone,

Thanks for your valuable comments..it really helped to boost up my confidence.
I am now practicing Kaplan GMAT 800 along with OG.
I am thinking to give the GMATPrep exam after 2 weeks, with a better preparation. Then, I will get a better sense of the score...What do you suggest?

Can you guys help me with links to tough 700 level problems..it seems I can get almost all 500-600 level questions correct..but have problems with 700 level ones..
Need to practice 700 level more. Also, are there any free CAT tests that I can take?

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31 Mar 2013, 00:28
samara15000 wrote:
Hi Everyone,

Thanks for your valuable comments..it really helped to boost up my confidence.
I am now practicing Kaplan GMAT 800 along with OG.
I am thinking to give the GMATPrep exam after 2 weeks, with a better preparation. Then, I will get a better sense of the score...What do you suggest?

Can you guys help me with links to tough 700 level problems..it seems I can get almost all 500-600 level questions correct..but have problems with 700 level ones..
Need to practice 700 level more. Also, are there any free CAT tests that I can take?

Regards,
Sam

Hi Sam,

Yes, GMATPrep with give you the most accurate estimate of your score.

Here are the links that you may find useful... All the best !!!

DS 700 : ds-question-directory-by-topic-difficulty-128728.html

PS 700: gmat-ps-question-directory-by-topic-difficulty-127957.html

SC 700: sentence-correction-question-directory-topic-and-difficulty-129750.html

CR 700: critical-reasoning-question-directory-topic-and-difficulty-128861.html

Ultimate SC encyclopedia: ultimate-sentence-correction-encyclopedia-147357.html#p1182930

Hope this helps,

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01 Apr 2013, 07:56
I scored a 760 and can tell you with 100% certainty that I missed my first question in Quant.

You should expect to miss questions (but hopefully not your first one :D ), that's part of the CAT process. Don't get discouraged and don't spend too much time on problems you don't know how to solve.

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