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What should be the accuracy of SC questions for a 690+ score (assuming other sections at the score level)??
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What should be the accuracy of SC questions for a 690+ score (assuming other sections at the score level)??


The accuracy plays no role in getting good score in GMAT. GMAT is adaptive: this means that the difficult level matters, not the accuracy. The test is used to estimate your real ability. So even you get a 90% accuracy, you could still score 6xx, not 700.

I don't mean that the accuracy isn't important and I don't mean that we should only practice hard questions. To earn high score in GMAT, you have to maintain your ability well. This means that your ability must be stable at certain level to get 700 score.

Now, how to maintain your ability well? Practice hard, not only remember every trick that GMAT used, but also improve the real skills so you could take every challenge.
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What should be the accuracy of SC questions for a 690+ score (assuming other sections at the score level)??


Hey Aanhar ,

Let me be honest here. Accuracy of one section depends largely on the accuracy of other sections. Meaning if you are getting most of RC/CR questions wrong, its obvious that you will not get hard questions on SC either. Hence, getting even 90+ percentile in SC won't let you score 690+.

I would prefer working on all sections equally and thus raising the high percentiles for all the sections.

Does that make sense?
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What should be the accuracy of SC questions for a 690+ score (assuming other sections at the score level)??


Hey Aanhar ,

Let me be honest here. Accuracy of one section depends largely on the accuracy of other sections. Meaning if you are getting most of RC/CR questions wrong, its obvious that you will not get hard questions on SC either. Hence, getting even 90+ percentile in SC won't let you score 690+.

I would prefer working on all sections equally and thus raising the high percentiles for all the sections.

Does that make sense?


The highlight is untrue. GMAC representative said that each section in Verbal part is adaptive. This means that the score in SC doesn't effect RC and CR score. Thus, in real test, a test taker could get 99 percentile score in SC but just 5 percentile score in RC and CR. Also, to get the overall score for Verbal part, all questions in CR, SC and RC are counted.

Thus, yes, to earn high score in GMAT, we have to pay attention to all sections.
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The highlight is untrue. GMAC representative said that each section in Verbal part is adaptive. This means that the score in SC doesn't effect RC and CR score. Thus, in real test, a test taker could get 99 percentile score in SC but just 5 percentile score in RC and CR. Also, to get the overall score for Verbal part, all questions in CR, SC and RC are counted.

Thus, yes, to earn high score in GMAT, we have to pay attention to all sections.


I think there is some confusion here. As far as I know, each question in verbal is adaptive. So, if you are getting a question of 600 level wrong, you will not get a 700 level question most of the times. That means no matter what kind of question it is (CR/SC/RC), it will be of low level.

Now, if I am getting CR and RC questions wrong, I will most probably not be able to hit difficult level questions. Since I am not able to hit tough questions, I will not be able to hit a high score no matter whether I am getting all easy level SC questions correct(thus making SC percentile as 99).

Hence, my point is every section is important. Hitting a high percentile shouldn't be our target for any specific section. Every question is adaptive and hence every other question depends on the previously marked question.

Am I missing anything? :)
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broall wrote:
The highlight is untrue. GMAC representative said that each section in Verbal part is adaptive. This means that the score in SC doesn't effect RC and CR score. Thus, in real test, a test taker could get 99 percentile score in SC but just 5 percentile score in RC and CR. Also, to get the overall score for Verbal part, all questions in CR, SC and RC are counted.

Thus, yes, to earn high score in GMAT, we have to pay attention to all sections.


I think there is some confusion here. As far as I know, each question in verbal is adaptive. So, if you are getting a question of 600 level wrong, you will not get a 700 level question most of the times. That means no matter what kind of question it is (CR/SC/RC), it will be of low level.

Now, if I am getting CR and RC questions wrong, I will most probably not be able to hit difficult level questions. Since I am not able to hit tough questions, I will not be able to hit a high score no matter whether I am getting all easy level SC questions correct(thus making SC percentile as 99).

Hence, my point is every section is important. Hitting a high percentile shouldn't be our target for any specific section. Every question is adaptive and hence every other question depends on the previously marked question.

Am I missing anything? :)


I agree that having high percentile in all sections is the only way to earn high overall score. However, each section in GMAT is adaptive and this section doesn't effect the score of other sections.

For example, if you answer a SC question correctly, then the next SC question will be harder. However, if you answer a CR question wrong, you will see an easier CR question, not an easier SC question. SC questions will get harder as long as you answer all correct and CR questions will get easier as long as you answer all wrong. This information has been confirmed by GMAC representative in this forum.

They set the test adaptive in each section (CR, RC, SC), not in the test overall. Thus, they could calculate the percentile (or scale score) for each section (for example CR 30, SC 45, RC 20).

They also use every question in Verbal part to estimate the score for Verbal section. Thus, in case that there is any section with score lower than 35, 100% that test taker will never get 700+ score.
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I agree that having high percentile in all sections is the only way to earn high overall score. However, each section in GMAT is adaptive and this section doesn't effect the score of other sections.

For example, if you answer a SC question correctly, then the next SC question will be harder. However, if you answer a CR question wrong, you will see an easier CR question, not an easier SC question. SC questions will get harder as long as you answer all correct and CR questions will get easier as long as you answer all wrong. This information has been confirmed by GMAC representative in this forum.

They set the test adaptive in each section (CR, RC, SC), not in the test overall. Thus, they could calculate the percentile (or scale score) for each section (for example CR 30, SC 45, RC 20).

They also use every question in Verbal part to estimate the score for Verbal section. Thus, in case that there is any section with score lower than 35, 100% that test taker will never get 700+ score.


I have to politely disagree with this point. :lol: :lol:

So, you are saying I got 5th Question of 650 SC correct, then 6,7,8 RC questions incorrect and 9,10 CR questions incorrect and then 11th question of type SC will be of 700 or atleast 650 level? I don't agree with this, my friend. :)

GMAT Exam is question adaptive. Next question is decided by the previous questions. It is not section adaptive.

Are you confused with the pattern of GRE vs GMAT? :P

As far as I know, GRE is section adaptive but again Quant vs Verbal and not RC vs SC vs CR. ;)
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I have to politely disagree with this point. :lol: :lol:

So, you are saying I got 5th Question of 650 SC correct, then 6,7,8 RC questions incorrect and 9,10 CR questions incorrect and then 11th question of type SC will be of 700 or atleast 650 level? I don't agree with this, my friend. :)

GMAT Exam is question adaptive. Next question is decided by the previous questions. It is not section adaptive.

Are you confused with the pattern of GRE vs GMAT? :P

As far as I know, GRE is section adaptive but again Quant vs Verbal and not RC vs SC vs CR. ;)


No, I have read reply from GMAC representative. It's hard to find it now. Will post it here if I find it.
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yes, exactly my point. Thanks for sharing!

broall , See I told you its question adaptive. I am very confident on my 2+ years of experience on this road. :)
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Aanhar wrote:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/questions-or-question-types-adaptive-in-the-gmat-256792.html#p1991161

Check this reply for the confusion on question and question type adaptive!!


yes, exactly my point. Thanks for sharing!

broall , See I told you its question adaptive. I am very confident on my 2+ years of experience on this road. :)


Oh, I see. I could be wrong because of my bad memory. :roll:
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