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Am I normal?

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17 Sep 2005, 01:44
Okay. I have taken 3 practice tests from Princeton Review over the last 3 days, and each time I take it my score gets lower and lower. My test is in 2 days and this is freaking me out. Is this normal, or do I have issues? Or, am I doomed to get a bad score and my better score was a fluke? It might be that I have over-exerted myself, but hey, I feel fine. Could it be subconscious? Honest truth would be much appreciated.
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17 Sep 2005, 02:01
It is probably just normal random variation in the tests.

It's just 57 multiple choice questions, it cannot get your precise ability right every time.

It could be that you are too stressed, in which case try and relax before the test, rather than working too hard.
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17 Sep 2005, 04:32
trulyblessed, you are absolutely normal! And you are doing yourself a very bad favor by placing too much weight on the your practice test scores. The universities don't care about your Princeton scores.

richardj said it. Take a break and clear your head. If you have to do any gmat related stuff, review your work so far or go over basic math and verbal principles.
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17 Sep 2005, 05:53
I believe your true score lies within +/- 40 points of your actual scores. That being said, there could be a variation of about 80 points in your scores and it could be in any direction. Although PR scores are rather accurate, you should rather focus on your stamina building for the last few days and not think too much about the practice scores you obtained. One day before the test, "empty your mind" and make sure you get some rest.
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17 Sep 2005, 08:32
Trulyblessed...

here is my experience...I never got over 560 on PR tests...I always missed out 10 questions on my quant....timming was always bad....

I got a 640 on the real exam, I missed out on 5-6 questions on Quant...so timming was bad...plus PR got me in the bad habbit of solving all the problems...the numbers in PR exams ( i mean PR 2005) are just to calculations intensive...

on the other hand...my Kaplan CATs scores ranged upto 700....why cause I would complete quant section...why, cause in more advanced quant questions on Kaplan I had to use logic...PR doesnt capture that...on the real exam I noticed I got away with using logic....It was my mistake that I didnt do Kaplan CAT before my real GMAT...

so do yourself a favor and stop doing PR CATs...they are good if you want to score mid 600s..if you want to score higher...do Kaplan CATS, you will get to use some logic on math.......

on the other hand. PRs verbal is right on, I used to score 34 on my Verbal, and thats what I got on the real exam....since you are going to give your exam in a few days...just do PowerPrep....thats all you need...trust me...
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17 Sep 2005, 17:34
you're probably overpracticing. stop further preparation and try to relax
17 Sep 2005, 17:34
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