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# Aug.21 - 730(97%) - Q50(96%)/V39(89%)

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24 Aug 2003, 04:24
Here is a list of tests I did during my prep, and the scores
Princeton CAT Test #1 710/46-42
Princeton CAT Test #2 630/43-34
Princeton CAT Test #3 720/46-42
Princeton CAT Test #4 690/46-40
Princeton Online CAT 640/45-37
Kaplan CAT Test #1 640/50-35
Kaplan CAT Test #1 640/50-33
Kaplan CAT Test #1 650/50-36
Kaplan CAT Test #1 630/48-33
PowerPrep CAT #1 710/49-39
Arco Online CAT 680/54-42 (their computer system/software has bug)
Crack-gmat CAT 620/50-20 (very wierd verbal questions)
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PowerPrep CAT #2 770/51-44
GMAC Paper Test#14 770/50-45
GMAC Paper Test#31 770/50-48
1993 OG Paper Test #1 750/49-46
1993 OG Paper Test #1 750/49-46
1993 OG Paper Test #1 750/50-45

For the tests below the line, scores are higher because verbal
scores are inflated due to "mind contamination", i.e., I had
seen the questions from the OG before I did those tests.

In terms of final score, PP and Princeton are closer to the real thing.
However, when I was doing the verbal part during the real test, I actually "felt" that I was doing a very hard Kaplan set. I was seriously running out of time and had to guess from time to time. The verbal part in the real test certainly felt a lot harder than PP. Maybe I got a higher share of hard/experimental questions. My suggestion is that, no matter how bad you think you are doing, keep your confidence and concentration. Your final score will be higher than what you think.

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24 Aug 2003, 06:51
Congrats!!!! that's an excellent score.

So which tests out of the ones that you've mentioned above comes close to the real thing in terms of difficulty and same level of questions(except for PP and paper tests)

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24 Aug 2003, 11:05
nge66,

Great job! Thanks for your prep test breakdown. I'm sure that will be helpful to a lot of people.
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24 Aug 2003, 17:26
I think OG/PP math and RC are quite close to the real test. I feel the SC/CR on the real test are harder, (also the final grade is about the same).

Kaplan and Princeton both have some weird math questions. But most of the math questions are reasonable and good for proactice. Kaplan verbal is a waste of time. Although I am not good at verbal, I am not convinced that all their answer keys or explanations are right.

Crack Gmat verbal is a joke. I feel that those questions are not written by native Englsih speaking people.

Arco test is good in content. But their test software is buggy. For example, I would pick answer "A" for a question, and the computer will read it in as "C" and mark it as wrong answer. Then I move to a different PC and run the same test and mark "B" on the same question, it will come out as "C" again. You can write down your own answer for that test and compare it with the final score report yourself.

One funny thing about my prep is that I started with PP1 710-49/39. After 3 months and 300 hours of studying, I got a 730-50/39. Only 1 point improvement on math, and that's after I got used to those tricky DS questions where I mistaken A or B as C. Anyway, I feel that my prep doesn't really helped me much, and I am lucky to be good at math in the first place.
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24 Aug 2003, 22:23
Hi Nge66,

Good job, thats a great score! Many have said their scores are higher than what they felt they'd get during the test! Makes you wonder how the test actually works??

I think people who're good at maths in the first place are at a distinct advantage, half the battle for people such as myself who're not quant jocks is training one's self to approach a question, it's like a mental battle!

Anyways, did you encounter any types of questions not seen or covered in PP?
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13 Jun 2005, 10:25
Well done guy
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14 Jun 2005, 11:10
Nge, could you post your GMAT Verbal experience please. What type of questions did you get [3 SC's followed by 2 RC, blah blah blah]. How were you doing from a timing perspective? Did you feel rushed towards the end? 10 questions in 10 minutes, etc, etc.

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