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# Best CATs

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21 Dec 2018, 07:23
Hi, having 20 days for practicing only with CATs (and reviewing), which are the best FREE practice tests that I should go for?
And which are the best tests that I should purchase absolutely?

I think in these 20 days I will do 10 CATs, one a day and reviewing each one the day after
I will certainly do the 2 free GMAC prep tests, the 2 free GMATClub tests and the only 1 free MGMAT test, so which are the best test for which I should invest my time and my money?

Thanks
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21 Dec 2018, 07:50
Hi paolo1,

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21 Dec 2018, 08:42
I am making a 60days study plan where I will study 15 days Quant from MGMAT Book (+OG practice), 25 days Verbal from MGMAT SC, Powerscore CR and Aristotle RC (+OG practice, I am not an native english speaker) and the final 20 days for CATs(+ some hard materials)

My GMAT test will be 25th February

I really don't know which tests are better
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21 Dec 2018, 09:44
paolo1 wrote:
I am making a 60days study plan where I will study 15 days Quant from MGMAT Book (+OG practice), 25 days Verbal from MGMAT SC, Powerscore CR and Aristotle RC (+OG practice, I am not an native english speaker) and the final 20 days for CATs(+ some hard materials)

My GMAT test will be 25th February

I really don't know which tests are better

Hi,

The free options which you have should be enough for a thorough analysis of your prep. So please, do not worry too much about the quantity of CATs at this stage. Instead,do ensure that you make full use of the brilliant question bank available on this forum and strengthen your weak areas everyday.

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21 Dec 2018, 13:49
Hi paolo1,

To start, taking so many CATs in such a short period of time is NOT a good idea.

A CAT is really a 'measuring device' - when used correctly, it will give you a realistic score and help define your strengths and weaknesses, but it will NOT help you to fix any of those weaknesses. To raise your scores, you have to learn the necessary Tactics and put in the proper practice and repetitions. The CAT will show you whether your studies are helping you to improve or not. In addition, the process of taking (and reviewing) a CAT requires a significant amount of energy and effort - and takes time to 'recover' from. This is one of the reasons why you typically shouldn't take more than 1 CAT per week - and your last CAT should be taken about 1 week before Test Day.

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) What is your goal score?
5) When is your Official Test Date?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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22 Dec 2018, 09:40
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paolo1 wrote:
Hi, having 20 days for practicing only with CATs (and reviewing), which are the best FREE practice tests that I should go for?
And which are the best tests that I should purchase absolutely?

I think in these 20 days I will do 10 CATs, one a day and reviewing each one the day after
I will certainly do the 2 free GMAC prep tests, the 2 free GMATClub tests and the only 1 free MGMAT test, so which are the best test for which I should invest my time and my money?

Thanks

Hi paolo1

I have taken Many CATs (Quant only) and based on my experience i have made a rank list of CATs considering the following points and weights.

1. Algorithm =100
1. How Questions were presented by difficulty level.
2. How CAT reacts on a Wrong and Right question.
3. How Difficulty changes with the performance.

2. Quality of Questions =50
1. Concepts Tested
2. Questions Building
3. Too Hard - Out of Scope

1. Convincing or not

4. Questions Setting =25
1. DS/PS Splits
2. Formulas Visibility

5. User Interface =25
1. Background
2. Buttons

6. Analytics =25
1. Complete Analysis of result.

7. Error/bugs =20
2. Any other Issue

8. Price =15
1. Price per CAT

9. Question Stats =05
1. How you performed vs other performed

Here is my rank of Best CATs

1. GMAT Prep.
2. Manhattan Prep.
3. Kaplan GMAT
4. Veritas Prep.
5. GMAT Club CATs (2nd rank after GMAT Prep. if you are concerned with Quant CATs only)

Hope it Helps
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24 Dec 2018, 13:17
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi paolo1,

To start, taking so many CATs in such a short period of time is NOT a good idea.

A CAT is really a 'measuring device' - when used correctly, it will give you a realistic score and help define your strengths and weaknesses, but it will NOT help you to fix any of those weaknesses. To raise your scores, you have to learn the necessary Tactics and put in the proper practice and repetitions. The CAT will show you whether your studies are helping you to improve or not. In addition, the process of taking (and reviewing) a CAT requires a significant amount of energy and effort - and takes time to 'recover' from. This is one of the reasons why you typically shouldn't take more than 1 CAT per week - and your last CAT should be taken about 1 week before Test Day.

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) What is your goal score?
5) When is your Official Test Date?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

I've started yesterday to study and my study plan lasts 60 days, in which I will dedicate about 20 days to do CATs, only after I've learned the concepts with MGMAT Books,PowerScore CR and OG's. I've not done any CAT yet and I have a lot of time to dedicate to study, so I think I can do at least 2-3 CATs a week.
My goal score is 700+.
I will book the test in the last days of February.
I am planning to apply to one of the Master of Science of the Bocconi's University in Italy.
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24 Dec 2018, 13:18
paolo1 wrote:
Hi, having 20 days for practicing only with CATs (and reviewing), which are the best FREE practice tests that I should go for?
And which are the best tests that I should purchase absolutely?

I think in these 20 days I will do 10 CATs, one a day and reviewing each one the day after
I will certainly do the 2 free GMAC prep tests, the 2 free GMATClub tests and the only 1 free MGMAT test, so which are the best test for which I should invest my time and my money?

Thanks

Hi paolo1

I have taken Many CATs (Quant only) and based on my experience i have made a rank list of CATs considering the following points and weights.

1. Algorithm =100
1. How Questions were presented by difficulty level.
2. How CAT reacts on a Wrong and Right question.
3. How Difficulty changes with the performance.

2. Quality of Questions =50
1. Concepts Tested
2. Questions Building
3. Too Hard - Out of Scope

1. Convincing or not

4. Questions Setting =25
1. DS/PS Splits
2. Formulas Visibility

5. User Interface =25
1. Background
2. Buttons

6. Analytics =25
1. Complete Analysis of result.

7. Error/bugs =20
2. Any other Issue

8. Price =15
1. Price per CAT

9. Question Stats =05
1. How you performed vs other performed

Here is my rank of Best CATs

1. GMAT Prep.
2. Manhattan Prep.
3. Kaplan GMAT
4. Veritas Prep.
5. GMAT Club CATs (2nd rank after GMAT Prep. if you are concerned with Quant CATs only)

Hope it Helps

Thank you, I will go for these CATs then.
Do you think I should buy the MGMAT CATs? Or should I do the only one free MGMAT CAT?
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24 Dec 2018, 13:29
paolo1 wrote:
paolo1 wrote:
Hi, having 20 days for practicing only with CATs (and reviewing), which are the best FREE practice tests that I should go for?
And which are the best tests that I should purchase absolutely?

I think in these 20 days I will do 10 CATs, one a day and reviewing each one the day after
I will certainly do the 2 free GMAC prep tests, the 2 free GMATClub tests and the only 1 free MGMAT test, so which are the best test for which I should invest my time and my money?

Thanks

Hi paolo1

I have taken Many CATs (Quant only) and based on my experience i have made a rank list of CATs considering the following points and weights.

1. Algorithm =100
1. How Questions were presented by difficulty level.
2. How CAT reacts on a Wrong and Right question.
3. How Difficulty changes with the performance.

2. Quality of Questions =50
1. Concepts Tested
2. Questions Building
3. Too Hard - Out of Scope

1. Convincing or not

4. Questions Setting =25
1. DS/PS Splits
2. Formulas Visibility

5. User Interface =25
1. Background
2. Buttons

6. Analytics =25
1. Complete Analysis of result.

7. Error/bugs =20
2. Any other Issue

8. Price =15
1. Price per CAT

9. Question Stats =05
1. How you performed vs other performed

Here is my rank of Best CATs

1. GMAT Prep.
2. Manhattan Prep.
3. Kaplan GMAT
4. Veritas Prep.
5. GMAT Club CATs (2nd rank after GMAT Prep. if you are concerned with Quant CATs only)

Hope it Helps

Thank you, I will go for these CATs then.
Do you think I should buy the MGMAT CATs? Or should I do the only one free MGMAT CAT?

If you can afford, you should buy both Manhattan and GMAT Prep. Take Manhattan CATs while you are preparing for the GMAT use them for practice and stemina purpose. While take GMAT Prep CATs to gauge your abilities and to know your current Score range.

Good Luck
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24 Dec 2018, 14:08
Hi paolo1,

Taking 2-3 CATs a week is NOT a good idea; you would be better served by 'spreading out' your CATs (about 1 FULL CAT taken in a realistic fashion per WEEK). Taking a lot of CATs in a short period of time leaves little room for actual adjustments/improvement, increases your chances of 'burning out' before Test Day and in many cases is a big 'waste' of practice CATs.

From your prior posts, it's unclear whether you have taken any CATs yet or not. If you have, then how have you scored (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)? If you have not, then it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test sometime soon; there are 2 available for free at www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). That score will give us a good sense of your natural strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 3.5 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can discuss the results.

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25 Dec 2018, 03:11
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi paolo1,

Taking 2-3 CATs a week is NOT a good idea; you would be better served by 'spreading out' your CATs (about 1 FULL CAT taken in a realistic fashion per WEEK). Taking a lot of CATs in a short period of time leaves little room for actual adjustments/improvement, increases your chances of 'burning out' before Test Day and in many cases is a big 'waste' of practice CATs.

From your prior posts, it's unclear whether you have taken any CATs yet or not. If you have, then how have you scored (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)? If you have not, then it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test sometime soon; there are 2 available for free at http://www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). That score will give us a good sense of your natural strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 3.5 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can discuss the results.

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

I've not taken any CATs yet and I think it will be a waste of the free CAT(and time) because I already know that I'm weak on Verbal since I'm not a native English speaker. I prefer to study concepts before taking any CATs.
Thanks to your advices, then I will take only 3 or 4 CATs in 20 days (1 per week or every 5 days), is it good?
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25 Dec 2018, 20:16
paolo1 wrote:
I've not taken any CATs yet and I think it will be a waste of the free CAT(and time) because I already know that I'm weak on Verbal since I'm not a native English speaker. I prefer to study concepts before taking any CATs.
Thanks to your advices, then I will take only 3 or 4 CATs in 20 days (1 per week or every 5 days), is it good?
Is this your first GMAT? You might want to save a few tests for a retake, just in case one becomes necessary. Otherwise, finding good material can be tough if you've been very thorough in your prep
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26 Dec 2018, 10:50
Hi paolo1,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores - and the 700+ Score is one that approximately 90% of Test Takers cannot earn on the Official GMAT. At this point, you have a 2 month plan and we have NO IDEA what your current Quant and Verbal abilities are. If you refuse to take a practice CAT sometime soon and you stick with this shorter study timeframe, then I think that you will find it very difficult to hit your Score Goal. The GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level - however, your current plan does not sound as though it will be effective.

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29 Dec 2018, 17:47
Hi paolo1,

I’m glad to see that you have reduced the number of practice exams that you plan to take to 1 per week; however, you are not really giving yourself a ton of time to prep, and you also do not know how far off you are from your score goal. Thus, rather than diving straight into your 60-day study plan, why not first take an official GMAC practice exam to determine how far you are from your score goal?

If you do decide to take an initial diagnostic, please report back here with your score breakdown, and I’ll be happy to provide some further advice regarding your study plan.

Also, you may find it helpful to read the following articles about how to score a 700+ on the GMAT and how long to study for the GMAT.

Good luck!
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