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Confused About Practice Exam Scores Manhattan Prep vs. Economist Prep

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Hi Everyone,

I am having a lot of trouble analyzing my GMAT scores over the past several months. I will summarize exactly what I have done. My verbal score varies greatly between the two sources, so I am having trouble pinpointing whether verbal is a weak point in my preparation or not.

Manhattan Prep Exam #1 - 620 Q41 V35
Manhattan Prep Exam #2 - 580 Q41 V30
Manhattan Prep Exam #3 - 650 Q40 V38

I then took the real GMAT (I realize I took it prematurely) and scored a 590 (Q41 V31). I then rethought my study approach, and bought the Economist GMAT preparation software with the score guarantee. Since completing the Economist GMAT preparation course, and writing some more practice exams, these have been my scores:

Economist #1 - 540 Q42 V24
Economist #2 - 560 Q48 V21
Economist #3 - 590 Q49 V24
Manhattan Prep #4 - 680 Q46 V37
Manhattan Prep #5 - 650 Q44 V35
Manhattan Prep #6 - 650 Q44 V35

I assumed after preparation I was locked in at approximately 650 until I took another Economist Prep exam (I need to take all 5 prior to my exam for the "score guarantee.")

Taken earlier today:

Economist #4 - Q46 V27

It seems that my quantitative score is stuck around Q46-48 mark depending on the exam. The part I cannot comprehend is my variable in verbal score. I typically feel that I don't struggle in verbal that much, so I am wondering if one exam is known to be easier than other (ie. Manhattan Prep questions are typically simple) or GMAT Economist Verbal is typically hard. Considering my official GMAT exam taken approximately 6 months ago was a V31, I am struggling to understand how all my subsequent Economist GMAT exams have had a lower verbal score.

Any help is much appreciated!

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Anton
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Hi AntonYatsenko,

It would have been useful if you had included this information in your other post-thread (here: https://gmatclub.com/forum/650-to-269992.html). This additional data implies that you might be 'winging it' when working through the Verbal section of your CATs. By extension, if you're consistently 'narrowing the answers down to 2 choices and then "guessing"', then you would require some additional Verbal-focused training to hit your Score Goal.

Since all of these CATs come from two 3rd-party providers, have you used any of the 6 Official GMAC CATs yet? If you have, then how did you score (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)? If you have not taken any of those CATs yet, then you should plan to take one soon - and take it in a realistic fashion (take the FULL CAT - with the Essay and IR sections, take it away from your home, at the same time of day as when you'll take the Official GMAT, etc.). Once you have that score, you should report back here and we can discuss how best to proceed.

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Hi AntonYatsenko,

It would have been useful if you had included this information in your other post-thread (here: https://gmatclub.com/forum/650-to-269992.html). This additional data implies that you might be 'winging it' when working through the Verbal section of your CATs. By extension, if you're consistently 'narrowing the answers down to 2 choices and then "guessing"', then you would require some additional Verbal-focused training to hit your Score Goal.

Since all of these CATs come from two 3rd-party providers, have you used any of the 6 Official GMAC CATs yet? If you have, then how did you score (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)? If you have not taken any of those CATs yet, then you should plan to take one soon - and take it in a realistic fashion (take the FULL CAT - with the Essay and IR sections, take it away from your home, at the same time of day as when you'll take the Official GMAT, etc.). Once you have that score, you should report back here and we can discuss how best to proceed.

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


Thanks Rich. I will take one next weekend and report back.

Cheers,
Anton
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