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Difficulty of Prep Books Versus Online Practice Tests

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New post 24 Dec 2010, 06:28
Hello,

I recently started studying for the GMAT and have gone through most of the books that are out there already. I am at the point where I can do all of the problems in the GMAC Quant Review book and get no more than a handful of questions wrong out of the 200+ questions.

The other night I did two tests online (the GMAT Club's Quant Diagnostic Test and its "M25" Test). I found both to be far more difficult than what I've seen in the books.

My question is this: are the standard GMAT prep books (including the books printed by GMAC) super easy or are the GMAT Club tests loaded with the most challenging questions? Which am I more likely to see on the real test?

Thanks in advance for any responses!
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New post 24 Dec 2010, 06:55
I felt the same way after completing MGMAT books and OG12. One of my problems is lack of practice. But you're correct, GMATClub tests are harder than OG questions.
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New post 24 Dec 2010, 08:24
Yes, it is a bit discouraging. I just wonder which set of questions I am more likely to see on the actual GMAT: GMAC's practice problems or GMAT Club Tests?

Also the GMAT Club Tests seems to distinguish test problems into categories such as "700 level question" or "750 level question". I though that the real GMAT only has three levels of questions (easy, medium, or hard) and doesn't have various levels of "hard" questions.
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I don't have answer to this question.
There is one more twist, question from topic(e.g probability) X of medium difficulty level can be hard for a person who is not proficient in that topic. All we can do is practice and practice more and pray for some luck during GMAT.
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