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# Does RC holds more weight age on Verbal score?

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11 Mar 2018, 05:15
Just want to share my experience with the GMAT Prep software.
In all 5 GMAT Prep tests that I have written, my Verbal score has fluctuated between 30 - 35

Interestingly I have always received a score of 27-30 in RC in the ESR
while my CR ranges between 38 - 41 and SC between 32 -38. Now this tells me that I should concentrate more on RC.

But (here's the big BUT) I got only 4 out 13 RC questions wrong and that gave me a score of RC 30. I got 4 out of 11 CR questions wrong for a score of 41.

I know that each question has a different designated score associated with it depending on the difficulty and question position in the test, but this is a repeated pattern for me. more the mistakes I make in RC, worse it hurts my verbal score.

Is it safe to deduce that RC holds more weight than SC or CR?
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11 Mar 2018, 05:22
acacia wrote:
Just want to share my experience with the GMAT Prep software.
In all 5 GMAT Prep tests that I have written, my Verbal score has fluctuated between 30 - 35

Interestingly I have always received a score of 27-30 in RC in the ESR
while my CR ranges between 38 - 41 and SC between 32 -38. Now this tells me that I should concentrate more on RC.

But (here's the big BUT) I got only 4 out 13 RC questions wrong and that gave me a score of RC 30. I got 4 out of 11 CR questions wrong for a score of 41.

I know that each question has a different designated score associated with it depending on the difficulty and question position in the test, but this is a repeated pattern for me. more the mistakes I make in RC, worse it hurts my verbal score.

Is it safe to deduce that RC holds more weight than SC or CR?

No, it's not safe and in fact, it is not true. RC plays the same role as SC and CR do.

In adaptive test, in order to get a good score, you have to keep your performance consistent. Your low score in RC is the reason why your overall score is low. Try to improve RC skill will defenitely improve you Verbal score.
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11 Mar 2018, 05:30
broall wrote:
No, it's not safe and in fact, it is not true. RC plays the same role as SC and CR do.

In adaptive test, in order to get a good score, you have to keep your performance consistent. Your low score in RC is the reason why your overall score is low. Try to improve RC skill will definitely improve you Verbal score.

I guess you're right. The fact is I got to improve my RC skill.
Problem is that even though I get fewer questions incorrect in RC, my score plummets because of it. Might be because of the question difficulty etc. I was just curious about this redundant case that I encountered.
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11 Mar 2018, 05:39
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broall wrote:
No, it's not safe and in fact, it is not true. RC plays the same role as SC and CR do.

In adaptive test, in order to get a good score, you have to keep your performance consistent. Your low score in RC is the reason why your overall score is low. Try to improve RC skill will definitely improve you Verbal score.

I guess you're right. The fact is I got to improve my RC skill.
Problem is that even though I get fewer questions incorrect in RC, my score plummets because of it. Might be because of the question difficulty etc. I was just curious about this redundant case that I encountered.

A rule of thumb in adaptive test: answering an easier question (than test taker's current ability) wrong will hurt the overall score more than answering a harder question wrong.

For example, your current level is at 650. If you answer a 700 question wrong, your score could be reduced to 640. However, if you answer a 600 question wrong, your score could be reduced to 620. This is why I said that the most important is to keep your performance consistent.
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11 Mar 2018, 06:37
broall wrote:

A rule of thumb in adaptive test: answering an easier question (than test taker's current ability) wrong will hurt the overall score more than answering a harder question wrong.

For example, your current level is at 650. If you answer a 700 question wrong, your score could be reduced to 640. However, if you answer a 600 question wrong, your score could be reduced to 620. This is why I said that the most important is to keep your performance consistent.

Seems Legit. Thanks
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