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# Economist GMAT Tutor - Need thoughts

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08 Oct 2017, 13:37
Hey Everyone,

So after a first attempt at the GMAT, I signed up for The Economist's GMAT Tutor. It's been a little over a month since I've started taking the course and I need your guys' thoughts. Here's where I'm at with my progress

- GMAT Attempt 1: 610 (Q40, V34)
- Course Progress: 75%
- Economist GMAT Practice Test 1: 690 (Q44, V36)
- Economist GMAT Practice Test 2: 700 (Q45, V36)
- GMAT Attempt 2: mid-November (a little over a month)

Two things:
1. While this is good progress, I'm really questioning the accuracy of these tests. Firstly, I don't feel accomplished or satisfied after finishing these tests. I feel as though the quality of my performance is more reflective of a mid-600 score. Anyone ever feel this way?
2. If you put my quant and verbal scores from the Economist tests into a standard GMAT score chat, the scores are about 30 points lower (i.e., my first practice test should be around a 660 based on the score chart). Which score should I believe? I'm questioning the accuracy of these tests and would like others' inputs.

Thank you!
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08 Oct 2017, 14:25
Hi yankfan1216,

The scoring algorithm on the Official GMAT is far more complicated than most people realize. Since that algorithm is proprietary, no GMAT company has an exact match for it, thus CAT scores can vary a bit based on the 'biases' involved in their respective designs. The most realistic CATs available are the 6 from GMAC (the 2 free CATs, and each of the 2 that come with Exam Pack 1 and Exam Pack 2), so it would be useful to know how you performed on one of those CATS. Once you have that score result, you should post back here and we can talk through what all of this data means. Make sure to take a NEW CAT (one that you have NOT taken before) - 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.

1) What is your goal score?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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10 Oct 2017, 03:56
Hi yankfan1216

Official gmatprep is the only test that can give you an accurate score. I would recommend to get exam 1 and 2 along with question bank. ROI is quite high for that purchse.
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15 Oct 2017, 16:26
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi yankfan1216,

The scoring algorithm on the Official GMAT is far more complicated than most people realize. Since that algorithm is proprietary, no GMAT company has an exact match for it, thus CAT scores can vary a bit based on the 'biases' involved in their respective designs. The most realistic CATs available are the 6 from GMAC (the 2 free CATs, and each of the 2 that come with Exam Pack 1 and Exam Pack 2), so it would be useful to know how you performed on one of those CATS. Once you have that score result, you should post back here and we can talk through what all of this data means. Make sure to take a NEW CAT (one that you have NOT taken before) - 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.

1) What is your goal score?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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

Hi Rich,

I took a practice GMAT Prep exam today and scored a 640 (Q46/V31). Needless to say, I'm really confused with the discrepancies in my score and very upset with my experience with the Economist/GMAT Tutor.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I have just about a month of studying remaining before I sit for the actual exam.
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