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I understand that there are different tiers of questions (Sub-600, 600-700, and 700), but I am struggling to grasp at what point 700 level questions kicks in. I am scoring in the range of 47-48 on quant, which is below the 75th percentile on quant. Does this mean that I am not seeing 700 level questions because I am not in the top 90th percentile range?
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Hi squidzekid,

The truth is that the expression “700 level questions” is not an exact one. You can score well above 700 even with a quant score in the low to mid 40s, if your verbal score is high enough. In any case, you don’t have to be scoring at the 90th percentile in quant to see what are commonly termed “700 level questions.”

Since you are scoring in the range of 47 to 48, you are seeing 700 level questions. For one thing, the quant scoring scale maxes out at 51. So, when you are at 47 or 48, you are near the top of the scale, and you are seeing some of the most difficult quant questions that the test has to offer. Also, the difficulty of the quant section is quite fluid, meaning that, even if you end up scoring at the 75th percentile, as you go through the section, you see questions above the 75th percentile, and below.

Also, for what it’s worth, the set of questions that a test taker who scores 51 in quant sees is not so much different from the set that a test-taker who scores 48 sees. The test-taker who scores 51 sees perhaps a half dozen somewhat more tricky or complex questions. Other than that difference, a Q51 quant section can look pretty much the same as a Q48 quant section.

With that said, as I like to tell my students, you really should focus on the things you can control, and the number one thing you can control is getting better at the GMAT every day. If you get to a place where you can dominate GMAT quant, it’s not going to matter when and where you see 700 level questions, because you are going to have the skills that you need to get an amazing GMAT quant score.

With that said, when is your GMAT? What is your GMAT score goal?

If you have any further questions, please reach out.

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Originally posted by ScottTargetTestPrep on 19 Jul 2018, 11:13.
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I understand that there are different tiers of questions (Sub-600, 600-700, and 700), but I am struggling to grasp at what point 700 level questions kicks in. I am scoring in the range of 47-48 on quant, which is below the 75th percentile on quant. Does this mean that I am not seeing 700 level questions because I am not in the top 90th percentile range?
The actual GMAT measures ability on a continuous scale, so there is no one point at which a particular difficulty level "kicks in". The algorithm will take a look at all the questions you attempted and then give you the score that is most likely to correspond to your performance on the exam. This "internal" score will then be mapped on to an (easier to understand) "external" score scale.
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Hi squidzekid,

Many Test Takers become too fixated on the 'implied level' of the questions that they're working on - instead of what really matters: defining WHY they're getting questions wrong and becoming more efficient at approaching the overall Exam. It's also worth noting that just because a 3rd party describes a question as "700 level" does not necessarily make it so.

Back in May, you wrote that you had scored 690/Q47/V37. While that's a fantastic score, I assume that you're continuing to study. Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for to improve, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) Since you took the GMAT in May, 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 are you planning to retake the GMAT?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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