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Greetings,

I am currently studying for my 2nd attempt at the GMAT. I took the GMAT Club Free CAT Verbal Test and scored a 26. This is the worst I have scored on any verbal test to date and I have been concentrating primarily on verbal since my first actual GMAT exam. With this being said, I ran out of time and did not finish the last 3 questions but I have read that the penalty for not finishing V is minor. Furthermore, I left 3-6 V questions blank on each GMAT prep exam and on my first official GMAT exam. With this being said, I know that I need to work on timing! My previous V scores are as follows:

The actual GMAT V. Score -30
GMAT Prep 1: 30
GMAT Prep 2: 30
GMAT Exam pack 1 V: 34

The GMAT Prep "My Workbook" has my predicted score for V at 37. This is after extensive studying and reviewing of verbal basics. Does anyone else have any insight into the accuracy of the free Verbal offered by GMAT Club. I read that they are not adaptive. Any insight or thoughts would be amazingly helpful and appreciated.

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Hi and sorry for scaring you. The tests are adaptive. However the scoring really depends on a few elements such as your ability to control time Inc. and how you doing different question types.

There is some variance from test to test so take your score with a grain of salt and use it as a motivation to do better. For verbal it's always best to use the official stuff such as GMAT prep.

PS. The free and paid tests are all adaptive - we upgraded them a few years ago.


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Hi and sorry for scaring you. The tests are adaptive. However the scoring really depends on a few elements such as your ability to control time Inc. and how you doing different question types.

There is some variance from test to test so take your score with a grain of salt and use it as a motivation to do better. For verbal it's always best to use the official stuff such as GMAT prep.

PS. The free and paid tests are all adaptive - we upgraded them a few years ago.


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bb, I am both grateful and amazed that you have found the time to respond to my post. GMAT Club is a truly amazing source of education and the knowledge I have gained from you and your website is a debt I will never be able to repay.

I understand that everything is relative, but would you recommend putting more emphasis on the Free V or estimated score I get in My Workbook.
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New post 30 Mar 2017, 21:45
Please note that the best apdaptive CAT is GMAT Prep. Others are just for reference. Also, the score in each CATs could be inflated for some reasons. For example, that CATs has some questions that you've seen before and remember the answer. Or some questions have the same way to test candidates as some questions you've taken. Hence, use only GMAT Prep for estimate your score and use other CATs for reference purpose.

Back to your questions, I think that GmatClub Free CAT is as good as GmatClub paid CATs. Generally, the score estimate system in GmatClub CATs is good enough for practice, both in Quant and Verbal sections. The questions in Quant section are excellent while the quetions in Verbal section are good.
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Hi aaronwhite1989,

When you take the Official GMAT, any questions that you do NOT answer are 'penalized' (and that penalty is WORSE than if you had simply gotten the question wrong). While the penalty associated with not answering just one question would be relatively minor, leaving 3-6 question unanswered at the end of a section would likely carry a significant penalty. This is mean to say that you shouldn't leave any questions unanswered (even if you're just guessing, you MUST answer every question).

1) When did you take the Official GMAT? What were your overall scores (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)?
2) How long have you studied?
3) What materials have you used?
4) What is your goal score?
5) When are you planning to take the GMAT?

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New post 31 Mar 2017, 14:05
aaronwhite1989 - As others have alluded to - your GMAT Prep scores are probably a better indicator of where your currently stand.

Few observations: Even when running out of time, your would be much better off selecting and marking questions randomly than leaving them blank, especially around the V30+ mark. Secondly, to improve your score on GMAT verbal, make sure that your improve your sectional abilities - i.e. SC ability, CR ability and RC ability. Take a look at GMAT Planner to understand how your verbal score is comprised of individual SC, CR, RC abilities.

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi aaronwhite1989,

When you take the Official GMAT, any questions that you do NOT answer are 'penalized' (and that penalty is WORSE than if you had simply gotten the question wrong). While the penalty associated with not answering just one question would be relatively minor, leaving 3-6 question unanswered at the end of a section would likely carry a significant penalty. This is mean to say that you shouldn't leave any questions unanswered (even if you're just guessing, you MUST answer every question).

1) When did you take the Official GMAT? What were your overall scores (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)?
2) How long have you studied?
3) What materials have you used?
4) What is your goal score?
5) When are you planning to take the GMAT?

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Hi aaronwhite1989,

With a 590, you're closer to a 630+ score than you probably realize. Since you're relatively close to that goal, you could pick up all of the missing points that you're looking for in just the Quant, just the Verbal or a 'mix' of the two. As such, there's some question as to why you're focusing so much on the Verbal section. It's also worth noting that many Business Schools place a certain emphasis on an applicant's Quant Scaled Score (it's often viewed as an implied measure of how an applicant might handle the 'academic side' of the Program). This is meant to say that raising your Quant score would help you to hit your score goal AND would likely improve the strength of your overall application.

Regardless of how you continue to study, you really have to work on the 'precision' in your work. To hit your score goal, you don't have to correct answer ANY questions that you think are too hard or too weird. However, you do need to 'nail' most of the 'gettable' questions, so you have to minimize the number of silly/little mistakes that you make.

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