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Hi guys, so i have my test this monday. I have been preparing for a few months now. My goal is to get atleast a 600. I took the kaplan practice test online and scored a 620, however i took the gmatprep test from one of their 2 free tests, and scored a 560. Does anyone have any expertise on which is more accurate?
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Definitely the GMATprep is more accurate as it is from the creators of the GMAT.

Good luck in your test! I hope you get your score!

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Hey candey11,

As has already been mentioned, GMATPrep is going to be as close as you can get to the real thing since it's made by GMAC. However, don't let that overshadow what needs to happen in the next few days (and remember that GMAC claims that their scores are accurate to within +/-30 points, so you are almost within the margin of error of the score you want). Remember that the couple days before you take your test should be take up with some light studying and review, but that your primary job the next couple days is to stay healthy and rest up mentally for your big day. There is not a whole lot you can change in a weekend, and any heavy studying is going to do you more harm than good. (That means no practice tests this weekend!) Eat well, sleep well, and try to relax a little!
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Hi candey11,

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, but the CATs from Kaplan, MGMAT and Veritas are all 'close enough' to the real thing that they will provide you with a relatively realistic score assessment (assuming that you use the CAT correctly).

The variation in these 2 CAT Scores could be because of how you took each CAT. Where did you take them? What time did you start? What section order did you choose (and did you take the FULL CAT - with the Essay and IR sections)? There are lots of factors to consider. Since your Official GMAT is in just a few days, you should NOT take any more CATs - and you should keep your studies light (so NO "cramming" either). You would be better served by doing some general review and getting some extra rest so that you can go into Test Day calm and ready to work.

As a side note, to hit your Score Goal you do NOT have to correctly answer ANY questions that you think are too hard or too weird. If you choose to review these 2 CATs, then you should note which questions you got wrong because of a silly/little mistake and which ones you got wrong because they were just too hard. Eliminating the silly mistakes is the key to hitting your Score Goal.

You should post back here after you've taken your Official GMAT and we can discuss the results.

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Thank you for your replies guys! Appreciate it!
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New post 21 Oct 2018, 17:54
Hi candey11,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. So, of your two practice exam scores (assuming both were taken under realistic testing conditions), the score generated via taking the official GMAC practice test is probably the more accurate one.

Regardless, since your exam is on Monday, you may want to start dialing down your prep. Taking another practice exam or trying to cram would probably hurt more than it will help. So, just relax, get ready for your exam, and go kick some butt on Monday.

Please reach back out to provide an update after your exam.

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