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# GMAT Prep Software Analysis and What If Scenarios

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21 Jul 2015, 01:28
If anyone can explain me the reason behind my scores it will be indeed helpful.
GMat prep exam 2: Score 650 V31 Q 48
Verbal incorrect questions: 2,3,9,11,15,18,20,22,23,25,27,31,34,35,36,38,41 Total:17
Quant incorrect questions: 1,4,9,11,13,14,17,18,27,31,34,36,37 Total: 13
GMAT prep exam 3: Score 640 V30 Q47
Verbal incorrect questions: 1,2,4,9,21,22,26,28,30,34,36,37,39,41 Total: 14
Quant incorrect questions: 3,10,11,,13,15,16,18,19,22,26,27,29,30,34,36 Total: 15

Can anyone please explain the reason that even though the number of incorrect questions in my verbal has come down in 3rd exam but my score has also come down from 31 to 30. Also, out of initial 20 questions i got 7 wrong (V31) and when i got 4 wrong i got V30.
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21 Jul 2015, 11:32
Manik92
In your second attempt, out of first 4 questions you got 3 incorrect.
So the overall difficulty level for your test was set to low.
Hence you got few incorrect !!

It is very important to maintain your accuracy in first 10 questions !!
You got 4/10 incorrect in in the latter test whereas 3/10 in the earlier test.
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GMAT 1: 620 Q48 V27
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09 Aug 2015, 13:06
My conclusion to this post:

*please correct me if I'm wrong*

For Quant:
The first 10-11 questions are extremely important, don't guess unless you have no idea on how to proceed.
From the 11-12 to the 27th, try to solve them but if you think the question will take you more than 4 minutes to solve, just try your best guess and move on.
For the last 10 questions, try to solve as many as you can with whatever time you have left, however, NEVER leave not even one unanswered.

For Verbal:
The first 10 are crucial. (as in Quant). Again, take your time to solve them.
The Middle questions are worth as much as the Last Questions. Which means that you should keep track of your time because if you spend too much time on a few questions because you are unsure of the answer, probably you will be either rushing or guessing at the end of the test, thus, you will get many wrong questions in a row and that will destroy your Verbal Score.

I'm having not a native-English speaker, so for me, Sentence Correction, especially when meaning or idioms are being evaluated, and Reading Comprenhension take me a lot of time... so, I'm looking to build the best peacing strategy.

Please let me know if you have any advice... I'll be taking the test in 5 days. On the GMATPrep I scored 700 (Q48 V38), but I'm consistently scoring around 650 the Veritas CAT Test...

I'm not sure if my 700 was a lucky shot...
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23 Aug 2015, 10:12
Hi all!

I just finished my first GMAT Prep Practice Exam and got a 690 (Q48 V36). I am bit confused, though, on how the software gets to these grades considering the number of wrong answers. On the Quant section, for example, I got 15 wrong answers!! How is it possible to get a Q48 with that number of wrong answers?!

Thank you very much!
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25 Aug 2015, 06:37
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25 Aug 2015, 06:50
fecob wrote:
Hi all!

I just finished my first GMAT Prep Practice Exam and got a 690 (Q48 V36). I am bit confused, though, on how the software gets to these grades considering the number of wrong answers. On the Quant section, for example, I got 15 wrong answers!! How is it possible to get a Q48 with that number of wrong answers?!

Thank you very much!

Frankly, it is a waste of time when you start analysing how the algorithm of GMATPREP works. No one will know except for the people who have made it . There are so many variables involved, how many questions did you do wrong, what was the level of those questions, did you make series of errors, etc. Just analyse all the questions you got in your GMATPREP and see where you could have done better. Additionally, make sure that you simulating the most realistic conditions in order to judge exactyl where you stand. If you skip IR or esssay, then your score might be a good representation of your actual GMAT preparation. With that said, GMATPREP is the most realistic and the best score stimator out there!
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25 Aug 2015, 06:54
Rk91 wrote:

None of the companies give 10-15 CATs. Veritas provides 7 CATs, Manhattan provides 6.

List of tests is at all-gmat-cat-practice-tests-links-prices-reviews-77460.html

Hope this helps.
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29 Aug 2015, 20:06
Hey guys

Did anyone actually use this technique in the real exam?( I am referring to the method to answers the first 11 questions right)

Risa
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31 Aug 2015, 04:34
Its mid of 2015. Do these tests still hold good??
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31 Aug 2015, 14:12
I did test the idea of spending as much as time as possible on the first 30 questions. I also went blind on the last 7. This was on the actual test.

Didn't work for me. In the practise tests I was scoring an average of 45 in Quant lowest being 42. On the actual I scored 32. I also noticed the last 7 questions were relatively simple, a shortage of time led me to click random choices.

Maybe it had to do with lack of rest the previous night but I suggest not to go with the approach I followed.
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02 Sep 2015, 13:50
What would happen if the first 10 and the last 5 are correct and rest are alternatively wrong?
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03 Sep 2015, 12:48
swanidhi

Yes, the GMATPrep free practice tests along with Exam Pack 1 tests are your best bet for the most realistic GMAT practice exams other than taking the actual GMAT. Nothing else comes close.

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03 Sep 2015, 13:11
dabral wrote:
swanidhi

Yes, the GMATPrep free practice tests along with Exam Pack 1 tests are your best bet for the most realistic GMAT practice exams other than taking the actual GMAT. Nothing else comes close.

Dabral

Thanks Dabral! However, because these posts are pretty old, I wanted to confirm if these results are valid with the latest GMATPrep software as well.
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03 Sep 2015, 22:44
swanidhi

The free GMATPrep software and the database of questions is more or less identical to the initial release in early 2006, when the GMAT test writers were switched from ETS to Pearson Vue. The main change has been that earlier the pool of questions for each test was a separate pool, but now they have been merged. But other than that the scoring algorithm is the same to the best of my knowledge.

Cheers,
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04 Sep 2015, 10:56
dabral

Thanks Dabral!
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06 Sep 2015, 11:39
bb wrote:
Updated with the verbal results (see the second post)

Hello BB,

Always a big thanks for your ever inspiring work.

Since you are one of those who have beaten the gmat, I would like to ask a personal strategy question :

did you incorporate skipping a couple of questions a part of your strategy given that it is difficult to complete the sections in time ?
Did you 3-4 skip questions intentionally while giving gmat ?. Of course questions spread over the whole section and not in continuity.

I ask this because I do good generally throughout the sections but screw up the last 4-5 while hurrying up and thus my score takes a nosedive . I have heard experts say that YOU HAVE TO SKIP 3-4 QUESTIONS dispersed evenly throughout the section.

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08 Sep 2015, 20:11
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In my experience, the results on the GMAT Prep software are higher by about 60 to 80 points when compared with the actual GMAT exam. This, I have observed in mine as well as a few of my friend's exams.
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26 Sep 2015, 03:04
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Hi All,

How is penalized if all the questions are not answered? How is it gauged? For ex, 35/41 in verbal or 32/37 in quant..
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27 Sep 2015, 12:40
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This might be interesting for some of you:

I answered all Quant questions correctly (I had the answers, of course), and all but one (number 20) verbal questions correctly.

The result:
Quant: 51, 98 percentile
Verbal: 48, 99 percentile
Overall: 790, 99 percentile

So it seems that for getting a 800 score, one should answer ALL (exactly all) questions correctly!
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27 Sep 2015, 20:53
apolo

I know for sure that on Quant you do not need to answer 100% of the questions right to get Q51. I have missed problems on the real GMAT and still got a Q51. And on GMATPrep, one can miss 6 questions and still get a Q51. I don't know how it is on the Verbal section of the GMAT, but my guess would be that it would be the same.

Now, I do know that if you miss say only one question and that happens to be of an easy or medium dificulty then for sure you will not get the highest scaled score on either Quant or Verbal.

Cheers,
Dabral
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