GMAT Question of the Day - Daily to your Mailbox; hard ones only

 It is currently 21 May 2019, 11:51

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# GMAT Prep Verbal score

Author Message
Current Student
Joined: 04 Jun 2017
Posts: 8
Location: United Kingdom
GMAT 1: 710 Q48 V40
GMAT 2: 720 Q47 V44
GPA: 3.85

### Show Tags

10 Sep 2017, 12:02
Hello everyone, a question here on GMAT Prep Verbal score.

I understand that score calculation is generally a bit of a mystery, but I have recently taken two tests on GMAT Prep, and found the difference in results a bit surprising. I'm wondering if anyone may have an explanation or a similar experience.
So the breakdown has been:
1st test 720 Q45/V44, - 8 mistakes in Verbal, 97th percentile.
2nd test 730 Q47/V42 - 5 mistakes in Verbal, 96th percentile.

I'm a bit surprised that lower number of mistakes could result in a score 2 points less than the test with more mistakes. I understand that scoring also depends on the difficulty of the questions, but why would the second test not have more difficult questions since I was making less mistakes?
Also, is GMAT Prep adaptive in the same way as the original test?

Thank you!
Retired Moderator
Joined: 22 Jun 2014
Posts: 1111
Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Technology
GMAT 1: 540 Q45 V20
GPA: 2.49
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)

### Show Tags

10 Sep 2017, 12:37
KS44 wrote:
Hello everyone, a question here on GMAT Prep Verbal score.

I understand that score calculation is generally a bit of a mystery, but I have recently taken two tests on GMAT Prep, and found the difference in results a bit surprising. I'm wondering if anyone may have an explanation or a similar experience.
So the breakdown has been:
1st test 720 Q45/V44, - 8 mistakes in Verbal, 97th percentile.
2nd test 730 Q47/V42 - 5 mistakes in Verbal, 96th percentile.

I'm a bit surprised that lower number of mistakes could result in a score 2 points less than the test with more mistakes. I understand that scoring also depends on the difficulty of the questions, but why would the second test not have more difficult questions since I was making less mistakes?
Also, is GMAT Prep adaptive in the same way as the original test?

Thank you!

Hi KS44,

It is great that you came up with this issue and now have a chance to be clear about few things related to algorithms used for GMATPrep and real GMAT exam. here are few points:

1. A student might get 6 questions wrong and be able to score Q50 and other Q45 with just 7 questions wrong. Why? The factors that are important here are:
a. When/where do you make a mistake - in first and second set or 3rd or 4th set. mistakes made in first couple of sets makes algorithm to offer you lower difficulty level questions.
b. what level of difficulty question you got wrong?
c. how many questions you consecutively got wrong?
d. did you leave questions in the end and ran out of time?

GMATPrep/Real GMAT/Other Prep Companies Scoring Algorithm:
The Real GMAT Algorithm is quite different from GMATPrep algorithm and similarly algorithms of other test prep companies are different too.

What should one do to PLAN/HANDLE/TACKLE the NUANCES/PLAY of the GMAT algorithm to not be bogged down even after having potential to score well?
1. Be careful with the first and second set of questions. But this does not mean that you get stuck on a question and waste too much time on it. so on an average in first 20 questions try not to have more than 1-3 mistakes. If you're so so lucky then few of those wrong question would be experimental ones.
2. If you have 86% to 100% accuracy initially then you sure have raised the bar for you and commanded the algorithm to present you higher level of questions, which if you get wrong (not consecutively 3 questions) then you're not going to get penalized too much.
3. Do not have too bad accuracy in the end. for this need to be good with your time management. Have sufficient time in the end as well.

Following post answers yours question exactly. this is from the reports of real exam. also see the entire thread to be enlihghthen more about the algorithm. this will surely make you have the clear perspective and come up with your own strategy.
https://gmatclub.com/forum/information-on-new-gmat-esr-report-beta-221111.html#p1703381

Hope this helps.
_________________
Current Student
Joined: 04 Jun 2017
Posts: 8
Location: United Kingdom
GMAT 1: 710 Q48 V40
GMAT 2: 720 Q47 V44
GPA: 3.85
Re: GMAT Prep Verbal score  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

10 Sep 2017, 13:03
HKD1710 wrote:
KS44 wrote:
Hello everyone, a question here on GMAT Prep Verbal score.

I understand that score calculation is generally a bit of a mystery, but I have recently taken two tests on GMAT Prep, and found the difference in results a bit surprising. I'm wondering if anyone may have an explanation or a similar experience.
So the breakdown has been:
1st test 720 Q45/V44, - 8 mistakes in Verbal, 97th percentile.
2nd test 730 Q47/V42 - 5 mistakes in Verbal, 96th percentile.

I'm a bit surprised that lower number of mistakes could result in a score 2 points less than the test with more mistakes. I understand that scoring also depends on the difficulty of the questions, but why would the second test not have more difficult questions since I was making less mistakes?
Also, is GMAT Prep adaptive in the same way as the original test?

Thank you!

It is great that you came up with this issue and now have a chance to be clear about few things related to algorithms used for GMATPrep and real GMAT exam. here are few points:

1. A student might get 6 questions wrong and be able to score Q50 and other Q45 with just 7 questions wrong. Why? The factors that are important here are:
a. When/where do you make a mistake - in first and second set or 3rd or 4th set. mistakes made in first couple of sets makes algorithm to offer you lower difficulty level questions.
b. what level of difficulty question you got wrong?
c. how many questions you consecutively wrong?
d. did you leave questions in the end and ran out of time?

GMATPrep/Real GMAT/Other Prep Companies Scoring Algorithm:
The Real GMAT Algorithm is quite different from GMATPrep algorithm and similarly algorithm of other test prep companies is different too.

What should one do to PLAN/HANDLE/TACKLE the NUANCES/PLAY of the GMAT algorithm to not be bogged down even after having potential to score well?
1. Be careful with the first and second set of questions. But this does not mean that you get stuck on a question and waste too much time on it. so on an average in first 20 questions try not to have more than 1-3 mistakes. If you're so so lucky then few of those wrong question would be experimental ones.
2. If you have 86% to 100% accuracy initially then you sure have raised the bar for you and commaned the algorithm to present you higher level of questions, which if you get wrong (not consecutively 3 questions) then you're not going to get penalised too much.
3. Do not have too bad accuracy in the end. for this need to be good with your time management. Have sufficient time in the end as well.

Following post answers yours question exactly. this is from the reports of real exam. also see the entire thread to be enlihghthen more about the algorithm. this will surely make you have the clear perspective and come up with your own strategy.

Hope this helps.

Hi HDK1710,

Thank you for the reply and the link to the scores discussion.

In two tests I've done I made following mistakes:
GMAT Prep 1: 12, 13, 15, 20, 21, 28, 34, 39
GMAT Prep 2: 2, 7, 18, 30, 41
So it looks like this supports the idea that making mistakes in the beginning harms the score more than mistakes made later on in the process. Although I still find it a bit surprising that consecutive mistakes in Test 1 do not seem to have been penalised more.
In any case, that's another reason to carry on practicing - just under a month to go till the real thing.

Thanks again for the comment!
Re: GMAT Prep Verbal score   [#permalink] 10 Sep 2017, 13:03
Display posts from previous: Sort by