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GMATPrep Quantitive vs GMAT Quantitive

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08 Mar 2012, 16:41
Some people say that the real GMAT quantitive questions are harder than those of GMATPrep . Is it a very big difference or does such difference not exist at all ?

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08 Mar 2012, 20:55
The GMAT is a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) so there is no way to compare two different tests. Since it is a CAT test, the more problems you get right, the harder the questions you will see. SO if you are seeing harder questions on the real test, than it is very possible you are actually scoring higher.

The fact is though, the GMATprep software pulls from retired GMAT questions, so they are reallly all the same. Everyone says that the GMATprep is the absolute closest thing out there to the real GMAT, so I would consider it very comparable in all areas.

PS. I've never heard anyone say that the GMATprep quant was easier, where did you get this info?
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09 Mar 2012, 01:13
goktug88 wrote:
Some people say that the real GMAT quantitive questions are harder than those of GMATPrep . Is it a very big difference or does such difference not exist at all ?

I don't think many people say that real GMAT quantitive questions are harder than those of GMATPrep. They do say that real GMAT quantitive questions are harder than those of Official Guide (which is true to a large extent). OG questions are quite old and not very representative of today's level i.e. an average student today is smarter than an average student 10 yrs back so a 500 level question today will be a little harder than a 500 level question some yrs back, in my opinion. Also OG has a lot of lower level questions while if you are smart in Quant, you will get to see only 2-3 of those low level ones in actual GMAT. That is another reason why actual GMAT tends to be hard.
GMAT Prep questions are indicative of actual GMAT questions since GMAT prep test is also adaptive and probably uses the same (or similar) algorithm as actual GMAT. GMAT prep test has many treacherous questions with tons of holes for you to fall through (if you are at a higher ability level). Still, the reality is that many people get less in actual GMAT as compared to their scores in GMAT prep test. Some of it may be attributed to nerves while a small part of it may be attributed to a few very tricky question which throw people off in actual GMAT
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11 Mar 2012, 22:14
VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:
goktug88 wrote:
Some people say that the real GMAT quantitive questions are harder than those of GMATPrep . Is it a very big difference or does such difference not exist at all ?

I don't think many people say that real GMAT quantitive questions are harder than those of GMATPrep. They do say that real GMAT quantitive questions are harder than those of Official Guide (which is true to a large extent). OG questions are quite old and not very representative of today's level i.e. an average student today is smarter than an average student 10 yrs back so a 500 level question today will be a little harder than a 500 level question some yrs back, in my opinion. Also OG has a lot of lower level questions while if you are smart in Quant, you will get to see only 2-3 of those low level ones in actual GMAT. That is another reason why actual GMAT tends to be hard.
GMAT Prep questions are indicative of actual GMAT questions since GMAT prep test is also adaptive and probably uses the same (or similar) algorithm as actual GMAT. GMAT prep test has many treacherous questions with tons of holes for you to fall through (if you are at a higher ability level). Still, the reality is that many people get less in actual GMAT as compared to their scores in GMAT prep test. Some of it may be attributed to nerves while a small part of it may be attributed to a few very tricky question which throw people off in actual GMAT

So how can one get more questions (For Quant and Verbal) that are representative of the actual test?

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11 Mar 2012, 22:31
So how can one get more questions (For Quant and Verbal) that are representative of the actual test?

Once you exhaust the official resources, you can get practice questions provided by test prep companies. The questions provided by us are based on official questions (i.e. they test the same concepts in a different way). Each question is done by multiple instructors to factor in the time constraint i.e. to ensure that it can be solved in under 2 minutes. We give only GMAT-type questions so they are representative of what you might get in actual GMAT. I guess the procedure of question-making must be similar for all standard test prep companies
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