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Got a 660 Manhattan CAT 5 but 710-750 Babson test

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Hi everyone. I would REALLY appreciate your response here. What should i expect when I am about to take my first official GMAT practice test? My MAN CAT 5 was a 660 Q 45 V35 but i have ben scoring a little higher on verbal in the past. Can i reasonably expect 720 from my first official practice test? HOW MUCH HARDER IS MAN CAT vs official practice test? Please let me know!!!

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delmoneyy wrote:
Hi everyone. I would REALLY appreciate your response here. What should i expect when I am about to take my first official GMAT practice test? My MAN CAT 5 was a 660 Q 45 V35 but i have ben scoring a little higher on verbal in the past. Can i reasonably expect 720 from my first official practice test? HOW MUCH HARDER IS MAN CAT vs official practice test? Please let me know!!!

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Hello delmoneyy

Nice nick :)

You dont need to worry, Manhattan GMAT is indeed deliberately harder than the real thing.

And that is actually a good thing, it makes it a good prep for real test.

Yes you can, based on your Manhattan GMAT score, I would say you can expect on official one to score between 700 to 720.


Keep in mind, no matter what are you scores before official test in prep period, on test day people usually score somewhat (sometimes even substantially) higher than that, due to superb motivation and concentration.


Man CAT can be described as 15-20% harder than the real thing.

Quant is harder for sure and verbal is a little bit different and harder at the same time.

Keep up with good prep, stay calm and positive and everything will be fine.


Dont forger GMAT is also a mental and stamina game ;)



Good Luck :cool:
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delmoneyy wrote:
Hi everyone. I would REALLY appreciate your response here. What should i expect when I am about to take my first official GMAT practice test? My MAN CAT 5 was a 660 Q 45 V35 but i have ben scoring a little higher on verbal in the past. Can i reasonably expect 720 from my first official practice test? HOW MUCH HARDER IS MAN CAT vs official practice test? Please let me know!!!

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You have 6 GMATPreps available to you, so you're not likely to run out of tests anytime soon. Just go ahead and take that first official practice test. :)
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Hi delmoneyy,

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 correctly take the CAT in a realistic fashion). That last detail is especially important - if you take your CATs in an unrealistic fashion (such as skipping sections, taking the CATs at home, taking them on a laptop computer, etc.), then you're results could vary (relatively to how you would Score on the Official GMAT).

Before I can offer you any advice for your studies, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs/mocks (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) What is your goal score?
5) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi delmoneyy,

When you take practice tests from companies other than GMAC, you may find some variation in algorithms used and thus variations in your score. That said, there is no need to worry at this point; just jump in and take an official practice exam. If you’d like some further advice after the exam, feel free to reach back out here with your score breakdown.
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