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Happy and confused - Official GMATPrep mock experience

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03 Oct 2017, 00:48
Hello,

I recently took (retook, actually) Exam 2 on the Official GMATPrep software and I was really happy to receive a Q50.

When I reviewed my responses I was surprised to see that I answered the 1st three questions incorrectly in a row!!

Knowing how important the 1st 10 questions are, especially the first 5 questions, I'm now wondering how was it possible for me to get a Q 50. Was it because I overall scored only 7 incorrect? But in retrospect that now seems doable since after 3 incorrect questions, probably the level of next questions were much easier to solve.

Also, I find it unlikely that the 1st two questions could be an experimental one (I could be wrong though).

I'm attaching an image just in case anyone would like to see it (not sure if I'm even allowed to attach it, but anyway). Just curious to know your insights and what does this incident speak about the exam's scoring algorithm.
(Please note: Question 12 I got incorrect as well apart from the ones you can see in the image. Rest are all correct, among the ones you cannot see in the image.)

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05 Oct 2017, 08:01
Hi sahilmshah92

You are right that the first 10 questions are important, but u can definitely makeup for the mistakes done within the initial few questions.
As u mentioned that u have only 7 questions incorrect, one point to note is that it is not the number of question incorrect that matters but the level of questions that are incorrect matters. For example, if u get an easy question wrong u will be penalized more than if u get a tough question wrong.
The GMAT CAT is a complex calculation and difficult to comprehend. Regarding the GMATPrep tests there are no experimental questions. It will be there in the actual test.
Overall the score shows that u performed well, but since it was a retest, there might have been some questions appearing again, which will not give a true reflection of your score.

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05 Oct 2017, 08:25
sahilmshah92 wrote:
Knowing how important the 1st 10 questions are, especially the first 5 questions, I'm now wondering how was it possible for me to get a Q 50. Was it because I overall scored only 7 incorrect? But in retrospect that now seems doable since after 3 incorrect questions, probably the level of next questions were much easier to solve.

Also, I find it unlikely that the 1st two questions could be an experimental one (I could be wrong though).
The first ten questions are not inherently more important than the others. What some people seem to believe about the first ten questions simply does not take into account what most test takers are likely to do in a high-stakes situation. Sure, if you get every question wrong in the first 10, your score is likely to drop a lot, but that's more because you'd be getting some (extremely) easy questions incorrect.

Also, the GMATPrep tests don't have any experimental questions.
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