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# how accurate are pratice tests?

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Joined: 31 Dec 1969
Location: Russian Federation
GMAT 3: 740 Q40 V50
GMAT 4: 700 Q48 V38
GMAT 5: 710 Q45 V41
GMAT 6: 680 Q47 V36
GMAT 9: 740 Q49 V42
GMAT 11: 500 Q47 V33
GMAT 14: 760 Q49 V44
WE: Supply Chain Management (Energy and Utilities)
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21 Dec 2002, 22:03
Well, I've booked my GMAT for about the end of January, and I've really just started hitting the prep. guides hard as of 2 days ago. Although, I must admit that for the past two weeks I did spend at least couple hours a week looking over the material. Anyway, if the practice tests are truly indicative of one's probable score, then it seems that I should be able to get a something in the low 700's. If this ends up being the case, then I'll be very pleased, however, I'm a little worried that the practice tests may not be that accurate? Any thoughts? BTW I'm using the ARCO book.
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21 Dec 2002, 22:31
BNL wrote:
Well, I've booked my GMAT for about the end of January, and I've really just started hitting the prep. guides hard as of 2 days ago. Although, I must admit that for the past two weeks I did spend at least couple hours a week looking over the material. Anyway, if the practice tests are truly indicative of one's probable score, then it seems that I should be able to get a something in the low 700's. If this ends up being the case, then I'll be very pleased, however, I'm a little worried that the practice tests may not be that accurate? Any thoughts? BTW I'm using the ARCO book.

ARCO may be a little dangerous... a few people have indicated in our materials survey (see surveys) that their books are not very helpful.
Also, you can see reviews for the book in the books section.

I used arco and it was not very productive.
You can try PowerPrep (you can download it) and it will be pretty close (within 20-30 points, which is the standard deviation for a person on the GMAT)
Joined: 31 Dec 1969
Location: Russian Federation
GMAT 3: 740 Q40 V50
GMAT 4: 700 Q48 V38
GMAT 5: 710 Q45 V41
GMAT 6: 680 Q47 V36
GMAT 9: 740 Q49 V42
GMAT 11: 500 Q47 V33
GMAT 14: 760 Q49 V44
WE: Supply Chain Management (Energy and Utilities)
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21 Dec 2002, 23:01
bb wrote:
BNL wrote:
Well, I've booked my GMAT for about the end of January, and I've really just started hitting the prep. guides hard as of 2 days ago. Although, I must admit that for the past two weeks I did spend at least couple hours a week looking over the material. Anyway, if the practice tests are truly indicative of one's probable score, then it seems that I should be able to get a something in the low 700's. If this ends up being the case, then I'll be very pleased, however, I'm a little worried that the practice tests may not be that accurate? Any thoughts? BTW I'm using the ARCO book.

ARCO may be a little dangerous... a few people have indicated in our materials survey (see surveys) that their books are not very helpful.
Also, you can see reviews for the book in the books section.

I used arco and it was not very productive.
You can try PowerPrep (you can download it) and it will be pretty close (within 20-30 points, which is the standard deviation for a person on the GMAT)

Yeah... I noticed your survey and was a little surprised. I actually find the ARCO book quite useful and informative, but I'm just simply not sure about the accuracy of their practice tests i.e. based on my test results, it seems much easier to get over 700 than I had originally thought.

Anyway, I have the GMAT official powerprep software, and I'll probably pick up the Kaplan book in a week or two. Hopefully by the time I get through all of them I'll be perfectly ready.

BTW, congratulations on an excellent site, I'm sure you'll be getting many hits in the near future. Also, I noticed you did quite well on your GMAT....how long did you perpare for it?

tia,

///B
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Joined: 04 Dec 2002
Posts: 15148
Location: United States (WA)
GMAT 1: 750 Q49 V42
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21 Dec 2002, 23:15
Anonymous wrote:
bb wrote:
BNL wrote:
Well, I've booked my GMAT for about the end of January, and I've really just started hitting the prep. guides hard as of 2 days ago. Although, I must admit that for the past two weeks I did spend at least couple hours a week looking over the material. Anyway, if the practice tests are truly indicative of one's probable score, then it seems that I should be able to get a something in the low 700's. If this ends up being the case, then I'll be very pleased, however, I'm a little worried that the practice tests may not be that accurate? Any thoughts? BTW I'm using the ARCO book.

ARCO may be a little dangerous... a few people have indicated in our materials survey (see surveys) that their books are not very helpful.
Also, you can see reviews for the book in the books section.

I used arco and it was not very productive.
You can try PowerPrep (you can download it) and it will be pretty close (within 20-30 points, which is the standard deviation for a person on the GMAT)

Yeah... I noticed your survey and was a little surprised. I actually find the ARCO book quite useful and informative, but I'm just simply not sure about the accuracy of their practice tests i.e. based on my test results, it seems much easier to get over 700 than I had originally thought.

Anyway, I have the GMAT official powerprep software, and I'll probably pick up the Kaplan book in a week or two. Hopefully by the time I get through all of them I'll be perfectly ready.

BTW, congratulations on an excellent site, I'm sure you'll be getting many hits in the near future. Also, I noticed you did quite well on your GMAT....how long did you perpare for it?

tia,

///B

Tia,
Kaplan is a good choice, generally, since they have pretty tough questions.

It took me around 3-4 months to prepare but I set up times for studying - several hours a day. I was reading books in the evening before going to bed and I was studying on the weekends. On average I spent around 10-14 hours a week studying. I had only Kaplan and Princeton books. I did not even have the Official Guide, which I think is the reason I scored only 750 Just kidding.
Actually, I got bogged down on a probability problem which was #12.
and you may notice that neither Kaplan nor Princeton give any probability problems (might have changed since last year with Princeton).

I will tell you a secret: By the end of my prep I was so annoyed with GMAT that I stopped taking tests and just reviewed things. I hated the tests but I liked the practice problems (both math, CR, and SC, NOT Reading).

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