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How to interpret results from question bank practice?

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New post 18 Jul 2019, 15:08
Hello all,

New user here and I apologize if this is a dumb question, but I am just beginning my preparations and have been tackling the sentence correction portion of the verbal section. I have read the Manhattan Prep SC book and have moved on to the question banks on this forum to test what I have learned.

Can someone explain to me what exactly the categories mean? I see the questions for SC specifically are split up into sub-600, 600-700, and then 700 level. My results (I've done 20 questions in each section - small sample, I know) are as follows:
Sub 600: 80%
600-700: 95%
700: 55%

Let's pretend I did hundreds of questions so we know it isn't just a fluke - how would I interpret these results? Does 55% in the 700-level questions mean I'm 55% of the way between a 600 and a 700-level score? Does it mean I'm at a ~755?

Basically I would just like to know at what point I can feel confident in being able to get the equivalent of a 700+ score in each section, without having to burn a mock exam.

Thanks in advance for any responses!
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Hi hradsky,

While working through individual questions and quizzes is a standard part of the GMAT training process, your results from that type of practice won't necessarily define how well you will perform when taking a FULL-LENGTH CAT/mock under realistic, test-like conditions. That's one of the reasons why you have to take those CATs at regular intervals (and again - under realistic conditions) - to measure how well you will handle the FULL Exam.

While the most realistic CATs available are the 6 from GMAC, 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). As such, you shouldn't be concerned about 'burning' a CAT - there are plenty of high-quality CATs that you can use during your studies.

Before I can offer you any additional 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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New post 19 Jul 2019, 00:01
hradsky wrote:
Basically I would just like to know at what point I can feel confident in being able to get the equivalent of a 700+ score in each section, without having to burn a mock exam.
That's the kind of question that only a (good) practice test can provide the answer to. :)
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Hi hradsky,

While working through individual questions and quizzes is a standard part of the GMAT training process, your results from that type of practice won't necessarily define how well you will perform when taking a FULL-LENGTH CAT/mock under realistic, test-like conditions. That's one of the reasons why you have to take those CATs at regular intervals (and again - under realistic conditions) - to measure how well you will handle the FULL Exam.

While the most realistic CATs available are the 6 from GMAC, 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). As such, you shouldn't be concerned about 'burning' a CAT - there are plenty of high-quality CATs that you can use during your studies.

Before I can offer you any additional 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 Rich,

Thanks for your reply - fair enough, I suppose I'll just have to do practice tests.

In terms of your Qs.

1. Not long, just started about a week ago.
2. I've only covered Manhattan's SC book, going through the RC book now.
3. I've only done one practice test, which I did before I studied at all just to see where I was at. 42Q and 40V, 8IR for a 680.
4. My goal would be a 730+, I know when I did the practice test there were a lot of simple things I likely missed because I haven't studied grammar or the math in a long time.
5. Whenever I'm ready, not a short time horizon. Ideally within 2 years.
6. 2-4 years
7. Top 20 US schools most likely, scaling higher or lower depending on what I can muster on the GMAT I suppose.

My plan at the moment is to get test-ready for everything verbal and then once I have that down focus in on quant. Is there any reason why I can't or shouldn't just do the verbal section on a CAT and completely skip the quant, since the scores should be independent? Of course, I acknowledge this isn't exactly the most realistic comparison to test day, but it would be for the purpose of gauging roughly where I'm at with Verbal without having to learn Quant as well.
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Hi hradsky,

To start, studying now - far in advance of when you'll actually "need" your GMAT Score - is a really smart choice.

Assuming that you took that initial CAT in a realistic fashion (for example, you didn't pause the CAT or see questions that you already knew the answers to), then this is a fantastic initial CAT Score (the average Score on the Official GMAT hovers around 550 most years). With a V40, you likely have little to worry about in the Verbal section, so if you want to be efficient with your study time (and not prolong your overall studies), then you might find it better to focus on the Quant section at this point. Based on that 1st CAT Score, with 1-2 months of consistent, guided study, you could probably hit your Score Goal and be done with the GMAT.

1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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New post 22 Jul 2019, 08:23
Honestly, it’s very difficult to translate your accuracy from question banks into an actual GMAT score. That said, the best way to determine your baseline score is to take a full length GMAC practice exam. I know you are concerned about wasting the exams; however the purpose of taking a practice test now is to see how far you have to go to achieve your 700+ score goal.

Once you take the practice exam, feel free to report back with your score breakdown, and I can provide some further advice.

You also may find it helpful to read this article about [url=http://blog.targettestprep.com/how-to-score-a-700-on-the-gmat/]how to score a 700+ on the GMAT

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