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Inconsistent score - GMAT Prep malfunction?

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26 Nov 2018, 11:33
I just completed GMAT Prep Practice Exam #4 and received a quant score of 49. This was shocking because the questions felt easy so I was sure I was doing poorly during the exam. While I have been studying a lot, I am skeptical of the score because my recent quant scores on Manhattan CATs and GMAT Club Tests have ranged from 38-45. When I researched every quant question from this GMAT Prep Practice Exam, the overwhelming majority of questions fell into the 600-700 or sub-600 levels (based on GMAT Club tags) with only 7-8 700-level questions. Does anyone have any ideas for why my score came out so high despite the relatively low difficulty levels of questions? I know GMAT Prep is supposed to be the most reliable exam but I wonder if the software miscalculated.
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26 Nov 2018, 11:48
chard wrote:
I just completed GMAT Prep Practice Exam #4 and received a quant score of 49. This was shocking because the questions felt easy so I was sure I was doing poorly during the exam. While I have been studying a lot, I am skeptical of the score because my recent quant scores on Manhattan CATs and GMAT Club Tests have ranged from 38-45. When I researched every quant question from this GMAT Prep Practice Exam, the overwhelming majority of questions fell into the 600-700 or sub-600 levels (based on GMAT Club tags) with only 7-8 700-level questions. Does anyone have any ideas for why my score came out so high despite the relatively low difficulty levels of questions? I know GMAT Prep is supposed to be the most reliable exam but I wonder if the software miscalculated.

You can be fairly confident that the result from the official GMAT prep is the closest indication to your actual GMAT score.

Both MGMAT, as well as Gmatclub, are famous for offering more challenging quant section than the official test.

Hope this helps.

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26 Nov 2018, 11:55
Hi chard,

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.

If you are looking for any advice to improve your Scores, then it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

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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)?

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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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28 Nov 2018, 20:19
Hi Chard,

A Q49 is a fantastic quant score, and NO, the software did not miscalculate your score. The truth is that even when a test-taker is scoring at the highest level in the quant section, generally only a fraction of the questions that a well-prepared test-taker sees will seem particularly difficult. So, your experience of seeing 7 to 8 "hard" quant questions is basically right in line with what one would expect to see.
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29 Nov 2018, 20:59
chard wrote:
I just completed GMAT Prep Practice Exam #4 and received a quant score of 49. This was shocking because the questions felt easy so I was sure I was doing poorly during the exam. While I have been studying a lot, I am skeptical of the score because my recent quant scores on Manhattan CATs and GMAT Club Tests have ranged from 38-45. When I researched every quant question from this GMAT Prep Practice Exam, the overwhelming majority of questions fell into the 600-700 or sub-600 levels (based on GMAT Club tags) with only 7-8 700-level questions. Does anyone have any ideas for why my score came out so high despite the relatively low difficulty levels of questions? I know GMAT Prep is supposed to be the most reliable exam but I wonder if the software miscalculated.
The difficulty levels you see here are approximate. You can rest assured that the GMATPrep algorithm has the actual characteristics for every question (from the time the question was retired from the actual GMAT). If you are still worried that this was not a representative score, take a few more GMATPrep tests so that you can get a larger sample.
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