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Is Actual Gmat much tougher than gmat prep??

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New post 17 Sep 2011, 10:00
Want to know from recent gmat takers.....what is there experience about gmat prep and actual gmat.......can we still bank on gmatprep to give us a good indication of where we are with our preparation......I got this doubt because i came to know that gmat prep software is not updated since last 2-3 years but the actual gmat has changed......

Pls share ur experience...........

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New post 17 Sep 2011, 11:15
The real GMAT is just a shade tougher than the GMAT Prep Tests. The main reasons for taking the GMAT Prep Tests are:
1. It's a good source of authentic GMAT questions.
2. The test interface is exactly the same as the real test. So it will help you become more comfortable.
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New post 18 Sep 2011, 04:18
In my experience I found them to be exactly the same in terms of level of questions. The difference comes in the pressure of the situation when you are taking the actual test. Best way to negate this is to do lots of practice tests in simulated conditions.

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New post 18 Sep 2011, 05:07
Real GMAT is different from prep in that it's difficutly scales upward at a much higher rate. Especially with the experimental questions involved, it ramps up pretty quickly, within the first 5-6 questions.

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New post 19 Sep 2011, 11:27
Pretty similar, score was accurate as well. 770 and 730 on Prep 1 and 2, 750 on the real thing.

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