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Is the real GMAT Quant tougher than the mock Exams?

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New post 17 Jan 2019, 03:25
I took all 6 mock exams:
Exam 1-51
Exam 2-50
Exam 3-50
Exam 4-51
Exam 5 -50
Exam 6-51

In the actual one I scored Q47. The questions were definitely harder than what I have been practicing in the mock so far. I have been finishing mock exams with 5-8 mins to spare. What should I do? Q47 is definitely way below my capability. I am extremely disappointed in myself. Does the country you write your test in make a difference (ex. China where a lot ppl score really well in Quant). Or am I just losing my mind?
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Hi there,

Great work on the practice tests. The real GMAT and the Official GMAT practice exams are about as similar as tests can be. The difference between the Official test and the practice test scores wasn't the content or the difficulty level. That's for sure. Likely you were just a bit more stressed for the real deal. What should you do? Take it again! You've been crushing the practice tests. You're ready.

Does the country you write your test in make a difference (ex. China where a lot ppl score really well in Quant).? The country doesn't make a difference.

Hope that is helpful - good luck!

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Hi KomalSg,

With those practice results, you clearly have strong Quant critical-thinking skills. The difference between your performance on Test Day and your practice performances could be due to a variety of different factors - and many of those factors are a measure of how realistically you were practicing (including if you took those CATs more than once or saw any of those Quant questions during your practice and before you took those CATs). Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, 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 (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
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KomalSg wrote:
I took all 6 mock exams:
Exam 1-51
Exam 2-50
Exam 3-50
Exam 4-51
Exam 5 -50
Exam 6-51

In the actual one I scored Q47. The questions were definitely harder than what I have been practicing in the mock so far. I have been finishing mock exams with 5-8 mins to spare. What should I do? Q47 is definitely way below my capability. I am extremely disappointed in myself. Does the country you write your test in make a difference (ex. China where a lot ppl score really well in Quant). Or am I just losing my mind?


Country or Location does not matter and also does not add to variance in test score. But IMO actual GMAT quant is a notch higher in difficulty than any of the GMAT prep mocks. Exam pressure and fatigue may also add to the score decline. So, don't get misguided by your geographical location as GMAT has a same standard for every test taker.
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New post 19 Jan 2019, 07:14
Hi KomalSg,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. First off, NO, the country in which you take the GMAT has no bearing on the difficulty of the exam. A more likely reason for your score drop is that in your preparation, you did not really learn to do what you have to do in order to score high on the actual GMAT. Rather, you picked up on some patterns that were effective in getting you relatively high scores on practice tests.

That being said, how did you prepare for the GMAT? For how many months did you study? What resources did you use for your prep? Also, are you going to retake the GMAT?

Once I learn some more about your situation with the GMAT, I’ll be happy to provide some further advice.
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I did experience that Quant was much harder than official mocks.. like MGMAT level. Just took the actual one recently..

I don't know if I was getting hard quant questions right in beginning, which then setup all hard questions for rest of test.. which then you miss a couple

Not sure how to prep, but ironically MGMAT practice tests were closer than official mocks to real thing
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New post 24 May 2019, 16:46
Hi Plandrive,

How did things go with your GMAT? Are you retaking or did you hit your score goal?
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Plandrive wrote:
I did experience that Quant was much harder than official mocks.. like MGMAT level. Just took the actual one recently..

I don't know if I was getting hard quant questions right in beginning, which then setup all hard questions for rest of test.. which then you miss a couple

Not sure how to prep, but ironically MGMAT practice tests were closer than official mocks to real thing


IMO GMAC mocks/practice tests are the best representation of actual GMAT.
MGMAT is a bit Quant heavy.

Here's an analysis based on members' reviews: https://gmatclub.com/forum/all-gmat-cat ... ml#p583005
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Hey Scott, I haven't taken the GMAT yet again since 710, but plan on doing so. If you could look at the response on my thread, that would be helpful, thanks!
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Plandrive wrote:
Hey Scott, I haven't taken the GMAT yet again since 710, but plan on doing so. If you could look at the response on my thread, that would be helpful, thanks!


I just responded to your other thread.
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