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# Kaplan CAT Validity

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27 Nov 2019, 11:01
Hi everyone,

Not sure if I can start such a thread here, but just wanted to see how accurate score predictions of that free kaplan cat are.

Problem is, as I'm getting close to the official test (in about a week), anxiety starts to kick in heavily and throws me off totally, which reflected on my yesterday's gmat prep cat.

About 3 weeks ago I took my first proper gmat prep test and scored a 680 (Q47, V36). So I thought that I'd do quite better after studying for the past weeks. I took the second gmat prep cat yesterday and scored a 660 (Q50, V30). Although I have been indeed studying quant more, I still have been practicing verbal enough to see an improvement, yet it dipped by that much. Granted, because of anxiety and sort of panic even during the cat, I could barely focus and properly think, especially on the verbal part, which I believe led to such a drop.

Today I took a kaplan cat and scored a 660 again, but with Q48 and V36 (I was trying to stay calmer through the exam, although anxiety still was messing with my performance a lot). Now, I would just like to have any input on how accurate the kaplan cat score is (meaning if it generally underscores, can I expect a better result in the official test if I handle anxiety somehow, or it gives a rather optimistic prediction and I should expect even a lower score?).

Thanks a lot.
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27 Nov 2019, 11:42
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evgenybr wrote:
Hi everyone,

Not sure if I can start such a thread here, but just wanted to see how accurate score predictions of that free kaplan cat are.

Problem is, as I'm getting close to the official test (in about a week), anxiety starts to kick in heavily and throws me off totally, which reflected on my yesterday's gmat prep cat.

About 3 weeks ago I took my first proper gmat prep test and scored a 680 (Q47, V36). So I thought that I'd do quite better after studying for the past weeks. I took the second gmat prep cat yesterday and scored a 660 (Q50, V30). Although I have been indeed studying quant more, I still have been practicing verbal enough to see an improvement, yet it dipped by that much. Granted, because of anxiety and sort of panic even during the cat, I could barely focus and properly think, especially on the verbal part, which I believe led to such a drop.

Today I took a kaplan cat and scored a 660 again, but with Q48 and V36 (I was trying to stay calmer through the exam, although anxiety still was messing with my performance a lot). Now, I would just like to have any input on how accurate the kaplan cat score is (meaning if it generally underscores, can I expect a better result in the official test if I handle anxiety somehow, or it gives a rather optimistic prediction and I should expect even a lower score?).

Thanks a lot.

Hi evgenybr,

There have already been a few discussion about the Kaplan CATs. You can go over this thread to get some Idea. https://gmatclub.com/forum/kaplan-28354 ... fl=similar

Further you can go over some verified reviews to get some Idea. https://gmatclub.com/reviews/tests-kapl ... -345345673.

Although I think Kaplan CAT's are decent, Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practice tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

Lastly I would also encourage you to purchase the Official GMAT questions from mba.com for some great additional practice.

Hope this helps. All the best!
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29 Nov 2019, 08:59
Hi, evgenybr,

After GMATprep, kaplan mock can give reliable score, apart from Manhattan and Veritas. So you can accept your ability level around 700 (maximum, as GMAC claims that one's ability is in the range of 30-40 points in GMATprep software mocks) as you are scoring consistently around 660.

All the best for your preparation!!!

Regards,
Raxit T.
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# Kaplan CAT Validity

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