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# Kaplan's CAT Tests - Score Accuracy

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25 Apr 2016, 03:44
Dear all,

I have just finished one of the Kaplan CATs and the score I got seems pretty strange to me:
Q51 (first 14 right...somewhere in the middle are all of my 14 wrong answers)
V28 (21 wrong - mostly in the beginning and in the end)
Total Score: 710 (92 percentile)

So my questions are:
1) How can you get 51 in quant with 14 wrong answers?
2) How accurate is this 710? Using a table for score calculations posted in this site (...gmat-scores-83890.html) is seems that with this low verbal section I should be somewhere between 660-680.

I am taking the GMAT in 2 weeks (after 2 months preparation) and I am aming at a score in the range of 690-710

Thank you!

Best Regards

Raquel10

PS: Just for a comparison:
Before 3 weeks I began taking mock exams. First results were stable 600-610 (Veritas; Kaplan) with Q43-47 and V25-28
I managed to increase the score to 640-650 last week (Veritas, Princeton) with Q48-51 and V28-30
Yesterday I did the The Economist mock and scored 710-750 (Q50-53; V38-42)
I am also not sure about this Verbal section score inconsistency in the last few days :/
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25 Apr 2016, 13:24
Raquel10 wrote:
Dear all,

I have just finished one of the Kaplan CATs and the score I got seems pretty strange to me:
Q51 (first 14 right...somewhere in the middle are all of my 14 wrong answers)
V28 (21 wrong - mostly in the beginning and in the end)
Total Score: 710 (92 percentile)

So my questions are:
1) How can you get 51 in quant with 14 wrong answers?
2) How accurate is this 710? Using a table for score calculations posted in this site (...gmat-scores-83890.html) is seems that with this low verbal section I should be somewhere between 660-680.

I am taking the GMAT in 2 weeks (after 2 months preparation) and I am aming at a score in the range of 690-710

Thank you!

Best Regards

Raquel10

PS: Just for a comparison:
Before 3 weeks I began taking mock exams. First results were stable 600-610 (Veritas; Kaplan) with Q43-47 and V25-28
I managed to increase the score to 640-650 last week (Veritas, Princeton) with Q48-51 and V28-30
Yesterday I did the The Economist mock and scored 710-750 (Q50-53; V38-42)
I am also not sure about this Verbal section score inconsistency in the last few days :/

Hi mate,

how many questions wrong are needed to get q51 - is not the right question.
there are few factors that are taken into consideration when the raw sub-score is calculated.
it might be the case that you got pretty fast (in 14 questions) to the highest level of difficulty, and then, taking turns, you responded correctly/incorrectly.
Q51; V28 - is definitely not close to 710. I would not rely much on economist. I got 750 on its brightest minds contest, yet got 650 on real test.
Q53 - that is unlikely, as 51 is the max score possible on gmat.
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25 Apr 2016, 17:34
Raquel10 wrote:
I am taking the GMAT in 2 weeks (after 2 months preparation) and I am aming at a score in the range of 690-710

I am also not sure about this Verbal section score inconsistency in the last few days :/
You're comparing scores across (different) tests. And I don't see a GMATPrep score anywhere in your post. The official practice tests provide far more reliable score estimates. If you haven't taken a GMATPrep yet, try to take one as soon as possible.
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26 Apr 2016, 06:58
Dear Mvictor,

Thanks for your response! Yes, I also thought that with V28 it is impossible to get a score higher than 660-670, that's why I was so surprised to see 710. I have attached a screenshot with the strange Q50-53 on the Economist... As I see it is better to use these tests only as an exercise, rather than as an accurate measure of your real level :/

Regards

Raquel10
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26 Apr 2016, 07:09
Dear Ajitesh,

Thank you for the response! This morning I took the first GMATprep test and got my strongest verbal result till now:
680 (Q47,V36)
Surprising mainly because for me this was one of the hardest verbals so far....and now I am not sure if this result happened coincidentally taking into account all the other test results, or it represents the real level on which my skills are...

Best Regards,

Raquel10
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26 Apr 2016, 08:13
Raquel10 wrote:
This morning I took the first GMATprep test and got my strongest verbal result till now:
680 (Q47,V36)
Surprising mainly because for me this was one of the hardest verbals so far....and now I am not sure if this result happened coincidentally taking into account all the other test results, or it represents the real level on which my skills are...
If you took the full test and the questions were not already known to you, then yes, this score should be quite representative.

You do have time to take 1-2 more GMATPreps before your exam. Try to get comfortable with your timing strategy (and develop a feel for GMAT quant and verbal).
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27 Apr 2016, 07:41
Hi Raquel10,

I'm concerned to see these results, because a Q51 and V28 do not correspond to a 710. I would definitely like to have our learning science team take a look at what may have caused this, so that we can get an answer for you regarding this score. We at Kaplan take the accuracy of our tests very seriously because we know that test takers like yourself are counting on their accuracy. If you could please send me a private message with your email address and where you took the CAT, we will investigate your results. I will also follow up with you via private message with what we learn.

Thanks,
Jennifer Kindy
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27 Aug 2017, 12:20
I have taken kaplan tests and scored around 610(Q48,V26) and 620(Q47,V27). Once among my kaplan tests, I scored 650(Q46,V33). In my gmat prep software tests, I scored 610(Q47,V27) and620(Q49,V25). Since I messed up the timing in verbal and I think may be able to improve so I am thinking to give another mock. Since I have used up both the gmat prep mocks. Can anyone suggest me whether to reset the mock and attempt it or try free manhattan or free kaplan test.
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