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Hi,

I took kaplan free practice test. Got 660(Q45, V35).

Could some one please tell how accurate kaplan tests are?

What will be +/- of real gmat tests?

Is free practice tests different from paid tests?

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Hi,

I took kaplan free practice test. Got 660(Q45, V35).

Could some one please tell how accurate kaplan tests are?

What will be +/- of real gmat tests?

Is free practice tests different from paid tests?

Thanks
Generally, the scores that non-official practice tests generate are less reliable than those that official practice tests generate. You will not be able to get an accurate figure for the "+/-" question you asked, so you should probably not worry about that. The score that you got (660, Q45 V35) is positive. Continue working, and take a GMATPrep (official) practice test when you can.
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Hi PavanChebolu,

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. The most realistic CATs available are the 6 from GMAC, but the CATs from Kaplan, MGMAT and Veritas are all 'close enough' to the real thing that they will provide you with a relatively realistic score assessment (assuming that you use the CAT correctly).

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:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
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)?

Goals:
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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Hi PavanChebolu,

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. The most realistic CATs available are the 6 from GMAC, but the CATs from Kaplan, MGMAT and Veritas are all 'close enough' to the real thing that they will provide you with a relatively realistic score assessment (assuming that you use the CAT correctly).

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:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
I started my preparation on january 2019.

2) What study materials have you used so far?
OG 11, OG17, OG 16, Manhattan gmat for SC, CR bible, some of challenging questions of SC and CR from gmat club.

3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
I took my first diagnostic test in Veritas(January) and scored 430. After vigorous study I took the second diagnostic test on jan 20 and i scored 540. Main challenge I am facing is with verbal and mainly CR and RC. To see some improvement in quants I concentrated more on quant and took one more test the next week, i scored 570 with the similar verbal score and 3 point improvement in quant.
From the start of feb I concentrated more on CR and took my 4th Veritas Prep I scored 620 with improvement in verbal from 19 to 31. I was happy with the score. But serious problem lies in timing of RC and number of correct answers in RC. Then for a change I took kaplan diagnostic test and scored 660 with verbal 35 but the score in SC and CR is good and RC I got 4/14 questions correct. There are more RC questions than expected. Quant I was always in the range of 45 to 48 but I want to score 50 in quant.

I would be really happy if you could tell some tips on RC. I was lacking in timing with RC, taking beyond 8 min and also understanding of the passage. This week I concentrated more on RC and took the test but I couldn’t see any improvement in score in RC.

Goals:
4) What is your goal score?
My goal score is around 730.

5) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
In the mid of March.

6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
This year

7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
Didn’t think of any but top b schools :)

Many thanks for your reply

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Hi PavanChebolu,

From your last post, there are a couple of different issues to discuss.

First, many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores. From what you describe, you have been studying for no more than 1.5 months, so there's a fairly good chance that you will continue to improve over time as you become more familiar with the Test content, patterns and Tactics needed to score at a high level. A mid-March Test Date would only give you about another 4 weeks of study time though - and that might not be enough time for you to consistently perform at the level needed to hit your Score Goal of 730+. As such, you might need to consider pushing back your Test Date

Second, many Test Takers who use a 'book heavy' study approach end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level. Your CAT Scores have continued to improve, so there's no way to know whether you're currently 'stuck' in the mid-600s or not - and it's possible that you might not get stuck at all. Since there are specific areas (RC and Quant) that you still need to work on, you might end up needing to invest in some new, non-book resources that focus on the patterns, Tactics and little 'secrets' of the GMAT.

1) When you say that you are planning to apply to Business School 'this year', do you mean an upcoming Round (such as Round 3) or later in the year (re: Round 1)?
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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Hi PavanChebolu,

I don’t think that you are going to get a concrete answer to your question. Remember, when you take practice tests from companies other than GMAC, you may find some variation in algorithms used and thus variations in your score. That said, why don’t you take an official GMAC practice exam?

If you do decide to take an official practice test, feel free to report back here with your score breakdown, and I can provide some further advice.

Also, you may find it helpful to read this article about how to increase your GMAT quant score.

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi PavanChebolu,

From your last post, there are a couple of different issues to discuss.

First, many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores. From what you describe, you have been studying for no more than 1.5 months, so there's a fairly good chance that you will continue to improve over time as you become more familiar with the Test content, patterns and Tactics needed to score at a high level. A mid-March Test Date would only give you about another 4 weeks of study time though - and that might not be enough time for you to consistently perform at the level needed to hit your Score Goal of 730+. As such, you might need to consider pushing back your Test Date

Second, many Test Takers who use a 'book heavy' study approach end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level. Your CAT Scores have continued to improve, so there's no way to know whether you're currently 'stuck' in the mid-600s or not - and it's possible that you might not get stuck at all. Since there are specific areas (RC and Quant) that you still need to work on, you might end up needing to invest in some new, non-book resources that focus on the patterns, Tactics and little 'secrets' of the GMAT.

1) When you say that you are planning to apply to Business School 'this year', do you mean an upcoming Round (such as Round 3) or later in the year (re: Round 1)?
Only if I can get a score I will be able to decide on when & where to apply.

2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?
I study typically around 40 hrs a week as I don’t have much work in office.

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Hi PavanChebolu,

I don’t think that you are going to get a concrete answer to your question. Remember, when you take practice tests from companies other than GMAC, you may find some variation in algorithms used and thus variations in your score. That said, why don’t you take an official GMAC practice exam?

((Dear Scott,

Sure. After seeing Replies I was thinking to take official GMATPrep. I will get back to you once I am done with the prep exam.

As I am preparing only from OG guides, will I get Similar questions in GMATPrep test? I am planning to buy all 6 tests from GMAC.

Thanks for your reply.
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If you do decide to take an official practice test, feel free to report back here with your score breakdown, and I can provide some further advice.


Also, you may find it helpful to read this article about how to increase your GMAT quant score.

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Hi PavanChebolu,

Since you do not appear to be facing any immediate application deadlines, you're not 'locked in' to taking the GMAT in 4 weeks, so you should have the freedom to push back your Test Date. Even a few weeks of additional study time will almost certainly be valuable to your overall improvement - and you'll have a better opportunity to learn and practice the proper Tactics as well as learn more about the patterns and little 'secrets' of the GMAT. If you're interested in some new study materials that would help you to build on your current skills, then just let me know.

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