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# Manhattan GMAT CATs -- HUH?

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15 Jun 2007, 17:02
Hi,

I am new to this forum but have very much enjoyed reading them over the past few weeks. I recently completed a Princeton Review course, took the GMAT for the first time, and am unhappy with my result. Back to the drawing board and I am hitting the books once again.

Looking for new material (and tougher material, as I found the actual test MUCH harder than the PR tests), I purchased five Manhattan GMAT CATs and just completed my first one. I am somewhat baffeled and am looking for some comments on the accuracy of these exams.

I scored a 690 (46 Quant, 38 Verbal). However, I am not sure why. Look at this break down:

Quant:
19 correct, 18 wrong
Verbal:
27 correct, 14 wrong

How can this be? How accurate are the Manhattan GMAT CATs? Was my good score (yes, I consider it good and it is my target) simply a result of only dealing with questions in the 700-800 range?

Any feedback would be much appreciated.

Thanks.

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16 Jun 2007, 10:50
In my case the overall score of MGMAT cats were accurate, but the breakdown was not. On both MGMAT and GMAC practice cats I scored lower on verbal and higher on math than the real thing by several points. Maybe it's just me, who knows. However, the overall scores on both were on target.

Generally people say that the math on manhattan is a lot harder than the real thing, but the scoring is more generous so it's kind of equal in the end. I know they recently recallibrated the verbal scoring so it's now lower than it used to be.

The bottom line is use the tests for practice nothing will be a perfect indicator of how you will do.

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16 Jun 2007, 20:13
Had the same question. I guess it may have to do with the # of questions you get right in the beginning. The scoring curve depends a lot on the initial questions rather than how many you get right overall.

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18 Jun 2007, 11:55
I just took 2 MGMAT CATs and agree. I think it also depends on how many difficult questions you got right vs. wrong.

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18 Jun 2007, 18:33
Thanks for the info. I am taking a MGMAT Cat this weekend. If you really want a quant brainbuster, try the Gmat club challenges.

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01 Jul 2007, 17:31
Hi again:

Okay, an update. I took my second Manhattan GMAT CAT this weekend and did well:

720 (44 Quant, 45 Verbal)

Here is the breakdown:

Quant - 21 Correct, 16 Wrong
Verbal - 29 Correct, 12 Wrong

I am obviously very pleased and encouraged by this result, but am a bit worried that something fishy is going on. I am re-taking the test in a few weeks and am worried about false confidence.

Is there anyone else who can chime in on how MGMAT CAT Scores compare with the real thing?

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01 Jul 2007, 17:54
Your total scores seem to be off by 10. I don't know if the test is wrong or my calculator from 800Score.com

http://www.800score.com/score2.php

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