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MGMAT CAT VS OG CAT VS ACTUAL GMAT

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New post 28 Sep 2019, 12:50
Just finished up with my second MGMAT test and 5 CAT. Somewhat frustrates and very bewildered over the results:

OG 1: 710 (V42 Q43)
OG 2: 710 (V47 Q41)
MGMAT 1: 650 (V36 Q43)
OG 3: 750 (V47 Q47)
MGMAT 2: 620 (V34 Q41)

I find my self consistently having more time management issues on MGMAT than OG tests. On both sections of both tests I had to guess on 5+ at the very end and didn’t complete quant section. The verbal section on MGMAT to be much more misleading and sometimes stating answers that I flat out disagree with (and I was a peer writing advisor in college so I like to think I have at least a small amount of expertise in this area).

For reference, I’m plowing through OG practice sets (30 questions test-timing) and usually 90-100% correct on the past 3 verbal and 85-95% on quant over the 3 quant.

Has anyone had a similar experience? Also from your knowledge does this indicate any specific areas of study I should focus on (other than time management quite obviously.

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Hi Fishimura,

To start, 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. Beyond that issue, there are a variety of factors that can impact how you perform on a practice CAT/mock, including the time of day that you take the Exam, the order of the sections, how well-rested you are, the testing environment you're in, whether you have seen any of the questions before or not, etc.

In addition, many Test Takers face pacing issues in the Quant section, the Verbal section or both - so you are not alone. However, it's important to remember that pacing problems do NOT exist on their own - they're the results of OTHER problems.

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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1) How long have you studied? How many hours do you typically study each week?
2) What study materials have you used so far?

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3) What is your overall goal score?
4) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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New post 28 Sep 2019, 14:18
1. Anywhere between around 7-15 hours per week (15 when I take a practice exam+review). Been studying for around 8-9 weeks
2. Went through complete OG guide (with verbal+quant additions) Manhattan foundations of math, started on advanced quant. Plus OG practice sets (maybe 1/4-1/3 through total problems here)
3. Goal is 730+
4. Late October (roughly 4 weeks out)
5. Round 2 deadlines in Jan
6. Anderson, haas, Stanford, Harvard, Kellogg

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I've sent you a PM with some additional notes and questions.

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New post 01 Oct 2019, 17:47
Hi Fishimura,

Certainly, when you take practice tests from companies other than GMAC, you may find some variation in algorithms used and thus variations in your score. When do you plan to take your next official GMAC practice exam?

If you have any further questions or need advice regarding your study plan, feel free to reach out. You also may find it helpful to read the following article:

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