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Before I took the gmat I did a google search to see how accurate the mgmat cats are, and didn't find any good results. So I'm going to share my own experience.

My MGMAT CAT scores were the following:

q42 v26 570
q31 v31 520
q45 v34 650
q36 v32 570
q28 v32 510
q40 v33 600

My GMAT Score
q48 v37 690

As you can see I didn't score very well on these mgmat cats, and did much better on the gmat. My advice for those who score poorly on the mgmat cats is to not worry too much as I found the math portion of the gmat to be much easier than mgmat. Verbal part was about the same as mgmat. A couple more tips that worked for me: drink gatorade (need that sugar) and don't study the day before to let your brain rest.

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01 Jun 2013, 08:36
Thanks for this. I was getting a bit worried. Did two tests now and scored and scored only 46/47 in Quant, while getting a 90% in the Kaplan test. Did anyone else have similar experiences with the MGMAT cats?

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01 Jun 2013, 08:43
Wow. That's quite a difference.

Congrats. Thank you for sharing. Good luck on the applications.

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01 Jun 2013, 10:12
I thought Kaplan was known to have a track of such huge differences in Mock Tests vs The real thing.

MGMAT used to be fairly more accurate I guess. However, thanks for sharing your experience

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01 Jun 2013, 13:49
Will let you know after the the real thing which one was closer Somewhere in the middle would be fine with me!

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01 Jun 2013, 13:54
IvyLeague56 wrote:
I thought Kaplan was known to have a track of such huge differences in Mock Tests vs The real thing.

MGMAT used to be fairly more accurate I guess. However, thanks for sharing your experience

They changed their algorithm a few months back - i can't remember exactly when (it used to be quite precise)
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05 Jun 2013, 17:58
Yeah, I agree that they used to be accurate, but now, however, the scores seem to be lower than that real thing. I wonder why they changed it...

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11 Jun 2013, 17:50
klc23 wrote:
Before I took the gmat I did a google search to see how accurate the mgmat cats are, and didn't find any good results. So I'm going to share my own experience.

My MGMAT CAT scores were the following:

q42 v26 570
q31 v31 520
q45 v34 650
q36 v32 570
q28 v32 510
q40 v33 600

My GMAT Score
q48 v37 690

As you can see I didn't score very well on these mgmat cats, and did much better on the gmat. My advice for those who score poorly on the mgmat cats is to not worry too much as I found the math portion of the gmat to be much easier than mgmat. Verbal part was about the same as mgmat. A couple more tips that worked for me: drink gatorade (need that sugar) and don't study the day before to let your brain rest.

did you take any GMATPREP exams? i am also taking a beating in the math section of the mgmat tests!

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11 Jun 2013, 19:44
klc23 wrote:
Before I took the gmat I did a google search to see how accurate the mgmat cats are, and didn't find any good results. So I'm going to share my own experience.

My MGMAT CAT scores were the following:

q42 v26 570
q31 v31 520
q45 v34 650
q36 v32 570
q28 v32 510
q40 v33 600

My GMAT Score
q48 v37 690

As you can see I didn't score very well on these mgmat cats, and did much better on the gmat. My advice for those who score poorly on the mgmat cats is to not worry too much as I found the math portion of the gmat to be much easier than mgmat. Verbal part was about the same as mgmat. A couple more tips that worked for me: drink gatorade (need that sugar) and don't study the day before to let your brain rest.

Thanks for sharing - at times low MGMAT Quant scores demotivates. I read at various places that MGMAT Verbal is more lenient than GMAT. How was your GMATPREP score?

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12 Jun 2013, 08:35
klc23 wrote:
Before I took the gmat I did a google search to see how accurate the mgmat cats are, and didn't find any good results. So I'm going to share my own experience.

My MGMAT CAT scores were the following:

q42 v26 570
q31 v31 520
q45 v34 650
q36 v32 570
q28 v32 510
q40 v33 600

My GMAT Score
q48 v37 690

As you can see I didn't score very well on these mgmat cats, and did much better on the gmat. My advice for those who score poorly on the mgmat cats is to not worry too much as I found the math portion of the gmat to be much easier than mgmat. Verbal part was about the same as mgmat. A couple more tips that worked for me: drink gatorade (need that sugar) and don't study the day before to let your brain rest.

congrats for a score!!
what you can say about mgmat cr(700-800 level ) v/s real gmat question?

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I had a similar experience with MGMAT lowballing me. I took all 6 MGMAT CATs twice each and only twice did I score above 700 and even those were semi-illegitimate b/c by then I was starting to recognize old questions. Actual test: 720, and I felt that was low. For me I thought the MGMAT Quant was much harder than the real thing, but I didn't do that well on the quant (47) so I probably didn't really see the hardest of quant questions on test day.

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14 Jun 2013, 12:27
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I had a similar experience with MGMAT lowballing me. I took all 6 MGMAT CATs twice each and only twice did I score above 700 and even those were semi-illegitimate b/c by then I was starting to recognize old questions. Actual test: 720, and I felt that was low. For me I thought the MGMAT Quant was much harder than the real thing, but I didn't do that well on the quant (47) so I probably didn't really see the hardest of quant questions on test day.

did you also take gmatprep? how did you do on that?

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16 Jun 2013, 05:46
Does anyone have recent experiences with the Princeton Review tests?

I felt it was not adaptive at all. The questions remained pretty easy and in the end you get only 5 or so wrong it it gives you a 45.

And a 610 in total! :O

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18 Jun 2013, 20:16
Thanks for the informative post.

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06 Sep 2013, 11:58

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06 Sep 2013, 17:14
I agree that the quant section of the MGMAT exams are extremely harder compared to the actual exam. The MGMAT exams didn't make me very confident heading into the actual exam.

I scored 560 (33Q, 34V), 650(39Q, 39V), 620(39Q, 35V), 640 (43Q,35V), 650(40Q,38V), and 640 (38Q,38V) on the MGMAT exams.

Actual exam: 660(47Q, 34V)

Was pretty confident about the verbal heading into the actual exam, but bombed it.

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08 Sep 2013, 08:04
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To wrap this up... after scoring between 670 and 690 in Manhattan review (as mentioned above), I scored 740 on Kaplan and 740 in the OG Practice Test.

Hence I was pretty confident. On the test day however, I had a really bad day and totally lost my concentration towards the end. I scored a 680 but the problem was not the Quant as I was always told by MGMAT (Q:49, V:34). So the Quant part was much more accurately predicted by Kaplan than by MGMAT.

I studied some verbal, which I hadn't done so far. Did one more Kaplan practice test before the second try and scored 750.

Ended up getting a 760 (q 50, v44), so I can definitely say that the Kaplan tests are pretty accurate at the moment. While my MGMAT practice test before the second exam said 700.

Yeah Mgmat has screwed there scoring algorithm after 29Aug...
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09 Sep 2013, 02:33
Well at least one is in for a positive surprise!

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13 Nov 2013, 15:43
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katjap235 wrote:
To wrap this up... after scoring between 670 and 690 in Manhattan review (as mentioned above), I scored 740 on Kaplan and 740 in the OG Practice Test.

Hence I was pretty confident. On the test day however, I had a really bad day and totally lost my concentration towards the end. I scored a 680 but the problem was not the Quant as I was always told by MGMAT (Q:49, V:34). So the Quant part was much more accurately predicted by Kaplan than by MGMAT.

I studied some verbal, which I hadn't done so far. Did one more Kaplan practice test before the second try and scored 750.

Ended up getting a 760 (q 50, v44), so I can definitely say that the Kaplan tests are pretty accurate at the moment. While my MGMAT practice test before the second exam said 700.

Yeah Mgmat has screwed there scoring algorithm after 29Aug...

Phew! That's some relief! I scored 550 back sometime ago and then 600, and after they changed their algorithm (and I had studied even more) I got a 550 again (whilst getting 650 in gmatprep).

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17 Nov 2013, 09:17
The MGMAT algorithm gives the same weightage to the last 10 question as to the first 10 questions(rather more to the last). If you do last 10 questions wrong your score will be screwed.

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