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# MGMAT Free tests a little too hard?

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24 Aug 2013, 10:19
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I started this thread just to get people's opinions really...

I've done a couple of MGMAT math tests, in the Free test area of Gmat Club's, it's got 700+ questions. Although, I've found most of them ridiculously hard, or to put it better, impossible to solve in 2mins... I don't understand, is it me or these questions are indeed too hard and they're merely for practice and not so much to gauge your skills?

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07 Sep 2013, 01:32
I guess I'm not the only one then. I too am finding them hard. If I try to work on them extensively, I definitely run out of time and if I try to do all of them in the timeframe, my accuracy is way low. But I guess it does gives a taste of the real hard questions and prepare you better.

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07 Sep 2013, 01:36
You also got Q49 mate, and you find them hard?! That makes me feel good!

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30 Oct 2013, 12:03
Skag55 wrote:
I started this thread just to get people's opinions really...

I've done a couple of MGMAT math tests, in the Free test area of Gmat Club's, it's got 700+ questions. Although, I've found most of them ridiculously hard, or to put it better, impossible to solve in 2mins... I don't understand, is it me or these questions are indeed too hard and they're merely for practice and not so much to gauge your skills?

Yes they are hard ...but scoring algorithm of mgmat is fairly accurate...so u can rely on mgmat cats ...

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31 Oct 2013, 06:50
I find them hard. But they are hard by design.

My question is, what % or quant score are 700 level questions? Not just on teh gmat tests but the forum questions too.
Does 700 level quant mean 89th% like the regular 200-800 ranking would be?

I ask because my undestanding of a CAT is that whatever difficulty you end on is your final score. If you are getting 50% of level 700 questions right, your final score should end up roughly around 700. Would your score not be 89th% (or Q50)?

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28 Dec 2014, 08:52
Hi mistablair,

There are a couple of different "ideas" here, so I'll give you some information/perspective on what I think will help you get a better understanding about what you're asking.

First off, a "700" currently represents about the 90th percentile overall. You can actually earn a 700 on Test Day in a variety of ways, so you should NOT think of this as "earning a 700 in Quant and earning a 700 in Verbal."

Second, percentiles vary, but Scaled Scores do not. For most Test Takers, a Q49 is the highest that they'll ever score in the Quant (even though some will score higher) - it's a fantastic performance, but as a percentile it's been slowly dropping over the years (these days, it's right around the 81st percentile - which makes it "look" like it's not amazing, but it REALLY is). This is meant to remind you that percentiles change based on how everyone else is performing, so you shouldn't worry too much about that. Look at your Scaled Scores and any silly/little mistakes that you're making - the GMAT will give you the score that you EARN - the percentiles are just to show you where you are "in line."

Third, the scoring algorithm on the Official GMAT is far more complex than you realize. There are a number of factors that will impact your score, so focusing on "700-level" questions is a rather limited way of trying to improve. At that scoring level, the GMAT becomes really "sensitive" to silly/little mistakes, so you might find it more worthwhile to take a good look at every question you're getting wrong, figure out WHY you're getting those questions wrong and then focus on fixing all of the little things first.

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