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New post 23 Feb 2008, 17:54
Hey guys,

So Ive been on the site for a few weeks now and have been doing problems, reading everyones strategies and studying relatively hard. I took my first CAT about 2 months ago and got a 510 on a Kaplan CAT (24 Q, 33 V if I remember correctly). Today I took a 2nd CAT with a 560 (36 Q, 31 V) on a MGMAT CAT. Safe to say, Im disappointed. I thought Id be breaking 600 already as I have been hitting SC & CR hard using the OG and MGMAT books. Normally Im 75%-80% on SC and in the 70% CR range. My Quant was certainly better than my previous test but the Verbal went down a few poiints, not happy.

As for my actual test date, its March 10th and Im wondering what you all think in terms of tweaking my results to more of a mid-30s Quant and 40-something Verbal. Im aiming for a 650. Im sure I could reschedule my test (already moved it from February once) but would rather not. Im applying for 2009 so I know I can take the test a few times if need be. In the long run, another $50 fee isnt a big deal if I had to move my test. I just hate delaying but figured Id get some feedback!
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New post 23 Feb 2008, 20:26
I wouldn't worry too much...both Kaplan and MGMAT are a lot harder than the real test, with questions that aren't overly realistic (esp Kaplan for verbal, MGMAT for quant...more steps than you'd need to take).

Rely on GMAT Prep or Princeton Review scores for a better measure of how you're doing. Take one of those tests before you reschedule! You'll likely see a much higher score.

GMAT Prep tests are free from http://www.mba.com. There is one free PR test on http://www.review.com. To get the rest, you need to buy Cracking the GMAT. Worth every penny. Loved it.
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New post 24 Feb 2008, 11:51
I would suggest you to postpone the exam, as score around 600 is of no use (for most of the schools). Eventhough Kaplan is harder, but MGAT is some what close to GMAT. But you need to reply on GMATPrep. If you are aiming for 700+ then it is of no use to take the exam when ur practice scores are around 600. But if you want to expience the gmat exam then u can take it. Good luck!!
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New post 24 Feb 2008, 12:16
Have to agree w/ 2 previous posts. Try a gmatprep using official rules and reassess if you want to take the real one based on the gmatprep scores. If the gmatprep scores are not close to what you want, I would suggest postponing. the other test scores are inaccurate indicators. just a suggestion.
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New post 24 Feb 2008, 17:41
kilograms,
Take a test on GMATPrep so you can benchmark your score. Its the closest to actual test.
abigmat,
I disagree with you on 600 not being enough. I agree higher the gmat score the better but everybody doesn't need a 700. It depends on your demographic, type of program, target schools, experiences and whole lot of other things.
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New post 24 Feb 2008, 22:34
Thanks for the responses everyone. I need more time...got a 480 (33Q, 23 V) on the GMAT Prep CAT today. I don't believe it. I got about 6-7 less wrong on each section than I did on the MGMAT CAT where I got a 560 (36Q, 31V). I thought I was doing well and figured with less wrong Id get above a 600. I did get the 1st two questions wrong on each section though. Still, I'm definitely delaying the exam again. I don't know whats goin on! I know I'm capable but maybe I should've given myself more time between CATs. I took the MGMAT yesterday and the GMATPrep today. Wonder if I just got burnt out a bit.
Regardless, Verbal was my strength all through my studies the past few months and now it seems Im falling flat on that section. I think the MGMAT SC book and the OG are going to be my best friends on Verbal at this point, I need to work on SC and CR since those will help boost my score the most. Best bang for my buck I suppose.
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New post 04 Mar 2008, 09:49
So I dont know what to think, I buckled down and studied SC & Math the past two weeks since my GMAT Prep disaster and got a 620 (37Q, 37V) yesterday on my 2nd MGMAT. Im excited that I got above the 600+ barrier but have my doubts about the MGMAT accuracy. Has anyone seen a correlation between actual score and the MGMAT scores?
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New post 06 Mar 2008, 09:16
i've heard MGMAT is hard but adds ~50 points to your score.
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New post 06 Mar 2008, 10:28
kilograms wrote:
So I dont know what to think, I buckled down and studied SC & Math the past two weeks since my GMAT Prep disaster and got a 620 (37Q, 37V) yesterday on my 2nd MGMAT. Im excited that I got above the 600+ barrier but have my doubts about the MGMAT accuracy. Has anyone seen a correlation between actual score and the MGMAT scores?


MGMAT is usually in the ballpark. For me, it was within 20 - 30 points of my GMAT prep score. The MGMAT score was lower for me than the GMAT prep, but that's not always the case for everyone.

Important warning though, don't study the MGMAT questions. Stick to the official guide. MGMAT CATs are great for building endurance and learning to avoid silly mistakes, but the material is a little different than the real gmat. This is especially true of the verbal's CR and RC.
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New post 07 Mar 2008, 06:05
kilograms,

So are you taking the test on M10 or not?

I am in the same boat as you are, and I was able to break the barrier of 600 in my last CAT. That did give my confidence a boost.

I have yet to take more CATs. Probably one on this weekend.

Have a Happy GMAT!!! :)
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New post 07 Mar 2008, 22:56
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kilograms,

So are you taking the test on M10 or not?

I am in the same boat as you are, and I was able to break the barrier of 600 in my last CAT. That did give my confidence a boost.

I have yet to take more CATs. Probably one on this weekend.

Have a Happy GMAT!!! :)


Hey Mav, yep, taking it Monday! We are gonna rock that test.

Im taking the 2nd GMAT Prep tomorrow and possibly a MGMAT on Sunday morning...then NOTHING.

Ive been going over CR, RC and Quant basics today. Gonna hit some SC and a bit of Geometry tomorrow, then will take a CAT around the same time I will on Monday (1pm). Where are you taking it? Im in NYC but am leavin the city to take it closer to home back in CT.

Good luck pal!
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New post 08 Mar 2008, 16:39
Good Luck to you too.
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