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No pattern in CAT verbal [#permalink]

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New post 27 Mar 2017, 06:02
Hi,

I have been studying for the last 4 weeks and I have 10 days left until my Gmat. My goal is to score 700-720.
So I have taken several CATs and the result differ a lot, so that I hope that someone can give me advice on where my weaknesses are and how I can improve in the next 10 days.

Last week I took 3 CAT.

MGMAT 2 610 (Q38/V35), after that I focused on Quant.

MGMAT 3 660 (Q44/V36)

MGMAT 4 660 (Q44/V36)

Today I took a GMAT Prep

GMATPrep 620 (Q47/V28)

Now I am really confused. I think I am pretty sure about my Quant and that the 47 represents my abilities. But i really don`t know what to think about verbal, as it differs so much compared to the MGMAT Tests. Also it is hard for me to see which verbal question type is my weakest.

On MGMAT my accuracy was : RC- 50%, CR- 70%, SC- 65%
On the GMATPrep: RC- 75%, CR 75%, SC- 58%

So for me it is pretty weird that I had actually more questions right on the GMATPrep compared to the MGMAT, but the result was so much worse...

I am content with my quant score and confident that I can score in this region on the actual test, but I am really a bit clueless about the verbal part at the moment.

I hope somebody can explain me why my results differ so much and recommend a way to improve my verbal.

Thank you!
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Hi quicknik1712,

To start, the process of taking (and reviewing) a CAT requires a significant amount of energy and effort - and takes time to 'recover' from. This is one of the reasons why you typically shouldn't take more than 1 CAT per week. By extension, taking 4 CATs in about a week was NOT a good idea. It's important to remember that taking lots of CATs will NOT make you a better Test Taker. A CAT is really a 'measuring device' - when used correctly, it will give you a realistic score and help define your strengths and weaknesses, but it will NOT help you to fix any of those weaknesses. To raise your scores, you have to put in the necessary practice and repetitions. The CAT will show you whether your studies are helping you to improve or not.

I have a few questions about how you took these CATs:
1) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
2) Did you take them at home?
3) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you plan to take your Official GMAT?
4) Did you ever do ANYTHING during your CATs that you couldn't do on Test Day (pause the CAT, skip sections, take longer breaks, etc.)?
5) Did you ever take a CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE?

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New post 27 Mar 2017, 21:21
quicknik1712 wrote:
Hi,

Last week I took 3 CAT.
MGMAT 2 610 (Q38/V35), after that I focused on Quant.
MGMAT 3 660 (Q44/V36)
MGMAT 4 660 (Q44/V36)
Today I took a GMAT Prep
GMATPrep 620 (Q47/V28)

Three CAT in one Week !! That's too much... and may be the GMATPrep exam was not even a true representation of your ability because may be you are burn out.. - possibly one reason that may lead to a score decrease from V35/36 to V28.
Stop taking too many CATs', and dont take any more CAT in the next 9 days.
quicknik1712 wrote:
On MGMAT my accuracy was : RC- 50%, CR- 70%, SC- 65%
On the GMATPrep: RC- 75%, CR 75%, SC- 58%

This statistics is bit irrelevant, because it depends on the placement on those incorrect questions (and that's not in your control). Getting all the CR questions wrong in your last set of questions is very different than getting all the CR wrong in second set of questions.

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