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New post 12 Apr 2009, 18:14
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for past couple of weeks, I was working on Gmatprep 1 test and 1000SC. I took gmat prep1 4 weeks back first time and made a 680 (Q50, V30) and took two more times in following last 3 weeks and made 710(Q50, V34) and 730(Q50, V37) .. thought I am improving my SC inspite of seeing some repeats ... but today I took Power Prep exam 1, and I made 680 (Q49, V31). I only made 3 mistakes in Q but still ended up with 49, and I made 7 or 8 mistakes in verbal section (lot od SC are from OG 11) so my SC was good but RC Q were tough.

I am losing my confidence now ... I heard this power prep exam is easier than gmat prep (and I actually felt that way as well while taking the test) but score was lot lesser than what I was expecting ...

I am planning to take a date for the final exam but now, I am not sure what to do .. any previous powerprep exam takers, please post some honest comments so that I can plan ...

I just dont want to burn the remaining gmatprep2 exam if I am not ready ...

man this exam is killing me :cry:

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Curious what others have experienced with GP vs PP (GMATPrep vs PowerPrep)
I would not stress too much - PowerPrep has been reported to use an older scoring algorithm and thus not as accurate as real GMAT or GMAT Prep. So, not surprising you got a different score. At the same time, how genuine do you feel are your GMAT Prep scores? Are all questions non-repeats?

This is mentioned in our How to use GMATPrep and Powerprep thread, but I will update it with any replies here.
Link: http://gmatclub.com/forum/review-gmatprep-gmat-prep-powerprep-power-prep-tests-77548.html.
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bb wrote:
Curious what others have experienced with GP vs PP (GMATPrep vs PowerPrep)
I would not stress too much - PowerPrep has been reported to use an older scoring algorithm and thus not as accurate as real GMAT or GMAT Prep. So, not surprising you got a different score. At the same time, how genuine do you feel are your GMAT Prep scores? Are all questions non-repeats?

This is mentioned in our How to use GMATPrep and Powerprep thread, but I will update it with any replies here.
Link: http://gmatclub.com/forum/review-gmatprep-gmat-prep-powerprep-power-prep-tests-77548.html.


bb,
Thanks for your response. That is a good question (How genuine were my gmatprep repeats) ... in quant, very first time I made 7 mistakes ... and I haven't understoon those questions properly so mostly 4 or 5 from the 7 questions repeated and I continuously selected wrong answers in next exams ...

But in verbal, SC, almost every time I was getting new questions except couple of repeats, but this is the area where I was making too many mistakes (some times 12 mistakes out of 17, some times 10 mistakes out of 17) So I am studying hard to improve in this area and now I feel I am making good progress. I take 30 question sets from 1000 SC in 45 mins time exams, and making an avg of 70% corrects ...so I am thinking that I am getting better here.


But the intersting thing is RC, when I first take my gmatprep 1, I made 90% corrects and following test gmat prep repeats getting many RCs from the first exam. the only thing is I didnt review my first time RC questions, so I was repeating the mistakes (selecting the wrong answers again and again since I didnt know that right answer to it) ...

But today, I made too many mistakes in my RC... I hardly reached 50% ... this is very volatile ...

and CR repeats were there but again, I made almost same number of corrects from the first exam (even repeats also I made same number of mistakes ) ..


overall, in GmatPrep, I made 11 mistake when I made 37 in V section but today I made less mistakes but got lot less score ...

And one more thing I observed in PowerPrep test is, they only considered 30 questions (out of 37) in Q and 30 in V (out of 41)for review, So I am thinking they took only 30questions in each section to score?

in Q section 27 were correct out of 30 but in V, may be 21 corrects out of 30 ...mostly RCs wrong. SCs were lot easier since those are from OG11 except may be a couple of them were from different source ..

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Took Powerprep 2 as well and made 690 (Q51, V30)... I made too many mistakes in RCs... I felt RCs were real tough... I have to work on OG 11 RCs now to improve a bit... I am hoping to raise atleast 5 to 6 points in verbal section in next couple of weeks ... main concern is RC now. I did really good with CRs, and above average with SCs ..

Any valuable suggestions/plans/practices will be really appreciated.

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Have you read these posts already?
how to improve verbal - 720-q42-v47-how-to-improve-verbal-tips-50635.html
RC Timing - rc-timing-pls-advice-21908.html
Maybe - Doing RC without reading the passage - verbal-rc-help-30247.html#p205035
or reading RC carefully - t66785 (scroll down for the attached file gin.doc)

topic for those scared of RC - very-very-scared-of-rc-11569.html
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New post 16 Apr 2009, 23:24
Hi,
Dont feel depressed. It happens sometimes.
Apart from the fact that it was a bad day , may be lac of concentration or something else there can be some other reasons..
You have lost in Verbal section when you tried Powerprep as compared to GMATprep.
Now, i dont think that with 7 -8 mistakes you could have got a 31 in verbal . May be you made almost all these mistakes in the first few questions of your verbal section which has made you loose so much.
My suggestion: take sectional verbal tests and see whether you have now started making mistakes in early part of tests.
The other reason for score going down is excess prep. I hope you give GMAT at your peak prep because from my experience GMAT score goes up with prep only upto a limit after which it starts going down. :)
Hope that helps

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New post 17 Apr 2009, 06:10
ajayMohan wrote:
Hi,
Dont feel depressed. It happens sometimes.
Apart from the fact that it was a bad day , may be lac of concentration or something else there can be some other reasons..
You have lost in Verbal section when you tried Powerprep as compared to GMATprep.
Now, i dont think that with 7 -8 mistakes you could have got a 31 in verbal . May be you made almost all these mistakes in the first few questions of your verbal section which has made you loose so much.
My suggestion: take sectional verbal tests and see whether you have now started making mistakes in early part of tests.
The other reason for score going down is excess prep. I hope you give GMAT at your peak prep because from my experience GMAT score goes up with prep only upto a limit after which it starts going down. :)
Hope that helps


Thanks ajayMohan for your kind words.

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