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# Powerprep says 660, Kaplan 520!?!?

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Joined: 21 Apr 2004
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Powerprep says 660, Kaplan 520!?!?  [#permalink]

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21 Apr 2004, 21:08
I registered for the GMAT and downloaded Powerprep. I took the first full test and scored 610. Fine and dandy. Studied some more and got 660 on the second one. OK so far.

Then I took the first CAT on the Kaplan 2004 prep book's CD. I got 520! I think it's quite a drop from 85th percentile (660) to 50th percentile (520).

I'm just wondering if there is something I should know about Powerprep vs. Kaplan and which (if either) is an accurate predicter of final results. I've read multiple times that the paper tests in books are not because they're not adaptive...I don't know if the CATs in Powerprep and/or Kaplan are.

I'm not shooting for an 800...something over 600 would be nice though

Thanks,

CC
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21 Apr 2004, 21:47
combs57 wrote:
I registered for the GMAT and downloaded Powerprep. I took the first full test and scored 610. Fine and dandy. Studied some more and got 660 on the second one. OK so far.

Then I took the first CAT on the Kaplan 2004 prep book's CD. I got 520! I think it's quite a drop from 85th percentile (660) to 50th percentile (520).

I'm just wondering if there is something I should know about Powerprep vs. Kaplan and which (if either) is an accurate predicter of final results. I've read multiple times that the paper tests in books are not because they're not adaptive...I don't know if the CATs in Powerprep and/or Kaplan are.

I'm not shooting for an 800...something over 600 would be nice though

Thanks,

CC

Its pretty normal.

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22 Apr 2004, 07:56
Don't worry about the Kaplan score...they are usually about 100 points lower than the Powerprep and Princeton Review scores you'll get in practice. It's fine to use them for practice, but ignore the scores. Add the PR CD to your arsenal and you'll get another 5 tests and more realistic tests.
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22 Apr 2004, 08:23
I'd rather advise you to not see the score on Kaplan exams at all!
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22 Apr 2004, 09:53
Yep, your case seems to be in line with what most people have been reporting... My PP was in the upper 600's and my Kaplan scores were in the upper 500's. I don't think you should worry too much.

The one thing about Kaplan... it sure does add that little kick of urgency. It can shake your confidence but try to use it as motivativation to study harder. Good luck with your studies.
22 Apr 2004, 09:53
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# Powerprep says 660, Kaplan 520!?!?

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