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# POWERPREP Tests

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21 Apr 2003, 14:49
Hi. I've been studying for the GMAT, which I plan to write on April 30. I took one of the simulation tests on the POWERPREP CD-ROM and received 680. Two questions:

(1) Why was the percentile ranking of my overall score higher than the percentile rankings of each of my individual quant and verbal scores?

(2) Are these simulation tests representative of the real ETS GMAT?

I would appreciate any information that you can give me,

Coast

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22 Apr 2003, 05:28
Coasterby wrote:
Hi. I've been studying for the GMAT, which I plan to write on April 30. I took one of the simulation tests on the POWERPREP CD-ROM and received 680. Two questions:

(1) Why was the percentile ranking of my overall score higher than the percentile rankings of each of my individual quant and verbal scores?

(2) Are these simulation tests representative of the real ETS GMAT?

I would appreciate any information that you can give me,

Coast

Sorry for a late reply, i will be brief

1) Your cumulative or combined percentile score is relative of the rest - that means that this particular percentage of people scored below you. However, due to the fact that any people are either good in Verbal or in Math, a good ballance (above 550) score is usually higher percentage-wise than each Math and Verbal Individually.

For example, I got 92% on math and 96% on verbal, but combined was 99% overall. This is because a lot of Math folks get high Math but not verbal and vice versa.

2) PP was representative for me. I got 730 or 740 just 24 hours before the real test and got 750 on the real test. Some say it is easier.... but not much if you were not familiar with the questions.

If you don't panic on the test, you should do within 20-30 points - this is a standard GMAT error - 27 points.
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29 Apr 2003, 02:40
Dear BB,

One of those people that I know who can get 750 is my Finance tutor, who got into NYU Phd program. The other person is you.

Can you share your hardship/ ways to get the score?

Thanks.

Tze Wei

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730 / 740 pp1/pp2 = 750??? [#permalink]

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30 Apr 2003, 08:54
To Coasterby:

Did you study all of the questions in ETS (10th) prior to taking the PP1-PP2 practice tests? I have been reviewing the 10th ETS guide for months now, doing questions over and over again. So I would like to know if your PP tests are accurate because most of the PP questions come from the ETS 10th guides.

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30 Apr 2003, 13:36
To AN:

I didn't do anything from the Official Guide before writing my POWERPREP Tests. I enrolled in Kaplan Online and only used the materials included with the Kaplan package. So, I didn't have any advantage when writing the POWERPREP tests. I wrote my real GMAT today, and received 690 (92nd percentile). However, I was weak on the quant. and very strong on the verbal. I found the quant on the real GMAT to be a lot more difficult than the quant on POWERPREP. I wasted time on some early questions and ran out near the end - I had to guess for the last five.

Hope this helps

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