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Practice CATs: 710, 660, 770?

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Hi,

First, thank you all so much for this forum and your contributions--it's been super helpful as I prepare for the GMAT! I've been studying for about a month and I'm a little confused about how to interpret my performance on practice CATs. I started studying on June 14th, and these are my CAT results:

Official GMAT Practice CAT 1, taken on June 23rd: 8 IR, 48 Quant, 39 Verbal, 710 overall
GMAT Club Practice CAT, taken on July 4th: 45 Quant, 35 Verbal, 660 overall
Official GMAT Practice CAT 2, taken July 8th: 8 IR, 50 Quant, 47 Verbal, 770 overall

I am planning to take the GMAT in early August and I have no idea if I'm on track to get my target score (>730). I was really stressed after the 660 on Wednesday and am now confused by the 770 today (although I realize the GMAT Club test is supposed to be much harder for the quant section). I'm not sure how confident I should feel right now, especially since I didn't think I was doing a particularly good job on the second Official GMAT CAT.

Any thoughts on how I should interpret the above as an estimate of how I might actually do?

Thanks so much!
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In general. the official gmat tests are closer to the real thing than the ones from Gmat Club.
The ones from Gmat Club are harder in quant and no company has been able to fully replicate the actual GMAT when it comes to the verbal section.

Therefore, I would say you are on a good track given your latest score of 770.

However, still make sure to analyze your mistakes on any given test to brush up on some potential weaknesses prior to your actual test.

All the best and good luck for the prep,
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Gmat Prep CAT #1: V42, Q34, 630
Gmat Prep CAT #2: V46, Q35, 660
Gmat Prep CAT #3: V41, Q42, 680

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New post 09 Jul 2018, 06:08
Okay, thank you! I will continue to take some more of the official tests before my test date to see if I can consistently score >730.

I think I also read somewhere that the Official GMAC prep tests become less accurate (scores become inflated) as you do more of them because you're seeing the same types of recycled questions over and over again. I can see how this might be true if you repeat Exam 1, for instance, but is this still an issue if you're doing Exam 3/4/5/6 for the first time?
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Okay, thank you! I will continue to take some more of the official tests before my test date to see if I can consistently score >730.

I think I also read somewhere that the Official GMAC prep tests become less accurate (scores become inflated) as you do more of them because you're seeing the same types of recycled questions over and over again. I can see how this might be true if you repeat Exam 1, for instance, but is this still an issue if you're doing Exam 3/4/5/6 for the first time?


I would agree with your train of thought, the scores become inflated if you are going to repeat tests from the same exam package.
However, with the purchase of the extension packs 3/4 and 5/6 you should not see that problem.

Those tests come with their respective questions sets which should be completly new to you, unless you have seen them on some forum.

All the best with your prep,
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A couple of things that helped me in verbal:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/verbal-strategies-268700.html#p2082192

Gmat Prep CAT #1: V42, Q34, 630
Gmat Prep CAT #2: V46, Q35, 660
Gmat Prep CAT #3: V41, Q42, 680

On the mission to improve my quant score, all help is appreciated! :)

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New post 09 Jul 2018, 09:50
My suggestion is analyze both recent practice tests, similar to a GMAC ESR, break up your test data into different blocks.

- look for any commonality of errors.
- any trend in wrong answers ( conceptual or test strategy)
- analyze the the questions in blocks of 10 questions (difficulty levels, topic wise, time taken per question, etc.)

This should reveal your Weaknesses & Strengths.

Work on eliminating weaknesses. Get even stronger at your strengths.


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New post 10 Jul 2018, 10:29
You know, by and large, your practice test scores look great. Certainly as you take various practice tests from various resources, you can expect some slight variation in your practice tests scores, so at this point, I would not panic. As long as the majority of your practice exams are trending toward a 730+, you should be in a great spot come test day.

You also may find it helpful to read my article for more information regarding
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