Check GMAT Club Decision Tracker for the Latest School Decision Releases https://gmatclub.com/AppTrack

 It is currently 27 May 2017, 09:28

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

# Query - Performance on MGMAT tests

 new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics
Author Message
Manager
Joined: 25 Aug 2011
Posts: 190
Location: India
GMAT 1: 730 Q49 V40
WE: Operations (Insurance)
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 324 [0], given: 11

Query - Performance on MGMAT tests [#permalink]

### Show Tags

30 Jan 2012, 06:24
Hi All,
I have a query I have taken 2 MGMAT tests so far
the score on the 1st was 620 (Q42,V33)
the score on the second was 720 (Q44,V45)

the time gap between the two was 15 days

The major jumb was in verbal from 69 percentile to 99 percentile
Quant moved from 66 percentile to 74 percentile Is this uncommon - more or less a fluke?
Any suggestion or comments are welcome
Manhattan GMAT Instructor
Joined: 27 Sep 2007
Posts: 24
Followers: 67

Kudos [?]: 112 [1] , given: 0

Re: Query - Performance on MGMAT tests [#permalink]

### Show Tags

30 Jan 2012, 08:13
1
KUDOS
Expert's post
It's unusual to improve that much in only 15 days, yes. But it's also generally not possible to have a "fluke" high score unless you got unbelievably lucky or somehow gave yourself a major artificial advantage.

For instance, if you did the essays on the 620 test, but skipped them on the 720 test, and gave yourself extra long breaks on the 720 test, then that might explain why one test would be so much higher. In this case, the lower score would likely be closer to your true scoring range, because you would have given yourself advantages that you can't replicate on the real test.

Alternatively, if you messed up the timing on the first test and, say, ran out of time and had a bunch of wrong answers in a row, or had to rush throughout the section and made a bunch of careless mistakes on problems you should've gotten right, that would have lowered your score. If you then didn't have those problems on the 720 test, then the higher score would be closer to your true scoring range.

Or, possibly, all of the above apply, and the "true range" is somewhere in the middle.

Can you give us any insight into what you think happened?

Also, a couple of things. Take all practice tests under 100% official conditions, including essays. Use the below article to analyze your test to see if you have any timing problems (almost everyone does):
http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index ... ice-tests/

That will also give you a good handle on your content strengths and weaknesses. Finally, if you do have timing problems, here's how to fix them:
http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index ... anagement/

Good luck!
Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor
Joined: 16 Oct 2010
Posts: 7377
Location: Pune, India
Followers: 2288

Kudos [?]: 15133 [1] , given: 224

Re: Query - Performance on MGMAT tests [#permalink]

### Show Tags

01 Feb 2012, 02:04
1
KUDOS
Expert's post
LalaB wrote:
Dear instructors,

could u please explain me what to do if on mock tests one sees the question seen before on various forums? this fact can artificially lift the one's score. how to avoid this,and have a 'real pic' ?

My suggestion would be to solve the question and get to the answer nevertheless. Take whatever time you need to arrive at the answer with your own calculations (even if you remember the answer).

There is no point in skipping the question because you know how to solve it. This means that if a similar questions comes in the test, you will know how to solve it. So there is no artificial score-boost that you are getting. It is knowledge that you have gained, no matter what the source is.

Also, there is no point in marking the answer right away and moving on (if you remember the answer) because you have to ensure that you can solve such a question with different numerical values under time constraints.

Anyway, since the test is adaptive, whatever you do, one or two such questions will not matter much.
_________________

Karishma
Veritas Prep | GMAT Instructor
My Blog

Get started with Veritas Prep GMAT On Demand for $199 Veritas Prep Reviews Manhattan GMAT Instructor Joined: 22 Mar 2011 Posts: 1005 Followers: 342 Kudos [?]: 926 [1] , given: 28 Re: Query - Performance on MGMAT tests [#permalink] ### Show Tags 05 Feb 2012, 00:38 1 This post received KUDOS Expert's post It's very hard to get an accurate score if you have seen many of the questions before. This is especially true on verbal, because working on a reading passage you've seen before is inherently easier than working on something new, even if you don't remember any of the answers. This is one good reason not to use online sources that use test material until you've actually taken those tests. However, if you do see something familiar, try to answer whatever you honestly think you'd answer if you hadn't seen the problem before. Karishma is correct that if you know how to do that kind of problem in general, then you don't need to put the wrong answer in the name of accuracy. However, if there is some twist or trick that you don't feel you would recognize without prior knowledge, then be careful about using that knowledge on the question. The danger is that you will get pushed up into higher-score territory, and this might not accurately reflect your current GMAT ability. Just keep in mind that no matter what you do, you are not going to get a "real pic" if you are working with familiar material. _________________ Dmitry Farber | Manhattan GMAT Instructor | New York Manhattan GMAT Discount | Manhattan GMAT Course Reviews | View Instructor Profile | Manhattan GMAT Reviews Manager Joined: 25 Aug 2011 Posts: 190 Location: India GMAT 1: 730 Q49 V40 WE: Operations (Insurance) Followers: 2 Kudos [?]: 324 [0], given: 11 Re: Query - Performance on MGMAT tests [#permalink] ### Show Tags 30 Jan 2012, 09:23 Hi Stacey, Thanks for the response. The tests were under timed conditions. Only thing. I dint write the essays for either test.Otherwise everything was the same. As far as preparation, I concentrated on areas I got wrong in the first test, before I took the second one Am having timing issues, in quant even on the test where I scored 720, I was unable to complete the last 4 questions and guessed at least 3. On verbal on the other hand, I finished the test and had 18-20 minutes to spare. Manager Joined: 06 Jan 2012 Posts: 88 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 9 [0], given: 20 Re: Query - Performance on MGMAT tests [#permalink] ### Show Tags 30 Jan 2012, 09:58 Thanks for the informative post. I had similar questions on how exactly to go about determining MGMAT practice test scores/data. I am about to get to the point where I will only start taking practice tests and re-reviewing problem areas only, and having a methodology to categorize and group things into certainly helps. Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor Joined: 16 Oct 2010 Posts: 7377 Location: Pune, India Followers: 2288 Kudos [?]: 15133 [0], given: 224 Re: Query - Performance on MGMAT tests [#permalink] ### Show Tags 30 Jan 2012, 22:27 devinawilliam83 wrote: Hi All, I have a query I have taken 2 MGMAT tests so far the score on the 1st was 620 (Q42,V33) the score on the second was 720 (Q44,V45) the time gap between the two was 15 days The major jumb was in verbal from 69 percentile to 99 percentile Quant moved from 66 percentile to 74 percentile Is this uncommon - more or less a fluke? Any suggestion or comments are welcome A jump from V33 to V45 generally doesn't take place within a time frame of 15 days but it can happen. One reason could be difference in test conditions (as Stacey mentioned or say you were extremely tired during the first test but fresh and raring to go during the second) But since you feel that the test conditions were the same for both the tests, it might have to do with what you did in the 15 days. Sometimes, even a lecture of 3 hrs can make a ton of difference (I have seen this often in CR - People are lost at the beginning of the lecture and by the end of it, everything seems to make sense). Perhaps you were not very familiar with certain question types during the first test and made a serious effort in the 15 days. This would mean that you were good in Verbal all along and just needed some conceptual understanding to get a high score. Mind you, it is all a speculation - one possible explanation for the fluctuation. We will know for sure only after you take the third test! _________________ Karishma Veritas Prep | GMAT Instructor My Blog Get started with Veritas Prep GMAT On Demand for$199

Veritas Prep Reviews

Senior Manager
Joined: 23 Oct 2010
Posts: 384
Location: Azerbaijan
Concentration: Finance
Schools: HEC '15 (A)
GMAT 1: 690 Q47 V38
Followers: 22

Kudos [?]: 354 [0], given: 73

Re: Query - Performance on MGMAT tests [#permalink]

### Show Tags

31 Jan 2012, 10:59
Dear instructors,

could u please explain me what to do if on mock tests one sees the question seen before on various forums? this fact can artificially lift the one's score. how to avoid this,and have a 'real pic' ?
_________________

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true

I am still on all gmat forums. msg me if you want to ask me smth

Re: Query - Performance on MGMAT tests   [#permalink] 31 Jan 2012, 10:59
Similar topics Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
Register for MGMAT test 1 14 May 2016, 10:25
Test report query!!! 1 23 Sep 2013, 01:35
Regarding MGMAT CAT tests 2 19 Sep 2013, 09:16
mgmat challenge set overlap with mgmat cat tests ? 3 11 Oct 2011, 08:42
timed tests performance really poor.. 3 03 Oct 2011, 03:56
Display posts from previous: Sort by

# Query - Performance on MGMAT tests

 new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics

 Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.