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New post 11 Jul 2018, 05:18
Hi,

With my GMAT date drawing closer, I am in the market for a GMAT full length-test series.
Going through a few posts on this forum I realized that the Offical mocks are a must.
But, before I make the purchase I wanted to know if the paid exams on the GmatPrep software(GMAT Official Practice Exams 3 & 4 onwards) give you detailed solutions after you are done with the test.
I had found most of the solutions to the free tests in the Verbal and Quant sections of this forum. Will I have to do the same for the tests that I buy? If yes, will I be able to find those questions(the paid test ones) here?
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New post 11 Jul 2018, 08:31
Hi lfc,

No, paid CATs are almost the same as the free ones - no explanations are provided. However, you can find detailed explanationans on gmatclub.

Hope this heps!
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Hi,

Thanks for the info.
Also, do you have any suggestions as to which test series i should take..Manhattan Tests maybe?
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New post 11 Jul 2018, 21:44
Hi lfc,

The scoring algorithm on the Official GMAT is far more complicated than most people realize. Since that algorithm is proprietary, no GMAT company has an exact match for it, thus CAT scores can vary a bit based on the 'biases' involved in their respective designs. The most realistic CATs available are the 6 from GMAC (the 2 free CATs, and each of the 2 that come with Exam Pack 1 and Exam Pack 2), but the CATs from Kaplan, MGMAT and Veritas are all 'close enough' to the real thing that they will provide you with a relatively realistic score assessment (assuming that you use the CAT correctly).

1) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs so far (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
2) What is your goal score?
3) When are you planning to take the GMAT?

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Hi lfc,

The scoring algorithm on the Official GMAT is far more complicated than most people realize. Since that algorithm is proprietary, no GMAT company has an exact match for it, thus CAT scores can vary a bit based on the 'biases' involved in their respective designs. The most realistic CATs available are the 6 from GMAC (the 2 free CATs, and each of the 2 that come with Exam Pack 1 and Exam Pack 2), but the CATs from Kaplan, MGMAT and Veritas are all 'close enough' to the real thing that they will provide you with a relatively realistic score assessment (assuming that you use the CAT correctly).

1) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs so far (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
2) What is your goal score?
3) When are you planning to take the GMAT?

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Hi EMPOWERgmatRichC,

I completely agree with your point. But I am looking for tests for timed practice with slightly tougher questions and i want develop exam mentality.
For approx scores I am going off the 2 free official CATs. Will purchase the official ones if I find the non official ones lacking. Thanks for your inputs.

My next question will be very MGMAT specific and hence open for all to answer, do the questions of the Manhattan Question bank show up in the 6 CATs? I hope the answer is no :roll:
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None of the GMAC exams provide detailed solutions. However, the exams are definitely worth taking, and as you have seen, you can find the solutions here on GMAT Club. In the event that you don’t find a solution to a problem, just create a post, and many experts will be happy to respond.

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