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Reset my GMAT mock after 6 months, would score be accurate?

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12 Apr 2019, 07:48
After a 5 month break from GMAT, i gave a GMATprep mock to see where I'm at. To my surprise, I scored 40 points more than what I was scoring in my mocks previously. My score jumped from 690 to 730. Quant score fell due to lack of practice, but Verbal improved drastically. My break up previously used to be q47 to 48 V36 to 38, while quant remained at 47, verbal jumped to 44. I honestly solved every question like it was new and could hardly remember anything. I'm worried though that there would've been some inflation. Any thoughts? Should i base my strategy around this result?

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16 Apr 2019, 21:23
There probably was some inflation, and here's why.

Probably you saw some repeated questions, and even if you didn't recall the answers to the repeated questions, the familiarity of the repeated questions probably caused inflation of your score in the following ways.

Words, sentences, or passages that you may have found challenging to understand the first time around were a little more familiar to you the second time around. For example, a Reading Comprehension passage about an arcane topic can be challenging to read the first time, but the second time you see that passage, you have already dealt with understanding that topic, and you will have retained some of what you learned the first time you read the passage. So, the second time you read it, you will understand it more easily and more thoroughly.

Not only does familiarity make comprehension easier, it reduces stress, and reduced stress can result in better performance and a higher score.

Finally, even if you don't fully recall which choice is the correct answer to a question, on some level, you recall the pattern of the question and what made that choice correct, and other choices incorrect. So, when you answer a repeated question, even if you don't fully recall what the correct answer is, you are more likely to choose the correct answer rather than a trap choice than you would be when seeing a fresh question.

So, while inflation may not entirely explain the increase in your score, it probably explains at least some of the increase, and could explain most or all of the increase in your score.

By the way, on multiple occasions, I have had people tell me how high they were scoring on practice tests, take the real thing and score much lower, and only then tell me that the practice tests on which they had scored so much higher than they did on the real thing were repeats.

Since taking a repeated practice test not only tends to generate inflated scores but also does not accurately duplicate the somewhat stressful experience of taking the GMAT, taking a repeated practice test is, in many cases, not even good practice, especially if the person using the practice test has used it more than once previously.
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18 Apr 2019, 06:42
Yeah, I think that won't be very accurate
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19 May 2019, 12:30
marty,

I am facing the same issue. I have exhausted all my 6 official mocks. What could be a better strategy to take a few good mocks before my next retake, which is 10 weeks from now?

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19 May 2019, 19:07
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marty,

I am facing the same issue. I have exhausted all my 6 official mocks. What could be a better strategy to take a few good mocks before my next retake, which is 10 weeks from now?

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I'm not 100 percent sure how the GMAT Prep tests are currently, but in the past, before GMAC made the GMAT Prep tests an online resource, GMAT Prep 1 and 2 had so many questions in their banks that one could get decent practice by repeating those two tests, as one would not see many repeated questions. So, repeating GMAT Prep 1 and 2, though not 3, 4, 5, or 6, is one decent move.

A second move would be to use PowerPrep, which is the predecessor of GMAT Prep. It contains two official tests. An issue is that PowerPrep works only with Windows 7 or earlier. So, to use it, you have to either use a Windows 7 based computer or create a virtual Windows 7 environment on a computer that uses a later version of Windows. Also, some of the SC questions in PowerPrep are outdated, though still decent practice. I personally found PowerPrep very useful. If you decide to use it, you can download it from here: https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-prep-po ... 77548.html

Beyond those moves, you could use non-official tests, none of which are just like the actual GMAT but some of which are decent practice. By searching the web, you can get people's opinions on which non-official tests are the best.

If you use some of the better non-official practice tests, you will get decent practice in handling the GMAT, but many of the questions you see won't quite mimic the GMAT format. So, if you use non-official tests, your are probably best off continuing to also practice by using official questions.

In any case, while taking practice tests is certainly useful, you will tend get the most results in terms of GMAT score increases through topic by topic mastery of the GMAT. So, yes, take some more practice tests, and at the same time, keep going hard with that topic by topic mastery.
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