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The true level of the OG

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24 Jan 2016, 08:55
I recently read that the questions in the official guide are generally considered to be of a low to medium difficulty level. Taking that into account, if I was looking to score above 720, would making the official guide questions my number 1 practice resource (apart from books/courses) make it more difficult for me to attain that score? Will I get a horrible surprise when I take the real GMAT?
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24 Jan 2016, 09:25
Hi bgbeidas,

It's not clear what you mean when you say 'make the official guide questions my number 1 practice resource...' Any of the recent OGs should be a part of your overall study plan, but pinning your hopes of a high GMAT score to whether you work through a particular book or not isn't realistic.

The GMAT is NOT a test of your memory - it's a test of your critical thinking skills. Yes, you will work through lots of practice questions, learn/practice skills, etc. and you will (hopefully) remember your training when you're answering Test Day questions, but honing your skills on "non-hard" questions is what's essential to properly dealing with more difficult material later. If you're looking for harder practice problems, then that's fine (and there are enough sources to be had), but this is all meant to say that you don't actually have to practice a lot of harder questions to score at a high level on Test Day.

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24 Jan 2016, 09:29
You sort of answered my question. What I was trying to ask was if I will be getting much harder questions in the GMAT than I see in the OG.
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24 Jan 2016, 09:35
Hi bgbeidas,

"Much harder" is a description that's open to interpretation (since it's difficult to define exactly what YOU think is 'hard'). The questions that you see on Test Day will be based on the exact same rules/patterns/concepts that you work through during your studies, but the 'packaging' (how the questions are worded) will vary depending on the 'level' of the question that you're dealing with at any given moment AND your overall performance in each section. You're almost certain to see at least a handful of questions that make you think "oooh, this is hard", but they will NOT be any of the questions that you see in the OG (since GMAC is not going to give anyone the exact questions that they may have already seen in a book) or any other book for that matter. Whether you find those questions harder than the 'hard' questions in the OG is more a matter of your perspective than anything else. It's also worth considering how YOU study - depending on how you approach questions, "your way" might actually make all of the work more difficult.

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