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New post 26 Nov 2019, 01:51
Hi everyone. can someone explain to me what extent Princeton mock exams are valid? 5 days ago I took a Princeton mock and scored 600 (Q46 V27) and today I took another one and scored 540 (Q37 V27). In the first mock I had 23 correct and 8 wrong answers from quant and 17 correct and 19 wrong answers from verbal. But in the second mock I had relatively more correct both from quant (26/5) and verbal (20/16). How it is possible that I missed fewer questions but got a considerably lower score?
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It depends on the difficulty level of the wrong questions and at what order are these wrong answers are in....if they are consecutive wrong answers then it effects you more..
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Hi TerlanAGHA,

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), so it would be useful to know how you performed on one of those CATS. Have you taken any of those CATs yet (and if you have, then how did you score?)?

In addition, 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 correctly take the CAT in a realistic fashion).

Before I can offer you any additional advice for your studies, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

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1) How long have you studied? How many hours do you typically study each week?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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4) What is your overall goal score?
5) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Out of curiosity, have you taken any official GMAC practice exams?
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EMPOWERgmatRichC Thank you for the response. I will answer your questions with the order you asked:
I haven't taken yet any Official CAT, but I am planning ton take one in the next week.
Studies:
1. I have been studying for Gmat around 2.5 months and around 15-20 hours a week ( due to exams I sometimes skipped preparation for 4-5 days)
2. I am using Official Gmat bundle 2018 and for concept Manhattan series (1-10)
3. I took one CAT from Veritas 560 (Q46 V21) and two from Princeton 600 (Q46 V27) and 540 (Q37 V27). I could not finish my verbal section in Veritas CAT because of internet access and therefore it lowered my Verbal score.

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7. UT Dallas (Naven Jindal), UVic (Gustavson), Hec Montreal. I am planning to apply Ms programs, not MBA.
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ScottTargetTestPrep wrote:
Out of curiosity, have you taken any official GMAC practice exams?


No, I haven't taken yet. I was keeping them for the last week of my preparation, but most probably I will take one in the next week.
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Hi TerlanAGHA,

To start, the process of taking (and reviewing) a CAT requires a significant amount of energy and effort - and takes time to 'recover' from. This is one of the reasons why you typically shouldn't take more than 1 CAT per week - and your last CAT should be taken about 1 week before Test Day. From what you described in your last message, I'm not sure how many CATs you plan to take at the 'end' of your studies, but it should not be more than about 1 per week.

Assuming that these CAT results are an accurate reflection of your skills, your current 'ability level' is probably in the high-500s. By extension, you're fairly close to a 630+ Score right now. That having been said, it would help to see how you perform on one of the Official GMAC CATs. Thus, I highly recommend that you take one of the Official CATs sometime soon (perhaps this weekend) and take it in a realistic fashion (take the FULL CAT - with the Essay and IR sections, take it away from your home, at the same time of day as when you'll take the Official GMAT, etc.). Once you have that score, you should report back here and we can discuss the results and how you might best proceed with your studies.

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TerlanAGHA wrote:
ScottTargetTestPrep wrote:
Out of curiosity, have you taken any official GMAC practice exams?


No, I haven't taken yet. I was keeping them for the last week of my preparation, but most probably I will take one in the next week.


Yes, I would take one soon. Let me know how it goes.
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