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New post 20 Dec 2004, 20:50
-I scored a 720 & a 740 on both my Princeton Review CATs.
-I scored a 770 on both Powerprep CATs.
-I scored 610 (diagnostic), 540, 570, 550 on the Kaplan 05 CATs.
However an Amazon reviewer of the 05 Kaplan book and CD scored 140 points higher on the real GMAT than his highest Kaplan CAT. Likewise, I thought I was in good shape.

However from the Princeton Review forum an individual mention that her scores on the Peterson's CATs were similar to her official GMAT score.

Likewise, four days ago, I took 2 of the Peterson's CATs and scored a 640 Q46 V31 and 610. Heck I thought that these CATs were inaccurate. Likewise, I took the 2nd Powerprep exam yesterday and scored a 770.

Today I took the GMAT and scored a 630 Q46 V31. Likewise, I have to take the exam again.

I do not know what happened.
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New post 20 Dec 2004, 22:13
Hello ghangis

Welcome to GMAT Club.

Its almost impossible to find any definite correlation between practise test scores and real gmat. Powerprep may only be a feeble indicator of your performance (at best). From reading others experiences here, i feel the GMAT has changed quite a bit and its gotten harder and harder to predict a score or a range of scores.

Obviously, how you perform on test day is the most important thing. did you have enough time to complete both sections? I am not sure, but it is also possible that you got some easy to medium difficulty problems wrong in the verbal section. getting these problems wrong hurt your verbal score a lot. This also prevents you from getting to those harder problems.
About Quant, if timing was not an issue, then its again possible that you got easy-to-medium difficulty problems wrong.

Finally, its also possible that you got consecutive problems wrong, which again may have hurt your score.

If you need advice on how to prep for the next attempt, please discuss your prep strategy in detail.

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New post 21 Dec 2004, 05:20
I got a 630 in my first attempt with gr8 practice scores

My second attemp was a 690 (Q49 V35)

I just think the GMAT is getting tougher...
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New post 21 Dec 2004, 11:20
-I used Princeton Review's separate verbal and math workouts as well as the 04 edition of Cracking the GMAT with the CD.
-I used Kaplan's GRE/GMAT Math review, Verbal book, and Kaplan GMAT (05 edition) with the accompanying CD. I also used the Kaplan 800 book.
-I paid $20 on Peterson's website for access to 3 CATs. (I will purchase the Peterson's book with 6 CATs later)
-I also used ETS's Official Guide
-I also used the Delta Course for permutations, combinations, statistics, etc..

Before I started using the preparation materials above, I reviewed algebra, geometry, arithmetic, and verbal.

Now my Verbal score on the real GMAT was similar to my verbal score on the Kaplan and Peterson's CATs. However my verbal score on the Kaplan's practice tests in the book and CD were outstanding.

I did all the problems in the books above and went over the problems I got wrong.

In regards to the real GMAT, I thought I bombed the math section totally. I used POE on 4 questions, guessed on 4 more, and had to rush on the last 12 questions to finish the math portion on time. I did receive a permutation problem in the middle of the test (that I cracked easily thanks to the Delta Course practice) and a standard deviation data sufficiency question (that I guessed on).

In regards to the Verbal section I finish the section on time with 2 minutes left. I thought I did very well on this section and as a result, I thought my verbal score was going to carry me. However, my verbal scaled score turned out to be very low 31, while my math scaled score was a 46.

In regards to the verbal section on the practice CATs, I cruised through them all thinking I aced the section. I scored excellent on both the Powerpreps and Princeton Review CATs. However I scored poorly (scaled score of 31-32) on the verbal section of the Peterson's and Kaplan's CATs.

For my new GMAT strategy I will buy the $30 GMAT 800 course with 5 CATs, GMAT secrets guide, the Nova, Ace the GMAT, and another guide from Amazon. I will also look into acquiring a grammar book and a LSAT book for critical reasoning. I will focus mainly on the verbal but I will not neglect math.

However I am open to any input of what I should use and do to increase both my verbal and math score.
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New post 21 Dec 2004, 12:38
I read a negative review posted here about the GMAT Secrets Guide. I would check it out before ordering it.
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