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Don't understand it...

Have been studying for GMAT since June. Signed up for the Kaplan program with classroom and web services.

Kaplan Initial diagnostic test score: 540 (Q 29)/(V 35)
couple weeks of study
Kaplan Practice test two: 530 (Q35)/(V27)
month of study
Kaplan Practice test three: 660 (Q40)/(V40)
weeks of study
Kaplan Practice test four: 610 (Q35)/(V39)
weeks of study
Kaplan Practice test five: 640 (Q38)/(V40)
couple days
GMAT Prep OG17: 610 (Q37)/(V37)
week later
Kaplan Practice test six: 680 (Q46)/(V38)
2 days later
GMAT Prep 2 OG 17: 600 (Q33)/V39)

Everything I have read Kaplan is supposed to be more challenging then GMATPrep but I seem to be going backwards here....

Any advice or suggestions greatly appreciated. Was expecting to get around 680 - 710 score on my second GMATPrep so feeling pretty surprised right now.

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Hi lsmith01t,

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, 4 of your 5 recent CAT score results show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 620 +/- a few points). The 680/Q46 is a significant 'outlier' (you were averaging in the high Q30s, but jumped to a Q46 in just one week; that doesn't seem like a realistic improvement in such a short period of time).

Since the GMAC CATs are arguably the most realistic CATs available, it would make sense to do a full review of that CAT (with the goal of trying to define WHY you got questions wrong). Your Verbal performances have been consistently strong, so we can focus on the Quant section for now.

After reviewing the Quant section, how many questions did you get wrong....
1) Because of a silly/little mistake?
2) Because there was some math that you just could not remember how to do?
3) Because the question was too hard?
4) Because you were low on time and had to guess?

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Hey lsmith01t,

The algorithm in the GMATPrep test is far more complicated than any other 3rd party preparatory test.
Most of the other tests gives you a score based on accuracy alone, but the GMATPrep takes a lot
of things into consideration. That being said, the GMATPrep scores are the closest you are going
to get to the real thing.

I would recommend you to focus on where you have made these mistakes(in your GMATPrep Test 2) on and
work on those topics instead of merely focusing on the score. And if you have not already purchased the
GMATPrep tests(EP1 and EP2) buy that. Solve each of these tests(once a couple of weeks) after working on
specific areas that you have been making mistakes in and hopefully, you will see an improvement!

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