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Why do my Kaplan CAT test scores seem so high?

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I am taking the Kaplan CATs that are part of the Kaplan Premier book.

Even when I missed nearly 50% of the questions, I scored a 700. Does that seem normal? It seems to put me in a higher percentile than it should.

Roughly, how much questions can you miss on each section to get a 680-700 score?

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I am taking the Kaplan CATs that are part of the Kaplan Premier book.

Even when I missed nearly 50% of the questions, I scored a 700. Does that seem normal? It seems to put me in a higher percentile than it should.

Roughly, how much questions can you miss on each section to get a 680-700 score?

It's a CAT... so if your get "only" 50% right answer of only 700-levels questions you're still in the 700 range

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futurembaapplicant wrote:
I am taking the Kaplan CATs that are part of the Kaplan Premier book.

Even when I missed nearly 50% of the questions, I scored a 700. Does that seem normal? It seems to put me in a higher percentile than it should.

Roughly, how much questions can you miss on each section to get a 680-700 score?


It does depends a lot on the questions you get wrong. If all the questions you got wrong were difficult, then it's possible to get quite a high score while still missing 30-40% of the questions. 50% is getting high, but you won't necessarily get 530 with 50% wrong. The test penalizes you much more severely for getting 2+2 wrong than for getting a difficult combinatorics data sufficiency question wrong.

Still, I'd take the practice test score with a grain of salt. No test is going to be exactly accurate with the actual algorithm used on the GMAT, so the approximation may be off by a few points here or there. Put it this way: you're closer to 700 than to 500 with these test scores.

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