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why GMAT official guide diagnostic test harder than any other else ???

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Hello,I'm student using Official Guide to study GMAT,here's a problem I encounter when I study--it is that when I do the exercises in Quantitative,RC,SC...as well as Diagnostic test from the starting of the OG,I found out that Diagnostic test is more difficult than any other practices such as Quantitative,RC,SC...,take CR for example,I choose the wrong option in nearly every question,and for some questions,even if I see the analysis behind the book I cannot fully understand....
Sometimes I guess is it that because I'm student from Taiwan ROC(Mandarin is our official language and I received my education from elementary to university all in Taiwan)so my English is not good enough for GMAT exam???Is somebody like me also encounter this problem,can you share your experience with me???
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Hello,I'm student using Official Guide to study GMAT,here's a problem I encounter when I study--it is that when I do the exercises in Quantitative,RC,SC...as well as Diagnostic test from the starting of the OG,I found out that Diagnostic test is more difficult than any other practices such as Quantitative,RC,SC...,take CR for example,I choose the wrong option in nearly every question,and for some questions,even if I see the analysis behind the book I cannot fully understand....
Sometimes I guess is it that because I'm student from Taiwan ROC(Mandarin is our official language and I received my education from elementary to university all in Taiwan)so my English is not good enough for GMAT exam???Is somebody like me also encounter this problem,can you share your experience with me???

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It is quite normal to see low score or many answers incorrect in diagnostic test. It happens to most of the people who have not given standardized test. You know that Verbal is your weak point and now you must put more emphasis on verbal part. Your English would be good but you need to get ready for GMAT which tests reasoning. There are many resources about strategy, plan and material on Gmatclub and you can find them easily. All the best.
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Hi mimishyu,

To start, the OG books are great sources for practice questions, but they're not designed to teach you Tactics, patterns or the little 'secrets' behind the GMAT - for those, you'll need Course-oriented materials. In addition, the Diagnostic Test at the beginning of the main Official Guide is NOT a proper representation of what you will face on Test Day - it's on paper, does not adapt, includes far more questions and does not present concepts in the same 'ratio' that they will appear on Test Day. This is meant to say that you should not use that paper Exam to assess your current 'ability level' - to gain that data, you should take a realistic, full-length practice CAT/mock under test-like conditions.

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) Have you used any other study materials besides the Official Guide?
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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The official diagnostic test is of high quality. You are correct in your observation that its questions are harder than many of the ones in the sections.

Note that the diagnostic test is untimed. It is not meant to be taken in a timed setting. Instead, it should be used to work through the concepts in as much amount of time as is needed. Doing the problems in this manner will reveal weak spots.

There would be little point in doing an easy diagnostic. Easy questions will provide false diagnosis.

Both sections consist of hard questions. So, you should not be too concerned if you cannot solve many of the questions. Use the insights you gain to draw up a proper study plan. Since your education was mostly in Mandarin, you may need more time for study. The good news is that with practice, you can get much better.

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Hi mimishyu,

For now, I would not really worry about the diagnostic from the OG. The best thing you can do is take a full-length official practice exam, so you can get a baseline score. Once you do, feel free to report back here, and I can provide some further advice.
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