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Hi all,

I've been studying the past 2 months and haven't progressed on my CAT exams. I've taken 2 Kaplan, 2 Princeton and the 1 free Knewton CAT exams so far and all 5 exams ranged between 530 - 570. I've also taken the 1 full length paper exam from the Kaplan book and scored at 720. Each time i review my errors in the CAT exams they've been mistakes by either sloppy math or reading too quickly and missing key words. I feel as though i understand the material but can't ideally focus on each question. Any recommendations on how to cope with this? How reliable is the paper exam?

I know everyone should strive getting a perfect score and answering all the questions correct, but how many questions can i afford to have wrong to stay at 700 ?

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Hi all,

I've been studying the past 2 months and haven't progressed on my CAT exams. I've taken 2 Kaplan, 2 Princeton and the 1 free Knewton CAT exams so far and all 5 exams ranged between 530 - 570. I've also taken the 1 full length paper exam from the Kaplan book and scored at 720. Each time i review my errors in the CAT exams they've been mistakes by either sloppy math or reading too quickly and missing key words. I feel as though i understand the material but can't ideally focus on each question. Any recommendations on how to cope with this? How reliable is the paper exam?

I know everyone should strive getting a perfect score and answering all the questions correct, but how many questions can i afford to have wrong to stay at 700 ?


I would not trust the paper exam as it is not a CAT.

To answer your questions:
Each time i review my errors in the CAT exams they've been mistakes by either sloppy math or reading too quickly and missing key words. I feel as though i understand the material but can't ideally focus on each question. Any recommendations on how to cope with this? How reliable is the paper exam?

SLOW DOWN WHEN READING THE QUESTIONS. I had the same problem when I first took the GMAT. You need to SLOW DOWN and make sure you are answering the question asked.


How many questions can i afford to have wrong to stay at 700 ?


There is NO strike rate for scores. You must combine problem difficulty with strike rate. Assuming you score well on lower ranked problems on the test, you can incorrectly answer 40% of the problems and still score a 700+ (assuming don't crash and burn getting multiple problems incorrect in a row). Strike rate on its own is irrelevant.
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New post 27 Feb 2010, 22:11
I'd like to add a few points to mohater

Read slowly. Where can you find additional time? SC! Almost all SCs can be solved under 1 min. It is a great source of time for long RC. So practice SC to get more time for RC.
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