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 Post subject: GMAT ScoringPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 1:20 pm

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Hi,
I have taken several practice tests and my results have left me extremely confused.

First, I understand the scaled scoring concept however I don't understand how to increase my scaled score. For example on the 800 practice test math section I answered correctly 22 out of 35 resulting in a section score of 42. On a veritas prep exam I answered correctly 27 out of 37 and received a section score of 37. Is there any other approach then simply trying to answer as many questions correctly as possiable?

Second, my total scaled scores have been around 600 but my verbal and math flip-flop depending on which practice test I take. I want to improve my score 100 points but having difficulty understanding which topic to focus on given the differing results.

Thank you

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 Post subject: Re: GMAT ScoringPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:05 am

Joined: Thu Feb 12, 2009 1:31 pm
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Sorry for the delayed response - I've been out of town.

So, GMAT scoring is NOT really based on # right vs. # wrong. Yes, of course you want to get more questions right, but the main issue is the difficulty of the questions you get right. Harder questions are worth more points, so you want to be getting difficult questions - even if you get many of them wrong (it's quite possible to get a great score and get a lot of questions wrong, as long as you're into the "upper bin" material). Many students take this to mean that they should only study the most difficult material. This is faulty logic; due to the adaptive nature of the GMAT, you won't even see the tough stuff unless you've mastered the easy/medium stuff. So, at this point, you should be studying medium level difficulty questions and concepts (both math and verbal - it sounds like your skills are about equal in each).

Finally, remember that no practice test is perfect - even the real GMAT has a margin of error of +/- 30 points. Think of your scores as a range, not as an exact value, so you won't be shocked if you go from 600 to 570 to 620 .... those are all within the margin of error and so are essentially the same score.

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Jim S. - Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor (Los Angeles, CA)

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