I actually woke up at 7:00 AM this morning to take a practice test. I finally mustered the discipline to practice under simulated testing conditions. What a miracle.
I took Kaplan's diagnostic CAT exam off of the CD. I was disappointed to find that this particular test was abridged and was not formatted the same way as the GMAT. This CAT was organized to test a set of only ONE specific type of question at a time (a set of data sufficiency problems, a set of reading comprehension problems, etc.) in six 13-minute sections.
I scored a 670 (42Q, 41V). To the uninformed reader out there, this score may look poor in comparison to my previous practice test scores, which were higher. But, you must note that this is a Kaplan test. Kaplan is notorious for making harder tests and skewing scores down 50-100 points from what you can actually expect on the real GMAT. Top GMAT prep folks in the past have traditionally scored much lower on Kaplan tests than they have on the real GMAT. As one GMAT forum contributor once described Kaplan: it's similar to how Olympic athletes train in high altitude--in the real event this training allows them to perform better. Consequently, I see a Kaplan 670 as equivalent to an actual GMAT 720.
But because of how the diagnostic was formatted, I totally ate it on the reading comprehension section today. My strategy for verbal hitherto has been to go through the sentence corrections quickly and build up extra time for reading comprehension. But today since I was given a RC section with about 2 minutes per question, I simply ran out of time and had to guess a lot. As a result, I got less than 50 percent of these questions correct. Ouch.
SUMMARY OF DAY 15 WORK:
1. Woke up at 7:00 AM.
2. Kaplan Diagnostic CAT off of Kaplan 2005 CD.
RECAP OF DAY 15 INSIGHTS:
1. Don't be discouraged by a low CAT score from Kaplan. Kaplan's tests are skewed way down from what you can expect on the real GMAT.
Labels: Practice Tests