Got 590 in a Princeton review mock but how?

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Quants 31/37 are answered right
Verbal 30/41 are answered right
Still only managed to get(Q41,V30)

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by [email protected] » Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:24 am
Yours is a common question.

Your scores are not based on how many questions you answer correctly; they're based on the level of difficulty of the questions you answer correctly/incorrectly.

To illustrate this, I'll share an experiment I performed.

When I was writing the article Taking the GMATPrep Practice Tests Multiple Times (https://www.gmatprepnow.com/articles/tak ... iple-times), I took GMATPrep Practice Test #1 four times, and each time I answered every second question correctly (I did this for the quant section only)

Given that I correctly answered exactly half of the questions each time, you'd expect my quant scores to be roughly the same for all 4 tests.

My 4 scaled scores were: 19, 23, 26 and 42

This represents a percentile range from approximately 8th percentile to the 63rd percentile.

So, don't worry about how many questions you answered correctly. It has little to do with your score.

Aside: If you're interested, we have a video explaining the GMAT scoring algorithm: https://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gener ... es?id=1251

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by [email protected] » Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:59 am
ankithsaleem wrote:Quants 31/37 are answered right
Verbal 30/41 are answered right
Still only managed to get(Q41,V30)
I'll echo Brent's point about how the algorithm takes the difficulty level of the questions you answer correctly into account. And the exam you took likely employs a different algorithm from the official test. To get the most accurate benchmark, you can take one of the free GMATPrep tests from mba.com: https://www.mba.com/us/the-gmat-exam/pre ... tware.aspx
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