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Hi Rebecca,

I wanted to inquiry about my most recent test experience. Going into the test I scored a 770 on the GMATPREP test and I also scored a perfect score from the tests from 1999 and 2001 that GMAT releases. On the actual test, I scored a 620 which is a drop of 40 percentile points on the Quant side. For some reason, I don't feel too insecure about it. The whole experience is kind of funny because I went into the test not really caring about the outcome; however, I just wanted to see primarily what type of questions would be asked and how they would be asked. You could call it an experiment in accountability. Would the GMAT be willing to release the questions specifically asked from my test so that I can hold the test makers accountable for the type of questions being asked? That is in fact, how every other test in the entire world works, you get to see your results after you take it so you know how to improve and you know exactly what concept you missed. That way you can literally go back and check to make sure the teacher didn't ask you questions that were not in the book, if you know what I mean. If they are in fact based on the OG and asked in a very similar way and aren't convoluted in such a way you haven't seen that type of question before or that type of question asked in that way, certainly you should have no issue in releasing those questions and taking them out of the current bin.

I think accountability is an important part of being a leader and if what this test is all about is qualifying people to go "lead", then in my opinion the test maker would have no issue releasing my official questions from my test to me to prove that the questions are from the official guide and what the questions are asking can certainly be found in the OG. What are your thoughts on this and if you are unwilling to do so my next question would be why?

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by OfficialGMAT » Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:47 am
Hello, BP. I'm sorry to hear you did not achieve as high of a score as you expected, although a 620 is still a very good score! That puts you in the 68% percentile of GMAT test-takers. To address your question, GMAC does not release individual exams to students. Questions from the GMAT pool remain there until GMAC retires them, and cannot be released to students. If there is a specific question from the exam that you feel was inaccurate you can challenge that question by contacting GMAT customer service at socialmedia@mba.com and asking to submit a Question Challenge.

I also want to clarify that the questions from the GMAT exam are not taken from the Official Guides. The Official Guides contain retired GMAT exam questions that are no longer used in the question pool. While they will give you a good idea of the types of questions to expect on the exam, you would not see them on the GMAT exam

There are many factors that could lead to you not performing as well on the exam as you did on exam day such as nerves or fatigue. In other cases, students who took the practice exams offered in GMATPrep multiple times may encounter repeat questions, which can inflate the projected score. The practice exams provided by GMAC are intended to give you a good idea of what to expect on your exam, but are not a guarantee of a specific outcome.
I hope this addresses your concerns.
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by bpolley00 » Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:55 am
Thanks Rebecca, I thought that was very insightful! On to the next step!

-BP