GMAT Verbal Scoring- Demystified

If easy questions are coming in GMAT verbal don't be happy read on.

It has been my experience that students who feel that a particular section of the exam is easy actually do tend to score below their ability level. This is because the GMAT, being a computer adaptive exam, is intended to be difficult the entire way through. If you are at a 650 ability level and you feel the questions are difficult, then the GMAT is doing its job providing you with questions around your true ability level. You get slightly easier questions right and slightly harder questions wrong before settling in on your final score. However, if you are at a 650 ability level and you feel the test is easy, the GMAT is not providing you with difficult enough questions for you to reach your true ability level. This is most likely due to some missteps on the easier questions. Hence, in this scenario, you would be handed with a 640 level question, get it wrong, and then dip down to a 620. You might be able to get this one right, allowing you to step back up for a bit, but the next question would still seem just as simple. Therefore, the test would seem simple, but due to the adaptive nature of the test, you are actually performing below your true level! What I would recommend from here would be to take a Practice Test and run the Assessment Reports to analyze your performance on the verbal section. See which areas are suspiciously below your ability level. Also look for sub-sections with a lower "Percentage Correct" ratio, as this indicates some careless mistakes, which could be lowering your score on that portion of the test.

Source: Michael Dinerstein


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