GMAT Enhanced Score Report
I’ve taken the GMAT many times and have discussed GMAT performances with more people than I can remember. I'm often analyzing the mysterious reasons for a “GMAT failure to launch”. Why were the practice tests 700+ but the real score a 590? Without much data and only a subjective account from a student there is a ton of voodoo involved in the process. I think that I’m pretty good at untangling the knot, shedding some light in the dark corner, but most of my conclusions are just educated guesses. If I only had access to some of the data from the exam... (Drum roll, trumpet blast, open curtain) Enter the GMAT enhanced score report!!! Lots of hurrah from GMAC about this new product but there is very little to get excited about. Let’s have a look at the pretty tables and graphs that you get for your 25 clams.
GMAT Enhanced Score Report Quant:
A percentile score for Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving, Algebra/Geometry, and Arithmetic.
Why those categories? I have no idea. Are these categories helpful? In general, no. If you see that the score for Problem Solving is way lower than for Data Sufficiency I guess you could take that to mean that you should work more on Problem Solving. But then again maybe you were more familiar with the content that was presented in the Data Sufficiency so did better on those questions. GMAC might retort by saying “but we included a breakdown of Algebra/Geometry vs. Arithmetic”. Crickets.
Average time spent per question on the Quant section.
You can see the DS vs. PS balance. This could be interesting but I don’t find it particularly helpful in terms of guiding your studying (unless there is some massive imbalance). You can also see Algebra/Geometry vs. Arithmetic timing. I'm scratching my head on this one. It would be great to see how much time was spent on individual questions. That would let you know if you were dwelling a bit too much.
GMAT Enhanced Score Report Verbal:
A percentile score for Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension.
The verbal enhanced score report is a bit better than the quant report. At least you can pinpoint where you bombed. Knowing your percentile on RC vs. CR. vs. SC is MUCH more meaningful than knowing PS vs. DS. Is this worth the price of admission? Tough question.
Average time spent per question on the Verbal section.
This “enhanced” verbal report is also better than the “enhanced” quant report in that you get to see on which question type (RC, SC, CR) you blew your time. This is helpful. But again, it should just be the tip of the iceberg of what you get. It would be great to see the timing on individual verbal questions.
Is the GMAT Enhanced Score Report Really that Crappy?
There are some GMAC products that provide great value: Question Pack 1, the GMAT Prep Software, and arguably the Official Guide 2016. But I’m afraid this Enhanced Score report stinks. One thing that I can give the enhanced score report kudos for - it looks very professional.
OK - but is there a scenario in which it might be worth buying this thing?
I’m going to buckle here and say yes. If you are 100% perplexed about your GMAT VERBAL score (meaning your verbal score dropped like a stone from your practice tests and you have no clue why) you might squeeze some insight out the GMAT Enhanced Score Report. Beyond that - save your money. Oh - one last thing. In order to get your enhanced score report you have to enter a code on the GMAC site. Then GMAC sends you a link to the report. This link expires! So make sure to take a screenshot of your report so that you don’t have to repeat the process. Comment with any questions. Good luck with your preparation!