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How A CAT "Adapts" To Your Performance

You see a different mix of questions on a CAT depending on how you perform. The questions get harder or easier depending on whether you answer them correctly or not. Your score is determined both by the number of questions you answer correctly, and by the difficulty of those questions.

When you start a section, the Exam

  • assumes that you have an average score (approximately 30 on the 0 to 60 scale for the section).
  • assigns you a question of medium difficulty. Based on data from past tests, the Exam testmakers expect approximately half of the people who answer this question to get it right, and half to get it wrong.

What happens next depends on whether you answered the question correctly or not.