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Post MGMAT VICs and Word Trans Advice. I need More Practice

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Post MGMAT VICs and Word Trans Advice. I need More Practice [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2010, 23:42
Hello fellow GMATters,

This is my first post. I have been following the forum for a few months now and been studying all the key study tips intently. I plan on applying to B-School's this fall and have been studying for the GMAT for the past three month. In this three month span I have made it through the entire MGMAT course and study books.

My initial MGMAT diagnostic was a 580, but weighted more heavily toward verbal - 33 (39%) Quant 36 Verbal (81%) . Needless to say I was shocked at my very poor performance on the Quant, and have made it my mission to score in the 90% in Quant.

I have made it through the entire MGMAT Math Foundations Book, and have started to troubleshoot more of my math fundamentals at a steady pace via Kaplan Math Foundation Books. I also have been making my way through the Slackmann Math Doc...which I have found very beneficial. My major hang up when making my way through Quant OG's are the Word Translation Problems, specifically ones that relate to VICs. For some reason I have a very hard time conceptualizing and translating these words into equations, or have a hard time translating all these VIC into logical sense. I have the MGMAT Word Translation Guide and EVICs book, and have gone through them once already. I plan on going through them again thoroughly in the upcoming week.

I must master this area to score well on the quant...and I am willing to do whatever it takes to hone this weakness. I know most of the Quant success is about being comfortable breaking down what the question is asking...and that comes from doing reps upon reps of these types of problems. I would appreciate any advice, recommendations, books, study/cheat sheets, any one in the Club can provide me as to improving this area of the Quant. Please!

Thanks you all in advance!
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Re: Post MGMAT VICs and Word Trans Advice. I need More Practice [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2010, 04:25
i think you just gotta keep practicing and going over the material and hopefully a light bulb in your head will go on.
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Re: Post MGMAT VICs and Word Trans Advice. I need More Practice [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2010, 08:33
Hi,

I see that you said you made it through our whole course. Did you take a Guided Self Study course or a live course (online or in person)? If you did the GSS, you're entitled to two free half hour office hours sessions with an instructor, which you might find useful in analyzing how you can improve your performance. If you took our live online or in-person course and completed the three exams that were scheduled during the class, you can receive your post-course assessment from your instructor, where they analyze your performance and suggests what you need to strengthen before the course finishes.

If, on the other hand, you were using our material but have not taken a complete course, I can point you to some good quant tutorials here: http://www.manhattangmat.com/tutorials/

Another quick pointer: while repetition is definitely a key part of studying, there is a lot of value in analyzing and breaking down each problem after you've answered them. Take a look at what you did to solve it and see if there was a different way you could have arrived at the same conclusion. If you got it wrong, don't just look at the right answer and move on, but read through the technique, absorb it, and try the problem again.

Please let me know if you have any more questions. We do have instructors who post on the forums as well, and they could point you to even more specific answers, if you find that you need it.

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Re: Post MGMAT VICs and Word Trans Advice. I need More Practice   [#permalink] 11 Jun 2010, 08:33
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