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Re: 3 weeks to increase quant score [#permalink]
14 Jun 2012, 06:08

Hi there Clicks,

My impression of the highest-level Quant questions on the GMAT was that they required a reasonably strong familiarity with the quantitative concepts tested. I'm not sure about the exact variety of questions available in the MGMAT books, but it seems to me that it may not be the most effective - or, at least, efficient - approach to simply try to run your way through the entire stack in hope of being prepared for the same types of questions on the actual GMAT.

Rather, it might be better to just reinforce your grasp of the basic concepts relevant to the GMAT, and develop your facility with them to a point where you can apply them in a wide variety of situations. The MGMAT questions which you have might come in handy here, but you'll have to make sure that when you try them out and check your responses against the suggested answers, you understand exactly why it is you were correct/wrong.

Hope this helps, and best of luck with your next GMAT!

- MrFong _________________

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Re: 3 weeks to increase quant score [#permalink]
14 Jun 2012, 21:39

Expert's post

Clicks wrote:

I'm retaking my GMAT mid-July and I'm trying to figure out the best use of my time to increase my quant score.

Currently I'm scoring around Q45-46. My error log doesn't show any significant weaknesses, rather I'm performing about the same in all quant areas.

I want to spend about 3 weeks to fully dedicate on quant. What is the best approach to increase my quant score within these 3 weeks?

I purchased MGMAT advanced quant but I've read that might be a little more than I need. Any suggestions would be golden!

The 750 level Quant questions will test you on the same basic concepts as tested by the 600 level questions. They are 'advanced' or 'higher level' because you have to figure out which concept they are test. e.g. I am sure you know how numbers behave when they are squared/cubed. Numbers greater than 1, increase. Between 0 and 1, decrease. Negative numbers also behave differently in the range -1 to 0 and the range <-1. But look at the question in this post. It is a high level question testing you on your knowledge of these relations. http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2011/08 ... -question/

After Q 45, you need to ensure that you try lots of different types of questions so that you can intuitively identify the concept being tested. Also, don't just 'know' the concept, make sure you understand the 'why' behind it. e.g. when you have a quadratic, you solve it by factorizing it and making each factor 0. Why? _________________

I have gone through 10 of the Gmat Club tests and feel comfortable with the concepts tested.

VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:

After Q 45, you need to ensure that you try lots of different types of questions so that you can intuitively identify the concept being tested. Also, don't just 'know' the concept, make sure you understand the 'why' behind it. e.g. when you have a quadratic, you solve it by factorizing it and making each factor 0. Why?

Is it safe to assume the best method of study would be to practice multiple "advanced" questions everyday to understand the different applications of the GMAT concepts? Would this provide more value than working through the MGAMT Advanced Quant book?

I have gone through 10 of the Gmat Club tests and feel comfortable with the concepts tested.

VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:

After Q 45, you need to ensure that you try lots of different types of questions so that you can intuitively identify the concept being tested. Also, don't just 'know' the concept, make sure you understand the 'why' behind it. e.g. when you have a quadratic, you solve it by factorizing it and making each factor 0. Why?

Is it safe to assume the best method of study would be to practice multiple "advanced" questions everyday to understand the different applications of the GMAT concepts? Would this provide more value than working through the MGAMT Advanced Quant book?

I cannot comment on the usefulness of MGMAT book since I haven't checked it out myself. And yes, after Q45, practicing advanced questions will help. Focusing on logical solutions would also be helpful. Try to figure out different ways in which you can arrive at the answer. It will help you understand the inter-related concepts. The alternative solutions will help you solve questions where your regular solutions will be too time consuming. Check out my blog for examples. _________________

Re: 3 weeks to increase quant score [#permalink]
16 Jun 2012, 05:28

Hi all,

In fact, I have gone through the GMAT CLUB tests as well as MGMAT advance quant book. Club tests will certainly provide you with much required practice and help you understand the nuances of GMAT questions at different levels. Whereas MGMAT advance quant book reinforces the basic learning explaining different turns and tricks. In fact, this book provides the methods to overcome time constraints, help develop logical thinking and also talks about silly twists and turns which one might overlook under pressure. I personally like products of MGMAT and also have used GC to the hilt therefore my opinion might be little biased but I think both these are must for practice and also for doing calculated guessing.

I have gone through 10 of the Gmat Club tests and feel comfortable with the concepts tested.

VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:

After Q 45, you need to ensure that you try lots of different types of questions so that you can intuitively identify the concept being tested. Also, don't just 'know' the concept, make sure you understand the 'why' behind it. e.g. when you have a quadratic, you solve it by factorizing it and making each factor 0. Why?

Is it safe to assume the best method of study would be to practice multiple "advanced" questions everyday to understand the different applications of the GMAT concepts? Would this provide more value than working through the MGAMT Advanced Quant book?

I cannot comment on the usefulness of MGMAT book since I haven't checked it out myself. And yes, after Q45, practicing advanced questions will help. Focusing on logical solutions would also be helpful. Try to figure out different ways in which you can arrive at the answer. It will help you understand the inter-related concepts. The alternative solutions will help you solve questions where your regular solutions will be too time consuming. Check out my blog for examples.

gmatclubot

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