I took a completely "blind" practice GMAT before picking up a book and doing any studying, got a 650 (46Q, 36V). I thought that was pretty good. I've been studying for a few months now (only got serious about it in like the past month). I've been focusing on Quant but also just went through all the Verbal MGMAT books
to get a basic grasp on it.
I took a practice test this weekend and got a 680 (47Q, 41V). I have no idea how I got such a high verbal score without studying haha, but was pretty disappointed in my quant score. I’ve studied so much that I thought I’d at least be in the 90th percentile but I guess I was wrong!
Turns out I had timing issues. They aren’t as significant as the first test I took, but they are still a big problem. I totally miscalculated how to track time when I was doing the exam haha, so I thought I was on track until pretty close to the end when it became obvious that I wasn’t. The problem isn’t just seeing how on track I am generally but I also noticed that I was extremely off in how much time I thought I was spending on a given problem.
To show how bad this problem is, I got 16 questions wrong. Of those 16 incorrect, 7 of those were in the final 9 problems!
I also have a fairly rigid mind, and so sometimes when I get stuck on a problem I don’t know how to ‘start over’ to rethink the problem on what possible answers would be. I need to get my brain more flexible so it doesn’t get stuck in a dead end. Any suggestions?
I’m going to practice speed on RTD problems. I also need to get a firmer grasp on combinatorics. I picked up the MGMAT advanced quant
book and I’m going to pore over that for a week or two.
Any suggestions? I’m open to everything! I think timing is my main issue at this point, but I don’t know how significant it played into the low score here. My goal is 730 as an absolute minimum, but would love to make it into the 99th percentile ideally.