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Advice needed for a non-quant genius... [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2012, 09:13
Hello all, first, I would like to say that finding this site has made a huge contribution to my studying. This site is awesome! I was hoping I could get some advice about my quant prep from you GMAT Clubbers since most of your quant skills are far superior to mine. I will start by saying that I am not an engineer and my quant skills are around average (37-39 according to the Official GMAT and practice CATS). I have taken the Official GMAT three times over the last two years and my quant scores have been stuck at 37-39. I have a fourth test scheduled for the 20th of April. I would say that during the last two years I have built up a decent base for the lower to mid-level questions but my goal score for quant is 44–47, of course anything above that would be great.

Materials I am using:
Manhattan GMAT guides and practice CATS - even though I have been through these CATS it has been well over a year so I don’t remember many of the questions let alone any of the answers. However, I do understand that any overlap IS overlap no matter what, so I am not putting a whole lot of emphasis on these scores. I am using the diagnostics for these tests to hit my weak areas (wrong, too much time, guessed, right but took too long, careless errors, etc…) and I would say that I spend about 4 hours reviewing the quant section of these tests reworking problems and making notes.

Official Guide 12 – and the Quant supplement. I’m working through these books either focusing on weak areas or completing sets of 10 to 20 to work on stamina and strategy. Both under timed conditions. I have also read Stacy Koprince’s (expert at Manhattan GMAT) recommendations about how to analyze GMAT practice problems and I try to do as much as that as possible.

I have been using an error log along with a note book that I refer to often.

I have recently found this site and realized how awesome it is and I have been following some experts and doing problems from the daily follow email summary and putting into my notes anything new that I learn from the experts or anybody else. (Please let me know if there is a different/recommended way of using any of the problems here on this site.)

I have also heard that the GMAT Club quant tests are awesome so I was planning to go through (hopefully) a lot of these in the next month and a half. Is this a good idea considering my level?

My fear is that I am not studying efficiently and/or effectively and that I will fall into the same traps I did on previous tests which is not being able to translate what I have learned to other different questions on the actual test.

My questions are: Is there anything wrong with my approach? Can I be doing anything different? Any advice would be great as I desperately do not want to sit for this beast again. I read one Clubbers success story about having to be brilliant at the basics and I wonder if I am taking the right steps to do that.

-Thanks all and thank you for this website-
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Re: Advice needed for a non-quant genius... [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2012, 10:31
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Have you tried Grockit.com ? They give you questions after questions of moderate difficulty 40-45 and higher (if you do well on lower difficulty questions). Plus you get a detailed report based on your strengths and weakness, which will updated along with questions you practise. This will help you nail down the weakness.
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cost effective option - refer to text books for the weak topics(not GMAT books as i believe they are not suited for non quant (or non verbal) guineses)
time effective option - get a tutor and sit for a few of hours and focus on your weakness.
The main crux is you have tried the same approach a number of times in the past. A similar approach will give you similar results. At Q37 there is still room for fundamentals(till Q44-Q45).
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Re: Advice needed for a non-quant genius... [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2012, 11:34
I have not looked into Grockit as I wanted to choose only one source and stick with it. Perhaps I will look into it. thanks.
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Re: Advice needed for a non-quant genius... [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2012, 21:33
Grockit seems really cool. Just checked it out, I think I'm going to sign up!
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