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Difficulty of the Offical Guide [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2004, 17:01
I took the GMAT on Feb 18th and am planning on taking it again soon. I got a 660 (66% math, 89% verbal) and have been running through the offical guide and was wondering about how the difficulty works. Does it go from easy to hard? I have been doing 22 problem solving and 15 data sufficieny at a time and am now on question 132 for problem solving and 90 for data sufficiency. So far I have only run into 1 or 2 questions that I answered incorrectly (and about 10 that I struggled with more than I would like). The shortest a group of 37 questions has taken me has been 45 min, and the longest has been an hour.

It seems like the questions in the last 2 groups have gotten a little harder than the eariler ones. Am I doing medium questions now? When will I see questions that are indicative of the hardest questions I'm likely to see on the real exam? I guess when I took the real test I didn't do very well because I always felt like I was answering the questions correctly. I guess I fell for a few of their traps.
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Re: Difficulty of the Offical Guide [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2004, 19:39
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I took the GMAT on Feb 18th and am planning on taking it again soon. I got a 660 (66% math, 89% verbal) and have been running through the offical guide and was wondering about how the difficulty works. Does it go from easy to hard? I have been doing 22 problem solving and 15 data sufficieny at a time and am now on question 132 for problem solving and 90 for data sufficiency. So far I have only run into 1 or 2 questions that I answered incorrectly (and about 10 that I struggled with more than I would like). The shortest a group of 37 questions has taken me has been 45 min, and the longest has been an hour.

It seems like the questions in the last 2 groups have gotten a little harder than the eariler ones. Am I doing medium questions now? When will I see questions that are indicative of the hardest questions I'm likely to see on the real exam? I guess when I took the real test I didn't do very well because I always felt like I was answering the questions correctly. I guess I fell for a few of their traps.


For most 700+ scorers, I can say that the only the last 20-30 questions come close to the actual GMAT. You will see some real tough problems to solve in 2 mins.

I will recommend that you participate in the forum here. Just go through the previous posts and discuss the tougher ones. If you do this diligently, i cant see any reason why you cant do better.

If you are aiming for a 50 or 51 in Quant , you might want to consider studying the weekly problem (free access) from manhattan gmat. they also have those problems in archives. The archive costs $79. http://www.manhattangmat.com


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 [#permalink] New post 29 Feb 2004, 20:24
I found it effective when I studied the last 40 or 50 ds problems. I became a little bit bored with the first couple hundred. I missed quite a few of the last problems in practice in spite of getting a 49 math. Personally, I thought that some of these problems provided the right type of practice with numbers properties to break apart tough ds problems. They even helped me on tough ps problems.

Remember, if any problem begins taking you longer than two minutes, you might not be approaching it correctly. Learning the "proper" approach is applicable to all kinds of questions you'll see on the real thing. Studying the toughest problems intently let's you know the types of concepts that will be tested and the "shortcuts" to answering what appear to be complex compound problems. That's much more important than studying volume. Instead study efficiency.

Sorry for all the quotation marks. I think they add emphasis.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Feb 2004, 20:29
BTW I want to encourage you to keep doing what you're doing. If your system is to go through all of the questions, I am not trying to deter you. Nor do I imagine I'd succeed. I'm saying that I think that the last 40 in each section were instrumental in helping me improve.

What I am saying is that I think that when you get to them you should do them repetitiously. The test was so eerily similar to some of these.
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