Final weeks: calculation/silly errors and speed :!: : GMAT Quantitative Section
Check GMAT Club App Tracker for the Latest School Decision Releases http://gmatclub.com/AppTrack

 It is currently 03 Dec 2016, 16:43

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

# Final weeks: calculation/silly errors and speed :!:

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Intern
Joined: 31 Jan 2010
Posts: 33
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 4 [0], given: 3

Final weeks: calculation/silly errors and speed :!: [#permalink]

### Show Tags

20 Mar 2012, 15:49
2
This post was
BOOKMARKED
Hi everyone,
I was wondering if you could help me.
I'm now in the final three pre exam weeks and I'm having two specific (but not independent) problems:

1. I'm making between 3 and 6 calculation or silly (e.g. incorrectly copying the information of the question to my paper) errors in a full exam and this is killing my score
2. I currently do not have the speed to finish the complete exam in time. With the above mentioned results, I'm currently able to do ~30 questiones in the 75 minutes

To give you some background, I've been studying for some time now and I feel I have a good understanding of all the topics although everyday I learn a new rule or trick to solve some questions in an easier or faster way.

I'm currently doing around 50 questions per week plus one or two full quant exams with all 700+ level questions.

How can I best reduce this type of errors and my overall speed in the time I have left?

Thanks in advance for the help
Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor
Joined: 16 Oct 2010
Posts: 7060
Location: Pune, India
Followers: 2082

Kudos [?]: 13249 [1] , given: 221

Re: Final weeks: calculation/silly errors and speed :!: [#permalink]

### Show Tags

20 Mar 2012, 20:59
1
KUDOS
Expert's post
htbreme wrote:
Hi everyone,
I was wondering if you could help me.
I'm now in the final three pre exam weeks and I'm having two specific (but not independent) problems:

1. I'm making between 3 and 6 calculation or silly (e.g. incorrectly copying the information of the question to my paper) errors in a full exam and this is killing my score
2. I currently do not have the speed to finish the complete exam in time. With the above mentioned results, I'm currently able to do ~30 questiones in the 75 minutes

To give you some background, I've been studying for some time now and I feel I have a good understanding of all the topics although everyday I learn a new rule or trick to solve some questions in an easier or faster way.

I'm currently doing around 50 questions per week plus one or two full quant exams with all 700+ level questions.

How can I best reduce this type of errors and my overall speed in the time I have left?

Thanks in advance for the help

The only method of reducing the silly errors is by putting in more time. Double check whether the numbers you have copied down are correct and once you get your answer, check whether it makes logical sense. But timing is already an issue in your case.
You can increase speed in 2 ways:
1. Practice enough so that a question for which you take 2 mins, you start taking 1.5 mins.
2. Change your whole thought process and solve questions in half a minute each. But needless to say, this is harder to do. Most Quant questions can be solved logically instead of mathematically. If you focus on the logical methods, you wont need to write down much either. Most of your answers will come orally. But learning how to do this is a time consuming process. Anyway, I would suggest you to look for alternative solutions for every question where you spend more than 2 mins. Put the question up on the forum and you will get quick-fix solutions to it in no time.
Also, don't linger on a question for long. Check out this post for some timing strategies:
http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2010/10 ... for-field/
_________________

Karishma
Veritas Prep | GMAT Instructor
My Blog

Get started with Veritas Prep GMAT On Demand for $199 Veritas Prep Reviews Manager Status: Retaking next month Affiliations: None Joined: 05 Mar 2011 Posts: 229 Location: India Concentration: Marketing, Entrepreneurship GMAT 1: 570 Q42 V27 GPA: 3.01 WE: Sales (Manufacturing) Followers: 5 Kudos [?]: 110 [0], given: 42 Re: Final weeks: calculation/silly errors and speed :!: [#permalink] ### Show Tags 20 Mar 2012, 21:47 1 This post was BOOKMARKED I am suffering from same problem. Even I feel I know the subject but still cant reach that 27-28 correct in a test. how do i beat it. I have been practicing for quite sometime now. Intern Joined: 31 Jan 2010 Posts: 33 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 4 [0], given: 3 Re: Final weeks: calculation/silly errors and speed :!: [#permalink] ### Show Tags 22 Mar 2012, 07:23 Thank you for the reply and the blog post VeritasPrepKarishma. I'm re doing all the questions I did wrong or those for which I spent more than 2 minutues in order to recognize better ways of approaching them and to recognize the most common errors I usually do. As a result of this I recognize that many of the questions can be solved a lot faster if you take a logical approach, what is the best way to develop this logical method? Although is time consuming it can considerably help Thanks again and cheers Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor Joined: 16 Oct 2010 Posts: 7060 Location: Pune, India Followers: 2082 Kudos [?]: 13249 [3] , given: 221 Re: Final weeks: calculation/silly errors and speed :!: [#permalink] ### Show Tags 22 Mar 2012, 21:59 3 This post received KUDOS Expert's post htbreme wrote: Thank you for the reply and the blog post VeritasPrepKarishma. I'm re doing all the questions I did wrong or those for which I spent more than 2 minutues in order to recognize better ways of approaching them and to recognize the most common errors I usually do. As a result of this I recognize that many of the questions can be solved a lot faster if you take a logical approach, what is the best way to develop this logical method? Although is time consuming it can considerably help Thanks again and cheers First ensure that you understand the concepts very well by going through books/posts (whatever you need). See some examples of how people solve these questions using the 'logical approach'. Try and practice it on some similar questions. Try to put your pen/pencil away and focus on each line of the question at a time. Try and work out what the line tells you. By the time you read the question stem, you might have the answer in your head or some manipulation might give it. Try to do all this without writing anything. It is going to be a pain in the beginning since you would not be use to solving without writing everything down. Also, some questions will involve some calculations which you might want to do on a piece of paper. But one sheet of paper should be enough for 20 questions. If it isn't, that means you missed out on the direct approach and are using way too much time. For starters, when you come across a question in which you take a lot of time, put it up on this forum. You will get 1 min solutions to most such questions. _________________ Karishma Veritas Prep | GMAT Instructor My Blog Get started with Veritas Prep GMAT On Demand for$199

Veritas Prep Reviews

Intern
Joined: 31 Jan 2010
Posts: 33
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 4 [1] , given: 3

Re: Final weeks: calculation/silly errors and speed :!: [#permalink]

### Show Tags

23 Mar 2012, 08:04
1
KUDOS
Great!
I can do that in some questions and I'm defenitly noticing that the amount of pages/lines is reducing.
Since your las message I've been trying to avoid the "formal"/"calculation" approach for a more concenptual approach and it defenitelly helps. I'll try to improve it as much as I can for this exam and, if needed, I will perfect it for the following retakes.

Thanks a lot for the help
Senior Manager
Joined: 23 Oct 2010
Posts: 386
Location: Azerbaijan
Concentration: Finance
Schools: HEC '15 (A)
GMAT 1: 690 Q47 V38
Followers: 21

Kudos [?]: 315 [1] , given: 73

Re: Final weeks: calculation/silly errors and speed :!: [#permalink]

### Show Tags

23 Mar 2012, 08:31
1
KUDOS
Hi, I recommend u to watch these videos -
http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/2012/02/14/managing-your-time-on-test-day

http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/2012/03/02/handling-stress-on-test-day

hope these videos will be helpful
good luck
_________________

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true

I am still on all gmat forums. msg me if you want to ask me smth

GMAT Club Legend
Joined: 09 Sep 2013
Posts: 12855
Followers: 559

Kudos [?]: 157 [0], given: 0

Re: Final weeks: calculation/silly errors and speed :!: [#permalink]

### Show Tags

10 Dec 2013, 11:38
Hello from the GMAT Club BumpBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.
_________________
GMAT Club Legend
Joined: 09 Sep 2013
Posts: 12855
Followers: 559

Kudos [?]: 157 [0], given: 0

Re: Final weeks: calculation/silly errors and speed :!: [#permalink]

### Show Tags

13 Dec 2015, 10:36
Hello from the GMAT Club BumpBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.
_________________
EMPOWERgmat Instructor
Status: GMAT Assassin/Co-Founder
Affiliations: EMPOWERgmat
Joined: 19 Dec 2014
Posts: 7967
Location: United States (CA)
GMAT 1: 800 Q51 V49
GRE 1: 340 Q170 V170
Followers: 358

Kudos [?]: 2367 [1] , given: 163

Re: Final weeks: calculation/silly errors and speed :!: [#permalink]

### Show Tags

13 Dec 2015, 16:18
1
KUDOS
Expert's post
1
This post was
BOOKMARKED
Hi All,

Pacing problems do not exist on their own - they are the results of OTHER problems. One of the big 'issues' that impacts BOTH pacing and silly mistakes is a lack of note-taking (or inconsistent/disorganized note-taking). Thus, it's important to practice proper note-taking in all areas of the Exam; you really should NOT be doing work in your head. Once you get used to just writing everything down (and labeling your work), you'll find that you'll be solving questions faster AND catching/fixing the little mistakes before (or as) they happen.

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich
_________________

# Rich Cohen

Co-Founder & GMAT Assassin

# Special Offer: Save \$75 + GMAT Club Tests

60-point improvement guarantee
www.empowergmat.com/

***********************Select EMPOWERgmat Courses now include ALL 6 Official GMAC CATs!***********************

Director
Joined: 11 Sep 2015
Posts: 856
Followers: 89

Kudos [?]: 732 [1] , given: 91

Re: Final weeks: calculation/silly errors and speed :!: [#permalink]

### Show Tags

13 Dec 2015, 17:04
1
KUDOS
htbreme wrote:

1. I'm making between 3 and 6 calculation or silly (e.g. incorrectly copying the information of the question to my paper) errors in a full exam and this is killing my score

If silly mistakes are hurting your score, then it's important that you identify and categorize these mistakes. Some examples might include:
- sloppy writing causes a 7 to mysteriously turn into a 1
- you forget that a question is an EXCEPT question.
- you fail to notice crucial information such as x is an integer or w < 0.
- you calculate Pat’s current age when the question asked for the Pat’s age 5 years from now.
- and so on

Once you have identified the types of mistakes that YOU typically make, you will be able to spot situations/questions in which you're prone to making errors.

Cheers,
Brent
_________________

Brent Hanneson – Founder of gmatprepnow.com

Brent also tutors students for the GMAT

Re: Final weeks: calculation/silly errors and speed :!:   [#permalink] 13 Dec 2015, 17:04
Similar topics Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
1 Speed Math 1 11 Oct 2013, 21:13
Quantitative advice for final 2 weeks 6 20 May 2012, 17:19
speed 1 29 Sep 2011, 13:06
Final Stretch 1 10 Feb 2011, 20:54
18 Speed Mathematics 12 29 Nov 2010, 04:03
Display posts from previous: Sort by