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GMAT exam one month away.. [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2013, 03:26
Hi Friends,

I'm an IT engineer with two years of experience.My GMAT is on April 17,2013 .I want to discuss with you that actually I started my prep by OG 12,MGMAT guides,kaplan 800 questions.But now as only 1 month left,I've started giving CAT tests.My scores are not getting higher than 600 and quant section never completed on time.Please give me some tips on that.

As there is IR section in tests it takes lots of efforts before Quants started.I don't know whether this is for me or everyone face this.I've check review sections for my prep tests and found that DS is the section where I'm lagging.I need your help or guidance what can I do in this 1 month to overcome this.

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Re: GMAT exam one month away.. [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2013, 12:26
harshk88 wrote:
Hi Friends,

I'm an IT engineer with two years of experience.My GMAT is on April 17,2013 .I want to discuss with you that actually I started my prep by OG 12,MGMAT guides,kaplan 800 questions.But now as only 1 month left,I've started giving CAT tests.My scores are not getting higher than 600 and quant section never completed on time.Please give me some tips on that.

As there is IR section in tests it takes lots of efforts before Quants started.I don't know whether this is for me or everyone face this.I've check review sections for my prep tests and found that DS is the section where I'm lagging.I need your help or guidance what can I do in this 1 month to overcome this.

Thanks
Harsh


You need to learn how to estimate what two minutes feels like, you also need to work on learning when to move on. Using the timer for everything in your practice will really help you get a better feeling of how much time you actually spend on question types.

Keep practicing and using that timer and you'll get the timing down. Try to notice when you're spending too much time on a certain problem and either take those problems aside and learn different approaches or if you're getting too close to test day - know that you can't dedicate more than 90 or so seconds to those problem types on the test or else you'll get into the "I only need another minute.... or two.... or three" mode on the test and that's going to be what kills your quant score!
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Re: GMAT exam one month away.. [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2013, 13:00
RyanCJW is 100% correct: the important thing on the quant section is to get a sense of what two minutes feels like, and you definitely need to learn to let go of questions. If you don't see a clear path to the solution within a minute or two, just guess and move on. There's absolutely no point in spending five minutes chasing a question that you don't completely understand--that's a good way to get yourself into all sorts of trouble on the quant section.

On integrated reasoning, I think the best strategy is to conserve energy, and focus only on the questions that are relatively comfortable for you. If you're stronger with the data tables, for example, you might consider putting more energy into those, and maybe you would skip the algebraic questions or the wordier IR questions that resemble critical reasoning. Most MBA programs aren't putting much emphasis on the IR section yet, so there's no reason to rupture brain cells on that section. It's not adaptive either, so just skip the ones that give you trouble, and try to be accurate on the IR question types that you're comfortable with. As long as you fall somewhere close to the median score (currently 4.34 out of 8), you're probably fine.

Good luck, Harsh!
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