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GMAT Quant-How to do problems right the 1st time

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GMAT Quant-How to do problems right the 1st time [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2013, 12:39
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I don't know if anyone else has this issue but after doing a practice test under timed conditions and going back and redoing those problems in the Quant section, I get a good number of them correct the 2nd time around. How do you make sure you do them right during the test the first time? Granted, the second time I'm doing it I'm not under as big of a time pressure but I'm not exactly taking my sweet time with them either. Is it just about more practice then and reviewing old mistakes and trying to extrapolate to new problems?

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Re: GMAT Quant-How to do problems right the 1st time [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2013, 13:46
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Hi,
I don't know if anyone else has this issue but after doing a practice test under timed conditions and going back and redoing those problems in the Quant section, I get a good number of them correct the 2nd time around. How do you make sure you do them right during the test the first time? Granted, the second time I'm doing it I'm not under as big of a time pressure but I'm not exactly taking my sweet time with them either. Is it just about more practice then and reviewing old mistakes and trying to extrapolate to new problems?

Thanks in advance!



Part of it is exactly what you are saying.
The other part is what is the source of the mistake? It could be something as diverse as missed a number or did not know how to solve the problem. The recommendation is different for diff scenarios. You will need to figure out what questions you miss and why/how/etc. Part of it will improve with practice but part of it will require discipline and you will need to look at questions twice (read them twice or re-read at the end to make sure you solved correctly or doing a check at the end (back solve for example). It helped me cut out "silly" mistakes due to missing a part of the setup of answering not what was asked.

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Re: GMAT Quant-How to do problems right the 1st time   [#permalink] 19 Jan 2013, 13:46
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