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How do you guys approach quant? [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2008, 03:46
Question for high quant scorers?

How do you guys approach a quant problem? Do you stop for a few seconds, look at the problem, and figure out what they are testing? OR Do you immediately start copy down the problem? I'm looking for a systematic way of approach quant problems.
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Re: How do you guys approach quant? [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2008, 04:40
Jimmy, here is what I'm doing.

I started off with the Princeton Review book then moved on to Kapaln Premier. I then I finished all the problems from OG 11. And after that I started taking the GMAT Club challenges. Took 8 of them so far.

After doing all this my performance was so disappointing and I expressed it here http://gmatclub.com/forum/1-t65677. BSD said that I'm taking the challenges too soon and advised me to get the Manhattan GMAT math guides. I'm getting the Number Properties and Word Transaltions guides and plan to study and understand the concepts thoroughly. When I'm comfortable I will continue with the rest of the challenges and after that I will take practice tests from MGMAT, Kaplan and GMAT PRep.

I haven't decided on the date yet.
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Re: How do you guys approach quant? [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2008, 05:50
Coming from a situtation where I don't do math problems everyday, I also need some serious brushup on my math skills. I have taken many math classes (up to calc 3), statistics, and others so I have done a lot of math but that ended a few years ago.

This may be overkill but I have about 3 to 4 solid months (been studying since beginning June) before I think about scheduling an exam date. I have been studying 2-4 hours a day, Monday through Friday and nothing on the weekends :oops: .

My order of execution is as follows:
1) Arco's GMAT Math Refresher
2) Princeton Cracking the GMAT
3) Kaplan Premier 2009
4) Kaplan Math review
5) Manhattan guides (I have all of them)
6) OG 11
7) OG Quant
8) OG Verbal
9) sc/rc/cr 1000 (as needed)
10) last but not least are the gmat challenges on here.

The reason why I mention this is because I feel that once I do a ton of problems, I can approach new ones with better experience and therefore have a better methodology going through them.

I feel the best way to improve, according to many of the posts I've read, is to completely know the basics inside out, and then from there, do as many problems it takes so that when you come across a problem that you originally had difficulty with, the solution would be much easier to derive...

I'm taking the cat's (kaplan, gmatprep) towards the end of my prep - not sure when. I am lucky enough to have this summer off from school so I can focus exclusively on work and this exam....
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Re: How do you guys approach quant? [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2008, 06:01
If the question is in what way I solve the quant tasks I can explain:
1. First I rewrite the question on the paper and make a diagram/table/schema
2. Then I analyze trying to remember the pattern suitable for that
3. If I found the pattern I start to solve following that
4. If not I try to combine some suitable approches
5. If they don't work I become nervous :roll:
6. If all above were useless I try to invent a new approach
7. And if even after all my attempts I lost my belief I try to check 5 answers seeking plausible one.
Sometimes my calculated answer doesn't coincide with any 5 ones. :shock: in this case I start to find a flaw. Usually I missed something like diameter instead radius etc.
That's my way, people...
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Re: How do you guys approach quant? [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2008, 06:03
jimmyjamesdonkey wrote:
How do you guys approach a quant problem?


Cautiously and with a 10 foot pole!
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Re: How do you guys approach quant? [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2008, 06:10
Regarding prepartion I could say that in the past I was a math fan that's why I didn't spend much time for quant but just memorized english math terms and researched combinations and permutations cause they were my only gaps in general math. Preparing to my 2nd test I spent a week for solving all quant questions of OG11. I hope it's enough because on my 1st GMAT I got Q49.
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Re: How do you guys approach quant? [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2008, 18:02
jallenmorris wrote:
jimmyjamesdonkey wrote:
How do you guys approach a quant problem?


Cautiously and with a 10 foot pole!


haha

I start writing down the problem right away, I haven't found many cases while practicing where they give extraneous information. After I'm done writing, I read it over again to make sure I'm trying to solve the correct problem.
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Re: How do you guys approach quant? [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2008, 05:37
Jimmy,

I think it depends on your comfort level with the types of problems. If you know a type of problem cold, then go attack at it. When you hit a bump, or the question doesn't flow, start to think of what else you could have done. Alternatively, if you hit a question and breeze through, DOUBLECHECK to see you didn't fall in a trap.

Most problems are prety straightforward, however most have a trick and if you are not EXTREMELY careful you will fall in that trap and feel content. Don't ever feel content with a problem. If you don't notice a trick in the problem, or on DS you are choosing C or E, you need to really really check yourself. However there are easy problems at the high Q level that you will go , are you serious? One problem in the middle I checked like 5 times because it was so blatantly easy. Like 6th grade straightforward math problem with no tricks.
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