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how to eliminate silly mistakes in quant [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2011, 20:12
Hi guys,have been giving mgmat tests (4 tillnow)and I have observed that I tend to
make a lot of sillly mistakes in calculations/interpretation of the question stem.Each time i ensure that i do not make silly mistakes yet some do happen,how does one overcome this problem
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Re: how to eliminate silly mistakes in quant [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2011, 21:35
adhithya wrote:
Hi guys,have been giving mgmat tests (4 tillnow)and I have observed that I tend to
make a lot of sillly mistakes in calculations/interpretation of the question stem.Each time i ensure that i do not make silly mistakes yet some do happen,how does one overcome this problem


Things you can do:
1. CONCENTRATE

2. Jot down important key points in the question stem on your scratchpad.
Eg. if the question says x is a positive integer. Your scratch paper should have x>0 integer!
if the question says a Set S has 7 distinct integers, write down Set S : 7 DISTINCT integers

3. CONCENTRATE HARD

4. Do not assume anything

5. Keep your scratch paper neat and clean - write little big and avoid scribbling.

6. Re-read question just once before selecting confirm.

These helped me bring down silly mistakes from as many as 12 to 3-4. Though I am still plagued with them.

Hope this helps!
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Re: how to eliminate silly mistakes in quant [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2011, 22:01
My 2 cents:
1. Focus on solving instead of eliminating; but don't hesitate to switch to plan B (elimination). Key to elimination is: use the results from your solutions. For instance, you get very long word problem - write equations, etc and try to solve, but say you exceed 2.5mins, spend next 30sec (max 45 sec) to see what answers could fit your solution so-far.
2. Something most students don't realize until the damage is done. When you write an equation, make sure to choose right variable name.
Note: z-2, i-l-1,a-q-9, s-5,o-0, etc look the same. And during time pressure, many make mistakes while solving. I hope you get where I am going. Use Capital letters if you find it comfortable. I don't have this problem, as I write very clearly and am very aware, but I know this could lead to many silly mistakes for most.
3. DS question: read I and II, ONLY when you fully comprehend/reduce the stimulus (same as CR :) )
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Re: how to eliminate silly mistakes in quant [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2011, 09:14
thanks a lot people and best of luck for ur exams,mine is on september 8th.
I seriously need to take my quant from 48to>=50 and verbal from37-38 to >=40
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