also gave my first MGMAT test and got a mere 620 (45 in Quant and 32 in Verbal). Right now my focus is on Quant as I was never weak in Math and I have a Masters in ME. Its actually a shame that I am not able to break the barrier to reach a score of 30/37 questions and get a 90 percentile in GMAT club tests
I sense danger here. Your math score is quite solid and should steadily increase once you finish the GMATClub tests
. It's definitely not a shame that you "only" answer 30 questions correctly on the GMATClub tests
. I almost never reached that level (even without time constraints) and scored a 48Q on the real test.
The danger I speak of is your attitude toward math. Many who consider themselves strong in math want to reach a 51Q. Some do and most don't. However, nearly all sacrifice their verbal score. Please, please, please don't disregard verbal. At the 32V level, more attention needs to be on verbal. A 51Q means almost nothing with a 32V. I don't mean to come down on you like this, but don't get trapped in your comfort zone. You're good at math and believe that your skills demand a super high score on this section, so you're sticking to math at the expense of verbal.
My weak areas right now are probability, Geometry (I was never weak but it feels like I have to brush my basics again) and overlap set questions. Are there good books which cover these topics in detail?
For geometry, the best book is the Manhattan guide. You already have this, so just re-read it and skip the review questions. If you're really determined to get the probability and combinatorics stuff down, look in the Veritas
book on that subject. That should help quite a bit.
Another excellent resource is Jeff Sackmann's math sets. They're expensive, but so worth it. He divides each in terms of topic (geometry, probability, etc.), so buy those accordingly.
How will you determine to leave a question which you know will take up more than 2 mins of your time?
This is quite tricky and I can only provide you with a very subjective reply. After about a minute or so, you should be able to tell what kind of question your confronted with. If you're completely lost at this point, then guessing should become a real possibility. If it's tough, but you feel that it's doable in a reasonable amount of time (two to three minutes), then go for it.
Another issue is to pay attention to the clock. If you have plenty of time and are toward the end of the math section, then take that time (but not too much!). But if you're stumped on question 15 and the time remaining doesn't allow it, move on.
Also how will I extrapolate the GMAT club test score into a GMAT format score. Like how much will a 30/37 give me? 48 or 50 approximately.
I don't look at the GMATClub tests
like that. Nearly all of those questions are at the 700-plus level and many are beyond anything that you will see on the real test. A 30Q on those tests means that you're very, very strong in math and probably in the high 40's. But you have only taken nine tests so far, so my estimation doesn't really apply here. Finish them all first to get a better idea.
The last question I have is, people always tell me that booking a date will actually prompt you to work harder and be prepared for the test. But I want to book a GMAT test date after I break the 700 barrier. Let me know if this strategy is correct or am I just trying to shoot a moving target?
I didn't book the test until I felt comfortable and could see that my studies were coming to a close. What you're doing is fine and perfecly acceptable. But you've been studying for a long time now, so don't wait too long! Otherwise, you risk fatigue and burnout.
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