I have seen a lot of posts regarding this so I thought let's write a post on this!The places where people generally screw up are
1. The concepts.
2. The timing
3. The one odd tough question which you get once you do 3-4 questions correct in a row
4. First 10 and Last 10 questions.(as they have more wieghtage then the remaining questions!)
How to improve:
1. When you solve a question and you have already taken 2mins and you don't see yourself going anywhere in that question in next 1min. Then guess and move on! (its not necessary to get all questions correct to get a 50 or 51!)
2. Identify the weak areas (which i guess you have) and try the following:
Prepare a xls sheet (topic by topic).. and keep a track of your progress on a daily basis. Use color coding (Red,Orange,Green).Red
: You are weak in theory - brush up your concepts.Orange
- Done with theory but weak in application of the conceptsGreen
- Done with the topic
3. Regarding the individual topics:
For i=1 to end
For i=1 to end
-> Study "chapter i"
-> go to grockit.com and schedule game for "chapter i" with difficulty level easy, If doing good then increase the difficulty to "medium" else go to next step
-> re-read the "chapter i" if you are doing bad
-> else goto next chapter and repeat the above steps.
4. Why grockit?
Because they have a timer for each and every question so it will help you improve your speed.
They have tricky questions which is what GMAT asks you!
5. General Advice
GMAT Quant is not tough - its tricky
Keep an eye on that then i guess you can help yourself out a bit.
Also, i read it somewhere that when you are doing good in Quant then you get either a probability or a PnC question. So if you get a question like that then its a plus for you!
6. Go to gmatclub and follow the discussions of the topics in which you are weak. Try to do the 700 level questions and try to follow the discussion which they have. It will help you in knowing how to think about the problem.
Also, I would like to share something which I experienced as i moved from a score of 45-48 to 50-51 (it might not be true in every case!)
as far as I think: the differences between a guy scoring a <48 and a guy scoring a 48-51 are
1. The way you look at the problem.
- a 48-51 guy looks at a problem as a issue whose solution he can find out.
- a <48 guy looks at a problem which is tough(by default) and he will give his best to get the solution somehow.
2. The exam pressure
- a 48-51 guy is confident in the exam as he has seen the score of 49-51 in mock tests.
- a <48 guy has consistently seen a 45-48 score in mock test with a one odd 49-51 score and he thinks of doing wonders in the exam and get a 49-51 score (which is tough to do! (not impossible though!))
3. The way you read the question
- a 48-51 guy reads the questions carefully nothing down(or keeping in mind) all the possible things given in the question (like given that x is a postivie integer) ( a 48-51 guy keeps in mind that x is an interger and also its positive)
- a 48-51 guy re-reads a question if he does not get the meaning of the question correctly( as there is no point in solving a half read question!)
- a <48 guy reads the question as fast as possible and sometimes misses the information mentioned in the question like x is a positive integer.
4. The way you deal with the pressure of the previous wrong question
- a 48-51 guy does not think/care about the previous question(even if it is wrong), as thinking about it will give him extra pressure and nothing else.
- a <48 guy thinks about getting the present question right as he has the pressure of previous wrong question in mind.
5. The time you spend on the present question
- a 48-51 guy spends 2mins on a question and makes an educated guess and moves on if he thinks that he can't solve the question in next 1min
- a <48 guy once stuck on the question spends like 4-5mins on that question and still gets it wrong and then screws up the remaining questions too.
6. The basics
- a 48-51 has strong basics and solves the easy questions confidently and within a min and moves on.
- a <48 guy is not that strong in basics and spends close to 2mins to cross check his answer if he has done it right or not.
Hope it helps!
thats great post.
your 45-48 applies to me with no exceptions..
i have got my exam in a month..
the main problem i have is when i dont understand the problem i just consider it difficult and that puts pressure on me