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Is it useful to practice with extremely tough Quant Question [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2013, 12:40
For the past month or so my sole focus was on the verbal part of the GMAT as it is my weakness. I have so far taken 4 MGMAT CATs and GMATprep 1, my scores are below:

MGMAT CAT 1: Q46 V29 (January 18, before any actual study)
MGMAT CAT 2: Q47 V33 (February 29)
Stopped studying until May 23 when I decided to take the exam in August
GMATprep 1: Q48 V37 (May 23)
MGMAT CAT 3: Q45 V35 (June 6)
MGMAT CAT 4: Q47 V39 (June 28)

After taking the last CAT, I decided to shift my focus to quant. Up until then, I was satisfied with my quant performance since I did not study any quant material and I figured that I only need to raise my quant score a few points (my goal is is score 50+.)

For the past few days, I have been studying the MGMAT quant prep books. I felt familiar with most of the concepts, but I did learn useful tools/strategies & some concepts that I had forgotten. However, I felt extremely disappointed after reviewing my mistakes in MGMAT CATs. The questions put out there are extremely tough ones that I don't think I will ever "master" them. By contrast, the questions I answered incorrectly in GMATprep were very doable, but very tricky.

Having said that, I am now doubting the effectiveness of the studying those extremely tough questions. What do you guys think? Should I study these problems? Or should I just stick to official questions? I'm almost done with my MGMAT quant prep books. I am planning to study the MGMAT Advanced Quant, since many people here recommend it. BTW, I'm planning to take the exam in mid-August. I'm dedicating this week to quant since I want to spend the rest of prep time for extra practice to make sure I hit V40+ consistently & and also spend some time on IR/AWA.

Thanks for taking the time to help me make my dreams come true
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Re: Is it useful to practice with extremely tough Quant Question [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2013, 22:29
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For the past month or so my sole focus was on the verbal part of the GMAT as it is my weakness. I have so far taken 4 MGMAT CATs and GMATprep 1, my scores are below:

MGMAT CAT 1: Q46 V29 (January 18, before any actual study)
MGMAT CAT 2: Q47 V33 (February 29)
Stopped studying until May 23 when I decided to take the exam in August
GMATprep 1: Q48 V37 (May 23)
MGMAT CAT 3: Q45 V35 (June 6)
MGMAT CAT 4: Q47 V39 (June 28)

After taking the last CAT, I decided to shift my focus to quant. Up until then, I was satisfied with my quant performance since I did not study any quant material and I figured that I only need to raise my quant score a few points (my goal is is score 50+.)

For the past few days, I have been studying the MGMAT quant prep books. I felt familiar with most of the concepts, but I did learn useful tools/strategies & some concepts that I had forgotten. However, I felt extremely disappointed after reviewing my mistakes in MGMAT CATs. The questions put out there are extremely tough ones that I don't think I will ever "master" them. By contrast, the questions I answered incorrectly in GMATprep were very doable, but very tricky.

Having said that, I am now doubting the effectiveness of the studying those extremely tough questions. What do you guys think? Should I study these problems? Or should I just stick to official questions? I'm almost done with my MGMAT quant prep books. I am planning to study the MGMAT Advanced Quant, since many people here recommend it. BTW, I'm planning to take the exam in mid-August. I'm dedicating this week to quant since I want to spend the rest of prep time for extra practice to make sure I hit V40+ consistently & and also spend some time on IR/AWA.

Thanks for taking the time to help me make my dreams come true


Tough GMAT questions have a similarity - If you cannot do them, when you read the solution, you go 'Aha!' (You knew the concept but applying it was what tricked you.) Except in cases where the solution is badly written, you will not feel more lost AFTER reading it. Use this rule of thumb to figure out whether the questions you are doing are appropriate for you or not. Extremely tough questions should not be based on obscure concepts. They should be based on simple concepts tested in an obscure way.
That said, there aren't enough tough official questions to help you practice. You will probably need to bet on non-official questions which are a mix of totally GMAT-like and not-so much GMAT-like. Just take the non-GMAT-like questions in your stride, go through the solutions, understand them and move on. No need to fret on them.
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Re: Is it useful to practice with extremely tough Quant Question [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2013, 01:17
At q47 you should solely practice gmat club 700-800 level practice also gmat club challenges are excellent.
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Re: Is it useful to practice with extremely tough Quant Question [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2013, 00:21
Thanks Karishma & prateekbhatt
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