Hello guys,

I am quite desperate at the moment and really need your advice concerning my strategy, because I have no idea what I am doing wrong.

Some background information:

Materials I'm using: MGMAT quant and verbal guides and

OG 13. I took one MGAMT CAT 2 weeks ago and scored 530 and took another gmat prep test today and scored 550. (Q 37, V 28)

I started studying in July with the quant section. I realized that I am lacking all the math basics, so I used the

MGMAT guides for some topics. I've gone through all the

quant OG problems so far, and I KNOW that I did that quite inefficiently, which means I kinda "rushed" through the problems and explanations. I have certainly improved in many areas, cause i then started focusing on my weak areas and solved many practice problems, but I am still not able to score a decent score in the quant part. (Quant score in GMAT prep was 37)

My main issue is that I have a lot of problems with the approach of certain problems/topics. + TIME is probably also one of my biggest issues. As soon as I get into a tightly timed exam, I am starting to rush without really thinking about what I am doing or what I would be supposed to do.

I really need some advice how to improve quant. The forum is really helpful, but there are so many different strategies and resources mentioned, so I am kinda confused.

Should i:

- work through the quant review?

- work through the OG problems again?

- only focus on my really weak areas? (I don't really know whether I have real weak areas since I am lacking knowledge in almost all of the topics)

How can I most efficiently work on my basics? I am not good at reading books when it comes to math and memorize certain concepts, I need to practice in order to understand the concepts.

I wanted to take the exam on September 20, but thats not working I guess. I think I will give myself another 1,5-2 month and take the exam in the end of October, since I don't feel confident at all at the moment. I am struggling with basic stuff, like working with exponents/roots/fractions etc.

My weak area in Verbal is SC. I am pretty good at CR, only had 1 question wrong in the prep test. RC could also be improved, but I think thats a question of concentration.

I already referred to this thread, which consists of some good advice in my opinion:

510-to-770-49q-46v-7ir-what-worked-for-me-2-years-176580.html and the poster had a similar situation as I'm having now.

So I think I know how to approach verbal: I will just go again through the

MGMAT SC book and practice the problems which are available in the forum + the

OG verbal review problems (in all 3 sections). Since I haven't studied that much for verbal so far, I will put my focus on SC.

However, I have no idea how to tackle the quant part? I am really desperate because I've studied for quite a long time now, but obviously it was very inefficient

Are the "extra" chapters (always the last ones in the books) in the MGMAT quant books a good resource? Cause I think the

MGMAT books are good books, but sometimes I feel that they don't really help much when it comes to solving official problems.

I'd really appreciate some expert's insights!

Thanks!