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Hello everyone

I am fairly new to this forum and this is my first post. I recently began my gmat quest and took a practice exam from Manhattan Gmat. I was advised to take the exam before I study any material to know where exactly I stand. I read on the forum to focus just on quant until I can bring my score up. So for the second practice exam I just took the quant and had to guess at the end and still did not finish. I think I could have solved alot of the problems I got wrong but almost went into a nervous frenzy which brings me to my dilema. Below are my scores

MGMAT 7/1 520
V-29 56% Q-33 39%

MGMAT 8/14
Q-28 24%

In my assessment I realized that I only got 10% correct on geometry. 9 wrong and 1 right. I know that this has certainly skewed my quant score and will most likely start the geometry book asap, but my question is i'm not sure how else to attack the quant. I feel as though I was nervous on the 2nd test, so should I focus on doing computer adaptive tests timed to get used to the format and to rid myself of the nerves I get or work through the mgmat questions and OG. I don't think I have enough time to prepare for the exam and apply to schools for next fall so I will most likely have until next year. I'm ok with this since I have just under 3 years of work experience now. So basically my plan is to improve my quant score to a manageable level and possibly take a course afterwards. Could someone pls advise me on the best way to approach this?
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Re: need help on improving quant [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2010, 18:37
Official Guides and MGMAT Quants books are good way to start. 2 months before the test start to give CATS so that you can get youself comfortable with timing and how the scoring works.

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Re: need help on improving quant [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2010, 20:47
Welcome mpalma149!

I would agree that OG is probably the best way to start, as it has some really great questions, and quite a large volume as well (well distributed between PS & DS). Next I moved on to the Kaplan Primer with CD, it has several paper Qs as well as CATs.

I am looking for a larger volume of practice questions too (I noticed that there are several books such as Kaplan Math that have good theory, but very few PS & DS structured questions), so if you find any good sources please share!
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Re: need help on improving quant [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2010, 01:53
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I think you can improve your Q score & skils by practicing a lot & also by following a defined path. What resources did you use?

Also, go through this thread for more details on Q strategies. new-to-the-math-forum-please-read-this-first-77764.html
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One last point; dont relax assuming that you will apply in next fall. There are several instances when a person delays the gmat for next fall & ends up in a mess, as there is no time for a retake in most cases.

Best of luck & keep us posted. :)
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Re: need help on improving quant [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2010, 15:22
hey,

Thanks for all the advice so far. Hussain15, I have purchased all of the manhattan gmat guides. I've gone through the number properties guide and equantions, inequalities & VIC. I was trying to follow the syllabus which confused me being that the "equations, inequalities & VIC" incorporated different math topics that will be covered in future guides. I think i'll probably start the geometry guide since I forgot all of my geometry and get 0% correct and go back to the that guide after doing the others. I'll also go through the OG topics. At the moment I've just been reading the mgmat content and then answering the questions in the OG but should probably read the topics in OG as well? or do you think that mgmat guides cover the topics in more depth? Thanks again I will keep you up to date with my progress
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Re: need help on improving quant [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2010, 19:37
mpalma149 wrote:
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Thanks for all the advice so far. Hussain15, I have purchased all of the manhattan gmat guides. I've gone through the number properties guide and equantions, inequalities & VIC. I was trying to follow the syllabus which confused me being that the "equations, inequalities & VIC" incorporated different math topics that will be covered in future guides. I think i'll probably start the geometry guide since I forgot all of my geometry and get 0% correct and go back to the that guide after doing the others. I'll also go through the OG topics. At the moment I've just been reading the mgmat content and then answering the questions in the OG but should probably read the topics in OG as well? or do you think that mgmat guides cover the topics in more depth? Thanks again I will keep you up to date with my progress


I think you should follow the pattern of MGMAT guides. I mean just do the question pools as given in MGMAT guides & when you will finish all the guides you would have done all the OG & QG questions. Dont know what do you mean by topics in OG? There are no topics in OG, just a little introduction of the areas tested in the test & then there is a big pool of questions. So just follow the MGMAT guides, do the OG & QG questions as mentioned in each guide. As far as starting with geometry is concerned, its your call. I would have started in the sequence, starting from guide 1 & ending on guide 5.

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Re: need help on improving quant [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2010, 14:14
mpalma149 you can also use Quants Review in order to get urself use to the Gmat questions as well
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Re: need help on improving quant [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2010, 04:53
I don't think MGMAT RC book was of any help to me. I didn't find it that useful..
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Re: need help on improving quant [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2010, 06:22
I agree with qweert

The Kaplan approach to solve the RC questions is far better and it worked for me....
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Re: need help on improving quant [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2010, 18:04
amneetpadda wrote:
I agree with qweert

The Kaplan approach to solve the RC questions is far better and it worked for me....


The approach was good, but i don't Kaplan alone will help you. I've started reading Fiction books to help me for the RC section. RC is hardest to master imo, so you'll have to take it slowly.
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Re: need help on improving quant [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2010, 07:27
Hi Qweert

I have stuck with 70% max with this approach
and it is definitely the hardest............... :-(
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Re: need help on improving quant [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2010, 08:01
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I think you should follow the pattern of MGMAT guides. I mean just do the question pools as given in MGMAT guides & when you will finish all the guides you would have done all the OG & QG questions. Dont know what do you mean by topics in OG? There are no topics in OG, just a little introduction of the areas tested in the test & then there is a big pool of questions. So just follow the MGMAT guides, do the OG & QG questions as mentioned in each guide. As far as starting with geometry is concerned, its your call. I would have started in the sequence, starting from guide 1 & ending on guide 5.

Keep us posted.


I have been going through the MGMAT math books and what I have found helpful for me is to skip all the advanced chapters for now, do the beginning chapters in each book to get a solid base, then I'm going to go back and read the advanced chapters from each book and the OG questions. I wanted to have a good level of everything before singling out one topic, and now when I go back to review the advanced chapters, this will serve as a review of what I already should know plus more.
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Re: need help on improving quant [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2010, 07:13
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I have stuck with 70% max with this approach
and it is definitely the hardest............... :-(


I think there ought be a section on improving RC, just very hard to master. Reading Fiction books can help you understand a passage better and sometimes faster...
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Re: need help on improving quant [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2010, 08:03
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I face a problem when the passage related to GDP and jumbled history stuffs.

So i am thinking of reading business article to make me aware of them.
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Re: need help on improving quant [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2010, 19:55
Reading business articles could help you, but try reading 2-3 passages a day (1000 RC is a good way to start).
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Re: need help on improving quant [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2010, 21:11
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amneetpadda wrote:
Hi Qweert

I have stuck with 70% max with this approach
and it is definitely the hardest............... :-(


I think there ought be a section on improving RC, just very hard to master. Reading Fiction books can help you understand a passage better and sometimes faster...


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Re: need help on improving quant [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2010, 15:03
Hey guys,

Thats for all the help support. As I said I would keep you updated with my progress. As noted I am focusing on quant until I can bring my score up to a more manageable level. I took another MGMAT exam today and my quant has improved quite drastically. I'm not sure if this has to do with the nature of MGMAT or if perhaps I've become used to the computer adaptive format and my true score is now being reflected. Either way I believe I will continue to work on quant until I can consistently score over 40 and then I will begin to incorporate verbal. Below is a breakdown of my scores.

MGMAT 7/1 520
V-29 56% Q-33 39%

MGMAT 8/14
Q-28 24%

MGMAT 9/9
Q-38
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