According to the weakensses you described, scoring a 40 is not too bad. I too am in the same boat as you. I've also never been too good at Math. My first step was to get the basics down no matter what. But now that i have a good grasp on the basics ( thanks to MGAMT Books) it still takes me too long to solve the problems. At this point, the only thing that has helped me is to keep practicing.
Anybody else have any other suggestions to improve speed in Quant?
Thanks ColumbiaDream. I'll definitely use MGMAT books
as a resource as I practice more math problems. I feel that the hard quant questions (the last 15-20% of the OG11
and the questions posted here) require a different mindset when you approach them. Much of the OG11
questions were pretty straight forward, and all of a sudden it throws questions at you that require a different set of thinking skills in order to solve.
My plan is to start exposing myself to more of these harder questions, carefully analyze the strategies to solve these questions and redo them, and identify areas where I need to re-build foundation. I personally think that once you're comfortable with these questions (they 'click' mentally) the speed will come naturally.
I'm going to reschedule my test to later in May (originally early May). I'll gauge my progress on both math and verbal during this time. I hope I can hit 46 on quant. Let's keep each other posted since we appear to have same beast to conquer.