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Only 600 (Q32, V39) - how to improve quant? [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2012, 13:32
I wrote the GMAT this afternoon for the first time, and though I didn't feel completely ready, I didn't anticipate scoring so low on the quant. My intial GMATprep score was terrible - Q34 and V24 (total 500), though I was admittedly not paying much attention and was extremely tired. I also took the verbal section on that very lightly because I am a little overconfident in my verbal abilities. I didn't expect that I would actually go DOWN in quant...because I felt like I knew NOTHING about quant when I wrote that GMATprep about a month ago.

I have always been decent with English, logic, grammar, and those kinds of things that appear on the verbal section, though from a few quick google searches it seems that this score breakup is very uncommon. I finished the quant section with 20 minutes left (got nervous and rushed through it), and I knew that I had done badly because the last question was ridiculously easy.

I have gone through all the Manhattan books and did many of the questions from the OG Quantitative review, and had particular difficulty with number properties, algebra, and DS questions in general. Can anyone suggest how to remedy my crappy quant score? Will going through the OG really be that beneficial at this point, if I've gone through all Manhattan books + OGquant? Or should I look into doing a course? I'm shooting for a 650 score so if I can get quant up to Q40 while maintaining my verbal, I should be fine. Which is a little embarrasing, as I see that Q40 corresponds to 56th percentile - I thought that I'd surely be able to achieve that.

Also, a bit of a general question, can someone also explain why so many people are scoring so high in quant (I feel like every thread I read has Q49) and then some much lower verbal? I feel like most people would be better at verbal than math but it seems like that's not the case.

Any help is appreciated.

EDIT: sorry if this is in the wrong section...please move if necessary.
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Re: Only 600 (Q32, V39) - how to improve quant? [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2012, 20:05
I think you might need to brush up on your basics in both quant and verbal . I'd suggest you go through the "Foundations of math GMAT " and the "Foundations of verbal GMAT " first . These books will give you a solid base . After that , you I would suggest that you redo all the MGMAT set of 8 strategy guides . Also , when you do the OG questions , make sure you understand why each answer is wrong . DO NOT RUSH THROUGH THE QUESTIONS !! The GMAT is a marathon not a sprint . You have to slowly build up your basics before you move onto more advanced material .
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Re: Only 600 (Q32, V39) - how to improve quant? [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2012, 11:25
Hi guys,

I have all the Manhatten SGs but I am having difficulties with Combination and rate/time/distance questions.

Can anyone suggest any good book to improve my score in these two topics?
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Re: Only 600 (Q32, V39) - how to improve quant? [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2012, 13:00
abhilashaa wrote:
Hi guys,

I have all the Manhatten SGs but I am having difficulties with Combination and rate/time/distance questions.

Can anyone suggest any good book to improve my score in these two topics?


Hello abhilashaa,

Combination and RTD questions are covered in the Study Guides. Having knew very little about either topic, I believed that the SGs did a great job here. For further study, I would check out the Quant section on the forum and look up specifically those types of questions. Practice, practice, practice.
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Re: Only 600 (Q32, V39) - how to improve quant? [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2012, 12:30
jxatrillion wrote:
abhilashaa wrote:
Hi guys,

I have all the Manhatten SGs but I am having difficulties with Combination and rate/time/distance questions.

Can anyone suggest any good book to improve my score in these two topics?


Hello abhilashaa,

Combination and RTD questions are covered in the Study Guides. Having knew very little about either topic, I believed that the SGs did a great job here. For further study, I would check out the Quant section on the forum and look up specifically those types of questions. Practice, practice, practice.



Hi there,

Thanks for suggesting the quant section. I have downloaded them and will start doing them right away.
Re: Only 600 (Q32, V39) - how to improve quant?   [#permalink] 04 Jun 2012, 12:30
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