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Practice GMAT Score and Quant speed - questions [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2010, 17:44

I have a few questions based on my GMAT practice exams, I have given following prep exams:

1) MGMAT exam - 600 (first exam before starting my preparations -3months back)
2) MGAT exam - 580 (after 1 month of preparations)
3) MGAT exam - 600 (after 1.5 months of prep)
4) GMAT PREP - 650 (after 2.5 months of prep)
5) KAPLAN GMAT - 580 (after 3 months of prep)

I have read a lot on this forum that KAPLAN scores are around 50-100 points lower than what the real GMAT score would be, is it still true ?? I think I read somewhere (not sure if it was this forum or somewhere else) that recently Kaplan has changed their score algorithm and now their reported score is not that lower, does anyone know if this is true ?
(I have the KAPLAN 2011 GMAT Premier and took one of their online exams that comes with it).

Also, I am taking the GMAT on 17th Aug so only have 2 weeks left, I am aiming for a 700+ score but am not very sure at this point what my real score would be. I am not sure what else to do now to move my score up.

Preparation wise, One of my big problem in Quant is speed, more often than not I find myself at Question 28-30 with only 10 mins remaining. I am trying to work on that (may be start guessing in the middle of exam, or start guessing every other question if I am behind on time etc ... ) but doesn't seem to be helping much, I am not able to figure out at what point should I start guessing, like sometimes after 2 min or so into a prob I realize that I still dont have an answer but I feel that a few more seconds would be enuf but before I know I end up wasting 4 mins on a problem.
Any1 has any suggestions or recommendations ?

Also would getting the GMAT Club questions help me with speed ? I have heard somewhere that the Quant Questions are really hard and the real GMAT is not that hard (difficulty level wise) would any1 like to comment on that ??
I dont mind spending the money on these exams but considering that I only have 2 weeks left and I have 3 MGMAT, 3 KAPLAN and 1 GMAT PREP exam that I can take, adding new material would help.

Please provide any and all ideas or suggestions you guys might have.
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Re: Practice GMAT Score and Quant speed - questions [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2010, 10:49
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Hi there,

It's hard to know when to cut your losses on a problem and move on. In fact, it's much more of a psychological challenge than a mathematical one. You've got a lot of pride on the line, and when you're involved in an epic battle against a particular problem, it can feel like giving up if you move to the next question.

I've got some advice though, about how to make that decision. First, the thing that matters most is whether you know the exact, specific steps you need to do to get from where you are in your problem-solving process to an answer. At about the 90 second mark, ask yourself whether you have a roadmap like that in your mind. In other words, have you been able to think through to the end of the problem? If you started at A, and an answer is at F, and you've done steps B and C, do you know what steps D and E are? If the answer is yes, then it's probably worth completing the calculations. If the answer is no, or you're unsure, then use the next few seconds to eliminate obviously wrong answers, and make a strategic guess. Don't waste time playing around with the problem to see how it works.

Build up your psychological fortitude by reminding yourself that this isn't giving up on a problem. It's regaining control over the test. Don't look back--once you've answered a problem, put it away in your mind. You're diving into the question pool for another problem, and there's a good chance you'll pull one that you'll do better on. Enjoy the clean slate, the new challenge, and the opportunity to attack again.
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Re: Practice GMAT Score and Quant speed - questions [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2010, 11:16
Nice words. I am even mad in Maths and dont like to leave the problem in middle, how hard that may be,...this attitude costing me a lot overall in practise tests.
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Re: Practice GMAT Score and Quant speed - questions [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2010, 12:00
I have the same issues and appreciate the advice on when to move on. With that said though, if anyone has any tips that have helped them speed up their quant, please let me know.

I end my verbal with like 15 minutes left, yet I get to question 25 on quant with about 10 minutes left. Huuuge discrepancy.
Re: Practice GMAT Score and Quant speed - questions   [#permalink] 02 Aug 2010, 12:00
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