Hi..I have a little problem here.. I am scheduled to take the GMAT on the 25th of September..I've been practicing Quant, from the GMAT CLUB Question Tags, of 600 and 700 level..and I really don't know where to stop..I took the GMAT Prep and scored Q47..I had spent about 5 minutes on the very first question (i had copied it incorrect and therefore was not getting an answer) and spent the rest of the test thinking about that 1 question and messed it all up!!
I have a few questions here:
1) After doing the 600 and 700 level questions(about twice), what should i do next so as to score Q50-51?
I will do the GMAT Club Tests
..but i wanted to know what else, so as to reach my target score..And please tell, how will I know where and when to stop.
2) Is the GMAT Quant tougher than the GMAT Preps?
Verbal- My weakest point is the RC, and I am trying to work on it ( I read your article on it).
I've heard GMAT Verbal is tougher than the GMAT Prep's..
I am pretty ok with SCs and CRs (I get about 80-85% correct at times 75%). I am redoing the OG for CR and SC (RC I am currently doing)
Please tell me how much to do and from where to do CR/RC/SC so that I can reach a level, where in I could sail through the Verbal section and score a 750+..As in, from where can I get or do high GMAT level verbal? Also, even here, please tell me, how would I know, when to stop.
Is there anything else I could do, apart from these, for a very good score?
Thank you so much for your time..
If you are aiming for Q50/51, you must work on 700+ questions once you are done with 600-700 level. 700+ level questions are tougher applications and you need to be well exposed to them to get the Q51 you desire.
Also, every question is equally important. If you are unnecessarily focusing on past questions, you are being unfair to the present ones. The cycle will repeat since in the next question, you will start worrying about this one. Point is - do your best but let bygones be bygones. Once you submit your answer, forget about it. The next question deserves your attention just as much.
Yes, you might feel that GMAT questions are tougher than GMAT prep questions. There are many reasons for that. GMAT prep has old and retired GMAT questions. The test is evolving and getting smarter but so are the test-takers. Hence, the test makers get under pressure to update the test continuously too. It's a tussle between the test makers and test takers and each wants to outdo the other. So the older questions have less relevance. Also, some questions of test prep companies' are inspired by GMAT prep questions (to make the questions as realistic as possible) and go a step further i.e. are even more difficult - so when you take the official GMAT prep test, you find it easy. Of course, this also implies that you will be more comfortable in the actual GMAT as well since the concepts tested are still the same as the ones tested 5 yrs back but there will be novelty factor at play.
As for your question - when to stop - there is no good answer to this. It depends on your comfort. There are people who check out a few OG questions and schedule their test the very next week, there are others who work for months and do not schedule their test till they don't achieve their target score in 90% of the tests in the market. My rule of thumb is this: if you have a target score, when you start seeing your target score in tests, schedule your GMAT within the next one month. Prep test scores are inflated due to the reasons I discussed in my article but you are left with a month to make up your weaknesses and cover up the gap.