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Quant section, best strategy [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2013, 00:25
Hi everybody and thanks in advance for your help

I recently gave my first GMAT examination and it did not go really well. I had an internship program that i chose to do to strengthen my curriculum but working 8 hours a day did not allow me to study that much. Anyway I got an 84th percentile in the verbal section, on which i spent like 2% of my time, and a mere 28th percentile (i know it sucks right?) on the quant; total score was 580.
Yesterday I resigned from my job and now I have more than a month of time to break this test. I am determinate and willing to spend 7-8 hours a day on this. My weak point anyway is the quant section; I had terrible professor and i wasn't a good student myself when i was a kid and now i regret it: I never studied basic algebra geometry, arithmetic etch... .I am currently ending my bachelor degree in economics and i would like to do finance but in order to get into decent schools i need to rock the quantitative part. I am confident that i can do it because i am willing to study hard and because i do understand mathematics once i study it for a long time; as a matter of fact i chose and passed with good-decent grades all the finance exams at my uni, which were based on way harder concept of mathematics than the ones tested in the GMAT. I know how to study and i have everything else that takes to do the GMAT but the quantitative skills (i have long endurance, i am calm when i take the exam and i can rock the verbal section without working on it at all).
For the moment I have the GMAT review book, 13th edition, the GMAT quantitative review, 2nd edition, and i just purchased the 5 quant books from the Manhattan GMAT guide but i am not sure on how to approach the material. I though about going through the theory once every 2 days for the first 2 weeks and do exercises during the remaining time. By going on the theory i mean manually transcript all the rules and formulas every time i have to study it so they will stick in my brain. I also have a friend of mine who's impressively good in the quant part and she's willing to help me so i can even get some exercises solved in front of me when i'll need it. The kind of study i had when i was younger was the opposite of analysis (latin, greek, heavy literature and philosophy) but it taught me how to study for long hours with no breaks and how to reason properly, therefore i am quite positive!
Do you guys have any suggestion for my situation?
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Re: Quant section, best strategy [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2013, 00:41
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Hi everybody and thanks in advance for your help

I recently gave my first GMAT examination and it did not go really well. I had an internship program that i chose to do to strengthen my curriculum but working 8 hours a day did not allow me to study that much. Anyway I got an 84th percentile in the verbal section, on which i spent like 2% of my time, and a mere 28th percentile (i know it sucks right?) on the quant; total score was 580.
Yesterday I resigned from my job and now I have more than a month of time to break this test. I am determinate and willing to spend 7-8 hours a day on this. My weak point anyway is the quant section; I had terrible professor and i wasn't a good student myself when i was a kid and now i regret it: I never studied basic algebra geometry, arithmetic etch... .I am currently ending my bachelor degree in economics and i would like to do finance but in order to get into decent schools i need to rock the quantitative part. I am confident that i can do it because i am willing to study hard and because i do understand mathematics once i study it for a long time; as a matter of fact i chose and passed with good-decent grades all the finance exams at my uni, which were based on way harder concept of mathematics than the ones tested in the GMAT. I know how to study and i have everything else that takes to do the GMAT but the quantitative skills (i have long endurance, i am calm when i take the exam and i can rock the verbal section without working on it at all).
For the moment I have the GMAT review book, 13th edition, the GMAT quantitative review, 2nd edition, and i just purchased the 5 quant books from the Manhattan GMAT guide but i am not sure on how to approach the material. I though about going through the theory once every 2 days for the first 2 weeks and do exercises during the remaining time. By going on the theory i mean manually transcript all the rules and formulas every time i have to study it so they will stick in my brain. I also have a friend of mine who's impressively good in the quant part and she's willing to help me so i can even get some exercises solved in front of me when i'll need it. The kind of study i had when i was younger was the opposite of analysis (latin, greek, heavy literature and philosophy) but it taught me how to study for long hours with no breaks and how to reason properly, therefore i am quite positive!
Do you guys have any suggestion for my situation?


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