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Quants took it away: 680 (Q46, V 37) AWA:6

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Quants took it away: 680 (Q46, V 37) AWA:6 [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2011, 17:54
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Its funny..it really is!

All through my preparation, Verbal was my pain area and Quants was something I was comfortable with. Always finished quants with at least 10 minutes remaining and never scored less than 48 in the practice tests but the real thing was different and pulled down my score to a 680. And the worst part about a 680 is that its an average score - its a score which is in the range of scores of schools I want to apply to but its just that- average. If it were 640 or something, the next step would have been to retake but a 680 is like standing on a three way and banging you head to decide what to do next. So once the initial frustration is out here, let me breakdown my experience:

AWA: AWA was fine. Nothing unexpected. AWA infact helped me calm down my nerves and got me into the test taking mode. I had read chineseburned templates and they were very helpful in creating the very important basic structure. You can find the template here:
how-to-get-6-0-awa-my-guide-64327.html

Quants: First five questions were ok, I breezed through them and then the difficulty level increased and I was happy that I was doing fine. But after say 7th question, it became really different (I would not say difficult because the questions were not tough. They all were doable.) in the sense that they were long questions which took time to read and then with long calculations. For example, calculating area of odd shapes for which the only way was to breakdown the shape into rectangles and triangles - calculating the base or height, calculating individual areas and then summing it up. I got 2 questions like that. Doable but time consuming. I guess my entire quants experience was weird to say the least. I got at least 10 questions from geometry and co-ordinate geometry, 3-4 from compound interest calculations, few from probability and these questions came in rows. I got 4 co-ordinate questions in a row. And all this made me run out of time. I practically had to guess last 3 questions.

Verbal: Verbal was predictable. Very GPrep like. The question formats and structures were similar to Gprep. I got 4 passages out of which only one was super lengthy and rest were ok. The CR and SC questions were not very confusing however, SC did test some real skills

All in all, I am left confused after the test. I have decided to take a week's break and then may be jump again into the wagon and tame the GMAT. Wish me luck!!!

P.S. Tips to improve quants will be appreciated.

Edited to include AWA. Chienesesburned AWA template is amazing. I went through the template once or twice and got a 6.
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Re: Quants took it away: 680 (Q46, V 37) [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2011, 20:29
All the best man!
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Re: Quants took it away: 680 (Q46, V 37) [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2011, 21:03
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All the best man!


Thanks :) also I am a WOman :-D
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Re: Quants took it away: 680 (Q46, V 37) [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2011, 21:17
Try the GMAT Club Tests. They have a good mix of tough and GMAT style questions. I did try them out, need to see how good they really are on Sept 6th. My date with the witch :).
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Re: Quants took it away: 680 (Q46, V 37) [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2011, 23:29
mattapraveen wrote:
Try the GMAT Club Tests. They have a good mix of tough and GMAT style questions. I did try them out, need to see how good they really are on Sept 6th. My date with the witch :).


Yeah.. I have heard good things about the GMAT Club Tests.
Also, all the best for your exam :)
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Re: Quants took it away: 680 (Q46, V 37) [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2011, 08:48
GMATmission wrote:
jump again into the wagon and tame the GMAT. Wish me luck!!!

P.S. Tips to improve quants will be appreciated.


mattapraveen wrote:
Sept 6th. My date with the witch :).


You guys are funny :) - liked your expressions. Good luck to both of you guys! Tame this witch this time. ;-)

GMATmission,

I have not given GMAT so you might doubt my advice, as I have nothing to prove. Moreover, I have not studied much for Quant as such. However, I have given a handful of practice tests and have preformed decently in the Quant section in all, and this what I have realized in Quant: Confidence is the key! You must believe in yourself that you will be able to ALL questions in the section correctly. DO NOT let any area scare you - if it does that means you are missing a handle on the concept - your action should be do whatever necessary to not let that happen. Try to think of all questions the same; at least to the best possible extent :) - even if it is 37 inequalities in a row.

You should be able to visualize the problem from the top - DO NOT be afraid to use intuition. For instance, if x1/y1 > (x1+x2)/(y1+y2), you should be able to visualize that this implies x1/y1 > x2/y2 and do not need to prove yourself during the test. I use these hunches and intuitions pretty much in every other question. I solve ALL the GMAT-like Geometry problems in < 1-1.5 mins without a lot of computation. Also this applies VERY MUCH to inequality questions. I would highly recommend start getting a feel of these problems - DO NOT blindly solve these problem - feel the numbers given and visualize them as you read. Same as you do while solving CR; unless you know what the author implies (his conclusion and what is he using as basis for the conclusion at high-level) you can't evaluate the choices. In-fact, lately I have come to realize this actually applies to SCs as well, and my accuracy has gone by visualizing what author is trying to say rather than treating them as orthodox math problems, which again should not be assumed as number crunching :). That's my 2 cents.

Good luck :)
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Re: Quants took it away: 680 (Q46, V 37) [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2011, 17:59
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GMATmission wrote:
jump again into the wagon and tame the GMAT. Wish me luck!!!

P.S. Tips to improve quants will be appreciated.


mattapraveen wrote:
Sept 6th. My date with the witch :).


You guys are funny :) - liked your expressions. Good luck to both of you guys! Tame this witch this time. ;-)

GMATmission,

I have not given GMAT so you might doubt my advice, as I have nothing to prove. Moreover, I have not studied much for Quant as such. However, I have given a handful of practice tests and have preformed decently in the Quant section in all, and this what I have realized in Quant: Confidence is the key! You must believe in yourself that you will be able to ALL questions in the section correctly. DO NOT let any area scare you - if it does that means you are missing a handle on the concept - your action should be do whatever necessary to not let that happen. Try to think of all questions the same; at least to the best possible extent :) - even if it is 37 inequalities in a row.

You should be able to visualize the problem from the top - DO NOT be afraid to use intuition. For instance, if x1/y1 > (x1+x2)/(y1+y2), you should be able to visualize that this implies x1/y1 > x2/y2 and do not need to prove yourself during the test. I use these hunches and intuitions pretty much in every other question. I solve ALL the GMAT-like Geometry problems in < 1-1.5 mins without a lot of computation. Also this applies VERY MUCH to inequality questions. I would highly recommend start getting a feel of these problems - DO NOT blindly solve these problem - feel the numbers given and visualize them as you read. Same as you do while solving CR; unless you know what the author implies (his conclusion and what is he using as basis for the conclusion at high-level) you can't evaluate the choices. In-fact, lately I have come to realize this actually applies to SCs as well, and my accuracy has gone by visualizing what author is trying to say rather than treating them as orthodox math problems, which again should not be assumed as number crunching :). That's my 2 cents.

Good luck :)


hmmm...it looks like you have a platonic relationship with quants...amazing and thanks for the idea. Let me see if I can develop such a bonding and crack it.

All the best for your exam :)
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Re: Quants took it away: 680 (Q46, V 37) [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2011, 21:43
you guys are hilarious.. ""tame the witch by making a platonic relation"".. I like dat

all the best to guys (mattapraveen and abhicoolmax).. your D day is coming .. 6th sept and 12th sept

GMATmission, heard about GMAT Club tests.. they are good.. Also you can try Kaplan 1001 quiz bank.. I just bought yesterday for 99$ at GMAT Club discounted price.. so far loving what it has to offer..
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Re: Quants took it away: 680 (Q46, V 37) [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2011, 17:36
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GMATmission, heard about GMAT Club tests.. they are good.. Also you can try Kaplan 1001 quiz bank.. I just bought yesterday for 99$ at GMAT Club discounted price.. so far loving what it has to offer..


Noted..thanks :)
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