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Question about the OG Quant Book [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2010, 20:39
Hi all.

It is my understanding that the green OG Quant Book works in ascending order when it comes to the difficulty of the questions.

I seem to have hit a wall around question 130 of the 176 problems in the Problem Solving section.

My question is...

Approximately what level am I scoring at if I have been able to master most of the concepts leading up to question 130?

Thanks for any help!
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Re: Question about the OG Quant Book [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2010, 20:48
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Hi all.

It is my understanding that the green OG Quant Book works in ascending order when it comes to the difficulty of the questions.

I seem to have hit a wall around question 130 of the 176 problems in the Problem Solving section.

My question is...

Approximately what level am I scoring at if I have been able to master most of the concepts leading up to question 130?

Thanks for any help!


the best indicator of your score is a cat test. I would recommend to take only the math section if you only want to know the math score.

it's hard to say based on misinformation. For two reasons:
1. Even though the questions are in ascending difficulty order, the order is not very precise.
2. Your level will vary with the amount of time you spend in each question ( do you time yourself or not?)

Finally, keep in mind that the OG quant book is actually on the easier side. But to give you a simple answer, you probably at around 600
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Re: Question about the OG Quant Book [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2010, 21:21
Thanks for the response, bb!

Yes, I use a stopwatch on each question I work.

My general rule for whether or not I have mastered a concept/problem is if I can answer the question in less than 2 minutes. If it takes me more than 2-2:30 to answer a problem, I know I still have more work to do to consider that particular concept "mastered".

My target score is 600+ and I still have more than a month until my next GMAT so your response is encouraging!
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Re: Question about the OG Quant Book [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2010, 21:43
600orBust wrote:
Thanks for the response, bb!

Yes, I use a stopwatch on each question I work.

My general rule for whether or not I have mastered a concept/problem is if I can answer the question in less than 2 minutes. If it takes me more than 2-2:30 to answer a problem, I know I still have more work to do to consider that particular concept "mastered".

My target score is 600+ and I still have more than a month until my next GMAT so your response is encouraging!


If its your initial stage of preparation then accuracy is more important than timing. You should time the questions and not down those that took more than 2 minutes to solve.

But do not guess or give up after 2 minutes. Even if you do that, do not look at the answer,come back again and try to solve if if it takes an hour to do. The same question is never going to come, but the concept learnt may test you anytime.

There will be some times in the test when you will do 5 questions for 2.5 minutes and next 5 in 1 minute. Thus averaging less than 2 minutes. The most important aspect of the test is to manage this.

Most Imp : Be confident and positive about your preparation.

Good luck and keep us updated.
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Re: Question about the OG Quant Book [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 08:12
Thanks for the response, gurpree.

This won't be my first time taking the GMAT. I am trying to improve to a 600+ after scoring in the low 500's the first time.

I'm well aware that some problems do require more than 2 minutes.

What I'm saying though is that most questions, especially around 600 level, can be solved in 2:30 or less. If I'm not at least close to an answer by 1:45-2:00, then I know I am probably not utilizing my time on a given problem properly. In other words, there is likely a quicker way to reach an answer.

For me to know that I have mastered a concept/problem, I feel I need to be reaching the answer by the path of least resistance. I don't consider a concept mastered simply by reaching the correct answer. I consider it mastered when I am able to reach the answer with as little work as possible.
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Re: Question about the OG Quant Book [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 09:57
600orBust wrote:
Thanks for the response, gurpree.

This won't be my first time taking the GMAT. I am trying to improve to a 600+ after scoring in the low 500's the first time.

I'm well aware that some problems do require more than 2 minutes.

What I'm saying though is that most questions, especially around 600 level, can be solved in 2:30 or less. If I'm not at least close to an answer by 1:45-2:00, then I know I am probably not utilizing my time on a given problem properly. In other words, there is likely a quicker way to reach an answer.

For me to know that I have mastered a concept/problem, I feel I need to be reaching the answer by the path of least resistance. I don't consider a concept mastered simply by reaching the correct answer. I consider it mastered when I am able to reach the answer with as little work as possible.


That can only be achieved if you have strong grasp of the fundamentals. So if you are sure you have laid a good foundation of the concepts, then only time yourself else learn the concepts again.

If you can solve a particular question in less than 2 minutes, it is possible that in the exam you may panic because of stress. But if you have laid a good foundation of the concepts then even under stress you can perform well.

IMO, it is very essential to hit the required level of accuracy first and then timing.
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