Some Last-Minute Advice for Quant : General GMAT Questions and Strategies
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01 Nov 2006, 07:29
Hi, gang...test is on Friday morning, and I think I'm ALMOST ready.

The verbal is pretty well wrapped up - I scored in the 97% on the last verbal practice exam from GMAC, and had 22 minutes left on the clock.

Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the math. Basically, if I shut the timer off I do ok - 90% or so. But picking up the pace is tricky, and I tend to be all over the place with the score, anywhere from 35 (yikes!) to 85%.

Essentially, I understand the concepts, but I sometimes go off in the wrong direction, and then waste time until I realize where I went wrong and go back to make the correction.

My thought is that I probably need to pay more attention to the clock, and limit myself to about 2 minutes per problem. If I can't get it, I just need to move on. If I'm wrong, an easier (and faster) question will come next. What do you all think of this strategy? Any other ideas on how to increase my tempo and/or manage the clock?

thanks so much!
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01 Nov 2006, 15:47
what i do for timing is I set up a marker for the halfway point. So for Quant, when you have 38 min left, you want to be right around the 18-19th question of the test. You can set up more markers if you would like to keep a check on timing, but I only set up one as not to distract me while approaching probs.
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01 Nov 2006, 20:08
Hey, thanks! I just took my second GMATPrep test and got a 690 - good enough for me! I am quite happy, and I did what you said. I watched for the 50% mark and then sped up accordingly. I finished all the questions, but I did have to choose about 5 questions that I pretty much guessed on. I think I will add 1/4 marks as well, just so I can guage myself earlier in the process.

For anyone out there who might have a similar problem, I also reviewed the tricks described in the Princeton Review. I made myself do more POE (process of elimination) and plugging in than I normally do. This certainly sped things along, though I am sure my 8th grade algebra teacher would not have been happy. I certainly recommend their methods to anyone who finds the speed factor to be an issue.

Here comes Friday....
Good Call, Jayy178   [#permalink] 01 Nov 2006, 20:08
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