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Stuck at 47. Test in a month! [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2012, 17:25
Hey guys,

I'm retaking the test in a month and am completely stuck at 47 in quant. I've gotten 47 on all of my past four MGMAT tests. I really would like to be at least 49 for the 80th percentile.

I've gone through all the MGMAT books and the advanced quant book. I also have the extreme challenge set from GMAT hacks. But I'm completely stuck right now.

I think part of the problem is that I continue to have timing issues (i.e. spending too much time on one or two problems). But I don't think timing can make all the difference?

Do you guys have any insight or tips for my final stretch in quant?

Any help is greatly appreciated!
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Re: Stuck at 47. Test in a month! [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2012, 19:25
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Hey guys,

I'm retaking the test in a month and am completely stuck at 47 in quant. I've gotten 47 on all of my past four MGMAT tests. I really would like to be at least 49 for the 80th percentile.

I've gone through all the MGMAT books and the advanced quant book. I also have the extreme challenge set from GMAT hacks. But I'm completely stuck right now.

I think part of the problem is that I continue to have timing issues (i.e. spending too much time on one or two problems). But I don't think timing can make all the difference?

Do you guys have any insight or tips for my final stretch in quant?

Any help is greatly appreciated!



Since you have covered the advanced material, I am assuming concept is not a problem for you.
That leaves us with timing issues.
Are you using a time scale such as this:
Q 5 10 15 20 25 30 35
T 65 55 45 35 25 15 5
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Re: Stuck at 47. Test in a month! [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2012, 19:38
Yes I have been using a similar timing technique but I find that I always seem to spend extra time on a few questions. I don't know why I can't seem to improve on that. I find MGMAT's questions a lot more time intensive than what I've seen in the OG.

Are you saying that an improvement on timing alone can bring me up to where I want to be?
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Re: Stuck at 47. Test in a month! [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2012, 20:10
jhwang116 wrote:
Yes I have been using a similar timing technique but I find that I always seem to spend extra time on a few questions. I don't know why I can't seem to improve on that. I find MGMAT's questions a lot more time intensive than what I've seen in the OG.

Are you saying that an improvement on timing alone can bring me up to where I want to be?


Knowledge and timing are usually the key issues for most people.
Nervousness/jitters/concentration are also key, but there is no hard technique for those.
What is the issue - silly mistakes, battling a monster problem too long?


You need to be able to pinpoint the problem(s) which are preventing you from reaching that 49+
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Re: Stuck at 47. Test in a month! [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2012, 23:34
You may like to check out my signature down below ....It has some advise from the instructor on the same issue.
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Re: Stuck at 47. Test in a month! [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2012, 10:07
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jhwang116 wrote:
Yes I have been using a similar timing technique but I find that I always seem to spend extra time on a few questions. I don't know why I can't seem to improve on that. I find MGMAT's questions a lot more time intensive than what I've seen in the OG.

Are you saying that an improvement on timing alone can bring me up to where I want to be?


Knowledge and timing are usually the key issues for most people.
Nervousness/jitters/concentration are also key, but there is no hard technique for those.
What is the issue - silly mistakes, battling a monster problem too long?


You need to be able to pinpoint the problem(s) which are preventing you from reaching that 49+


Thanks for the advice. I think the main issue is that I will get hung up on 2-3 problems and take ~4 minutes on them, which ultimately makes me panic and rush in the following questions. For the most part, I'm able to understand the questions I'm given. I just have difficulty completing some of the monster ones on time.

I'm hoping what people have said about MGMAT questions being more time intensive is true...
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Re: Stuck at 47. Test in a month! [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2012, 10:13
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You may like to check out my signature down below ....It has some advise from the instructor on the same issue.


Thanks. I actually have been following your thread. Of all the resources discussed in that thread, which one do you think pushed you over the top?
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Re: Stuck at 47. Test in a month! [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2012, 23:48
jhwang116 wrote:
rajeevrks27 wrote:
You may like to check out my signature down below ....It has some advise from the instructor on the same issue.


Thanks. I actually have been following your thread. Of all the resources discussed in that thread, which one do you think pushed you over the top?

The theory from mgmat avdanced quant and the application of the learned principles with the jeff sackmann's challenge sets( Eight sets)..........
I think Jeff sets are as good as gmatclub tests but the advantage with the jeff sets is that one can actually focus on one topic at a time, doing a hundred problems and cementing the concept.
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Re: Stuck at 47. Test in a month! [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2012, 00:43
Hi,

First thing which I would like to mention is when you get a Quant score of 47 then i guess you would be clear with the basics for almost all the topics. The places where you will probably be screwing up are
1. The timing
2. The one odd tough question which you get once you do 3-4 questions correct in a row
3. First 10 and Last 10 questions.(as they have more wieghtage then the remaining questions!)


Now, how to improve:

1. When you solve a question and you have already taken 2mins and you don't see yourself going anywhere in that question in next 1min. Then guess and move on! (its not necessary to get all questions correct to get a 50 or 51!)

2. Identify the weak areas (which i guess you have) and try the following:
Prepare a xls sheet (topic by topic).. and keep a track of your progress on a daily basis. Use color coding (Red,Orange,Green).
Red: You are weak in theory - brush up your concepts.
Orange - Done with theory but weak in application of the concepts
Green - Done with the topic

3. Regarding the individual topics:
For i=1 to end
For i=1 to end
-> Study "chapter i"
-> go to grockit.com and schedule game for "chapter i" with difficulty level easy, If doing good then increase the difficulty to "medium" else go to next step
-> re-read the "chapter i" if you are doing bad
-> else goto next chapter and repeat the above steps.


4. Why grockit?
Because they have a timer for each and every question so it will help you improve your speed.
They have tricky questions which is what GMAT asks you!

5. General Advice
GMAT Quant is not tough - its tricky
Keep an eye on that then i guess you can help yourself out a bit.
Also, i read it somewhere that when you are doing good in Quant then you get either a probability or a PnC question. So if you get a question like that then its a plus for you!

6. Go to gmatclub and follow the discussions of the topics in which you are weak. Try to do the 700 level questions and try to follow the discussion which they have. It will help you in knowing how to think about the problem.

How to improve Verbal :-- Watch Thursday's with Ron
How to improve Quant :-- Register in grockit.com and practice, practice and practice!

Good Luck for your prep!
Hope it helps!
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