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To Those Grinding away on GC Tests.

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To Those Grinding away on GC Tests. [#permalink] New post 24 Mar 2010, 19:50
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For challenging 700+ Quant - GC Tests are the real deal, IMO. They are challenging, but not because they require long calculations like MGMAT tend to. They are, and continue to be, a cornerstone of my study regime. However, I am not an engineer or particularily gifted with math. It's taken months of prep to get my math fundamentals up to speed to even take on the GCtests. As I worked through them I've, at times, felt great when I answered a tough question right while other times I would get so frustrated by a series of tough questions I was literally tearing apart my workbook. I could have easily changed my username from 'TheSituation' to 'CarelessMistakeFactory' and not missed a beat.

I looked around the forums to see if others have posted how they did on the tests and found that for the most part people only mentioned anything about their performance on the GCtests if they were throttling them. This post is for the silent majority out there gutting through the GCtests and not getting 30+correct consistently. You are not alone.

On my first 18 GC test my avg score was probably 21/37 ranging from 16-23. Finally I put them on hold and reviewed the notes I made from my MGMAT self-study and came back tonight with a new confidence and a mindset to not get frustrated by tough questions.

I did two tests tonight posting up 26/37 and 27/37 - 2 new personal bests. I didn't pause it, I didn't check answers and change it to the correct one if I made a silly error. This was real test sim conditions here.

I haven't written the actual test yet, I'm not done preparing but I am improving. Through all the frustration I have clearly identified my weak spots (Geometry and Num Properties). For those out there getting frustrated with results not coming as quickly as you'd like, please refer to this quote which is practically my new motto and life slogan:

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up" - Thomas Edison

Guys, your almost there - keeping plugging away and get the dream score you deserve. Don't give up when success is just beyond your reach!

Cheers.

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Re: To Those Grinding away on GC Tests. [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2010, 16:58
Thanks for posting this up- sometimes I feel like Im in the silent minority on this site because it seems like everyone on here can pull a 47+ on the quant section!

Im not an engineer, but I do have a pretty ok quant background and while my Q and V both keep inching up week after week on my diagnostic tests, and I know Im recognizing patterns and mistakes and how to solve far FAR faster than I did at the beginning of my prep, I still feel like Im missing something on the Q side. Its that perfectionist streak.

My test is on Wednesday and only today I thought I would check out the free GC tests this afternoon. Grinding isnt the word to describe how I felt working through those. And this was after working a timed set of Kaplan Qs and reworking the MGMAT and Kaplan CATs I took recently to work on my errors. I was tired and felt discouraged. Your post made me feel better.

I know Ive got it in me to get that quant score up higher than the low 40s and maybe working through some really hard questions in the last few days here (not overdoing it obviously) will at least limber up the brain beyond the 650 maths level!

Keep on crankin'!
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Re: To Those Grinding away on GC Tests. [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2010, 17:22
Guys, all the best.
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