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War on Quant! [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2012, 01:21
Hi all,

Like many of you out here, I've done my GMAT two days ago only to underperform quite significantly on the real thing. In my practice CATS, I was scoring around 730-760, with verbal around 44-47 and quant around 45-50. On the real thing, I ended up with a decent 710 for a first try but an incredibly lopsided result of Q41 (57 percentile) and V47 (99).

I felt that the questions on quant were far harder than on my practice ones, and probably a bit of bad luck was in there too, with the test predominantly throwing algebra and number properties questions at me, rather than some of the topics that I am much better at like proportions/sets/probability etc. I also felt that the first couple of questions didn't really make sense, which I would presume were some of the "experimental" questions.

In any case, I've decided to declare war on the quant section and to really try and get that quant score up in time for a retake in around 2-3 months time. :)

What resources would you guys recommend apart from the official materials and Manhattan strategy guides for advanced quant material?

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Re: War on Quant! [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2012, 02:33
Hi Steve.

You can start by review those sections that you think you had difficulty. You should revert back to your error log.
Next thing you can do is to subscribe to question of the day email on gmatclub. They send you a question everyday and they are really good.
You can also check out the website - http://www.indiabix.com/. They have a good collection of questions.
From my personal experience most of the questions I get wrong are because I did not read the question properly and I miss out on ttle details because of that. The anxiety on final day can be a factor why you tripped on those first few question. But now that you have a first hand experience, just work on your problem areas and keep calm and work hard.
You will make it this time.

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Re: War on Quant! [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2012, 11:56
Steve, I think you should take full advantage of the 5 MGMAT math guides. Success on the Quant section is all about breaking down a problem into one of the subcategories described in the MGMAT series and attacking it quickly. Focus on number properties, lots of questions are disguised number property questions.
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Re: War on Quant! [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2012, 03:54
You may like to dig into jeff sets and mgmat advanced quant. Also, check out my signature below for some great advise by the instructors.
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Re: War on Quant! [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2012, 13:43
In all seriousness I advise you to consider why you want a higher/more balanced score. A 710 is a competitive score for any school and is just one piece of admission criteria. Is the 2-3 months you spend studying to possibly improve your score worth it? Would that time be better served to strengthen the other aspects of admission criteria being considered?
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Re: War on Quant! [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2012, 07:19
Hi 2victory

Thanks for your comment, but given that I've been consistently scoring above the 80th percentile quant mark on all practice tests (Kaplan, Manhattan and GMATPrep), I really think I could do better when retaking. Verbal has also been consistent at the 45+ level, so I really think that with very little effort, I can leverage up my score quite significantly.

At the same time, it is said that schools definitely do look very strongly at the quant component, so I'd like to do everything to fill the tick box for GMAT as well as possible. (besides, 41 is juts plain bad.)

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Re: War on Quant! [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2012, 22:38
SteveFranken wrote:
Hi 2victory

Thanks for your comment, but given that I've been consistently scoring above the 80th percentile quant mark on all practice tests (Kaplan, Manhattan and GMATPrep), I really think I could do better when retaking. Verbal has also been consistent at the 45+ level, so I really think that with very little effort, I can leverage up my score quite significantly.

At the same time, it is said that schools definitely do look very strongly at the quant component, so I'd like to do everything to fill the tick box for GMAT as well as possible. (besides, 41 is juts plain bad.)

Cheers.

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I would say that if you could pull a 47 V, go for a 47 Q at least. It's not that hard. Read through "Number Properties", remember the combinatorics - if you have time, go through Sackmann's quant book and his extreme set. You should be set after these.

A 770 is definitely not the same as 710, trust me -i've observed examples.

I'm taking GMAT next month, just after a month's study (I started June 1) - because I'm basically studying 10 hours a day - got nothing else to do. I got 800 for my SAT Math II .....and presumably, I won't need to worry about GMAT math that much.
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Re: War on Quant! [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2012, 21:38
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Hi all,

Like many of you out here, I've done my GMAT two days ago only to underperform quite significantly on the real thing. In my practice CATS, I was scoring around 730-760, with verbal around 44-47 and quant around 45-50. On the real thing, I ended up with a decent 710 for a first try but an incredibly lopsided result of Q41 (57 percentile) and V47 (99).

I felt that the questions on quant were far harder than on my practice ones, and probably a bit of bad luck was in there too, with the test predominantly throwing algebra and number properties questions at me, rather than some of the topics that I am much better at like proportions/sets/probability etc. I also felt that the first couple of questions didn't really make sense, which I would presume were some of the "experimental" questions.

In any case, I've decided to declare war on the quant section and to really try and get that quant score up in time for a retake in around 2-3 months time. :)

What resources would you guys recommend apart from the official materials and Manhattan strategy guides for advanced quant material?

Steve


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