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What am I doing wrong? [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2012, 17:40
Hey there fellow members,

2 years ago I gave the GMAT and I scored 530 without any preparation. Unfortunately I cannot remember what my math score was, but my verbal score was definitely in the low 20s.

In late summer I decided I will take the GMAT again. I have been studying for a few months now and went through the MGMAT guides. After going through the Quant guides I scored a 580 (Q 42, V29). Later on I also read the Verbal books and took 2 another CATs. I scored a 580 (Q36, V33) and a 620 (Q40, V35).

Here is the thing: I am definitely improving my Verbal skills and I know that I can raise my V score to 40. However, I am having trouble raising my math score. I am not bad in math. In fact, I was familiar with most of what was in the MGMAT quant guides. My problem is that I have difficulties applying the right concepts. For instance, when I read a problem I am not sure how to attack it (I would easily solve all problems if I had someone over my shoulder telling me each step).

I desperately need some tips from someone who used to have the same problem and managed to raise his/her Quant score.

Thank you!
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Re: What am I doing wrong? [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2012, 03:17
I did not 'raise' my q score, but if I were to give a tip, it would be:

Derive something from every question you attempt. Unless until you are able to say in your head - "the next time I see X I will do Y" don't move ahead. Understand each step & its important to know 'why'. Unless you know 'why' should you do this, you won't be able to realize 'how' should you proceed.
I'd suggest to go through as many ques. from GC forums. Bunuel & Karishma are doing an amazing job in explaining concepts & helping folks like you. Use tags to sift through topics & difficulty level.

Reach out to fellow members & PM me if you need something specific.

Good luck!
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Re: What am I doing wrong? [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2012, 07:46
Thank you for the response. I will definitely employ your tips during my preparation phase. Btw, I just read your "Debrief" post and the information in there is priceless. Congrats on scoring twice a Q51.

jumsumtak wrote:
I did not 'raise' my q score, but if I were to give a tip, it would be:

Derive something from every question you attempt. Unless until you are able to say in your head - "the next time I see X I will do Y" don't move ahead. Understand each step & its important to know 'why'. Unless you know 'why' should you do this, you won't be able to realize 'how' should you proceed.
I'd suggest to go through as many ques. from GC forums. Bunuel & Karishma are doing an amazing job in explaining concepts & helping folks like you. Use tags to sift through topics & difficulty level.

Reach out to fellow members & PM me if you need something specific.

Good luck!
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Re: What am I doing wrong? [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2012, 07:49
Try gmatquantum there are some amazing free video explanations over there the link is below on my sig...
Re: What am I doing wrong?   [#permalink] 28 Dec 2012, 07:49
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