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Hi everyone,

I am taking the gmat in about 3 weeks and have been studying for the past two months while working FT. My goal of course is 700+. About 3 weeks ago, I took my first gmatprep exam and scored 660 (Q42, V38). For verbal, I know my weakness is 700+ level questions in CR and SC. I have been focusing my verbal studies on only these questions and reviewing my strategy for each section using powerscore and mgmat sc - hopefully I can bump this up to 40+. But for quant, my weaknesses are everywhere. I have taken 3 mgmat cats recently and my scores hover in the 38-40 range. For sub-600 questions I have been about 90% correct, but all 600+ level questions, I am correct about 30% of the time. Timing is a slight issue and I am working on it, but it feels like I do not know how to approach the harder problems when I initially look at the question.

With 3 weeks remaining (~about 70 hours of study time), I am worried about going back to basics. How can I make sure to get up to the 45+ range in quant?

Thank you for any thoughts.
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Hi Bobsugar7,

Assuming that you took your CATs in a realistic fashion, you're closer to a 700+ than you probably realize. Many Test Takers become overly focused on the 'implied level' of the questions that they're answering instead of the bigger issues - namely WHY you're getting questions wrong.

After reviewing this last CAT, how many questions did you get wrong in each section....
1) Because of a silly/little mistake?
2) Because there was some math/verbal that you just could not remember how to do?
3) Because the question was too hard?
4) Because you were low on time and had to guess?

If you can provide exact answers to these questions, then we can determine what you need to work on to raise your scores. Thankfully, the GMAT is a predictable, standardized Test, so you CAN train to score at a higher level.

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Bobsugar7 wrote:
Hi everyone,

I am taking the gmat in about 3 weeks and have been studying for the past two months while working FT. My goal of course is 700+. About 3 weeks ago, I took my first gmatprep exam and scored 660 (Q42, V38). For verbal, I know my weakness is 700+ level questions in CR and SC. I have been focusing my verbal studies on only these questions and reviewing my strategy for each section using powerscore and mgmat sc - hopefully I can bump this up to 40+. But for quant, my weaknesses are everywhere. I have taken 3 mgmat cats recently and my scores hover in the 38-40 range. For sub-600 questions I have been about 90% correct, but all 600+ level questions, I am correct about 30% of the time. Timing is a slight issue and I am working on it, but it feels like I do not know how to approach the harder problems when I initially look at the question.

With 3 weeks remaining (~about 70 hours of study time), I am worried about going back to basics. How can I make sure to get up to the 45+ range in quant?

Thank you for any thoughts.
You're looking to do the right things, but it'd be good if you could get back to taking GMATPreps. The scores you're seeing in the tests you've been taking (after the initial GMATPrep) may not be very reliable. This close to your exam, you want to be seeing material that is as similar to the GMAT as possible.
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Bobsugar7 wrote:
Hi everyone,

I am taking the gmat in about 3 weeks and have been studying for the past two months while working FT. My goal of course is 700+. About 3 weeks ago, I took my first gmatprep exam and scored 660 (Q42, V38). For verbal, I know my weakness is 700+ level questions in CR and SC. I have been focusing my verbal studies on only these questions and reviewing my strategy for each section using powerscore and mgmat sc - hopefully I can bump this up to 40+. But for quant, my weaknesses are everywhere. I have taken 3 mgmat cats recently and my scores hover in the 38-40 range. For sub-600 questions I have been about 90% correct, but all 600+ level questions, I am correct about 30% of the time. Timing is a slight issue and I am working on it, but it feels like I do not know how to approach the harder problems when I initially look at the question.

With 3 weeks remaining (~about 70 hours of study time), I am worried about going back to basics. How can I make sure to get up to the 45+ range in quant?

Thank you for any thoughts.

Hi Bobsugar7 ,
From now, you should only take the GMAT Prep practice tests as they are the most reliable indicator of your ability.
To revise Quant, you need to analyze what is type of error you make in 600 level questions -
- Careless error - goal should be to avoid this
- Content Errors - you need to revise the basics
- Technique Errors - probably you are using a time-consuming method

You can make error logs and then analyze.
-To improve in Quant - you should refresh your basics on Geometry, Statistics, word problems, overlapping sets and Coordinate geometry.
-Number theory, Permutations, and Combinations, Probability are relatively difficult to improve
To revise content for quant, you can use Manhattan or Veritas guides or Bunuel's signature questions and notes.

Hope this helps!! :)
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Use official quant questions for practice and review your mistakes and use official GMAT prep test for mocks.
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Focus on OG (official guide) questions. You should practice a lot of 600s question to get confidence then go to 700s questions. On this process indentify the topics you are strugling more and focus on them. Finally, make a list of shortcuts and formulas that you need to know.
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Hi

If you don't want to go back to your basics you should focus on your weak areas in all sections of the GMAT like SC, DS, CR etc
Do a timed practice of each section's questions, make an error log to trace out your mistakes, review your mistake and learn from them
Take mock CATs and review them thoroughly, trace out your mistakes out of them and practice those type of questions again to get over it
it will boost your capability and score

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Bobsugar7 wrote:
Hi everyone,

I am taking the gmat in about 3 weeks and have been studying for the past two months while working FT. My goal of course is 700+. About 3 weeks ago, I took my first gmatprep exam and scored 660 (Q42, V38). For verbal, I know my weakness is 700+ level questions in CR and SC. I have been focusing my verbal studies on only these questions and reviewing my strategy for each section using powerscore and mgmat sc - hopefully I can bump this up to 40+. But for quant, my weaknesses are everywhere. I have taken 3 mgmat cats recently and my scores hover in the 38-40 range. For sub-600 questions I have been about 90% correct, but all 600+ level questions, I am correct about 30% of the time. Timing is a slight issue and I am working on it, but it feels like I do not know how to approach the harder problems when I initially look at the question.

With 3 weeks remaining (~about 70 hours of study time), I am worried about going back to basics. How can I make sure to get up to the 45+ range in quant?

Thank you for any thoughts.



Hey mate,

I would suggest you focus on official QUANT question for the rest of the time ..

I think (and many would agree) the level of manhattan quant is really an overkill..

You would just be fine doing all the OG and GMATPrep Quant question ....

Try this and let me know if it helps
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