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Dear experts,
My GMAT story till now: I took GMAT 2 years ago without any serious preparation: I just read OG to understand the concept and was happy to get 680 cause I only need it for a B-level master course. However, I now want to apply to a Ph.D. Program and need to get Q50 and a 95percentile score so I spent 1 month preparing to retake the test. I read and practiced all the Math concepts written in the Manhattan guides and was feeling quite confident. However, when I took GMAT prep mock tests my Quant stays in the 48 -49 zone. I decided to take the test anyway just to get to know the test center and got Q48V40. As I already had my heart set on Q50 I quickly canceled the score. I noticed that I lingered on a revenue problem for more than 4 minutes and had to guess the last 3 questions; I also struggled with translating 2 of the questions. I then took 2 mock tests from GMAT club ad the Economist and got Q39 which shocked me to the core.
I'm going back to work on 26th August and I plan to retake the test by the end of September, is it possible to raise my quant to 50 in such circumstances, given that my Q dropped so low afterward? Should I register for a prep course solely for quant? Should I try to raise my Verbal score too?
Looking forward to your responses and thanks in advance,
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Dear experts,
My GMAT story till now: I took GMAT 2 years ago without any serious preparation: I just read OG to understand the concept and was happy to get 680 cause I only need it for a B-level master course. However, I now want to apply to a Ph.D. Program and need to get Q50 and a 95percentile score so I spent 1 month preparing to retake the test. I read and practiced all the Math concepts written in the Manhattan guides and was feeling quite confident. However, when I took GMAT prep mock tests my Quant stays in the 48 -49 zone. I decided to take the test anyway just to get to know the test center and got Q48V40. As I already had my heart set on Q50 I quickly canceled the score. I noticed that I lingered on a revenue problem for more than 4 minutes and had to guess the last 3 questions; I also struggled with translating 2 of the questions. I then took 2 mock tests from GMAT club ad the Economist and got Q39 which shocked me to the core.
I'm going back to work on 26th August and I plan to retake the test by the end of September, is it possible to raise my quant to 50 in such circumstances, given that my Q dropped so low afterward? Should I register for a prep course solely for quant? Should I try to raise my Verbal score too?
Looking forward to your responses and thanks in advance,


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I would suggest to go through the below post. It will certainly help you.
https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-go-fr ... 00999.html
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I would suggest to go through the below post. It will certainly help you.
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Hi HallieBui,

First off, Q48 is not a bad start my friend! If you can work hard and follow a thorough study plan then you certainly have a shot of hitting your Q50 score goal. That said, to improve your quant skills, you need to go through

go through GMAT quant carefully to find your exact weaknesses, fill gaps in your knowledge, and strengthen your skills. The overall process will be to learn all about how to answer question types with which you currently aren't very comfortable and do dozens of practice questions category by category, basically driving up your score point by point.

For example, if you find that you are not strong in answering Number Properties questions, then carefully review the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions and practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties: LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, remainders, etc. When you are working on learning to answer questions of a particular type, start off taking your time, and then seek to speed up as you get more comfortable answering questions of that type. As you do such practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not properly apply the remainder formula? Was there a concept you did not understand in the question? By carefully analyzing your mistakes, you will be able to efficiently fix your weaknesses and in turn improve your GMAT quant skills. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

Each time you strengthen your understanding of a topic and your skill in answering questions of a particular type, you increase your odds of hitting your score goal. You know that there are types of questions that you are happy to see and types that you would rather not see, and types of questions that you take a long time to answer correctly. Learn to more effectively answer the types of questions that you would rather not see, and make them into your favorite types. Learn to correctly answer in two minutes or less questions that you currently take five minutes to answer. By finding, say, a dozen weaker quant areas and turning them into strong areas, you will make great progress toward hitting your quant score goal. If a dozen areas turn out not to be enough, strengthen some more areas.

So, work on accuracy and generally finding correct answers, work on specific weaker areas one by one to make them strong areas, and when you take a practice GMAT or the real thing, take all the time per question available to do your absolute best to get right answers consistently. The GMAT is essentially a game of seeing how many right answers you can get in the time allotted. Approach the test with that conception in mind, and focus intently on the question in front of you with one goal in mind: getting a CORRECT answer.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new quant materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant courses.

You also may find it helpful to read this article about
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.

Please reach out with any further questions.
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Hi HallieBui,
...

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new quant materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant courses.

You also may find it helpful to read this article about
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.

Please reach out with any further questions.

Dear Scott,
I subscribed to TTP and it is very helpful. I thought I was quite skilled in fraction and quadratic functions but while reading the chapters, I found 2 skill gaps that slowed my calculation speed and decreased my accuracy. Pretty sure Ill find the same gaps in other sections, which is a good thing cause the books didnt cover those.
Thank you for your response too

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ScottTargetTestPrep wrote:
Hi HallieBui,
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In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new quant materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant courses.

You also may find it helpful to read this article about
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.

Please reach out with any further questions.

Dear Scott,
I subscribed to TTP and it is very helpful. I thought I was quite skilled in fraction and quadratic functions but while reading the chapters, I found 2 skill gaps that slowed my calculation speed and decreased my accuracy. Pretty sure Ill find the same gaps in other sections, which is a good thing cause the books didnt cover those.
Thank you for your response too

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Glad to have you on board! As you move through the course, you’ll continue to find gaps in your quant knowledge. Thus, be sure to follow the study plan and complete the course IN FULL, and you’ll have a great shot at Q50 on test day. Please keep me updated. Let’s do this!!
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