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Approach to quant prep and overall gmat study in coming days

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New post 22 Sep 2019, 19:41
Hi All,

I am planning to appear for gmat in mid November. Now since my weak portion is verbal I was preparing for it via egmat online course and having finished sc and cr and around 50% scholaranium for these I am currently going through rc course. Now since this is not my first attempt in gmat and I have been preparing for a long time I am still comfortable in quant though not 50-51 level which I intend to achieve. Now my prep has been primarily focused on verbal this time since it is my weak portion especially cr and rc. Now my weak areas in quant are probability, p&c,some word problems
Involving work and rate/speed etc.

I am planning to finish off rc first and then practice quant weak areas from gmatclub tags and gmatclub tests which I have purchased. I wrote a gmatclub test and got q46 after revising my previous notes.

Also I need to start writing mocks to get into test mode. I have 6 gmat prep exams that I had done 1.5 years back so I will use these only.

Please let me know the approach with regard to the final leg of preparation especially for quant.

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kreel11 - Your quant approach seems alright as GMAT Club Test Center is pretty self-sufficient to increase your score from Q46 to Q50-51.

However, retaking practicing tests inflates score estimation. Therefore, I would strongly encourage you not to retake practices tests you attempted previously. Instead, for additional practice, I would recommend Experts' Global practice tests. These tests are extremely similar to the ones offered by GMAT Prep in terms of pattern and flavor. Importantly, the predictive algorithm works pretty effectively as you can feel the test gets tougher when you perform well. The first test is free upon registration, so you could give it a try.
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Hey,

Thanks for the suggestion. I had also attempted around 9 mocks of experts global back on early 2018 and same goes for gmatprep tests. Don't you think the concern is not really valid since the tests were attempted long time back and I would probably not remember the questions if they are repeated.







- Your quant approach seems alright as GMAT Club Test Center is pretty self-sufficient to increase your score from Q46 to Q50-51.

However, retaking practicing tests inflates score estimation. Therefore, I would strongly encourage you not to retake practices tests you attempted previously. Instead, for additional practice, I would recommend Experts' Global practice tests. These tests are extremely similar to the ones offered by GMAT Prep in terms of pattern and flavor. Importantly, the predictive algorithm works pretty effectively as you can feel the test gets tougher when you perform well. The first test is free upon registration, so you could give it a try.[/quote]

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New post 24 Sep 2019, 07:03
Hi kreel11,

Since you recently scored Q46 in a GMAT Club cat, things seem to be headed in the right direction. When do you plan to take your first practice exam? In any case, to improve your quant score to a higher level, you have to 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
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