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# Awesome Error Log vs. Archer

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06 Jul 2013, 07:18
Hey all!

I have just started my preparation 1 week ago. I bought all MGMAT guides and began doing OG problems. For the last 2-3 days (60 DS / 60 PS / 60 RC / 30 SC), I used the awesome error log from this forum.

Today I stumbled upon the OG Archer on the manhattan website. I haven figured out everything but it seems like this is a very nice gimmick. I certainly question whether to continue using the error log... It takes me hours to type in every question stat and the different topic names (OG-MGMAT) are annoying as well.

Here comes my question: Considering that for now I only want to use OG 13 + OG Verbal + OG Quant questions and that I always have internet while exercising, why should I consider keeping the error log (except for CATs?!) ? Is the Archer flawed in any way?

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06 Jul 2013, 08:45
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I used both tools.

The fundamental flaws that I found with the MG Archer was that there is no easy way to adjust the pool the stats are drawn from + all of the answers remain there for questions that have already been answered (issue when you go to re-test questions) and the only option for clearing answers is to reset the entire archer.

What I did was: 1st used MG Archer then --> 2nd went to using my own spreadsheet

I liked the MG Archer a lot, but it is limited once you have gone through the questions. A lot of the explanations can be great (much better than OG's in the back of the sections). I found only a handful of improperly categorized/tagged question types in the quant (didn't look that carefully at the verbals), so the results the archer produces for stats are very accurate.

Hope that helps.
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06 Jul 2013, 09:15
thx, would be glad to hear some more ideas !

BTW: why are some questions labeled as "hard" on the Archer, but are labeled as a "600" around here (same thing for the opposites)?
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06 Jul 2013, 10:06
TheGerman wrote:
thx, would be glad to hear some more ideas !

BTW: why are some questions labeled as "hard" on the Archer, but are labeled as a "600" around here (same thing for the opposites)?

re: difficulty
Not sure - I found as my studies went on that really the difficulty of a question was dependent on my own strengths and weaknesses.

If you are looking for a general rule on relative difficulty --> I believe the common wisdom on this is that the higher the Question #, the more difficult in the OG books (Difficulty #1 < #100).

Additional note on the MG Archer --> I found it useful for learning to categorize questions quickly by Content Area / Subject (example: John drives x mph and started 2 minutes ahead of Bob..... --> quickly pick up on the patterns of questions to know Word Problem / R*T=D --> now use x or y strategy depending on exact question).

MG Archer has all of the data there, so you can quickly see what the question is and in the explanation it goes over in detail background on the concepts tested to make sure you identified all of the relevant topics being tested in the question.
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Re: Awesome Error Log vs. Archer [#permalink]

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06 Jul 2013, 10:09
WhatsInYourBackpack wrote:
TheGerman wrote:
thx, would be glad to hear some more ideas !

BTW: why are some questions labeled as "hard" on the Archer, but are labeled as a "600" around here (same thing for the opposites)?

If you are looking for a general rule on relative difficulty --> I believe the common wisdom on this is that the higher the Question #, the more difficult in the OG books (Difficulty #1 < #100).

Yep, thats exactly what I thought but within no. 1-60 of the OG DS questions there are several that are labeled as "hard" in the Archer and from e.g. 100-150 several are labeled as medium/easy...
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