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Best way to improve to Q49 within 1.5 months? Currently @ 740 Q46 V46

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I have been studying for the GMAT for approximately 2 months now, with a month and a half left remaining before I plan to take the exam. I started my prep using Veritas' new ORION software, completed it in just over a month, then switched to using the OG, GMATPrep Question Pack 1, and free exams for practice with the adaptive algorithm and time constraints.

My target score is 750 and my score progression over time has been as follows:

05/13/2018 Diagnostic Test (Veritas) - 610, Q37, V37
06/02/2018 Practice CAT 1 (Veritas) - 650, Q42, V37
06/17/2018 Practice CAT 2 (Veritas) - 670, Q46, V36
07/02/2018 Practice CAT 3 (Veritas) - 700, Q44, V43
07/12/2018 GMATPrep Exam 1 - 740, Q46, V46

Right now, I feel very strong in the verbal section, getting only a few questions wrong throughout the section and finishing with ample time. To be honest, I'm not sure how I could better use the remaining 10 minutes I typically have at the end of the verbal section.

However, quantitative still feels very challenging for me. I have difficulty with speed while minimizing careless errors and sometimes simply lack content knowledge. In many cases, I solve the quantitative problems more logically than mathematically, which seems to be a crutch as it takes longer. Interestingly, based on the Veritas CATs, I perform much better on Data Sufficiency questions (~85% accuracy) vs. Problem Solving (~55%).

In general, I view improving my quantitative section as a huge opportunity for me to increase my score. If I can increase it from around Q46 to Q49 while maintaining my verbal performance, I could consistently be punching above my 750 goal and into 770 territory.

I would appreciate any advice and recommendations on the best way to spend my last month and a half of prep to improve my quantitative score. I recently heard about Target GMAT for relatively affordable targeted quantitative prep.
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I have been studying for the GMAT for approximately 2 months now, with a month and a half left remaining before I plan to take the exam. I started my prep using Veritas' new ORION software, completed it in just over a month, then switched to using the OG, GMATPrep Question Pack 1, and free exams for practice with the adaptive algorithm and time constraints.

My target score is 750 and my score progression over time has been as follows:

05/13/2018 Diagnostic Test (Veritas) - 610, Q37, V37
06/02/2018 Practice CAT 1 (Veritas) - 650, Q42, V37
06/17/2018 Practice CAT 2 (Veritas) - 670, Q46, V36
07/02/2018 Practice CAT 3 (Veritas) - 700, Q44, V43
07/12/2018 GMATPrep Exam 1 - 740, Q46, V46

Right now, I feel very strong in the verbal section, getting only a few questions wrong throughout the section and finishing with ample time. To be honest, I'm not sure how I could better use the remaining 10 minutes I typically have at the end of the verbal section.

However, quantitative still feels very challenging for me. I have difficulty with speed while minimizing careless errors and sometimes simply lack content knowledge. In many cases, I solve the quantitative problems more logically than mathematically, which seems to be a crutch as it takes longer. Interestingly, based on the Veritas CATs, I perform much better on Data Sufficiency questions (~85% accuracy) vs. Problem Solving (~55%).

In general, I view improving my quantitative section as a huge opportunity for me to increase my score. If I can increase it from around Q46 to Q49 while maintaining my verbal performance, I could consistently be punching above my 750 goal and into 770 territory.

I would appreciate any advice and recommendations on the best way to spend my last month and a half of prep to improve my quantitative score. I recently heard about Target GMAT for relatively affordable targeted quantitative prep.



Hello derekgibbs96........ first of all congratulations on the amazing consistency in Verbal. For Q I personally feel that GmatClub math Pdf is far more than enough. But before you start please try to figure out which part of the Q you are not comfortable enough (e.g., geometry/ probability..... or something else).........Then concentrate you efforts accordingly. 1.5 month is good enough time to improve. All the best.
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derekgibbs96 wrote:
I have been studying for the GMAT for approximately 2 months now, with a month and a half left remaining before I plan to take the exam. I started my prep using Veritas' new ORION software, completed it in just over a month, then switched to using the OG, GMATPrep Question Pack 1, and free exams for practice with the adaptive algorithm and time constraints.

My target score is 750 and my score progression over time has been as follows:

05/13/2018 Diagnostic Test (Veritas) - 610, Q37, V37
06/02/2018 Practice CAT 1 (Veritas) - 650, Q42, V37
06/17/2018 Practice CAT 2 (Veritas) - 670, Q46, V36
07/02/2018 Practice CAT 3 (Veritas) - 700, Q44, V43
07/12/2018 GMATPrep Exam 1 - 740, Q46, V46

Right now, I feel very strong in the verbal section, getting only a few questions wrong throughout the section and finishing with ample time. To be honest, I'm not sure how I could better use the remaining 10 minutes I typically have at the end of the verbal section.

However, quantitative still feels very challenging for me. I have difficulty with speed while minimizing careless errors and sometimes simply lack content knowledge. In many cases, I solve the quantitative problems more logically than mathematically, which seems to be a crutch as it takes longer. Interestingly, based on the Veritas CATs, I perform much better on Data Sufficiency questions (~85% accuracy) vs. Problem Solving (~55%).

In general, I view improving my quantitative section as a huge opportunity for me to increase my score. If I can increase it from around Q46 to Q49 while maintaining my verbal performance, I could consistently be punching above my 750 goal and into 770 territory.

I would appreciate any advice and recommendations on the best way to spend my last month and a half of prep to improve my quantitative score. I recently heard about Target GMAT for relatively affordable targeted quantitative prep.


Hi,

You have amazing Verbal score, and that means you need to focus on quant only as of now. I believe in 1.5 months it is very much possible to improve score from Q 46 to Q 49 and may be Q 50. The only thing you should be aware of is complacency. 1.5 months will finish quickly. So plan well according to your strength and weakness.

These links may help you :

1. https://blog.targettestprep.com/gmat-timing-strategy/

2. https://blog.targettestprep.com/be-accu ... mat-score/

3. https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-definiti ... 69705.html


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New post 23 Jul 2018, 08:02
Hi derekgibbs96,

Great job so far! Check out the following threads:
[url=https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-improve-your-quant-from-q30-to-q40-142810.html]
How to Improve Your Quant From Q30 to Q40+[/url]
[url=How to improve your quant from Q44 to Q50?]https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-improve-your-quant-from-q44-to-q50-141670.html[/url]

Literally ALL YOU NEED FOR QUANT ! ! !

Consider getting gmatclub tests and manhattan prep CATs - the OAs contain great explanations and shortcuts.

Hope this post will help you to get 49+! :)
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Hi derekgibbs96

For improving gmat quant gmatclub test is the best option, the questions in GC test are the exact replica of what you might encounter on D-Day.

Also, please find the other details about how to improve your quant score in below link :
https://gmatclub.com/forum/all-you-need ... 40445.html
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derekgibbs96 wrote:
I have been studying for the GMAT for approximately 2 months now, with a month and a half left remaining before I plan to take the exam. I started my prep using Veritas' new ORION software, completed it in just over a month, then switched to using the OG, GMATPrep Question Pack 1, and free exams for practice with the adaptive algorithm and time constraints.

My target score is 750 and my score progression over time has been as follows:

05/13/2018 Diagnostic Test (Veritas) - 610, Q37, V37
06/02/2018 Practice CAT 1 (Veritas) - 650, Q42, V37
06/17/2018 Practice CAT 2 (Veritas) - 670, Q46, V36
07/02/2018 Practice CAT 3 (Veritas) - 700, Q44, V43
07/12/2018 GMATPrep Exam 1 - 740, Q46, V46

Right now, I feel very strong in the verbal section, getting only a few questions wrong throughout the section and finishing with ample time. To be honest, I'm not sure how I could better use the remaining 10 minutes I typically have at the end of the verbal section.

However, quantitative still feels very challenging for me. I have difficulty with speed while minimizing careless errors and sometimes simply lack content knowledge. In many cases, I solve the quantitative problems more logically than mathematically, which seems to be a crutch as it takes longer. Interestingly, based on the Veritas CATs, I perform much better on Data Sufficiency questions (~85% accuracy) vs. Problem Solving (~55%).

In general, I view improving my quantitative section as a huge opportunity for me to increase my score. If I can increase it from around Q46 to Q49 while maintaining my verbal performance, I could consistently be punching above my 750 goal and into 770 territory.

I would appreciate any advice and recommendations on the best way to spend my last month and a half of prep to improve my quantitative score. I recently heard about Target GMAT for relatively affordable targeted quantitative prep.


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First of all congrats on your good score in the mocks. I hope the below post will help you to reach a Q50.But do not compromise on Verbal.
https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-impro ... 41670.html
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derekgibbs96, glad to see that you found ORION helpful. I love that steady growth in your CAT scores - 610 to 740 in two months is awesome!

Would you mind sharing more about your overall experience with ORION in the month that you used it? I'm happy to hop on a quick phone call whenever convenient for you.
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Hi derekgibbs96,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. The good news is that a Q46 is a fantastic place to be. At the same time, as I’m sure you are aware, you will need to put in a lot of effort and time to improve to a Q49 score.

To increase 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. When you do dozens of questions of the same type one after the other, you learn just what it takes to get questions of that type correct consistently. If you aren't getting close to 90 percent of questions of a certain type correct, go back and seek to better understand how that type of question works, and then do more questions of that type until you get to at least around 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better.

For example, if you find that you are not strong in answering Number Properties questions, 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. As you do such practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you get a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why you got it wrong. 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. I see you’ve heard of Target Test Prep. Our course has helped thousands of students achieve a 49+ GMAT quant score, so if you’d like to improve your GMAT quant score, I recommend that you use TTP.

You also may find it helpful to read my article for more information regarding
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.

If you’d like to discuss the TTP course further or you have any other questions, feel free to reach out to me, and we can schedule a time to chat.

Good luck!
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