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Terrible experience.

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New post 19 Mar 2014, 16:22
Sorry to hear that. That's annoying! What materials did you use? What did Seattle U use? Just their own stuff?

I have a somewhat seimilar experience of studying (though on and off with Princeton review books) and then scoring the same score 6 months later. I studied using the wrong materials and the books that did not click with me. I hated their books actually :-)

I did the Kaplan Premier + Kaplan Math Workbook + Kaplan Verbal Workbook

Many like these days to use MGMAT or Online courses...

P.S. You did not post your score split so it is not possible to tell if you stink in quant, verbal, or both :-)
These are also helpful to compare your official and unofficial scores (see if something went wrong in Q or V). Look at those and figure out if you decreased in one, both?
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New post 24 Mar 2014, 09:38
Q32 V31

I'm not sure the exact breakout on the practice exams; I've been hovering around the 40th percentile in Math and 80th in Verbal. My math skills are just abysmal. Yeah, the prep class at Seattle U was their own. I used the official GMAC book and bought the Kaplan Premier guide but only used the online portions (mostly the practice CAT exams). I used the CAT exam questions as flashcards. Perhaps I should have spent more time just memorizing formulas. Anyways, I felt like I was getting comfortable with the types of questions I was seeing.

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New post 24 Mar 2014, 09:43
Also, thanks for responding :)

I'll give a look at MGMAT. I took a few days off and fled down to Portland (love that city!!) for some R&R - I feel better now. Hopefully I'll have a positive post for the forum in April :)

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New post 24 Mar 2014, 18:09
I don't think you should waste your time memorizing formulas, apart from obvious ones such as circumference or something like that. The thing is, you have to be flexible with quant section. There's literally nothing you can't do in there. If it gives you an algebra question, see if you can do it algebraically, if after taking 10-20 seconds you're going no where, plug numbers and check answers one by one. 12TEN? Exhaust your possibilities. Yes/Nos, find whether a statement both gives a true and a false. Number properties are those you should kill, quickly derive at the scene whether e.g. odd x odd = ? etc, think about primes logically and you're set and done.
The questions are fairly routine until you get higher up which might require more skills, but if you're confident enough you should have plenty of time left to deal with the last few questions which getting them all correct would help your score up.
I've done nearly no preparation at all for quant, all you need is to be flexible and be decisive. My take on gmat quant is admittedly vastly different from the prep materials, but just some thoughts for you to consider.
Verbal I'm not a lot better than yours, so there isn't a lot I can say on this section. In any case, good luck!

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