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New post 02 Apr 2018, 19:33
Hi Friends, I am only focusing on Quant right now. I did a gmatclub test a couple months ago and got like a 27. Pretty terrible. I feel like I am having to just completely re learn math.

I've been through the OG questions, so I am pretty familiar with the test and what types of questions are out there, but I still have a ton to learn.

My new strategy is go to through every Quant question TYPE on gmatclub question bank (Absolute Value, then Algebra, etc). Start with 1 subject at sub 600 PS, then move to DS, then 600-700 level, etc.

What do y'all think about this strategy? I think if I just learn 1 subject at a time and try to master that subject by doing hundreds of questions, I'll retain the knowledge better.
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New post 03 Apr 2018, 01:00
Hey msurls
I don't recommend starting this way. You need to start by reviewing the fundamentals of the material before you start solving question. I suggest finding a serious book or taking a GMAT course (there are free online ones, such as at my site, exampal).
Afterwards, I still don't suggest just doing hundreds of questions: this is a recipe for getting really sick of the material, but not necessarily improving all that much. I suggest solving a far smaller number of questions per topic (a couple dozen should do it), but taking the time to analyze the question - why did you get it right, and how do you repeat that in similar questions? Why did you get it wrong and how could you have done better?
You must be strategic about how you study, and go for quality, not quantity.

Here's a blog post about how I suggest to use the Official Guide: http://exampal.com/gmat/blog/prepare-gm ... ial-guide/
And here's a suggestion for a two-month study plan: http://exampal.com/gmat/blog/prepare-gmat-60-days/
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New post 03 Apr 2018, 12:34
Hi msurls,

From your post, it's not clear exactly how you've been studying for the last few months. Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) What is your goal score?
5) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi msurls,

From your post, it's not clear exactly how you've been studying for the last few months. Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) What is your goal score?
5) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich


Studies:
1) I have studied overall about 136 hours
2) I have used OG Quant, gmatclub, and various free videos and resources
3) I am only focused on quant right now. I got a 27 in a gmatclub test.

Goals:
4) My goal score is around 740
5) I will take the GMAT whenever I start getting practice test results that are above 680.
6) I will apply to business school probably in 2 to 4 years.
7) Top 25 U.S. schools
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New post 04 Apr 2018, 10:50
Hi msurls,

Since you appear to have put in some significant study time already, you really MUST take a FULL-LENGTH CAT (including the Essay and IR sections) sometime soon (perhaps this weekend); you can download 2 for free from http://www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). That initial diagnostic CAT is important - it helps to define your strengths and weaknesses and gives you a basis for comparison as you continue to study. Most Test Takers are not happy with that first CAT result, but that's not a big deal - the extra months of available study time you have are there so that you can IMPROVE on this initial practice result.

Yesterday, GMAC announced that some changes are going to be made to the format of the Exam - there's a discussion thread about that here:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-is-chan ... 62569.html

Since some of the specifics are not yet known, it's going to take a bit of time for all of the available practice resources (including the available practice CATs) to reflect these changes to the Exam. Thus, while the question types, content tested and Tactics will all be the same, everyone's going to need some time to properly adjust to the new format and 'feel' of the Exam. You should still take one of the currently available practice CATs though (for the reasons described above). Once you have that Score, you should post back here and we can discuss how best to proceed.

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