Dear GMATClub fellows,
First some background, I've been working for two months trying to improve my GMAT quantitative score, and unfortunately, after two GMAT practice tests I could not raise it over 37. I am aiming for a score in the mid to high 40s.
I am using the
MGMAT collection of books (Strategy guides + Foundation books) as well as the
OG collection (main OG13 book and Quant supplement). I am dedicating 100% of my time to Quant for now and I've scheduled a GMAT exam in two months. I've been through the Foundation book and 3 out of 5 strategy guides to work on the weaknesses I've identified. I've also started using the
OG guide and completed about 100 PS questions (good success rate but I believe the first ones are the easiest)
I ran some reports on both GMAT exams to understand where my weaknesses were:
MGMAT 1
PS % Right: 59% but average difficulty level of 550
DS % Right: 33% -> basically did not understand the approach for DS questions and average difficulty level of 470
Weaknesses: Number Properties (20% right)
Strengths: FDPs (71% right)
MGMAT 2
PS % Right: 50% and average difficulty level of 550
DS % Right: 53% and average difficulty level of 550
Weaknesses: FDPs (29% right)
Strengths: NP (67% right) and Geometry (67% right)
Both Exams:
Very low % for 600-700 questions on both PS and DS (<20%)
I believe I should change my approach as I feel that my "fundamentals" are now strong but I just freeze when the question becomes more difficult (600-700 level for me). I believe at that level it's not anymore about knowing the rules, there is much more into it and I just cannot figure out the right approach.
Any advice from a GMAT Quant high achiever or from someone who went through the same issues would be really appreciated. This forum has done a lot for me when I was preparing for the TOEFL two months ago and I hope I can still rely on your support guys!
Thanks
Sam