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# can someone please guide me how to improve Quant skills

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30 Dec 2008, 23:02
Hello to each and every member of this forum...

can someone please guide me how to improve Quant skills..... I have already given GMAT twice but i am not able to get beyond 30 in QA. I think i go dumb when i see numbers....

I desperately need a score of above 600 to get into a decent b school....as i have a decent work ex and acads.

I will realy appreciate if some mathgurus can let me know how to go about this problem solving and DS...

specialy scthakur,icandy,GMATTiger, I have seen your responses and feel that you people are just amazing while solving maths problem. So please help me guyzzzzzzz

Thanks in advance

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Re: Can someone plzz guide me........ [#permalink]

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30 Dec 2008, 23:47
You can't get past Q30 because perhaps you are constantly practicing 700-800 level questions rather than 500-600 level questions.

Some people think that, "If I practice using tough questions, then my skills will improve dramatically - compared when practicing much easier questions..."

This is not necessarily true when it comes to GMAT. GMAT CAT exam will never show you 700-800 level question if you can't constantly get 500-600, and 600-700 level questions correctly.

Therefore, you need to start over from the bottom.

1) Review math fundamentals. Don't even look at actual GMAT questions. Some GMAT CAT exams (such as MGMAT) shows your strengths and weaknesses by section. This might be a good way to figure out where to start. If not, go to Barnes and Noble and buy MGMAT Math guides (8 in total - pick only the ones you think you would need)
Read these guides and do practice questions in the book. MGMAT guides also have practice question numbers on OG guides by question type.

2) Once you review your fundamentals, now go back to OG Math guide and do all the problems again. Make sure you read answer explanation for right answers, as well as wrong answers. Your reasoning for picking the right answer should match the book's explanation.

3) Now test yourself by taking another GMATPrep CAt exam. If you study right, you should see the improvement right away. Until you see the score that you are satisfied with (GMATPrep CAT), do not schedule another GMAT exam.
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31 Dec 2008, 00:03
ninkorn wrote:
You can't get past Q30 because perhaps you are constantly practicing 700-800 level questions rather than 500-600 level questions.

Some people think that, "If I practice using tough questions, then my skills will improve dramatically - compared when practicing much easier questions..."

This is not necessarily true when it comes to GMAT. GMAT CAT exam will never show you 700-800 level question if you can't constantly get 500-600, and 600-700 level questions correctly.

Therefore, you need to start over from the bottom.

1) Review math fundamentals. Don't even look at actual GMAT questions. Some GMAT CAT exams (such as MGMAT) shows your strengths and weaknesses by section. This might be a good way to figure out where to start. If not, go to Barnes and Noble and buy MGMAT Math guides (8 in total - pick only the ones you think you would need)
Read these guides and do practice questions in the book. MGMAT guides also have practice question numbers on OG guides by question type.

2) Once you review your fundamentals, now go back to OG Math guide and do all the problems again. Make sure you read answer explanation for right answers, as well as wrong answers. Your reasoning for picking the right answer should match the book's explanation.

3) Now test yourself by taking another GMATPrep CAt exam. If you study right, you should see the improvement right away. Until you see the score that you are satisfied with (GMATPrep CAT), do not schedule another GMAT exam.

Hey ninkorn thanks for the reply.....may be you are correct i am trying to focus on 700-800 level quest. without getting perfection in 500-600 level.....

I'll follow what you have written
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31 Dec 2008, 01:35
gurpreet07, not sure how good I am in Maths as I am yet to take the exam.

However, my approach has been the same as what ninkorn has explained. I will also stress upon taking GMATPrep as many times as possible. This exposes one to different categories of problems that could be representative of real GMAT categories.
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31 Dec 2008, 01:45
scthakur wrote:
gurpreet07, not sure how good I am in Maths as I am yet to take the exam.

However, my approach has been the same as what ninkorn has explained. I will also stress upon taking GMATPrep as many times as possible. This exposes one to different categories of problems that could be representative of real GMAT categories.
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oki i'll follow this appraoach too....but can u please suggest me some books to revisit the fundamentals
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Re: Can someone plzz guide me........ [#permalink]

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31 Dec 2008, 12:43
gurpreet07 wrote:
Hello to each and every member of this forum...

can someone please guide me how to improve Quant skills..... I have already given GMAT twice but i am not able to get beyond 30 in QA. I think i go dumb when i see numbers....

I desperately need a score of above 600 to get into a decent b school....as i have a decent work ex and acads.

I will realy appreciate if some mathgurus can let me know how to go about this problem solving and DS...

specialy scthakur,icandy,GMATTiger, I have seen your responses and feel that you people are just amazing while solving maths problem. So please help me guyzzzzzzz

Thanks in advance

Agree with ninkorn and scthakur.

Different people have different approaches but I always believe on practice and practice; others could be:

* Clear the conceptual understanding.
* Try to understand the problem, which is a half solution.
* Focus on your weakest link.
* Increase your forum participation, interacting with as many members as possible.
* Do all sets, retired real test, Gmat prep, OG (10th and 11th ed.), gmat club tests problems.
* Post your issue or problem on the forum immidiately whenever you have doubt.
* Do not forget to review posts by some mathsmarts such as walker, fig, honghu, laxique and many others (I always follow their post whenever I have doubt).
* Also keep your eror log.

Any materials you need, you can download from esnips.com
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01 Jan 2009, 21:24
Thanks a lot to everyone........for a nice and timely reply....
I'll definitely put in my best..........
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Re: Can someone plzz guide me........ [#permalink]

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02 Jan 2009, 04:23
yea I agree..figuring out what our weakness point is a key step.

I was doing OG today..n my goal is to tackle 37 questions every session.
I tried to do my first 22 problm solving + 15 data suff set...n i thought it was easier than the princeton book's practice.
Does OG has its first few questions set as easy questions and then gradually getting harder? (this is my feeling)
or are they actually random? what's you guys' take on this?

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