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# Careless Errors

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Intern
Joined: 30 Jul 2009
Posts: 19

Kudos [?]: 15 [0], given: 18

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07 Aug 2009, 14:02
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Hi Everyone. Just been introduced to the GMATclub and am finding it to be an amazing resource. As I have about a month and a bit before I plan to write the exam, I am finding that my score is severly hindered by my careless errors. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to improve this or any tips that would be beneficial. I have read that reading a question twice or checking your answers twice is helpful but do people actually do this as it does not seem feasible given the time limit. Another method is to eliminate answers first, however by the time you have decided what answers are not feasible, it seems that you have lost precious time that could have been used to simply just solve the problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated as the worst feeling is finding out that you got a question wrong that you easily could have gotten right.

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Joined: 05 Jul 2006
Posts: 1750

Kudos [?]: 432 [2], given: 49

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07 Aug 2009, 14:30
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dhushan wrote:
Hi Everyone. Just been introduced to the GMATclub and am finding it to be an amazing resource. As I have about a month and a bit before I plan to write the exam, I am finding that my score is severly hindered by my careless errors. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to improve this or any tips that would be beneficial. I have read that reading a question twice or checking your answers twice is helpful but do people actually do this as it does not seem feasible given the time limit. Another method is to eliminate answers first, however by the time you have decided what answers are not feasible, it seems that you have lost precious time that could have been used to simply just solve the problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated as the worst feeling is finding out that you got a question wrong that you easily could have gotten right.

my advice is practice and practice, after a while you will identify some trends in the type of tricks associated with each type of question ( intigers - sets - geometry..etc) and my second advice is accept that you will get tricked otherwise we would see 60s in the Quant or even in verbal which is not possible to date.

regards and best of luck

Kudos [?]: 432 [2], given: 49

Intern
Joined: 30 Jul 2009
Posts: 19

Kudos [?]: 15 [0], given: 18

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07 Aug 2009, 19:12
yezz wrote:
dhushan wrote:
Hi Everyone. Just been introduced to the GMATclub and am finding it to be an amazing resource. As I have about a month and a bit before I plan to write the exam, I am finding that my score is severly hindered by my careless errors. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to improve this or any tips that would be beneficial. I have read that reading a question twice or checking your answers twice is helpful but do people actually do this as it does not seem feasible given the time limit. Another method is to eliminate answers first, however by the time you have decided what answers are not feasible, it seems that you have lost precious time that could have been used to simply just solve the problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated as the worst feeling is finding out that you got a question wrong that you easily could have gotten right.

my advice is practice and practice, after a while you will identify some trends in the type of tricks associated with each type of question ( intigers - sets - geometry..etc) and my second advice is accept that you will get tricked otherwise we would see 60s in the Quant or even in verbal which is not possible to date.

regards and best of luck

Thanks for the help VP. I agree that maybe its just something that I have to live but should try to limit as much as possible.

Dhushan

Kudos [?]: 15 [0], given: 18

Senior Manager
Joined: 20 Mar 2008
Posts: 452

Kudos [?]: 133 [1], given: 5

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07 Aug 2009, 23:09
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dhushan wrote:
Hi Everyone. Just been introduced to the GMATclub and am finding it to be an amazing resource. As I have about a month and a bit before I plan to write the exam, I am finding that my score is severly hindered by my careless errors. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to improve this or any tips that would be beneficial. I have read that reading a question twice or checking your answers twice is helpful but do people actually do this as it does not seem feasible given the time limit. Another method is to eliminate answers first, however by the time you have decided what answers are not feasible, it seems that you have lost precious time that could have been used to simply just solve the problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated as the worst feeling is finding out that you got a question wrong that you easily could have gotten right.

Re. the bold part, I do have this habit. As it goes for everything, it has both pros & cons.

For PS, it can be helpful, specially if you have some weakness on the material tested. For example, when I'm dealing with a problem on Comb. / perm / prob. I make sure to re-check my process once more. Since I know I have a weakness in this area, I cannot rely on gut instinct, but on the process, and process alone.

For DS, it can actually harm you in a way. One might get carried away into actually solving the problem, to make sure that the answer is right. The key is to go only as far as required to deduce whether the info is good enough, and then just drop it...like it's HOT!

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08 Aug 2009, 21:50
Jivana wrote:
dhushan wrote:
Hi Everyone. Just been introduced to the GMATclub and am finding it to be an amazing resource. As I have about a month and a bit before I plan to write the exam, I am finding that my score is severly hindered by my careless errors. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to improve this or any tips that would be beneficial. I have read that reading a question twice or checking your answers twice is helpful but do people actually do this as it does not seem feasible given the time limit. Another method is to eliminate answers first, however by the time you have decided what answers are not feasible, it seems that you have lost precious time that could have been used to simply just solve the problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated as the worst feeling is finding out that you got a question wrong that you easily could have gotten right.

Re. the bold part, I do have this habit. As it goes for everything, it has both pros & cons.

For PS, it can be helpful, specially if you have some weakness on the material tested. For example, when I'm dealing with a problem on Comb. / perm / prob. I make sure to re-check my process once more. Since I know I have a weakness in this area, I cannot rely on gut instinct, but on the process, and process alone.

For DS, it can actually harm you in a way. One might get carried away into actually solving the problem, to make sure that the answer is right. The key is to go only as far as required to deduce whether the info is good enough, and then just drop it...like it's HOT!

Thanks Jivana. After examining the careless errors that I make most often, it seems that it falls into either not reading the question properly or when doing calculations. There I have started writing my steps and doing quick double checks. Although my time has gotten somewhat slower, I am finding with practice I am getting faster.

Dhushan

Kudos [?]: 15 [0], given: 18

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