Hi,

I appeared for GMAT 2 days back and scored a whopping 51 in Quant. This was my second attempt at GMAT after appearing for GMAT almost 4 years ago. My current score is 710 (because of Verbal 34) which not sufficient enough to get me an entry into top 7, I will be retaking GMAT in next 3 weeks.

Study Material

Completed the course curriculum by going through GMAT Club Verbal Math Book by

bb Bunuel Practise

GMAT Club Tests. You can purchase one with access for a few days to save money, and attempt these tests almost every alternate day, till the time you hit 51 in this test. These tests are relatively tougher than actual GMAT, but its always better to practise on a tough scale.

My Scores were -

GMAT Club Quant Tests - 49 on 15th August, 50, 49, 51, 49, 51 on 13th September

GMAT PREP - 50, 50, and 50 in three official GMAT Prep Mocks.

Exam Day

I opted Section Sequence - Verbal --> Quant --> IR --> AWA

After realising that my Verbal section has got screwed(I wasn't sure if I was answering lot of questions correctly), I knew I had to score 51 in order to have an OKAY GMAT Score. I was focused and determined.

While giving the exam I got stuck at just 1 or 2 Questions for which I could not figure out the method to solve. Moreover, in Quant we only come to know about our mistakes when we do the analysis. Upon my analysis of ESR(for which we need to pay ~30$ including taxes post the exam), I interpreted that I did just 12th question incorrect and that question took my 7 minutes of time. Still I was fortunate enough to increase my speed and keep solving the remaining questions as I had only completed 33% of questions by that time.

Take Away

Scoring a 51 in Quant is not that tough, all those who are scoring 50 as well in Mocks, can achieve 51 by keeping following things in mind

a) Having the concept/ basic formulaes in mind - e.g. that a Standard Deviation does not change if you add or subtract x from a set of numbers.

b) You don't need to solve the DS Questions. The question just asks if the Statements are sufficient to solve the question. You dont need to solve, arrive at the absolute answer, and then decide whether you can solve it or not.

c) There are couple of excessively easy questions in GMAT. These are the questions you can solve under 1 min(even after doing a double check on answer), and save the remaining time to give extra emphasis on slightly tough questions.

d) Don't just follow the 75 min/37 Ques rule for each question. Few questions will take 3 minutes, few will take 2 minutes, and few will take 1 minute.

e) Don't waste 4-5+ minutes on any question. This is too much, and if you find any question way too hard - you can just guess and move on.

I hope this helps. Buying a ESR from mba.com after your GMAT is very helpful, if you are planning to retake GMAT. Now I need to work on my Verbal, and hence I opted to buy and found it worthy.