htbreme wrote:

Hi everyone,

I was wondering if you could help me.

I'm now in the final three pre exam weeks and I'm having two specific (but not independent) problems:

1. I'm making between 3 and 6 calculation or silly (e.g. incorrectly copying the information of the question to my paper) errors in a full exam and this is killing my score

2. I currently do not have the speed to finish the complete exam in time. With the above mentioned results, I'm currently able to do ~30 questiones in the 75 minutes

To give you some background, I've been studying for some time now and I feel I have a good understanding of all the topics although everyday I learn a new rule or trick to solve some questions in an easier or faster way.

I'm currently doing around 50 questions per week plus one or two full quant exams with all 700+ level questions.

How can I best reduce this type of errors and my overall speed in the time I have left?

Thanks in advance for the help

The only method of reducing the silly errors is by putting in more time. Double check whether the numbers you have copied down are correct and once you get your answer, check whether it makes logical sense. But timing is already an issue in your case.

You can increase speed in 2 ways:

1. Practice enough so that a question for which you take 2 mins, you start taking 1.5 mins.

2. Change your whole thought process and solve questions in half a minute each. But needless to say, this is harder to do. Most Quant questions can be solved logically instead of mathematically. If you focus on the logical methods, you wont need to write down much either. Most of your answers will come orally. But learning how to do this is a time consuming process. Anyway, I would suggest you to look for alternative solutions for every question where you spend more than 2 mins. Put the question up on the forum and you will get quick-fix solutions to it in no time.

Also, don't linger on a question for long. Check out this post for some timing strategies:

http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2010/10 ... for-field/
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