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# From Q42 to Q44 to Q46 to Q50: my GMAT Quant Journey (with ESRs)

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Re: From Q42 to Q44 to Q46 to Q50: my GMAT Quant Journey (with ESRs) [#permalink]
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Nice job, Brian! Interesting endeavor. Keep in mind there is a lifetime GMAT attempt limit, so make sure you hit the coveted 800 before you get there....
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Affiliations: Harvard University, A.B. with honors in Government, 2002
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GMAT 1: 770 Q47 V48
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GRE 1: Q168 V169

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Re: From Q42 to Q44 to Q46 to Q50: my GMAT Quant Journey (with ESRs) [#permalink]
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EDIT, 1/30/18: Upon further inspection, the chronological order of my Quant scores in the original title of this post was incorrect.

The correct order is 47 (pre-ESR), 42, 44, 46, and 50.

HanoiGMATtutor : I am keenly aware (but sad ) that the GMAC will only allow me 3 more official attempts, and I plan to space them out over the next 20-25 years or so, provided I live that long. Fingers crossed!

But hey, listen: we all know that a score of Q60/V60/770 is impossible (the maximum score on either section is a 51). Are you trying to point out the absurdity of the fact that any user can put any score next to his/her profile, or are you trying to fool somebody? I'm hoping that it's the first explanation and not the second. We need more honesty about scores on this forum, and less profit-based gamesmanship.

To 800,

-Brian

Originally posted by mcelroytutoring on 31 Jan 2018, 00:08.
Last edited by mcelroytutoring on 26 Sep 2019, 15:52, edited 18 times in total.
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Re: From Q42 to Q44 to Q46 to Q50: my GMAT Quant Journey (with ESRs) [#permalink]
mcelroytutoring – congratulations to scoring a Q50. I commend your relentless effort to get a perfect score on GMAT Quant and wish your good luck for your next attempt. How did you plan your improvement from Q46 to Q50? Was there a specific strategy or did you just practice?
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Re: From Q42 to Q44 to Q46 to Q50: my GMAT Quant Journey (with ESRs) [#permalink]
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egmat wrote:
mcelroytutoring – congratulations to scoring a Q50. I commend your relentless effort to get a perfect score on GMAT Quant and wish your good luck for your next attempt. How did you plan your improvement from Q46 to Q50? Was there a specific strategy or did you just practice?

Hi Rajat, thanks very much!

Well, I always knew that I was capable of scoring Q50 on a good day--like many of my students, my main obstacles have been careless mistakes and time management. I even scored a Q47 on my very first official attempt in 2012, which is understandable, because by that time I had already been tutoring the GMAT for over 10 years, and I had taken tons of practice CATs, including tests from 3rd-party sources as Manhattan (there were only 2 GMAT Prep exams back in those days, plus the old PowerPrep software).

The truth is that I didn't "study" at all for any of my 5 attempts so far, at least in the traditional sense. However, I am a professional GMAT tutor, so I am working though GMAT questions about 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, and I have completed over 5,000 official GMAT questions and all 6 official GMATPrep tests, as well as Question Pack 1, all the questions from the mobile app, the (now outdated) PowerPrep exams, and even the GMAT Paper Tests. As you can imagine, I am able to stay sharp and up-to-date by guiding my own students through these very same questions on a daily basis. And if I'm not, then I'm tutoring GRE, SAT, LSAT, or ACT, which all have certain similarities to the GMAT.

Other than that, I think it's important to focus on real GMAT questions, and to be spend just as much time reviewing questions as you do answering them. Be willing to spend 10 minutes figuring out a question, even if you must eventually learn how to complete it in 1.5 or 2 minutes on test day.

To 51,

-Brian

Originally posted by mcelroytutoring on 31 Jan 2018, 11:22.
Last edited by mcelroytutoring on 22 Aug 2021, 17:39, edited 13 times in total.
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