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# Getting most 500-level questions correct, but not 600-level questions

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08 Mar 2018, 21:28
Hey all,

I've been studying quant for nearly 5 weeks now at about 12-15 hours per week. I've gone through the Kaplan Math Workbook and felt I needed extra resources so I purchased the MGMAT Quant strategy guides. So far I've completed the Number Properties book.

I've been practicing learned concepts through the quant question directory on here and timing myself.
I'm finding that I'm getting a majority of the 500-level questions correct, but am experiencing difficulty when attempting the 600-level questions while keeping my attempts under ~2mins.

As it stands, I'm scoring in the Q37-Q40 range. If my goal is Q45, how does my performance on these questions in the question directory translate to my quant score? I feel like there is such a huge gap between the types of questions in the 600-level and 500-level.

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08 Mar 2018, 21:41
Senpapi wrote:
Hey all,

I've been studying quant for nearly 5 weeks now at about 12-15 hours per week. I've gone through the Kaplan Math Workbook and felt I needed extra resources so I purchased the MGMAT Quant strategy guides. So far I've completed the Number Properties book.

I've been practicing learned concepts through the quant question directory on here and timing myself.
I'm finding that I'm getting a majority of the 500-level questions correct, but am experiencing difficulty when attempting the 600-level questions while keeping my attempts under ~2mins.

As it stands, I'm scoring in the Q37-Q40 range. If my goal is Q45, how does my performance on these questions in the question directory translate to my quant score? I feel like there is such a huge gap between the types of questions in the 600-level and 500-level.

Hi,

My 2 cents for you.

As you score stands between Q37 to Q40, in my opinion you are good with most of the topics of 500 level and not with all topics.
It is not important that you do 500 level questions correct. Important thing is that are you extracting enough from these 500 level questions or not. Most of the students underestimate the 500 level questions, but I tell you these questions are the biggest stepping stones to reach Q48 - at least. Most of time we feel good when we solve 500 level questions correctly, but we forget to use these questions for knowledge enhancement.

Firstly, cover all the 500 level topics from Quant directory (https://gmatclub.com/forum/quantitative-7/) and invest enough time with each question you solve at 500 level. Side by side, prepare your notes, review your theory completely. Then move to 600 level questions. You can also move to 600 level questions only for the topics which you are confident with at 500 level.

Regards,

QZ.
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09 Mar 2018, 00:58
Senpapi wrote:
Hey all,

I've been studying quant for nearly 5 weeks now at about 12-15 hours per week. I've gone through the Kaplan Math Workbook and felt I needed extra resources so I purchased the MGMAT Quant strategy guides. So far I've completed the Number Properties book.

I've been practicing learned concepts through the quant question directory on here and timing myself.
I'm finding that I'm getting a majority of the 500-level questions correct, but am experiencing difficulty when attempting the 600-level questions while keeping my attempts under ~2mins.

As it stands, I'm scoring in the Q37-Q40 range. If my goal is Q45, how does my performance on these questions in the question directory translate to my quant score? I feel like there is such a huge gap between the types of questions in the 600-level and 500-level.

Hi Senpapi,

I was in a very similar position as you. I was a little weak in Quant. However make sure to solidify your concepts first before trying out a lot of new questions. I read the MGMAT Guides twice before I started improving my score in Quant.

Your choice of MGMAT guides is great as they are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. Just by going through these guides and solving the OG will help you reach 600+. Once you are confortable with the concepts. I will encourage you to get a subscription to GMATCLUB tests. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them. Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have a good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have a good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

Hope this helps. All the best!
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09 Mar 2018, 08:13
Hey Senpapi

GMAT Quant is not so much about learning the concepts but the application of these concepts.
I would recommend you to follow the theory you study using the Manhattan strategy guides
with some practice specific to the topic. If you have the time, try and supplement the concepts
you study from the Manhattan guides with the GMATClub Quantitative Mega-thread.

Try to understand if you are able to apply the learning to the problems. Every time you are not
able to solve a question go through the thread(where this question has been discussed) and try
to learn from the various methods given. You may come across a few methods which might

Last but not the least, work on maintaining an error log and go through the mistakes you make
from time to time. This will help you eliminate the mistakes you make on a regular basis and

Hope this helps you!
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