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New post 26 Sep 2017, 11:16
Hello everyone,

I've been preparing for GMAT over the last month, and i took the test today.
Afer scoring a 650 and 640 on GMAT Prep, i continued on the downward trend to score a 630 with 76th percentile in V and a shameful 47th in Quant.
While most of people relatively struggle with Verbal, i just can't wrap my head around the quant section. I've done all the OG 2017 questions + the Quant additional study book. I most surely progressed since i've started studying, but my quant score is still extremely low.

Any advice or insight into how i can get as close as possible to the 700 mark would be extremely helpful.

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Yes first of all i would say not just quant you should even try to improve in verbal. A 76th percentile is decent but try to up your score to a 40+. I would suggest devoting 80% time to math and improve for a 43-44 to 48-49. Do one module at a time from a reliable source like manhattan or egmat math module etc. After that do the 500 level questions from gmatclub in exam mode. Then the 600 and finally the 700. In this way you will improve step by step. You can message for further tips

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Hi stigman17,

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your various score results show that you essentially performed the same each time (640 +/- a few points). To score at a significantly higher level, you'll need to make some fundamental changes to how you 'see' (and respond to) the Test. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level.

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on each of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)?

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4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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New post 26 Sep 2017, 15:30
Thank you for the replies.

1) I've been studying for about a month now.
2) I've primarly used the 2017 OG + the two supplementary quant and verbal official books by GMAC.
3) The 1st mock test on GMATPrep, i scored 650 with 42 in quant and 38 in verbal. The second one: 640 with 39 in both quant and verbal.

Regarding my goals, i'm applying to LSE/Cambridge, which both do not require GMAT for UK undergrads. In addition to Oxford MFE, HEC, ESSEC and ESCP. Oxford is obviously a way too long shot considering my GMAT results, similarly for the three top french BS. For the timeline, i'll normally apply by november/december.

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Hi stigman17,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores. Thus, if you've really been studying for just 1 month, then that would help to explain why your scores are so similar to one another - you haven't put in enough time to have scored higher yet. This is meant to say that you might naturally improve over time. However, if you really feel as though you're really having difficulty with the Quant section overall, then you might need to invest in some new, non-book study materials to help you improve.

1) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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1) I'm planning on giving it another month before taking it again.
2) I think i can work for about 12-15 hours each week consistently.

Your advice is much appreciated.

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Hi stigman17,

With a Q39, you would have made a number of little mistakes throughout the Quant section and you would have missed out on LOTS of 'strategy-based' points. At that level, it's possible that you need to work on your general math 'knowledge', but it's also possible that you know most of the math rules/formulas just fine - and it's just your organization and 'precision' that needs work. As such, I'd like to know a little more about your last practice CAT (and the more exact you can be with your answers, the better):

After reviewing the Quant section, how many questions did you get wrong....
1) Because of a silly/little mistake?
2) Because there was some math that you just could not remember how to do?
3) Because the question was too hard?
4) Because you were low on time and had to guess?

Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Test, so you CAN train to score at a higher level.

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There are certainly some mathematical formulas/shortcuts which i do not master, costing me a few questions. I would say that my biggest weakness are the integers questions, which are also the most frequent. Concerning timing, i'm usually ahead of time, but that's probably because i don't give DS questions enough time to fully consider all the options.

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Hi stigman17,

IMO, GMATClub Math tests are the best option
to improve a score from the mid 40's to the Q49-50.
Please find below the link which should give you an idea, what you might be doing wrong!
https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-impro ... 41670.html

As for practice, you can use - ALL YOU NEED FOR QUANT.
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