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New post 31 May 2009, 09:10
I thought I was doing well with studying and just took my first GMATPrep Exam to see where I stood.

In the Quant section, I was only able to answer 16 out of the 37 questions and then time ran out. If I was to rush any more, I feel like I would not be able to answer the questions as accurately. I would have to more than double my efficiency at this point. I am going to try the Qual section now to see how I do. I only have a month and a half left of studying... I need to improve a ton.

Please post similar experiences if you have had any. For GMATPrep scores that have been posted, did you complete the entire section before time was up or did you work through all the problems, regardless of time, and post those results?

Also, any suggestions to improve are appreciated.

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New post 31 May 2009, 09:22
That is what GMAT is all about - combining speed with accuracy. Unfortunately, there is no shortcut to success, you need to study and practise. Study to learn the concepts (seems you've already done something in that direction) and practise in order to boost your stamina and to speed up.

Also, participate in this forum - you are not the first member with this problem, you are not even 1.000th :wink: Welcome to GMATclub.
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New post 31 May 2009, 11:24
Hello I3igDmsu,

I have had similar problems in the initial phase of my preparation.
my first GmatPrep score was 470. I thought I should work on the speed ; however working on the math - verbal basics / math formulas(maybe shortcuts) / idioms / grammar rules has helped me a lot .
I took GmatPrep again and scored 620.
So , please check why you are taking longer to solve a particular problem.
I hope it helps.
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New post 31 May 2009, 14:24
amolsk - did you have time to answer all questions with a 470 or did that include many questions that you didn't have time to answer?

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New post 01 Jun 2009, 08:11
It's very important that you utilize all of the shortcuts that you can. If you're taking 4 minutes to solve a question, you're probably over-solving (i.e. you shouldn't be doing too much math on Data Suff. questions). You can also save a lot of time by approximating or simplifying numbers. 3003/2002 = 3(1001)/2(1001) = 3/2 = 1.5

Every now and then, you will have to do long division or some other time consuming calculation. Practice these methods, so you can execute them quickly on the exam.

The GMAT is about solving questions quickly - keep this in mind when you approach a question. These questions can all be solved in less than 60 seconds (although most of us require 90-120 seconds).
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New post 02 Jun 2009, 04:30
I appreciate the help. It sounds like more practice and shortcuts is what I need at this point.

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