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I just took the GMAT and did poorly on Quant (50th percentile), which was offset by 93rd percentile on Verbal. I already booked my date to retake -- obviously I need to focus on bumping up my Quant score.

I was a bit surprised I did as poorly as I did on Quant -- I've always been ahead of the curve in math generally, and work in finance which obviously is very "math-centric". I read the Manhattan Prep books, watched all the Magoosh lessons, and did numerous practice questions/tests.

I think I generally understand all of the concepts, I just get tricked by little things or get crunched on time.

I am retaking the test on June 15th -- what should I focus on over the next couple months to increase my score?

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New post 31 Mar 2019, 08:22
Hi dv357,

Welcome to gmatclub!

Is your score around q45? Check #9 here:
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Hope this helps!
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dv357 wrote:
I just took the GMAT and did poorly on Quant (50th percentile), which was offset by 93rd percentile on Verbal. I already booked my date to retake -- obviously I need to focus on bumping up my Quant score.

I was a bit surprised I did as poorly as I did on Quant -- I've always been ahead of the curve in math generally, and work in finance which obviously is very "math-centric". I read the Manhattan Prep books, watched all the Magoosh lessons, and did numerous practice questions/tests.

I think I generally understand all of the concepts, I just get tricked by little things or get crunched on time.

I am retaking the test on June 15th -- what should I focus on over the next couple months to increase my score?

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First read basics do topic wise questions in the gmat club, you will understand your weak areas, then you can plan to improve your over all quant
egmat, target prep are the good ones for practice.
you can try gmat club tests as well
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New post 31 Mar 2019, 09:00
do 600-700 level questions if you are good in basics and practice all level questions posted by bunel
MGMT, and gmat club tests are the best ones for your quant practice.
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New post 31 Mar 2019, 10:11
dv357 wrote:
I just took the GMAT and did poorly on Quant (50th percentile), which was offset by 93rd percentile on Verbal. I already booked my date to retake -- obviously I need to focus on bumping up my Quant score.

I was a bit surprised I did as poorly as I did on Quant -- I've always been ahead of the curve in math generally, and work in finance which obviously is very "math-centric". I read the Manhattan Prep books, watched all the Magoosh lessons, and did numerous practice questions/tests.

I think I generally understand all of the concepts, I just get tricked by little things or get crunched on time.

I am retaking the test on June 15th -- what should I focus on over the next couple months to increase my score?

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Quant 50th percentile is around Q45. Order and analyzing your ESR should help you. What is giving you more problem? PS or DS?

Do you commit more mistakes as the difficulty level increases? Are there any topics where you need to improve your understanding?

Answering all these questions will help you decide on how you should approach your studies? All the best!!
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New post 02 Apr 2019, 17:35
Hi dv357,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. So, the good news is that the 50th percentile in quant is not a bad start. As a matter of fact, given the high average level of quant proficiency among GMAT test-takers, scoring in the 50th percentile, which currently equates to a quant section score of 44 out of a possible 51, actually indicates that your GMAT quant skills are fairly strong.

At the same time, scoring in the 50th percentile is an indication that, in order to achieve an upper level GMAT quant score, you still have to address numerous weak areas in your GMAT quant skill set. Thus, to improve your quant score, you need to take a structured and linear approach to your prep, so that you individually learn each topic and then practice each topic until you’ve gained mastery. Let me expand on this idea further.

Let’s say you are learning about Number Properties. First, you should develop as much conceptual knowledge about Number Properties as possible. In other words, your goal will be to completely understand properties of factorials, perfect squares, quadratic patterns, LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, and remainders, to name a few concepts. After carefully reviewing the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions, practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties. When you do dozens of questions of the same type one after the other, you learn just what it takes to get questions of that type correct consistently. If you aren't getting close to 90 percent of questions of a certain type correct, go back and seek to better understand how that type of question works, and then do more questions of that type until you get to around at least 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

When you are working on learning to answer questions of a particular type, start off taking your time, and then seek to speed up as you get more comfortable answering questions of that type. As you do such practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not properly apply the remainder formula? Was there a concept you did not understand in the question? By carefully analyzing your mistakes, you will be able to efficiently fix your weaknesses and in turn improve your GMAT quant skills.

So, work on accuracy and generally finding correct answers, work on specific weaker areas one by one to make them strong areas, and when you take a practice GMAT or the real thing, take all the time per question available to do your absolute best to get right answers consistently. The GMAT is essentially a game of seeing how many right answers you can get in the time allotted. Approach the test with that conception in mind, and focus intently on the question in front of you with one goal in mind: getting a CORRECT answer.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new quant materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant courses.

You also may find it helpful to read the following article about how to increase your GMAT quant score.

Feel free to reach out with further questions. Good luck!
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