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# HELP: Low Quant score and rushing through the questions

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30 Sep 2019, 03:39
I have been preparing for the GMAT for about 3 months now, while working full-time. I more often than not study at night after dinner, because of my long work schedule. After this time, I have finally finished all the materials and done quite a few exercises for each of the Strategy Guides from Manhattan Prep.

Yesterday, I decided to take a mock test (test #1 in the official GMAC website) to see whether I was ready to take the real exam. I scored well in Verbal (V42, 96 pctl) which is the part I’ve prepared for the least. However, I was shocked to see that my Quant score was REALLY low even though I know the material, and I finished in about 75% of the allotted time for the section. I thought I had performed well because I knew how to solve most of the questions and ended up way before the timer ran out of time.
My impression is that I rush too much on Quant questions because I fear running out of time (2 min/question) and end up falling on traps or making careless errors.

Any advice on how to tackle this problem would be really appreciated.

Thanks!
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I had the same problem. I used to finish my quant part with 10/15 minutes at hand. then I found out my problem. most of the time I fall into C trap on DS. I answered most DS questions within a minutes.
from my exprience, i can say:

1/ In case of PS, keep tracking your problem. take notes. Note-taking helps to increase accuracy. since you have enough time, try to take notes.

2/ In case of DS, don't rush. take a look at the first 10 or 15 DS questions from Official guide. you will never get an eaiser question than these. those first OG questions took me more than 1 minutes to solve then in real/practice test I should not invest less than 1 minutes. you will definitely see harder questions than those of the OG. in short, DON'T hurry. Avoid (C) trap. Look at questions you got wrong. Most of the time we underestimate easy the questions.
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30 Sep 2019, 09:27
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Hi Kento22,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. You ask a really good question regarding timing. The first thing to understand is that timing on the GMAT, as in life, improves as your knowledge, understanding, and skills improve. Timing does not improve simply by “trying to go faster.” In fact, when people try to force speed before they’re ready to go faster, they tend to end up making a significant number of preventable mistakes. Sometimes these mistakes badly erode people’s test scores. In addition, when people rush learning -- a common pathology of those trying to force speed -- they actually never end up developing the speed they seek. One of the great paradoxes of learning is that to develop speed, a student must slow down to ensure that he or she masters the material. Consider the following examples, which hopefully will bring you some more clarity:

Imagine your goal were to run a mile in four minutes, a difficult feat even for professional athletes. So, you get yourself a running coach. You show up on the field and ask, “Coach, how do I get faster?” The coach responds, “Well, just run faster.” So, you try your best to “run faster,” but you can't; you’re running a 12-minute mile. Out of breath, you come back to the coach and say, “Coach, I stink. How do I get faster?” Again, he says, “Just run faster.” So, you try again, but this time you fall and skin your knees. You keep trying to run faster. On the tenth attempt, you pull your hamstring, falling to the ground in pain. Over your next four months of recovery, you ponder why you couldn't run faster.

That situation would be insane, right? No qualified running coach would ever provide you with that advice, because the coach would understand that no one gets faster merely by trying to run faster. Instead, the coach would set you up on a linear, comprehensive plan to make you a BETTER runner. He may have you run progressively longer distances at relatively slow speeds, run up and down the stairs at the football stadium, or run up and down hills. He even may have you engage in strength training, yoga, or Pilates to make you a more fit athlete. After all of that training, he finally would bring you back on the field and time you as you run the mile. At that point, he’d coach you on how to push yourself through the pain of sprinting and help you to understand what a four-minute-mile pace feels like. He now could help you with those things because you would be in the necessary shape to be receptive to them. So, you begin your run, and BOOM! You run a 6-minute mile. What happened? Well, you became a better runner. You became a fitter athlete. You became stronger. Although you’re not yet at the four-minute-mile mark, your training has yielded considerable improvements.

Now imagine your goal were to play a complicated song on the piano. The tempo at which a pianist plays greatly impacts the way a song sounds. To make songs sound the way they should, often a pianist must play at a fast pace. But your experience with the piano is limited. Could you imagine trying to play the complicated song at full speed at the outset? Doing so wouldn't be possible. Instead, you first need to master many aspects of the piano -- without really trying to get faster. In fact, you need to proceed slowly at first, sometimes very slowly. As you master the piano, you find that you’re able to play your song at progressively faster tempos. With time and dedicated, proper practice, you’re able to recreate the sound you seek. If in the early days of practicing you had tried to force speed instead of mastering your technique, you never would have become truly accomplished at playing the song.

The process of getting faster at solving GMAT questions is quite analogous to the process of improving one’s running speed or ability to play the piano at the proper tempo! To get faster, you must get better. As you further develop your GMAT skills, you will get faster at a) recognizing what a problem is asking and b) executing the necessary steps to quickly attack the problem.

The key takeaway is that once your GMAT knowledge improves, better timing will follow. In fact, a great way to know how well you have mastered a particular topic is to be cognizant of your reaction time when seeing a question on that topic. For example, consider the following simple question with which many students who are beginning their prep struggle:

14! is equal to which of the following?

(A) 87,178,291,200
(B) 88,180,293,207
(C) 89,181,294,209
(D) 90,000,000,003
(E) 91,114,114,114

Upon seeing this question, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Grabbing a calculator to add up the values in the expression? Or are you able to quickly recognize that using the “5 x 2 pair rule” will allow you to efficiently attack the problem? (See the solution below.)

Solution:

14! = 14 × 13 × 12 × 11 × 10 × 9 × 8 × 7 × 6 × 5 × 4 × 3 × 2 × 1.

Notice that there is at least one (5 × 2) pair contained in the product of these numbers. It follows that the units digit must be a zero. The only number with zero as the units digit is 87,178,291,200.

Answer: A

Although this is just one example of many, you see that you must have many tools in your toolbox to efficiently attack each GMAT quant question that comes your way. As you gain these skills, you will get faster.

Lastly, you may find it helpful to read the following articles about The Phases of Preparing for the GMAT and Timing Strategies For a Higher GMAT Quant Score.

Good luck!
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kento22 wrote:
I have been preparing for the GMAT for about 3 months now, while working full-time. I more often than not study at night after dinner, because of my long work schedule. After this time, I have finally finished all the materials and done quite a few exercises for each of the Strategy Guides from Manhattan Prep.

Yesterday, I decided to take a mock test (test #1 in the official GMAC website) to see whether I was ready to take the real exam. I scored well in Verbal (V42, 96 pctl) which is the part I’ve prepared for the least. However, I was shocked to see that my Quant score was REALLY low even though I know the material, and I finished in about 75% of the allotted time for the section. I thought I had performed well because I knew how to solve most of the questions and ended up way before the timer ran out of time.
My impression is that I rush too much on Quant questions because I fear running out of time (2 min/question) and end up falling on traps or making careless errors.

Any advice on how to tackle this problem would be really appreciated.

Thanks!

Hi kento22,

This is a very common problem that students face in Quants, Nervousness and Silly mistakes.

Few reasons can be overlooking, lack of concentration, anxiety, not having in depth knowledge of theory, using substitution methods & solving approach for DS.

Few suggestions:
1. Get the theory part absolutely in place. Most importantly Number properties, word problems where most people do silly mistakes

2. Avoid substitution methods completely. It’s hard to get a good score with substitution methods

3. DS: Make sure you always check for few points in DS questions
a. Whether integer is mentioned or not
b. Check for properties such as 0<x<1 and x>1
c. Remember lowest value of x^2 is 0 and NOT positive.
d. If you have to substitute in DS, don’t forget to check for positive, negative and at 0.

4. Don’t start solving when a question pops up on the screen. Allow yourself few seconds to understand the question and which concept you are going to use.

5. Do timed practise. Select 31 questions (16 DS, 15 PS) and try finishing in 62 minutes. You have to do the first 10 questions correct to touch high level questions. Get your practise in the exam mode once you’re theory is done with.

Hope it helps.
All the best.

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30 Sep 2019, 15:29
Hi kento22,

Many Test Takers face pacing issues in the Quant section, the Verbal section or both - but it's important to remember that pacing problems do NOT exist on their own - they're the results of OTHER problems. Before we discuss what is likely causing those issues, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How many hours do you typically study each week?
2) Have you used any other study materials besides the books that you described?
3) On this initial CAT, what was your Quant Scaled Score and Overall Score?

Goals:
4) What is your overall goal score?
5) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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02 Oct 2019, 03:23
Thank you very much to everyone who replied. Your replies were very insightful. It looks like the issue is quite common, and I have a lot more clarity on how to tackle it.

EMPOWERgmatRichC, regarding your questions:

Studies:
1) How many hours do you typically study each week? 1*5 (weekdays) + 6*2 (weekends) = 17 hours.
2) Have you used any other study materials besides the books that you described? Not really. Only Manhattan Prep + OG.
3) On this initial CAT, what was your Quant Scaled Score and Overall Score? V42 (96th pctl), Q29 (16th pctl). Overall = 590. I did all the Quant questions the day after and realised I had made very silly mistakes in all of them. I got all of them right except 3 for which I didn't know the answer.

Goals:
4) What is your overall goal score? 730+
5) When are you planning to take the GMAT? No later than 12/2019
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School? 12/2019.
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to? LBS, Oxford Saïd
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02 Oct 2019, 19:03
Hi kento22,

To start, a V42 is an outstanding Verbal Scaled Score, so if you can consistently score at that level, then you could potentially score well into the 700s - assuming that you hone the necessary Tactical skills for the Quant section. That having been said, raising a 590 to the point that you can consistently score 730+ will likely require at least another 2-3 months of consistent, guided study. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. You'll have to be really efficient with your studies going forward to lock in that type of GMAT Score - and work on your applications - in the timeframe that you've described.

Based on the information that you have provided, your studies have been 'book heavy' so far; unfortunately, many Test Takers who study in that way end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level. Even the best books are limited in what they can teach you; they also can't force you to approach questions in a certain way and their explanations are often one-sided. From your review of this CAT, your content knowledge for the Quant section is probably fine, so your focus going forward should be on Tactics, patterns and the little 'secrets' of the Quant section. While you might be able to hone all of those skills on your own, you would likely find it beneficial to invest in a GMAT Course of some type (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led).

1) What are the exact application deadlines that you are facing?
2) Relative to how you've been studying so far, will you have the same general amount of study time each week going forward?

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