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HELP NEEDED: Tips for increasing speed while maintaining accuracy?

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I am 3 weeks into my studies and would really love to score a 700+ when I take my GMAT in May. I scored a 570 on my 1st CAT, without studying anything. I am currently using the EMPOWERgmat program (highly recommended!!!) and believe I am learning how to truly attack this test. I am studying everyday and have seen some slight progress in how I think about the questions. However, I am having issues when it comes to timing and accuracy. I can't help but realize that as I practice my own problems, I seem to take longer than the 2 minutes-per-question time allotted for each question. Furthermore, when I review my problems via the online videos in EMPOWERgmat, the solutions given often take longer than 2 minutes to go through, although this is not Rich's fault...he is a great tutor! It just seems that, for many questions, the amount of time it takes to process, organize, and use the available information to produce a result is longer than 2 minutes. When I run into problems like these, I tend to sacrifice the accuracy, logic, and the attention to detail of my work to fit into the 2-minute-per-question time limit. This often leads to me getting the question wrong. Long story short, does anyone have ANY tips that allow them to improve their speed of working through a problem, while still maintaining their accuracy? Is it merely a matter of focusing more and writing faster? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

P.S. I usually run into this problem on the quant section. However, I find that, among the more difficult Verbal section questions, the same issue can occur.

Thanks in advance!
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Hi mikemurawski93,

Since you're relatively early-on in the study process, you should NOT be focused on pacing just yet. Your goals at this point should be growing your knowledge and Tactical skills. In that same vein, the idea that you should be spending 2 minutes per Quant question is fundamentally BAD advice. Certain questions can be solved relatively quickly (in less than a minute) while others take far longer (upwards of 3 minutes - and that's if you KNOW the 'fast way'). When taking a CAT (and ultimately when taking the Official GMAT), your ability to Triage your way past the really tough/weird questions (as needed) is essential to completing each section on time - so you should be practicing those skills now too.

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Thanks Rich!
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