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I passed the GMAT for the first time yesterday and scored a 680. I am aiming for a 700 so will be re-taking it in a month. I wanted to know if you guys had any tips to improve a very low quant score? I scored the 96th percentile in verbal and 85th in IR but scored 45th percentile in math.

I was flustered as I've scored around the 60-70th in all my practice ones and was confused to why I scored such a low score in quant. I have gone through all the MGMAT quant books and done all the OG problems, kept an error log, the whole drill but the quant is stagnant. I was also really slow and ended up having to guess on 6 math problems when I took the official GMAT.

I have a month to work on getting my quant score up in order to break the 700 barrier and my question is simply: Given that I have just a month, what's my best strategy to get my quant score in the 43s?

thank you for your help!
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I passed the GMAT for the first time yesterday and scored a 680. I am aiming for a 700 so will be re-taking it in a month. I wanted to know if you guys had any tips to improve a very low quant score? I scored the 96th percentile in verbal and 85th in IR but scored 45th percentile in math.

I was flustered as I've scored around the 60-70th in all my practice ones and was confused to why I scored such a low score in quant. I have gone through all the MGMAT quant books and done all the OG problems, kept an error log, the whole drill but the quant is stagnant. I was also really slow and ended up having to guess on 6 math problems when I took the official GMAT.

I have a month to work on getting my quant score up in order to break the 700 barrier and my question is simply: Given that I have just a month, what's my best strategy to get my quant score in the 43s?

thank you for your help!

First of all, Is 680 your official GMAT Score? If yes, congrats on 96th percentile in Verbal. That's a great verbal score. Secondly, improving quant in 30 days is doable. you would need to practice, no doubt, but doable.

I think you would gain the most by learning better all the concepts. So, even if you have solved a question correctly, concentrate on the underlying concept. Spend a minute or two to find alternate ways to solve that problem. You can also check this forum for same. You should understand that the way you attempt verbal section is very different from that of quant section. Most of the questions in quant can be solved in atleast 2 different ways while this may not be true for verbal.

As far as books are concerned, though Manhattan Prep's Quant books have covered almost all the concepts, they do lack the GMAT-type questions. That's why they augment OG questions with their books. So, look deeply in the OG questions to realize the alternate solutions. You can also try Quant Review but be warned that questions in Quant review are easier than those in OG. Besides this, you can practice questions in this forum. Questions here have some of the best explanations. Additionally, there are a few threads in this forum in which you will find the most tested topics in Quant. Be sure to check them and consolidate those topics.

Last but not the least, make sure that you spend some time practicing verbal as well.
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First of all, Is 680 your official GMAT Score? If yes, congrats on 96th percentile in Verbal. That's a great verbal score. Secondly, improving quant in 30 days is doable. you would need to practice, no doubt, but doable.

I think you would gain the most by learning better all the concepts. So, even if you have solved a question correctly, concentrate on the underlying concept. Spend a minute or two to find alternate ways to solve that problem. You can also check this forum for same. You should understand that the way you attempt verbal section is very different from that of quant section. Most of the questions in quant can be solved in atleast 2 different ways while this may not be true for verbal.

As far as books are concerned, though Manhattan Prep's Quant books have covered almost all the concepts, they do lack the GMAT-type questions. That's why they augment OG questions with their books. So, look deeply in the OG questions to realize the alternate solutions. You can also try Quant Review but be warned that questions in Quant review are easier than those in OG. Besides this, you can practice questions in this forum. Questions here have some of the best explanations. Additionally, there are a few threads in this forum in which you will find the most tested topics in Quant. Be sure to check them and consolidate those topics.

Last but not the least, make sure that you spend some time practicing verbal as well.


Thank you for your response and advise, I will highly follow them!

I think I particularly struggled with the Quant session because I didn't know how to solve the basic 600 level problems. I'm not sure why but I thought every problem they were giving me was something I didn't really see before. I realize that is problematic because I did the whole OG quant sessions (problem solving and DS) and was feeling comfortable with most topics. Is there any remedy to this? How can I be sure that I am effectively studying all the material that will be present on the GMAT? For some reason, I didn't have much number properties problems or geometry, is it because the problems that they were throwing at me were basic and from a lower percentile? I knew the MGMAT quant books by heart which is why I was really surprised when I ended up with a 45% in the quant session.

Furthermore, do you think I should delete my score of 680 because even though I scored 96% in verbal, my quant score is really low and could be problematic for my master admission. In any case, I will retake the GMAT in a month but do you think I should keep my 680 score or a 45% in quant is too bad? (Q:45th , V: 96th , IR: 85th )
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Hi!

I passed the GMAT for the first time yesterday and scored a 680. I am aiming for a 700 so will be re-taking it in a month. I wanted to know if you guys had any tips to improve a very low quant score? I scored the 96th percentile in verbal and 85th in IR but scored 45th percentile in math.

I was flustered as I've scored around the 60-70th in all my practice ones and was confused to why I scored such a low score in quant. I have gone through all the MGMAT quant books and done all the OG problems, kept an error log, the whole drill but the quant is stagnant. I was also really slow and ended up having to guess on 6 math problems when I took the official GMAT.

I have a month to work on getting my quant score up in order to break the 700 barrier and my question is simply: Given that I have just a month, what's my best strategy to get my quant score in the 43s?

thank you for your help!


Hi coreyh ,
680 is a pretty good score. You can improve your score to 700+ if you improve your quant score from 45 percentile -early Q40's to mid or late Q40's . Also, your score might have dropped because of guesses on 6 quant problems.
- Revise your Quant concepts from Manhattan or Veritas guides
- Then once you comfortable with the basics then you can concentrate on solving questions from GMAT Club
- Make an error log and review your errors and categorize them - Careless, Content or Technique.
- Statistics, Geometry , Word problems , Coordinate geometry - Can be improved with lesser effort
- Number theory , Counting , Probability - Comparatively more effort is needed

Hope this helps!! :)
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Hi coreyh,

First off, a 680 is a strong score (it's right around the 85th percentile overall), so it could be enough to get you into your first-choice School. As such, a retest might not be necessary. Depending on the Schools that you plan to apply to, you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile. There's a Forum full of them here:

http://gmatclub.com/forum/ask-admission ... tants-124/

With a Q43, you were likely really good on the straight-forward "math" questions that you saw on Test Day, but you would have made some little mistakes as you worked through the Quant section and you missed out on lots of 'strategy'-based points.

Based on everything that you've described, I think that you would find the EMPOWERgmat Quant Score Booster to be quite helpful. Most of our clients complete that Study Plan in under a month, so that Study Plan should fit your timeframe. We have a variety of free resources on our site (www.empowergmat.com), so you can 'test out' the Course before setting up an account.

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Hi!

I passed the GMAT for the first time yesterday and scored a 680. I am aiming for a 700 so will be re-taking it in a month. I wanted to know if you guys had any tips to improve a very low quant score? I scored the 96th percentile in verbal and 85th in IR but scored 45th percentile in math.

I was flustered as I've scored around the 60-70th in all my practice ones and was confused to why I scored such a low score in quant. I have gone through all the MGMAT quant books and done all the OG problems, kept an error log, the whole drill but the quant is stagnant. I was also really slow and ended up having to guess on 6 math problems when I took the official GMAT.

I have a month to work on getting my quant score up in order to break the 700 barrier and my question is simply: Given that I have just a month, what's my best strategy to get my quant score in the 43s?

thank you for your help!
There's a good chance that you just underperformed. If you are able to get a much higher percentile in your practice tests, there is no reason that you can't get anything more than a Q41. Especially if you're talking about the GMATPreps.

Keep working, and ensure that you manage your time better next time. Don't put yourself in a situation where you have to guess your way through the last 6 questions.
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