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Hey everyone,

I made my first GMAT attempt on October 4th of this year, and scored a 750 overall (Q47, V47). However I am quite disappointed with my Quant score as it is in the 61st percentile. I was scoring approximately the same in my practice tests before then but I was not too concerned with it as I didn't know how much a 47 score amounted to in percentile. After my first attempt, I went crazy studying all the Quant concepts GMAT club has to offer (remainders etc - things that I hadn't looked deeply into my first time) but I suppose I was very stupid in not attempting any more practice tests so on my second attempt my Quant score actually dropped from 47 to 46. I cancelled the score right away. I am now making one last attempt in 2 weeks time. Any suggestions on how to improve my Quant score? (for instance suggestions about practice tests - I've heard Manhattan Prep is good) I don't really understand what's going wrong as I can answer most of the 700 level questions on GMAT club although admittedly I have not always timed myself while answering them. To pre-empt questions in this vein, I will add that the reason I need a higher Quant score is because I did a non-quant undergrad (Law in the UK) so I need to demonstrate that I can handle the math at B-school, and there are certain top Indian universities that I can apply to using my GMAT score if only I reach Q49 at the very least, but preferably Q50. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Hey sidjay

First off, congrats on the wonderful score. I have good news for you - GMAT Quant is the
easiest to improve and am sure you will reach a score in excess of Q49.

I'm going to try and give you my understanding of Quant and how you could improve your
score. The Maths in Manhattan is very difficult and you are not going to a lot of questions
like that on the GMAT. IMO, GMAT Quant is based on the application of the concepts - it's
not about hefty calculations or speed math. IMO, you could sign up for GMATClub Quant
tests and solve these questions.

Whenever you practice questions and aren't able to solve them, you should go through the
thread(where the question has been discussed). Go through the various methods that have
been used to solve the problems. In my experience, you will come across a few methods
that will help you save some time. Try and adapt these methods while you solve questions
during practice. On repeating this process, you will be able to use these new methods to
solve similar questions on GMAT quicker than you usually did.

Work on maintaining an error log and go through the mistakes you make from time to time.
This retrospection will definitely help you improve your scores. Last but not least, these are
a few links that you might find handy while preparing for the GMAT.

1. GMATClub Quantitative Mega-Thread
2. ALL YOU NEED FOR QUANT ! ! !
3. PS Directory by Topic and Difficulty
4. DS Directory by Topic and Difficulty
5. Q44 -> Q50
6. Timing strategies

The first two links help you with basic concepts. For topics that you have problems in, you
could work on the concepts from the first thread. The third and fourth links are for practice
only and the sixth link will give you an idea of some of the timing strategies that might be
helpful. Please feel free to tag the experts/mods for questions you need some extra help.

Hope this helps you!
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Thanks so much for your quick response! pushpitkc
I've noticed that my main problem isn't not knowing the necessary concepts - at this point I think I have trawled through enough of Bunuel's and Karishma's posts to know most of the concepts I need. And in fact, if each question had 40 seconds to 1 minute more I can solve all of them. My main issue is that it takes time for me to wrap my head around the question. Especially if there's a lot of text (A travels from City 1 to City 2, and on the way he meets B, and then they travel together to City 3, etc) I've noticed it often takes me a whole minute or more to digest everything let alone start on the question. Isn't the best way to deal with this to do as many practice tests as possible, especially the overly tough Manhattan Prep tests?
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Hey sidjay

For this problem, I would not recommend the extra hard Manhattan tests. The best way
to get across a problem is to do a lot of similar problems. For instance, a lot of experts
recommend you to do at least 2 RCs a day to get better at solving RCs. Similarly, if a
specific type of word problem gives your trouble - practice as many problems as you
can to get better at solving those kinds of problems. Do this until you are comfortable
at solving such problems.

If I am not wrong, Manhattan does offer a free test. If you feel strongly that these tests
could help you - take that test. Once you take that test, you will be in a better position
to ascertain what is the next best step.

Hope that helps.
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First of all, great job with the 750! Now, regarding your Q47 score, it’s possible that you’ve plateaued at that score because you have a handful of lingering weaknesses that must be addressed, right? Moving forward, you need to follow a more complete and focused study plan that allows you to review and practice questions systematically (topic by topic), so that you can find your exact weaknesses, fill gaps in your knowledge, and strengthen your skills. The overall process will be to learn all about how to answer question types with which you currently aren't very comfortable and do dozens of practice questions category by category, basically driving up your score point by point. Keep in mind that this process may take longer than two weeks, so you may consider moving your exam to a later date.

For example, if you find that you are not strong in answering Number Properties questions, then carefully review the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions and practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties: LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, remainders, etc. 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. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

Each time you strengthen your understanding of a topic and your skill in answering questions of a particular type, you increase your odds of hitting your score goal. You know that there are types of questions that you are happy to see and types that you would rather not see, and types of questions that you take a long time to answer correctly. Learn to more effectively answer the types of questions that you would rather not see, and make them into your favorite types. Learn to correctly answer in two minutes or less questions that you currently take five minutes to answer. By finding, say, a dozen weaker quant areas and turning them into strong areas, you will make great progress toward hitting your quant score goal. If a dozen areas turn out not to be enough, strengthen some more areas.

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. Also, regarding practice exams, I’d take the remaining MBA.com practice exams. How many of those have you already taken?

Lastly, you may find it helpful to read this article about how to increase your GMAT quant score.
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First of all, great job with the 750! Now, regarding your Q47 score, it’s possible that you’ve plateaued at that score because you have a handful of lingering weaknesses that must be addressed, right? Moving forward, you need to follow a more complete and focused study plan that allows you to review and practice questions systematically (topic by topic), so that you can find your exact weaknesses, fill gaps in your knowledge, and strengthen your skills. The overall process will be to learn all about how to answer question types with which you currently aren't very comfortable and do dozens of practice questions category by category, basically driving up your score point by point. Keep in mind that this process may take longer than two weeks, so you may consider moving your exam to a later date.

For example, if you find that you are not strong in answering Number Properties questions, then carefully review the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions and practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties: LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, remainders, etc. 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. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

Each time you strengthen your understanding of a topic and your skill in answering questions of a particular type, you increase your odds of hitting your score goal. You know that there are types of questions that you are happy to see and types that you would rather not see, and types of questions that you take a long time to answer correctly. Learn to more effectively answer the types of questions that you would rather not see, and make them into your favorite types. Learn to correctly answer in two minutes or less questions that you currently take five minutes to answer. By finding, say, a dozen weaker quant areas and turning them into strong areas, you will make great progress toward hitting your quant score goal. If a dozen areas turn out not to be enough, strengthen some more areas.

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. Also, regarding practice exams, I’d take the remaining MBA.com practice exams. How many of those have you already taken?

Lastly, you may find it helpful to read this article about how to increase your GMAT quant score.




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