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How to improve Quant to Q50 while maintaining high Verbal score?

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New post 24 Aug 2019, 13:14
Hi All,

First time posting - hoping that I can get some advice on how to improve my quant while maintaining my verbal score.

A little background: I started prepping about 4-5 months ago and was making some good progress on improving in both quant and verbal, I have always been stronger in Math so when I took my first realistic CAT sections, I received a Q46 in March and and V33 in May using the GMAT free test sections. I realize this is not completely accurate given it was not official and not taken back to back in a test setting, but it seemed relatively close to my ability given how I had been doing.

Fast forward to today, and after taking time off in June, I'm now seriously prepping for the test and have an official date in about 8 weeks. My plan has been to take an official GMATPrep CAT every other week in the 12 weeks leading up to the test (In addition to prepping using OG material and Gmatclub to study topics), and these have been my results so far.

GMATPrep Official Mock 1: Q48/V44 740
GMATPrep Official Mock 2: Q46/V47 750

Exams 3-6 are planned for every other week for the next few weeks.

First of all, I'm very happy with those scores, and if they hold up on the actual exam I would be extremely pleased. Of course, given that I still have about 8 weeks and 4 CATs left, I want to be sure I'm not becoming overconfident/neglecting to study properly. My question is this: How can I improve my quant (preferably to ~Q50) without sacrificing anything from my verbal score? I have tried using error logs/etc. to track my ability and progress, but I can't quite find one weak point that's holding me back. I struggle with probability, combinatorics, remainder, number properties, mixtures, work rates, and just about everything else from time to time. After writing this post, I realize that a second question might be: does anyone know of a great test/book/guide to accurately gauge my strengths and weaknesses in Quant?

I understand that given relatively high scores, there is a bit of splitting hairs involved and it can make improvements difficult, but more than anything I just want to be confident walking in on test day that I have done everything I can to improve.

Any help is appreciated.

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Hi, so you are in really good shape. Depending on how much time you have, you can do this a couple of ways. Some people like to go every other day, alternating between quant and verbal. Others like to do both each day. It really is dependent on the amount of time you have to commit, the type of learner you are, and being able to focus on your weak areas. If you know where you are weak, you can trim the amount of time spent on stronger areas. Best of luck!
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Hi ak2022,

740/750 is a great start my friend. Regarding verbal, as long as you continue practicing all aspects of verbal, I think you can maintain your verbal skills. Regarding how to improve in quant, you have to go through GMAT quant carefully to 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.

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.

You also may find it helpful to read this article about How To Increase Your GMAT Quant Score.

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I am also in the same situation, looking for few suggestions
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