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I'm reaching out to this Forum for some help.

I have studied for Quant for about 3 months and stuck at 29th Percentile (according to a recent Mock test i appeared for).
Scored V38 while having studied Verbal only for 5 days. Not sure, what's stopping my Quant scores from improving. I have studied OGs 2018, 2019 and 2020. The OGs being awfully loaded with easier questions than harder ones, I'm able to get sub-600 levels right with about 70% accuracy. The wired part is me getting more 700+ level questions right than 600-700 level.
I don't have a problem investing some bucks in the right resources in order to get it right. Any help is appreciated, eh?!
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thelion10 - The good news is that it's far easier to improve the quant score than the verbal score. Therefore, you can rejoice a little. You would need more than just the official guides to prepare for the GMAT. I would highly recommend that you enroll in a structured online course; concepts clarity is of prime importance.

Recommendation: For the Quant section, GMAT Club Test Center is one of the best options. The questions available in the GMAT Club Tests are fairly representative of the ones on actual GMAT; you would find detailed answer explanations and forum discussions. If you do not have access to the GMAT Club Tests, please purchase the tests as early as possible.
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Hi thelion10,

Following a study plan that is linear, thorough, and focused is a major key to improving your GMAT quant score. In other words, you need to ensure that your study plan allows you to focus on each GMAT quant topic one at a time. By following that method, you’ll be able to first learn all you need from a particular topic, and then practice questions from that topic until you’ve gained mastery. So, you’ll attack each topic in two phases: Learning and Practice. Let’s use Geometry as an example.

Phase #1: Learn all you can about Geometry.

First and foremost, you must learn all aspects of Geometry:

-- area and perimeter formulas

-- special right triangle ratios

-- similar triangles

-- inscribed shapes

-- 3D geometry

-- shaded regions

-- etc.

Once you have fully learned about the necessary Geometry concepts, you can dive into focused practice.

Phase #2: Practice your butt off to ensure mastery in Geometry.

Now that you’ve learned all you can about Geometry, you need to dive into problems sets of, say, 15 or 20 questions at a time. When first starting out with this practice, do not worry about your speed; just focus on accuracy. As you begin to improve your accuracy, you organically will get faster. Ultimately, shoot to do 100+ problems, so you can ensure that you’ve thoroughly practiced each Geometry concept. After completing each problem set, take as much time as you need to analyze your wrong answers. When analyzing them, determine why you incorrectly answered each question. Did you make a careless error? Did you misapply a concept? Did you forget a formula? Did you not understand what the question was asking? By understanding WHY you got a question wrong, you’ll be able to clearly identify and then strengthen your weaknesses. Geometry is just one example; rinse and repeat for all other quant topics.

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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Hi thelion10,

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, 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) What study materials have you used so far besides those 3 OGs?
3) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) What is your overall score?
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