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# I am facing problem with time management, unable to finish fast.

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14 Oct 2018, 18:59
I am facing problem with time management, unable to finish ques in 2mins.
above 600 level questions are taking too much time to complete, more than 4 mins.
Please anyone suggest me some tips to solve this issue.
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15 Oct 2018, 06:40
Hey hi, hope you find this helpful:-
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Hi Prasannathawait,

To start, it's important to understand that pacing issues do NOT exist on their own - they are the results of OTHER issues. About 1 week ago, you posted that you scored a 320 on your first practice CAT/mock - so if you have not been studying for that long, then you should not expect to have mastered any aspects of the GMAT just yet (much less proper pacing). At this point in your studies, accuracy MUST come before speed - meaning that you have to be able to correctly answer questions in an efficient manner before you worry about how quickly you actually do all of the work. Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so you have to give yourself more time to learn and hone your skills.

1) What study materials are you currently using?
2) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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15 Oct 2018, 17:47
saviofernanz wrote:

hey that was really helpful. The examples in that link were relatable. Now I get the point of getting accuracy first. Thanks a lot.

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15 Oct 2018, 17:54
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi Prasannathawait,

To start, it's important to understand that pacing issues do NOT exist on their own - they are the results of OTHER issues. About 1 week ago, you posted that you scored a 320 on your first practice CAT/mock - so if you have not been studying for that long, then you should not expect to have mastered any aspects of the GMAT just yet (much less proper pacing). At this point in your studies, accuracy MUST come before speed - meaning that you have to be able to correctly answer questions in an efficient manner before you worry about how quickly you actually do all of the work. Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so you have to give yourself more time to learn and hone your skills.

1) What study materials are you currently using?
2) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

Hey, thanks a lot for the tip. You are right. Accuracy is the thing that I should be concerned about right now.

1) Currently using OG 2018 and 2019.
2) Planning to take in January.
3) planning to apply in b-schools in 2019.
4) Indian top IIM's and NUS.

Also, I would like to share that I am currently doing 4RC passages and 10 questions from rest all sections daily with a thorough understanding of the explanations.
Is that rate is good or I need to modify?
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15 Oct 2018, 21:45
Hi Prasannathawait,

When it comes to studying for the GMAT, there are a variety of different ways that you can approach the process. We won't know if "your way" of approaching your studies is helping you to improve until you take your next practice CAT and we see the results. I suggest that you study as you like for the rest of this week, then take a NEW, FULL CAT (with the Essay and IR sections) sometime this weekend. Once you have that next Score, you should post back and we can discuss the results.

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Hi Prasannathawait,

You didn’t talk about much about the quant section. Do you also need help to save time there as well?

We believe that there are patterns and logic to GMAT quant problems. Learning these patterns and logic is the key to manage your time more effectively. With Math Revolution’s Variable Approach for DS questions, you can learn this logic while minimizing time spent on each question and improving accuracy. On average, our students have about 10 minutes to spare before the exam ends. Also the Variable Approach applies to almost all of DS questions. Here is an example how the Variable Approach can be applied. When you encounter a DS problem, you first need to count the number of variables and equations given in the question. By doing so, you can determine which answer choice will most likely be the answer. If there are only two variables in a question, you need at least 2 equations to solve the question. Since two conditions in the question usually give 2 separate equations, it is most likely that C (both conditions together are sufficient) will be the answer.

Prasannathawait, you can check out some of our example problems through GMAT Club site. We post questions for DS & PS every week under Forum>GMAT Quantitative. It’s a good place to practice our method.

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Hi Prasannathawait,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Although I do not know too much regarding your situation with the GMAT, I’m happy to address your timing issues.

The first thing to understand is that timing on the GMAT, as in life, improves as your knowledge, understanding, and skill improve. Timing does not improve simply by “trying to go faster.” In fact, when people try to force speed before they’re ready to go faster, they tend to end up making a significant number of preventable mistakes. Sometimes these mistakes badly erode people’s test scores. In addition, when people rush learning -- a common pathology of those trying to force speed -- they actually never end up developing the speed they seek. One of the great paradoxes of learning is that to develop speed, a student must slow down to ensure that he or she masters the material. Consider the following examples, which hopefully will bring you some more clarity:

Imagine your goal were to run a mile in four minutes, a difficult feat even for professional athletes. So, you get yourself a running coach. You show up on the field and ask, “Coach, how do I get faster?” The coach responds, “Well, just run faster.” So, you try your best to “run faster,” but you can't; you’re running a 12-minute mile. Out of breath, you come back to the coach and say, “Coach, I stink. How do I get faster?” Again, he says, “Just run faster.” So, you try again, but this time you fall and skin your knees. You keep trying to run faster. On the tenth attempt, you pull your hamstring, falling to the ground in pain. Over your next four months of recovery, you ponder why you couldn't run faster.

That situation would be insane, right? No qualified running coach would ever provide you with that advice, because the coach would understand that no one gets faster merely by trying to run faster. Instead, the coach would set you up on a linear, comprehensive plan to make you a BETTER runner. He may have you run progressively longer distances at relatively slow speeds. He may have you run up and down the stairs at the football stadium. He may have you run up and down hills. He even may have you engage in strength training, yoga, or Pilates to make you a more fit athlete. After all of that training, he finally would bring you back on the field and time you running the mile. At that point, he’d coach you on how to push yourself through the pain of sprinting and help you to understand what a four-minute-mile pace feels like. He now could help you with those things because you would be in the necessary shape to be receptive to them. So, you begin your run, and BOOM! You run a 6-minute mile. What happened? Well, you became a better runner. You became a fitter athlete. You became stronger. Although you’re not yet at the four-minute-mile mark, your training has yielded considerable improvements.

Now imagine your goal were to play a complicated song on the piano. The tempo at which a pianist plays greatly impacts the way a song sounds. To make songs sound the way they should, often a pianist must play at a fast pace. But your experience with the piano is limited. Can you imagine trying to play the complicated song at full speed right at the outset? Doing so wouldn't be possible. Instead, you first need to master many aspects of the piano -- without really trying to get faster. In fact, you need to proceed slowly at first, sometimes very slowly. As you master the piano, you find that you’re able to play your song at progressively faster tempos. With time and dedicated, proper practice, you’re able to recreate the sound you seek. If in the early days of practicing you had tried to force speed instead of mastering your technique, you never would have become truly accomplished at playing the song.

The process of getting faster at solving GMAT questions is quite analogous to the process of improving one’s running speed or ability to play the piano at the proper tempo! To get faster, you must get better. As you further develop your GMAT skills, you will get faster at a) recognizing what a problem is asking and b) executing the necessary steps to quickly attack the problem.

Thus, if you are just starting out, you should not be so focused on timing. Rather, focus on simply improving your GMAT quant skills for now. You can improve those skills by engaging in linear learning that allows you to slowly build mastery of one GMAT topic prior to moving on to the next. Within each topic, begin with the foundations and progress toward more advanced concepts. After you learn each individual topic, you should then engage in focused practice, which will help improve your timing.

As you begin your focused practice, consider timing this way: When you are doing practice questions, there are three levels of proficiency for each category.

At Level 1, you understand the logic of GMAT quant questions in a category and basically know how to answer them, but you may not get them right, or you at least don’t get them right consistently. This level of proficiency is a good start.

At Level 2, you consistently get questions in a quant category correct, but you are not fast, taking on average well over two minutes per question. This level of proficiency is even better. If you can get right answers consistently, you are well on your way to hitting your GMAT score goal.

At Level 3, you get questions in a category correct consistently, taking around two minutes per question (or sometimes less). When you are at this level of proficiency for a category of GMAT quant question, you are ready to see questions of that type on the test. Now it’s time to work on another question category.

To develop the third level of proficiency, you must allow yourself ample time for deliberate practice. When you first begin practicing, if you try to rush through questions, you’ll find it extremely difficult -- if not impossible -- to progress to Level 3. So, when you are practicing, do the questions untimed. Yes, you can be aware of how much time you are taking, but don’t focus on the time. Generally, you need to focus on finding the correct response to each question by mastering the material and learning to use higher-level thinking, rather than on answering questions in less than two minutes (or any other preset time constraint).

The key takeaway is that once your GMAT knowledge improves, better timing will follow. In fact, a great way to know how well you have a mastered a particular topic is to be cognizant of your reaction time when seeing a particular question. For example, consider the following simple question with which many students who are beginning their prep struggle:

14! is equal to which of the following?

(A) 87,178,291,200
(B) 88,180,293,207
(C) 89,181,294,209
(D) 90,000,000,003
(E) 91,114,114,114

Upon seeing this question, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Grabbing a calculator to add up the values in the expression? Or are you able to quickly recognize that using the “5 x 2 pair rule” will allow you to efficiently attack the problem? (See the solution below.)

Solution:

14! = 14 × 13 × 12 × 11 × 10 × 9 × 8 × 7 × 6 × 5 × 4 × 3 × 2 × 1.

Notice that there is at least one (5 × 2) pair contained in the product of these numbers. It follows that the units digit must be a zero. The only number with zero as the units digit is 87,178,291,200.

Although this is just one example of many, you see that you must have many tools in your toolbox to efficiently attack each GMAT quant question that comes your way. As you gain these skills, you will get faster.

If you’d like further advice on how to improve your GMAT quant and verbal skills, feel free to reach back out. You also may find the following two articles helpful: how to score a 700+ on the GMAT and how to get faster at solving GMAT questions.

Feel free to reach out with further questions.
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