Hi ClaireOR,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. First off, I want you to understand that YOU CAN learn GMAT quant. Sure, it may seem scary at the moment, but if you follow the right study plan, you 100% CAN improve your GMAT quant skills. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you are just not and can never be good at math. Too often, students convince themselves that they are “just not math people.” What a ridiculous, harmful, and self-limiting thought. Often these people score significantly lower on the GMAT than they would have if they had revised their way of thinking about how math skills are gained. If they believed in the power of hard work in gaining math proficiency, as do experts who study math education, these students could set themselves up for higher GMAT scores, better degrees, and higher-paying jobs.

The thought that someone is not a math person is just as crazy as the thought that someone is not a music person or a ping pong person or a soccer person. How does a person become good at music? He or she works extremely hard. How does a person become good at ping pong? He or she works extremely hard. How does a person become good at soccer? He or she works extremely hard. So, how does a person excel at math? You are correct; he or she works extremely hard.

The biggest secret about GMAT math is that anyone can master GMAT math if he or she is willing to put in the work, which is, by the way, maybe two to three times, or more in some cases, the amount of work that many students expect to put into their GMAT math prep. When it comes to GMAT math, you can, without exaggeration, outwork your competition to outscore them. If your competition is studying GMAT math for 100 hours, then study GMAT math for 200 hours and you will be about twice as skilled as they are. If your competition is studying GMAT math for 200 hours, then study GMAT math for 300 hours and you will be about 50 percent more skilled than they are. When you take the test, your work will show.

Don’t feel for even one second that people who score high on GMAT quant are innately or genetically talented at math. They are not. They just learned more about math than the competition did. You need to

empower yourself with the truth, and the truth of the matter is that mastering GMAT math is much, much more about the time you spend on the water practicing the art of sailing, to use an analogy, than it is about the boat in which you are sailing.

If you’d like to read more about why there is no such thing as a “math person” and a “non-math person,” check out this wonderful article to see what some experts have to say:

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/a ... th/280914/. I think you’ll see that the consensus is strikingly clear: You can work your way to strong math skills. And, yes, you can work your way to an impressive GMAT quant score.

Now, if you are not willing to outwork the competition (or to at least work as hard as they are working), then that is a different story. That story centers on motivation and the desire, or lack thereof, to meet the competitive standards set forth by the GMAT and by the students who take the GMAT.

Lastly, I agree with much of what has been said regarding your GMAT test date. At this point, your best bet is to keep preparing and take the test on that date. When you take the test, answer as many questions as you can in quant and verbal, and see how you do. For all you know, you will hit your score goal on that day. If you don't, then you can dive into a study plan and take the GMAT once you are ready. Also, you may find it helpful to read this article about

How to Increase Your GMAT Quant Score.

Feel free to reach out with further questions. Good luck!

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