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Looking for tips from 40Q to 49Q

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New post 31 Aug 2017, 10:34
Hi there,

Im currently scoring 38Q-40Q on my practice tests. I want to reach close to 49Q. Im allocating around 2months to prep. I know Im missing some fundamental concepts, so im planning to go through my textbooks and lesson videos (VertiasPrep) again. I have the VertiasPrep Books, OG 18, and OG-Quant 2018. OG 18 and OG-Quant 18 combined, i have done 60-70% of the questions. I have completed most of the easy and medium questions. I briefly touched the hard question since i thought it was better to tackle them when my math abilities improve, since i still struggle on some medium questions.

My error log format
gmatclub.com/forum/new-error-log-for-gmat-practice-223252

Since my math fundamentals are lacking, should i consider getting other materials?
Jeff Sackman's Math Prep
MGMAT Quant books

My Plan of Action:
Throughly review my math lesson videos and textbook from VertiasPrep
Based on my error log, I will work on math sections with the lowest %
Once i hit around 45Q, i will check out MGMAT Advance Quant

Other Question Banks I Will Look
Bunnel's signatures
gmatclub.com/forum/stonecold-s-mock-test-217160
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gmat-ps-question-directory-by-topic-difficulty-127957

Im ready to work hard and dedicate my life to this. I have been diligent throughout this summer and Im ready for more! Please share your advice with me!

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New post 31 Aug 2017, 11:07
Hi jzqmah,

From your post, it sounds like you've done some studying already, but it's not clear how much. 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 long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on each of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)?

Goals:
4) What is your overall goal score?
5) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
I have been studying for 3 months.

2) What study materials have you used so far?
I have used VertiasPrep Quant Books, OG 18, OG-Q 18

3) How have you scored on each of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)?
23-Jul-17 - GMATPREP 33Q 35V
26-Jul-17 - GMATPREP 28Q 35V
29-Jul-17 - VeritasPrep 39Q 34V
15-Aug-17 - VeritasPrep 38Q 36V
20-Aug-17 - VeritasPrep 39Q 38V
23-Aug-17 - VeritasPrep 35Q 38V
26-Aug-17 - VeritasPrep 40Q 39V
29-Aug-17 - GMAT Exam - 39Q 39V

Goals:
4) What is your overall goal score?
640

5) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
Around two months from now

6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
Im not applying for Business school but Master in Finance (im 22 =P)
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
MiF Programs (Pre-experience)
Essec Business School
Brandeis University International Business School
Boston College: Carroll
University of Hong Kong
Singapore Management University: Lee Kong Chian
McGill University MMF

Thanks for your help!

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Hi jzqmah,

To apply to competitive Masters in Finance Programs, a high Quant Score is a 'must', so it's understandable that you would want to retest.

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your 4 recent CAT score results (along with your Official GMAT Score) show that you essentially performed the same each time (Q38 +/- a few points). Based on what you've described, your studies so far have been 'book heavy'; many Test Takers who use a 'book heavy' study approach end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level - and it looks like that has happened to you as well. Continuing to study in that same way will likely not lead you to the Quant Score that you're looking for though, so you will likely need to invest in some new, non-book resources.

Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. With 2 months of study time, you could potentially improve a great deal.

1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?
Im planning to do 3hrs a day on weekdays and ~10hrs on weekends, so 25hrs a week.

The books i listed before, should i get them?

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GMAT beginner just like you. Applying for MSc programs (UK).

Depends on the type of learner you are. I prefer to learn maths by doing questions and reading solutions. I practically obtained a Masters in Engineering by doing it that way. However, some people prefer to learn from books. In my opinion, if you do questions then ensure that you properly analyse the solution when you go wrong and try to understand fundamentally what is actually going on and why, that is just as good. Ensure that you practice some really hard questions. I find the GMAT club tests on here really test your understanding. The OG is way too easy. Even 90% of the 'very hard' ones are still too easy.

Hope this helps, probably not..

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Hi jzqmah,

If you've truly been studying consistently for the last 3 months by using a 'book heavy' study approach, then I don't think that you'll be able to get from a Q40 to a Q49 studying in the same ways as before. Simply working through lots of additional practice questions probably won't be the 'solution' to this either. You need to change how you 'see' (and respond to) the Quant section of the GMAT - and "your way" of approaching that section has gotten you stuck at this current level. Thus, I think that you would be benefit a great deal by investing in a GMAT Course of some type. From what you describe, you have plenty of time to study and improve - now you just have to make sure that you're focused on learning the necessary Tactics along with whatever content areas that you need to review.

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