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Hey there!

I scored a Quant 48 on my last GMAT and would like to improve. I think using the Advanced Quant Guide by Manhattan Prep will provide great help in improving my strategy on the Quant section and thus my score. Would anybody agree to that (or disagree)? Has anyone made experiences with the guide that they would like to share?

Any suggestions appreciated :)

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Hi MarcMoody,

Based on your prior scores (back in the Fall, 2015), your Official Quant Scaled Score is a great improvement. Given BOTH of your Official Scaled Scores though, you have a greater opportunity to pick up points in the Verbal section. This is meant to say that you don't have to restrict your studies to just the Quant section (since there are only so many additional points that you can pick up in that area). In that same way, "Advanced" Quant isn't necessarily what you need either.

1) When was the last time you took a FULL-LENGTH CAT? What were the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores on that Test?
2) When you reviewed THAT CAT, how often were you getting questions wrong because of silly/little mistakes and how often were you getting questions wrong because they were too hard?
3) In the Verbal Section, how many questions did you 'narrow down to 2 choices, but still get incorrect?'

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New post 25 Jan 2016, 16:27
Dear Rich,

Thank you!

Regarding Verbal you are right. But my official score does not reflect my current Verbal skill level - I scored 90% on the last two CATs (score 710) prior to the real test. On test day, I did not prepare my food intake well enough and got hungry half way through Verbal and lost concentration, ran out of time, etc. and probably got quite some questions wrong in the end.

I would like to hit 90% again on the next test, but before I try again, I also want to improve on my Quant. Hopefully I will hit a 710+ next time...

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Hi MarcMoody,

When did you take those last two CATs (relative to when you took your Official GMAT)? If you would have scored V40+ on Test Day, then you would have ended up with a score that was well above 700.

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New post 28 Jan 2016, 11:05
Dear Rich,

I took the last two CATs one day and three days, respectively, prior to the actual test. My Verbal score in both was 40 (and Quant 48) -> According to the GMAT-Prep Software, I would have scored 710

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Hi MarcMoody,

Taking 2 FULL-LENGTH CATs in the 3 days prior to your Official GMAT was NOT a good idea. The process of properly taking (and reviewing) a CAT requires a significant investment of time and energy, so taking even 1 CAT so close to Test Day can lead to 'burn out' (and taking 2 likely increased that burn out). This is all meant to say that you should take a broader look at how you plan for this next attempt - and schedule out the work that you plan to do so that you're going into Test Day better rested.

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Ok, so what advice would you have for me for the last 4-5 days prior to the GMAT?

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Hi MarcMoody,

As a general rule, most Test Takers don't learn any 'new' things (that they can reasonably retain and master) in the last week before taking the GMAT, so that should not be the goal. Test Takers tend to perform best when calmer and better rested, so you also should not try to do too much work in those last few days (no CATs, no cramming). You'd be better served by doing light review, especially of some of the older material that you haven't dealt with in awhile (but nothing on the 'really hard' end of the spectrum). Reviewing wrong answers from past assignments/CATs, etc. can also be useful. Try to get some extra rest and really 'plan out' the various facets of Test Day so that you minimize the possibility of 'surprises.'

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