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# Moving Beyond Q44

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30 Dec 2012, 07:44
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31 Dec 2012, 09:38
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Hi,
Even my quant score was stagnant at 44-45 for sometime, then I changed my strategy a bit and listed out topics where my confidence and accuracy was high, topics were i would correctly answer the question in 2+ mins and topics where my accuracy was low.
I started polishing the concepts of the topics where I thought I needed more work (some new formula, shorter ways to get to the answer etc) . Rather than solving the questions straight away I tried to plug in numbers, substitute answer choices and back solve etc. This helped me a great deal.
While taking the test, instead of wasting time on solving a question for 3-4 mins now I started guessing and moving on in 2 or less minutes (mostly questions on which my accuracy was low), this gave me some more time on questions I was confident about but were calculation intensive. This can easily help you boost ur score by 2-3 points.

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01 Jan 2013, 04:42
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I've also been in your shoes. The first time i took a CAT i scored a Q 43 (or 44) and was depressed because this was at the back end of an intense 2.5 month self prep concentrating mainly on quant (around 75% of time was alloted to quant). I then began a series of self checks, and found that i was doing badly on on certain areas and certain types of questions. A month of hard concentrated prep using official questions ( OG Quant, and OG13) as a base and then moving on to harder sources (Veritas prep advanced word problem, and DS book , MGMAT Advanced Quant) i found my overall test score improved. I have gotten 45 , 47 and 47 on my last three CAT's and this is about a month after the first CAT, It is certainly doable in 15-20 days.
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01 Jan 2013, 08:44
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did you focus on the concepts or the process of doing the problems?

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01 Jan 2013, 20:31
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hey,
Just forgot to mention, the back solving, plugging in numbers, pattern recognition ,etc strategies are mentioned in MGMT advanced quant book, if you have that great because it covers all that and in case you don't have one you can watch Ron from mgmt explain those in the video lessons (links below). His video series is really good. Just took a gmat prep mock yesterday and got a Q 49 just by bailing on the right questions, and employing these strategies. Hope they work for you too. GL

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