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# Need Advice to Boost Quant score- 660 (Q46 V35)

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18 Aug 2017, 12:41
Hi,

I scored 660 ( Q46 V35 ) today. My quant score came bit of a shock for me as I expected a score of 47-48 on Gmat Prep mocks. At least I expected a 47-48 score in quant. I scored 640 (Q 47 V31) in my previous GMAT attempt.

The section order I selected was Q-V-IR-AWA. I was consistently getting easy questions in quant may be because I had done silly mistakes at the beginning of the section.Not sure about the reason but I was getting some very easy questions. Q3, Q 4 and 5 were so easy that I panicked and thought that I had not marked previous questions correctly.It started to get a little tough in the middle section after question 20.I guessed in one weird geometry question and two DS questions Q 26 and 31.Finally, I got numb in the last 2 questions and could not solve and had to guess in those two.
Verbal was pretty similar to the Gmat Prep mocks.RC passages were long passages about handwriting, physiology, and Neanderthals.I could not finish the Verbal section and had to guess on the last 3 questions(1 Sc and 2 CR) with 50 seconds to spare.
I really feel I could've done much better especially in Quant. My target score is 690.
Any help and tips would be appreciated to increase my Quant score to at least a 47 or 48.

Resources I used- Quants- OG,Gmat Club,Manhattan Quant,Error Log
Verbal- OG,Error Log,Manhattan SC

GMat Prep Scores:
Previous GMAT (Earlier Month: 640 QA 47 VA 31)
1. Gmat Prep Exam 5 660 (QA 45 VA 36)
2. Gmat Prep Exam 6 650 (QA 45 VA 35)
3. Gmat Prep Exam 2 690 (QA 48 VA 37)

I will retake the Exam again next month. Please suggest some tips to get my desired score of 690 (QA 49 VA 35).
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18 Aug 2017, 15:03
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Hi DH99,

First off, a 660/Q46 is a strong score (it's right around the 80th percentile overall), so it could be enough to get you into your first-choice School. As such, a retest might not be necessary. Depending on the Schools that you plan to apply to, you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile. There's a Forum full of them here:

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Your two Official Scores are remarkably similar to one another, which implies that you continue to 'see' (and respond to) the GMAT in the same general ways as before. You handle certain parts of the Exam consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes. While you're closer to a 690+ than you probably realize, you will have to make some fundamental changes to how you deal with GMAT to get to that level (so it will take more than just a few "tips"). It's also possible that you've gotten "stuck" at your current level (around a 650) and it might take some concerted effort to get 'unstuck.'

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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18 Aug 2017, 16:14
I think you've got a good score.
Perhaps a continuous practice, since you already have the base in Place in verbal and quant. Just practice and understanding where did you go wrong and learn those concepts second nature will help.

I am also going to take next month since my verbal lacks as i am not a native speaker.
Quant, i was also working very hard to improve it to 48, i hope i repeat to either 48 or even 49, 50.

All the best.
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18 Aug 2017, 21:01
EMPOWERgmatRichC: Hi Rich, Thanks for the comment.I feel that I can improve my quant score to 48 and verbal score to 36.But I am not sure.Yesterday, during the test, for some unknown reason I was consistently getting easy questions in quant up to question number 20.(Simple questions involving basic simplification, equation solving, Number problems) questions types that I have already practiced. I even rechecked all my answers before marking up to Q 20 in Quant.I had to guess in 4-5 questions.
And for verbal, I always thought I was strong in SC and CR but could not complete the section and had to guess on the last 3 questions. I also faced similar issues in all my gmat preps, I was not able to finish the section in any of the prep tests.

I am re-attempting the exam again next month.Can you suggest some tips to boost my score to 680-690. I have not decided on Business Schools to apply but I am primarily interested in schools in India and Singapore .

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19 Aug 2017, 11:26
Hi DH99,

It's important to note that just because you think a question is 'easy' does not necessarily mean that that question is "low level." Since the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, with the proper studies (and a decent memory), you'll find that almost everything that you face on the Official GMAT will remind you of questions that you've already answered and work that you've already done. That having been said, trying to define the 'level' that you are at at any particular point in the GMAT is a waste of your time (so you shouldn't try to do it). The pacing issue that you describe in the Quant section is at least partially due to the fact that you felt compelled to double-check your work on at least half of the questions. Were you prone to making lots of little mistakes on your recent practice CATs? If that was the case, then you now know what you need to work on to score higher: taking proper notes, doing all of the necessary work on the pad (and not "in your head") and labeling your work.

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19 Aug 2017, 13:46
EMPOWERgmatRichC: Hi Rich, Yes, I was doing quite a lot silly mistakes in my gmat preps during the middle section and in the last questions,where I almost always run out of time.
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20 Aug 2017, 11:55
Hi DH99,

A Q46 implies that you did really well on most of the "math" questions that you faced, but you would have missed out on LOTS of 'strategy-based' points. Thus, the next phase of your studies should probably focus a bit more on Quant Tactics, pattern-matching, etc. Beyond those points, you also have the potential to pick up some points in the Verbal section, so you shouldn't spend all of your time on the Quant.

1) Have you scheduled your next GMAT yet?
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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21 Aug 2017, 09:37
Hi Rich,

1) Have you scheduled your next GMAT yet? Yes, Sept 6th
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week? 5 to 6 hours
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21 Aug 2017, 15:38
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Hi DH99,

Your next Test Date is a little over 2 weeks away. From what you've stated, you don't plan to study much more than about 10-15 hours during that time though. Does that include the time that you would spend taking and reviewing any practice CATs? I ask because while you're relatively close to your score goal right now, you haven't planned to study much more. If you've developed any 'bad habits' (that are currently keeping you from scoring higher), it will likely take longer to define those bad habits (and 'fix' them) than you've allotted.

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21 Aug 2017, 19:11
HI Rich,

Yes, that time includes the time that I would spend taking and reviewing practice CATs.I plan on giving many practice tests this time.(8 or9) Including Gmatprep 3 and 4. Do u think I should postpone my test date to give myself more time to study.

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21 Aug 2017, 22:56
Hi DH99,

A CAT is really a 'measuring device' - when used correctly, it will give you a realistic score and help define your strengths and weaknesses, but it will NOT help you to fix any of those weaknesses. To raise your scores, you have to put in the necessary practice and repetitions. The CAT will show you whether your studies are helping you to improve or not. As such, you really shouldn't take more than 1 FULL CAT per week. By extension, your plan to take "8 or 9" CATs in the next 2 weeks is NOT a good idea.

Your 2 GMAT scores are so similar that unless you've made some significant changes to how you handle the Exam, I suspect that you will continue to score in the mid-600s. Until we can properly define WHY you're currently scoring at this level, and make the necessary improvements to how you handle the Quant and/or Verbal sections, I think that you will probably need more study time than the 2 weeks that you have left (so you should consider pushing back your Test Date). That choice is ultimately up to you though. If you score in the 640-660 range again, will you retest?

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