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New post 21 Sep 2017, 20:05
Hi all,

I'm asking for your advice on how best to boost my quant score.

What I've done:
- Read all of the MGMAT books
- Created index cards as I read those books that I can study
- Started doing all of the practice problems that you can download on the GMAT site (i.e. the pack with ~300 questions)
- Had an error log to track what I got wrong / why

I've also done 4 practice tests. I scored consistently in the 70-75th percentile for Quant on the practice tests, but then on actual test day, I scored in the ~45th percentile. As you can imagine this took a big hit to my score (my verbal has been pretty solid)

My goal is to get above 740, which is doable with my Verbal. I just need to get my Quant up a lot. I'm willing to work hard at it, but would appreciate targeted pointers on where to focus my efforts. My next test is in ~3 weeks

Thanks in advance!

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New post 21 Sep 2017, 21:41
Hi therussian203,

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)?
4) How did you score on the Official GMAT (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)? Was this the only time you took the Official GMAT?

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5) What is your exact Test Date?
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7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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New post 23 Sep 2017, 01:04
therussian203 wrote:
Hi all,

I'm asking for your advice on how best to boost my quant score.

What I've done:
- Read all of the MGMAT books
- Created index cards as I read those books that I can study
- Started doing all of the practice problems that you can download on the GMAT site (i.e. the pack with ~300 questions)
- Had an error log to track what I got wrong / why

I've also done 4 practice tests. I scored consistently in the 70-75th percentile for Quant on the practice tests, but then on actual test day, I scored in the ~45th percentile. As you can imagine this took a big hit to my score (my verbal has been pretty solid)

My goal is to get above 740, which is doable with my Verbal. I just need to get my Quant up a lot. I'm willing to work hard at it, but would appreciate targeted pointers on where to focus my efforts. My next test is in ~3 weeks

Thanks in advance!


Hi therussian203,

Advice for now as GMAT is 3 weeks away:

If you're aware of the weak areas then learn the concepts and practice questions.
Also practice questions from the areas which you think areas strong/medium.
If you are particularly not doing good in DS then do official questions with one approach.
If you took time on a question and got that right then look for the better approach. See Bunuel's solution for that question on GMATClub.
This master directory has the links for all the OG questions : https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmac-official-guides-the-master-directory-links-all-you-need-228566.html
Do not only focus on tough questions. Try to do tricky questions and medium level questions as well.
Score is more impacted by doing a medium level question wrong than a high difficulty level question.

General Advice:

Practicing quality questions, Reviewing them, taking CAT on right interval and reviewing those CATs helps improve the score.

Use all the questions from Official sources out there. but try to learn more than just doing questions.

GMATclub CATs/quizzes has quality questions, GMAT like user interface and Brilliant Analytics. You can practice topics and create quizzes. After you're done with the practice for all the topics, take CATs.

Follow Bunuel on GMATclub and his solutions.

CATs:
Gmatclub CATs
MGMAT CATs
Official CATs

Have a look at this URL : https://gmatclub.com/tests-beta/?fl=menu

helpful posts :
https://gmatclub.com/forum/all-you-need-for-quant-140445.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/ultimate-gmat-quantitative-megathread-244512.html

Please followup if you have any question.
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New post 30 Sep 2017, 10:35
therussian203 wrote:
Hi all,

I'm asking for your advice on how best to boost my quant score.

What I've done:
- Read all of the MGMAT books
- Created index cards as I read those books that I can study
- Started doing all of the practice problems that you can download on the GMAT site (i.e. the pack with ~300 questions)
- Had an error log to track what I got wrong / why

I've also done 4 practice tests. I scored consistently in the 70-75th percentile for Quant on the practice tests, but then on actual test day, I scored in the ~45th percentile. As you can imagine this took a big hit to my score (my verbal has been pretty solid)

My goal is to get above 740, which is doable with my Verbal. I just need to get my Quant up a lot. I'm willing to work hard at it, but would appreciate targeted pointers on where to focus my efforts. My next test is in ~3 weeks

Thanks in advance!


As you have made error log, find out the areas you are weak in ...if this weakness is due to knowledge gap go back to your concepts and revise the segment after revision do practice of questions related to that concept, then take CATs know your result and review your mistakes

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therussian203 wrote:
Hi all,

I'm asking for your advice on how best to boost my quant score.

What I've done:
- Read all of the MGMAT books
- Created index cards as I read those books that I can study
- Started doing all of the practice problems that you can download on the GMAT site (i.e. the pack with ~300 questions)
- Had an error log to track what I got wrong / why

I've also done 4 practice tests. I scored consistently in the 70-75th percentile for Quant on the practice tests, but then on actual test day, I scored in the ~45th percentile. As you can imagine this took a big hit to my score (my verbal has been pretty solid)

My goal is to get above 740, which is doable with my Verbal. I just need to get my Quant up a lot. I'm willing to work hard at it, but would appreciate targeted pointers on where to focus my efforts. My next test is in ~3 weeks

Thanks in advance!


Hi therussian203,

You should dedicate around 2 months to prepare for GMAT. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for 2 months, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. You can try out Math Revolution to work on your Quant.

I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase the latest version of OG and the GMATPREP QP1 for some great additional practice.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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