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Need pointers to Move Q42/43 - Q50/51

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I need help regarding what problems should I practice to increase Q score. Either I run out of time when I apply 1st 10 questions strategy or get silly error when I apply strict time limits.. My weakness is not able to find shortcuts quickly.. I've been practicing 10 set a day from OG 12 and Q 2nd Edition but would appreciate any further references to problem sets that will help improve my score.. I've Quantitative background which is somewhat seems to be hindrance since my 1st approach seems to be looking for algebra and by the time I switch to 2nd approach (smart numbers, back solving) I almost run out of time.. I also like pointers to unwind some of algebra approach..

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I need help regarding what problems should I practice to increase Q score. Either I run out of time when I apply 1st 10 questions strategy or get silly error when I apply strict time limits.. My weakness is not able to find shortcuts quickly.. I've been practicing 10 set a day from OG 12 and Q 2nd Edition but would appreciate any further references to problem sets that will help improve my score.. I've Quantitative background which is somewhat seems to be hindrance since my 1st approach seems to be looking for algebra and by the time I switch to 2nd approach (smart numbers, back solving) I almost run out of time.. I also like pointers to unwind some of algebra approach..

Hi,

Conc more on first 10 and lat 10 questions.. by more i do not mean more than 20mins in each section.
If after 1.5mins you think that you cannot solve the question in next 1min then guess and move on else stick to it.

Regarding approach:
Almost ALL the problems can be solved using algebra (so stick to it if you are really confident)
For some odd problems you need choosing smart numbers (but those problems will be rare i guess)

Regarding problems:
you can get a good number of quality problems discussed in gmatclub.
You can find the topic wise tag link in my signature.

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Thanks @nKit for the pointers.
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Thanks @nKit for the pointers.
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I need help regarding what problems should I practice to increase Q score. Either I run out of time when I apply 1st 10 questions strategy or get silly error when I apply strict time limits.. My weakness is not able to find shortcuts quickly.. I've been practicing 10 set a day from OG 12 and Q 2nd Edition but would appreciate any further references to problem sets that will help improve my score.. I've Quantitative background which is somewhat seems to be hindrance since my 1st approach seems to be looking for algebra and by the time I switch to 2nd approach (smart numbers, back solving) I almost run out of time.. I also like pointers to unwind some of algebra approach..


Since you already have a Quant background and are looking for more intuitive/logical (read faster) methods of solving questions, I would advise you to check out my blog. It is meant for people like you - who have their concepts worked out but are looking for speed, accuracy and cultivating a sense of logic.

This is the link to page 3 of my blog: http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/categor ... om/page/3/
Start with the last post (oldest) and move upwards to maintain the chronology (subsequent posts are often based on previous posts).
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Thanks Karishma. I've been readying quarter wisdom and quarter wit.. very good articles.
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I need help regarding what problems should I practice to increase Q score. Either I run out of time when I apply 1st 10 questions strategy or get silly error when I apply strict time limits.. My weakness is not able to find shortcuts quickly.. I've been practicing 10 set a day from OG 12 and Q 2nd Edition but would appreciate any further references to problem sets that will help improve my score.. I've Quantitative background which is somewhat seems to be hindrance since my 1st approach seems to be looking for algebra and by the time I switch to 2nd approach (smart numbers, back solving) I almost run out of time.. I also like pointers to unwind some of algebra approach..


Hi nt2010, I agree you will get pearls of wisdom from quarter wit quarter wisdom, but every question you see is an opportunity to improve your quant skills. To elaborate, I believe the greatest advantage you can have in quant is to be able to solve questions in different ways, because one trick wonders often come up against brick walls. Almost every question can be solved in multiple ways, but they'll all bring you to the right answer. Consider basic algebra:

x + y = 5
2x - y = 1

With these two equations, you can solve for the values of x and y through substitution method algebra (replace "x" by "5-y"), elimination method algebra for x (add the two equations), elimination method algebra for y (multiply the first equation by 2 and then subtract the two equations) or back solving using answer choices (x=2 and y=3), or even other concepts.

By being able to solve questions from multiple angles, you will begin to see exactly how the questions are formulated, and what the exam is really testing . The more flexible you are on these problems, the more your score will go up. Especially if you're aiming for 50+ on Quant, you want to be able to see the question from all angles to unlock the best strategy to utilize. Ideally, you should become Neo from the Matrix!!

Hope this helps!
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Thanks Ron for the input. I hear what you're saying. I realized my weakness is lack of steady every day practice and not thinking through alternatives..
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