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Nervousness on Quant Section; Need Advice

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New post 01 Jul 2017, 12:59
Hi everyone!

I started prepping about one month ago, about 4-5 hours each day. I am using the MGMAT guides for concepts and the OG for questions alongside. My first diagnostic score via GMATPrep Test 1 was 610 (35V, 39Q). As someone who is not strong in quant, I decided to tackle that portion first. I spent two weeks going through the MGMAT quant books and doing all the questions in OG. Then, I did a Manhattan CAT (Quant portion only) and got 41, so the improvement is small but still there. A couple days later, I did the GMATClub Quant test and got a 44. I was satisfied with the improvement, so I decided to start focusing on Verbal.

After a week of practicing Sentence Correction through MGMAT books and OG, I did a full Manhattan CAT and got 620 (36V, 39Q). I think that my low score in Quant was due to me not remembering some concepts that were fresh in my mind last week. Not remembering then led me to be anxious and panic, and therefore miss more questions.

I still have two Verbal books to go through for MGMAT, and I am generally calm while doing verbal, so I am not too concerned about my progress there.
However, I am writing the test at the end of July, and I am aiming for 750. I am not sure how to permanently improve my Quant section so I feel confident about the topics going into the exam. Timing is not an issue, its more the nervousness and anxiousness which I think is a product of weak grasp of concepts.

Some people use Magoosh or EmpowerGMAT when they've hit a rock while using books, but I am not sure if this would help.

If anyone has faced a similar issue or has any idea on how I should spend the next three weeks, I would greatly appreciate it!


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The Quantitative section in Manhattan is slightly on the tougher side.
Last time I wrote a Manhattan Mock, I got around 30 questions(in the 700-800 level)
This will never happen on the original GMAT/GMATPrep tests.
So If I were you, I wouldn't get too bogged down by the score.

That being said, IMO the best way to prepare for the GMAT is by paying equal attention
to both the sections(Quant and Verbal) on a daily basis. If you are having problem
remembering the concepts, just keep working on a concept(of a specific topic) each day of the week,
so you never completely forget any topic. Once you are comfortable with the concepts,
dedicate that time to solving questions in the specific topics.

Hope that helps you in some way.
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Hi Hellohello12,

Unfortunately, taking an individual section of a practice CAT does not properly assess your overall skills relative to how you might perform on Test Day (since an individual Quant section is only 75 minutes while you'll spend around 4 hours completing the full GMAT. Assuming that you took those 2 CATs in a realistic fashion, those two scores show that you essentially performed in the exact same way both times (even though you've been studying for a month). While 3rd party CATs won't be an exact math for what you'll face on Test Day, the MGMAT CATs are 'close enough' to the real thing that they'll provide reasonably accurate results (when used correctly). As such, your current skill level is almost certainly in the low-600s. Raising that to a 750+ will take considerable work - and you'll have to make big improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. All of that work will likely take another 2-3 months of consistent, guided study, so you might want to consider pushing back your Test Date.

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Hellohello12 wrote:
Hi everyone!

I started prepping about one month ago, about 4-5 hours each day. I am using the MGMAT guides for concepts and the OG for questions alongside. My first diagnostic score via GMATPrep Test 1 was 610 (35V, 39Q). As someone who is not strong in quant, I decided to tackle that portion first. I spent two weeks going through the MGMAT quant books and doing all the questions in OG. Then, I did a Manhattan CAT (Quant portion only) and got 41, so the improvement is small but still there. A couple days later, I did the GMATClub Quant test and got a 44. I was satisfied with the improvement, so I decided to start focusing on Verbal.

After a week of practicing Sentence Correction through MGMAT books and OG, I did a full Manhattan CAT and got 620 (36V, 39Q). I think that my low score in Quant was due to me not remembering some concepts that were fresh in my mind last week. Not remembering then led me to be anxious and panic, and therefore miss more questions.

I still have two Verbal books to go through for MGMAT, and I am generally calm while doing verbal, so I am not too concerned about my progress there.
However, I am writing the test at the end of July, and I am aiming for 750. I am not sure how to permanently improve my Quant section so I feel confident about the topics going into the exam. Timing is not an issue, its more the nervousness and anxiousness which I think is a product of weak grasp of concepts.

Some people use Magoosh or EmpowerGMAT when they've hit a rock while using books, but I am not sure if this would help.

If anyone has faced a similar issue or has any idea on how I should spend the next three weeks, I would greatly appreciate it!


Cheers :)


Hi Hellohello12,

Did you review the test. Did you make an error log. After each CAT, doing a thorough review of all the questions and making error log in very important. Checking what are the questions in Quant you got incorrect will help you figure out is it concept issue or silly mistakes etc. Making error log would help you to figure out what are the mistakes you are doing and what concepts you need to work on.

Hope it helps. Good luck
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