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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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Hi quanghai

If you think the concepts need revision, then that's the first thing you should do!
The first step before taking on questions is to master the concepts(at least when
it comes to Quant)

There are a few links which should aid your preparation for Quant
(The first two links help with concepts and the last 2 links are for practice only)

1.GMATClub Quantitative Mega-Thread
2.ALL YOU NEED FOR QUANT ! ! !
3.PS Directory by Topic and Difficulty
4.DS Directory by Topic and Difficulty

Additionally, you could alternate between Quant and Verbal preparation and
revise the concepts daily(which you have a weak grasp on) from time to time
until they are crystal clear and you don't face any issues due to them.

Hope this helps you!
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Im keen to hear suggestions here too!
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quanghai 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,

I would like to tell you that everyone from the GC community will suggest you to revise things in 3 days or at least on the weekend. It doesn't matter how much you study. The only thing that matters is how much you retain in mind, and that will decide your progress. GMAT is a test that needs dedication with good habits - habits such as revising time to time, reviewing your practice tests and mark down your weak and strong areas, maintaining error and learning logs etc. Make a disciplined effort to track your progress. 750 is quite a high target score, but you have enough time to reach there. Also work on timing strategies from here:https://gmatclub.com/forum/timing-strategies-on-the-gmat-206035.html?fl=menu

IMO Magoosh and EmpowerGMAT both are quite good and reasonable. GMAT Club quant tests and quizzes are great. You can use them for free on 14th and 15 April, 2018. You can also opt for e-gmat for Verbal especially.

GMAT pattern has changed, so keep an eye on that.

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Hi quanghai,

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your 2 CAT score results show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 620 +/- a few points). Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so it's not surprising that these early scores would be so similar to one another - and there's a reasonable chance that you'll naturally improve over time. Since you're not planning to take the GMAT until July, you have plenty of time to study and improve - which is good. That having been said, to hit 750+, you're going to have to make big improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. You would also likely find it beneficial to invest in a GMAT Course of some type (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led), so you should plan to look into the available options.

Early last week, GMAC made a formal announcement defining some changes that will be taking place to the format of the Official GMAT (beginning April 16, 2018). These changes primarily impact the overall length of the Exam (meaning the number of questions in the Quant and Verbal sections as well as the amount of time that you’ll have to complete each of those two sections). In theory, a shorter Exam could make it easier for a well-prepared Test Taker to score higher. Unfortunately, Official practice CATs in the new 'format' don't exist yet - but once they become available, you should plan to take one (so that we can get a better sense of how you perform under these new conditions).

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 your timeline and your goals:

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
3) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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