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No Improvement in Quant After 20 GMATCLUB Tests :(

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New post 24 Jan 2016, 18:12
Hi Everyone!

I'm a little discouraged that after taking nearly 20 GMATCLUB quant tests (almost all timed) and diligently reviewing each and everyone my quant score didn't improve. More importantly I suppose, I have only 3 weeks left until the big exam day, what should I focus on to maximize my review in the few remaining weeks?

GMAT Prep 1 (Nov 1, 2015) - 710 (49, 36)
- Didn't do IR
- Purchased GMATCLUB tests around this time and started focusing solely on Quant

GMAT Prep 2 (Jan 24, 2015) - 750 (49, 44)
- Did IR, but it's the same exact set of questions as the GMAT Prep practice questions lol so it was hardly a challenge
- The funny thing is I only spent 3 days during this time reviewing verbal and there is such a huge jump in score, yet after almost 3 months of quant prep there is no improvement at all. Frankly I'm really confused and worried that on the real exam date my score will somehow fluctuate wildly

Please help - insights on this and tips on final preparation highly appreciated! I'm targeting a 760-780 (I know it's higher than needed, but it's been an important goal, so please don't try to convince me otherwise).

Thank you!
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happyface101 wrote:
Hi Everyone!

I'm a little discouraged that after taking nearly 20 GMATCLUB quant tests (almost all timed) and diligently reviewing each and everyone my quant score didn't improve. More importantly I suppose, I have only 3 weeks left until the big exam day, what should I focus on to maximize my review in the few remaining weeks?

GMAT Prep 1 (Nov 1, 2015) - 710 (49, 36)
- Didn't do IR
- Purchased GMATCLUB tests around this time and started focusing solely on Quant

GMAT Prep 2 (Jan 24, 2015) - 750 (49, 44)
- Did IR, but it's the same exact set of questions as the GMAT Prep practice questions lol so it was hardly a challenge
- The funny thing is I only spent 3 days during this time reviewing verbal and there is such a huge jump in score, yet after almost 3 months of quant prep there is no improvement at all. Frankly I'm really confused and worried that on the real exam date my score will somehow fluctuate wildly

Please help - insights on this and tips on final preparation highly appreciated! I'm targeting a 760-780 (I know it's higher than needed, but it's been an important goal, so please don't try to convince me otherwise).

Thank you!


You are consistently hitting Q49, which is a great score and there is a very little difference between a higher score and yours.
There are just two better scores that you can have 50 and 51.
To score on such a high level, you need to minimise your mistakes and build your score initially.

Make sure you pay attention to the initial 10 questions, so that you build your score.
Also, in the next CAT, do take it with the AWA and the IR. The initial two sections take a toll on your mind and you get a bit tired after that.
Mimicking exact test conditions will prepare you for the test. You can buy two additional tests "Exam Pack 1" from mba.com

When do you plan to take the GMAT?
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happyface101 wrote:
Hi Everyone!

I'm a little discouraged that after taking nearly 20 GMATCLUB quant tests (almost all timed) and diligently reviewing each and everyone my quant score didn't improve. More importantly I suppose, I have only 3 weeks left until the big exam day, what should I focus on to maximize my review in the few remaining weeks?

GMAT Prep 1 (Nov 1, 2015) - 710 (49, 36)
- Didn't do IR
- Purchased GMATCLUB tests around this time and started focusing solely on Quant

GMAT Prep 2 (Jan 24, 2015) - 750 (49, 44)
- Did IR, but it's the same exact set of questions as the GMAT Prep practice questions lol so it was hardly a challenge
- The funny thing is I only spent 3 days during this time reviewing verbal and there is such a huge jump in score, yet after almost 3 months of quant prep there is no improvement at all. Frankly I'm really confused and worried that on the real exam date my score will somehow fluctuate wildly

Please help - insights on this and tips on final preparation highly appreciated! I'm targeting a 760-780 (I know it's higher than needed, but it's been an important goal, so please don't try to convince me otherwise).

Thank you!


You are consistently hitting Q49, which is a great score and there is a very little difference between a higher score and yours.
There are just two better scores that you can have 50 and 51.
To score on such a high level, you need to minimise your mistakes and build your score initially.

Make sure you pay attention to the initial 10 questions, so that you build your score.
Also, in the next CAT, do take it with the AWA and the IR. The initial two sections take a toll on your mind and you get a bit tired after that.
Mimicking exact test conditions will prepare you for the test. You can buy two additional tests "Exam Pack 1" from mba.com

When do you plan to take the GMAT?


Thanks Janielle - I'm planning on taking 3 weeks from now.
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Hi happyface101,

Are these two CATs the ONLY CATs that you've taken during your studies? The GMAT is a rather specific 'event', which you can train for, but you have to make sure that the 'details' of how you take your CATs 'match up' with the details of your Official Test Day.

When you took your CATs:
1) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT (including the Essay and IR sections)?
2) Did you take them at home?
3) Did you take them at the same time of day as your Official GMAT?
4) Did you ever do ANYTHING during your CATs that you couldn't do on Test Day (pause the CAT, skip sections, take longer breaks, etc.)?
5) Did you ever take a CAT more than once?

From what you've described, the V44 seems 'surprising', so you should plan to take at least another 1-3 FULL-LENGTH CATs before your Test Date (to make sure that your skills are consistently sharp across all sections). To hit your goal score, you'll have to score at a really high level in BOTH the Quant and Verbal section. To squeeze out any additional points in the Quant section, you'll really have to 'nitpick' the questions that you're getting wrong and define WHY you're getting them wrong.

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