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28 Sep 2005, 14:55
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Just a quick question and a bit off topic for this forum thread, but I was just wondering how hard you guys think the typical questions people post on this forum compared to how hard the question can get on the real test. IMHO, I think many of these questions, though fun and challenging, are sometimes too hard for what the GMAT is expecting even for those who get in the 50's for the quant. The questions are good to learn concepts and learn where to use it, but I somtimes think they may be a bit too hard for the real thing. Then again, I have not scored well on the real test, so what do I know. Just curious on what you guys think. Thanks.
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28 Sep 2005, 15:22
Most questions on here are more difficult than the actual, although still good practice for those seeking 49+. The remaining 25% are way beyond the scope of exam and are a waste of GMAT preparation time, IMHO.

Most would be better served staying away and doing OG questions exclusively mixed in with a few from GMATprep. I scored a 50 and don't have down quite a bit of the posted questions.

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28 Sep 2005, 16:53
I usually post questions which I couldnt do from some of the CATs, or ones that I took some time solving...so if the questions are posted by me, just take em for its worth...on the other hand on my real GMAT, I actually had some really, I mean really tough questions...which made some of tougher questions look simple....

so it can go both ways...I think its luck...to a great degree what kind of questions you run into....

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28 Sep 2005, 23:09
It depends on how much you really want to improve your quant skills.

I have done a lot of quant / math in the past, and I have seen questions here I didn't know how to do initially, or where someone else has submitted a neater solution, or shorter solution.

So I found it helpful to get my speed up and just see if there were any tricks that GMAT assumes that I didn't have fresh in my mind. I also found the public correction aspect helpful. If you make a mistake posting an answer here you will be caught out. At home it is easy to forget about silly mistakes quickly, here your mistake is still on view the next day.

I got 50 on the quant with 12 minutes to spare. I maybe added a mark or two and saved myself 5 minutes by posting here for a month.

If you are getting say 30-35 on practice tests and aiming for 40 then this forum is maybe less helpful as the level is too high / too random here.

With tests like this, some people try and beat the test without having the complete skill set. If you want to get a high mark - and do well at business school when you get there - you need to actually have the skills to do the questions. There is no point in getting a high mark you don't deserve.

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28 Sep 2005, 23:46
Perhaps my post wasn't clear. My point was that you shouldn't feel intimidated by the various questions that are offered here. The material is for the most part understood by the regulars, but you needn't be an expert in all areas. You still want to do some original thinking on the exam!

I feel the same as Richard, I put in a lot of GMAT quant preparation for probably a couple extra points. Most of the work was done years ago studying for various quantitative professional designations, and college exams, etc.

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