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# Q50 to Q51

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24 Mar 2012, 23:31
I have been consistently scoring Q50 on both Manhattan Prep Tests and GMAT Prep Tests.
Although I am happy with this score, I would like to hit a Q51 . (I think this will add a +20 to my overall GMAT score)
Any specific strategies to go from Q50 to Q51?

1. I get around 5-7 questions wrong on an average.
2. Timing is just perfect. I finish Quant section with 10-20 s to spare.
3. I have identified some areas which need a bit more polishing.
4. Planning to take all the GMAT Club Quant Tests.
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25 Mar 2012, 04:32
You may like to check out this post, which has some great tips by instructor of veritas
the-final-climb-quest-for-q-50-from-q47-129441.html
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29 Mar 2012, 14:28
You certainly have the ability to reach Q51 at that stage, so the difference might come down to strategy and timing. Do you notice any patterns or consistencies with the questions that you answer incorrectly? For example:

• Specific types of problems (geometry, combinatorics, etc.)
• Rushed, particularly toward the end.
• Guess vs. "staying the course"
• Luck

The first and third are related. Maybe anxiety gets a hold of you on certain questions or toward the end. In that case, you just need to take a deep breath and maintain composure. But with only a few seconds to go, I suspect something is going on there.

About guessing: do you ever guess on a difficult question or toward the end? Or do you always solve the problem, no matter how long it takes?

If you notice a specific pattern, then it's fairly straightforward what to do: focus on that problem! If it's probability, then put extra work into that. If you make a lot of silly math errors, then focus or mental energy is the problem.

And then there's "luck." Sometimes you will get some questions that just click, no matter the difficulty level, while other questions just don't feel right.
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29 Mar 2012, 14:56
Just as a quick idea, instead of spending your time improving from Q50 to Q51, you might consider spending time improving verbal. The verbal side of your score will really help drive your overall score. Much more than a jump from Q50 to Q51 will. If you are able to push your verbal from a V36 to a V50, it would be the difference between a 700 and a 790. Just a few extra scaled points in verbal can boost your overall score significantly! With what seems to be a Q49 or 50 in the bag for you, it might be time to boost your overall score by improving verbal.

If your verbal is already V38 or above, then forget it, and just get those points wherever you can!

(These are approximations)
Q51 + V51 = 800 score
Q50 + V50 = 790
Q50 + V40 = 730-750
Q50 + V34 = 700
Q47 + V41 = 700-720

So before you work extremely hard to boost your score 1 scaled point, it might be better to bring up that verbal and push your overall score into the stratosphere
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