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Hey guys,

So i took my third GMAT 5 days ago and didn't get the score i needed. I got 580 - 52% total. But my school of choice requires near 50% in every section of the exam. So i got v34 72% and q36 33% and IR 1 0%, don't know the AWA result but usually that one is easy and i get 5.0 in it. Anyway i'm thinking about retaking in a month, so i would like to know how to improve my quant to at least q45, that is 50%, right? And IR too. I have prepared with e-GMAT online, but my subscription has expired and their verbal section is good, but quant seems way too complicated and time-consuming. Also i have one more month of gmatclub questions, 20 quant CATs and 3 Verbal CATs left and 30 OG IR questions left. I already know all the concepts in quant well enough, but cannot always see the tricks or traps in questions. So i would like to know whether what i have left in terms of preparation material will be enough to imrove my skill? And what ideas can you spare for those who want to score q45?

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New post 02 May 2017, 07:56
Two things:

- Do you have the Official Guide to the GMAT? If you're struggling to do actual problems (particularly within a time limit), you need to do, and analyze, more actual problems! The OG is the best resource for that.
- Even though you know the math basics already, I'd strongly recommend picking up Foundations of GMAT Math (MPrep). I think almost everyone can benefit from working through this book. Even if you know all of the math material already, doing drill sets can get you to the point where all of the math itself is super fast and automatic, which gives you much more time to think about the wording of the problems themselves.
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Hi stan3544,

Raising a Q36 to a Q45 will take some considerable work. A Q36 means that you made lots of little mistakes throughout the Quant section (meaning you either don't know the content well-enough and/or you're prone to making little mistakes as you work through Quant questions). In addition, you would have missed out on LOTS of 'strategy-based' points. The amount of study time that will be required for you to consistently score at that higher level depends a great deal on how 'flexible' a thinker you are. You're going to have to change how you 'see' (and respond to) the Quant section, but if you continue to answer questions using the same approaches that you used before, then you will likely continue to score at your current level.

1) What are the application deadlines for this Program?
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi stan3544,

Raising a Q36 to a Q45 will take some considerable work. A Q36 means that you made lots of little mistakes throughout the Quant section (meaning you either don't know the content well-enough and/or you're prone to making little mistakes as you work through Quant questions). In addition, you would have missed out on LOTS of 'strategy-based' points. The amount of study time that will be required for you to consistently score at that higher level depends a great deal on how 'flexible' a thinker you are. You're going to have to change how you 'see' (and respond to) the Quant section, but if you continue to answer questions using the same approaches that you used before, then you will likely continue to score at your current level.

1) What are the application deadlines for this Program?
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
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Hi Rich,

It's true that i am prone to small mistakes in quant and when i take too long to solve a problem i nag myself for overthinking things and not thinking in a simpler way, or not seeing obvious solutions. So i don't know how i can change my way of thinking, probably i need to practice more. Although i've gone through gmat prep questions( question pack 1 as well) and OG questions (OG questions twice) and some of gmatclub CAT's.
The deadline for my application is June 15. And i am working part-time now, can spend 30 or a bit more hours a week.
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Hi stan3544,

A June 15th application deadline gives you up to 6 weeks of additional study time - and you could potentially improve a great deal if you study in an efficient fashion.

1) How did you score on your last practice CAT before this recent GMAT (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)?

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New post 03 May 2017, 02:49
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi stan3544,

A June 15th application deadline gives you up to 6 weeks of additional study time - and you could potentially improve a great deal if you study in an efficient fashion.

1) How did you score on your last practice CAT before this recent GMAT (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)?

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Hi Rich,

My last quant CAT was q39 and verbal v43, but the thing is that both CATs were not timed, i took them in a practice mode, reading an answer explanation after each question, trying to learn new approaches and tricks. Although i was trying to pace myself. I guess that's my problem, i've not spent much time practicing in a timed manner, because i took too much time understanding the concepts and memorizing the formulas. I wasn't any good in math at school, that's probably why i had to learn all the school program in 6 month, that they usually teach you for 6 years.
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New post 03 May 2017, 11:01
Hi stan3544,

Since the Program that you're interested in appears to have minimal score requirements in each of the sections of the GMAT, taking an isolated, un-timed section is not a realistic way to measure your skills. As such, when you take practice CATs in the future, you must take them in a realistic fashion (take the FULL CAT - with the Essay and IR sections, take it away from your home, at the same time of day as when you'll take the Official GMAT, etc.).

Based on everything that you've described, I think that you would find the EMPOWERgmat Quant Score Booster to be quite helpful. Most of our clients complete that Study Plan in under a month, so with your available time you can pace yourself without having to rush. We have a variety of free resources on our site (www.empowergmat.com), so you can 'test out' the Course before setting up an account.

If you have any additional questions, then you can feel free to contact me directly.

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