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Dear Members

My first GMAT attempt was yesterday and i struggled on managing the time particularly on the Quant sec, (missed out on the last 2 questions). I have already attempted all 6 gmat official prep tests twice. Due to certain constraints my next attempt scheduled in less than 3 weeks, what is the best way to work on the timing? Should i purchase mock tests from Manhattan / Veritas / Kaplan? What is the recommended mock test set after official tests.
Someone recommended expertsglobal . Can someone advise on how to proceed?
Without Mocks how do I efficiently look to improve on the timing?

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New post 22 Nov 2019, 21:18
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This is the time where you must go through the basic fundamentals and flashcards once again. If you can purchase, then you can do so by any one from Manhattan / Veritas / Kaplan / Expert global. Any one will be fine to use. The focus is to complete both the sections and do your best. Also, you should skip the questions which are hard, strange and questions which you cannot solve within 3 minutes. Unfortunately, you need to give mocks to improve timing and practice in an environment like an official one.

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Dear Members

My first GMAT attempt was yesterday and i struggled on managing the time particularly on the Quant sec, (missed out on the last 2 questions). I have already attempted all 6 gmat official prep tests twice. Due to certain constraints my next attempt scheduled in less than 3 weeks, what is the best way to work on the timing? Should i purchase mock tests from Manhattan / Veritas / Kaplan? What is the recommended mock test set after official tests.
Someone recommended expertsglobal . Can someone advise on how to proceed?
Without Mocks how do I efficiently look to improve on the timing?

Thanks In Advance

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Hi Sam10smart, unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer to your question. It could be that you just need to fix your time management & decision making (which questions to skip), but generally speaking these are not skills that one can develop in a week. Usually, this skill comes during practice when you solve a significant amount of questions. While solving questions and covering concepts, you develop an internal database of common questions types and, assuming your fundamentals are solid, you gradually become better at solving questions that are twisted (use strange or unfamiliar wording).

My recommendation is to focus on fundamentals. Also, try to find a question categorizer for OG (I am sure you can find something from Manhattan or other courses), and go topic by topic. For instance, go through all ratios and percents questions, then go through Word Problems, then through Algebra, and so on. If you notice that you miss a significant amount of questions of a certain type, say ratios & percents, then you will likely need to study that topic in more detail. There are plenty of good materials out there. Many people recommend TTP course for Quant, so you may look for reviews.

Basically, the better you become at standard types of questions, the better your timing will be. And then, again, you should work on developing good decision making skills, i.e. when you see a new question, you must ask yourself (1) "do I know what subject is being tested?", (2) "do I know how to approach the question?", and (3), after you try to solve for about 30-45 seconds, "am I getting anywhere?". If you are not getting to an answer and feel like you are getting stuck, you should not continue. Guess and move on.

Have a look at this series of articles by Stacey Koprince, a Manhattanprep instructor.
https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/blog ... rt-1-of-3/
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Hi Sam10smart, unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer to your question. It could be that you just need to fix your time management & decision making (which questions to skip), but generally speaking these are not skills that one can develop in a week. Usually, this skill comes during practice when you solve a significant amount of questions. While solving questions and covering concepts, you develop an internal database of common questions types and, assuming your fundamentals are solid, you gradually become better at solving questions that are twisted (use strange or unfamiliar wording).

My recommendation is to focus on fundamentals. Also, try to find a question categorizer for OG (I am sure you can find something from Manhattan or other courses), and go topic by topic. For instance, go through all ratios and percents questions, then go through Word Problems, then through Algebra, and so on. If you notice that you miss a significant amount of questions of a certain type, say ratios & percents, then you will likely need to study that topic in more detail. There are plenty of good materials out there. Many people recommend TTP course for Quant, so you may look for reviews.

Basically, the better you become at standard types of questions, the better your timing will be. And then, again, you should work on developing good decision making skills, i.e. when you see a new question, you must ask yourself (1) "do I know what subject is being tested?", (2) "do I know how to approach the question?", and (3), after you try to solve for about 30-45 seconds, "am I getting anywhere?". If you are not getting to an answer and feel like you are getting stuck, you should not continue. Guess and move on.

Have a look at this series of articles by Stacey Koprince, a Manhattanprep instructor.
https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/blog ... rt-1-of-3/


Hey thanks a lot for your input. I agree i wasted 4.50-5 min on a P & C question . Had i moved on at the time, I would have finished the test.

So you do not recommend purchasing mocks from Manhattan/Veritas instead I should focus more on your what you advised above?

I thought to get a precise measurement of my performance under pressure, a ticking clock would help. ( as in mocks )

Last, whats a TTP course?

Thanks in advance

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This is the time where you must go through the basic fundamentals and flashcards once again. If you can purchase, then you can do so by any one from Manhattan / Veritas / Kaplan / Expert global. Any one will be fine to use. The focus is to complete both the sections and do your best. Also, you should skip the questions which are hard, strange and questions which you cannot solve within 3 minutes. Unfortunately, you need to give mocks to improve timing and practice in an environment like an official one.

Sam10smart wrote:
Dear Members

My first GMAT attempt was yesterday and i struggled on managing the time particularly on the Quant sec, (missed out on the last 2 questions). I have already attempted all 6 gmat official prep tests twice. Due to certain constraints my next attempt scheduled in less than 3 weeks, what is the best way to work on the timing? Should i purchase mock tests from Manhattan / Veritas / Kaplan? What is the recommended mock test set after official tests.
Someone recommended expertsglobal . Can someone advise on how to proceed?
Without Mocks how do I efficiently look to improve on the timing?

Thanks In Advance

Sambhav

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Hey thanks. I appreciate your response. Talking about mocks, i have had mixed reviews for all of them. Someone said Manhattan is tougher, Princeton is easier, and Veritas scores are not representative or close to GMAT algorithm.

If you were in my place, how will you chose between them?
A friend recently tried all 3-4 of them and recommended experts global.

So im a little confused.

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hey,

Can you please tell your sectional score and unofficial GMAT score??

What score you are expecting ??

I have a time-tracker, I will share to you.
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Can you please tell your sectional score and unofficial GMAT score??

What score you are expecting ??

I have a time-tracker, I will share to you.


Hi

I got a 620. 37V 38Q
My last 2 ques of quant were unattended.

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Can you please tell your sectional score and unofficial GMAT score??

What score you are expecting ??

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Sorry i forgot to ans in full.
I would be satisfied with anything above 660. My minimum threshold is 650.

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New post 23 Nov 2019, 09:56
Sam10smart it is hard to say exactly (without knowing details) what to recommend you. Diagnostic tests are only useful in two cases (1) when you begin your prep and want both to assess your baseline level and to see how you react to time pressure and (2) after you have studied for a while, covered fundamentals, and want to check the progress.

Unless you terribly run out of time or rushed through many (~ 5-10) questions in your latest test, your Quant score indicates that you need to work on fundamentals. Your verbal ability is pretty good, you may just want to analyze your verbal and see whether you can gain few extra points and get V39-40.

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Do not get satisfied with 650 ;)
I saw your sectional score and you are bit struggling with Quant. I would recommend 2 courses - Target Test Prep or Empowergmat to take if you want to increase your score above Q46... You have a chance to hit 700 as well. Obviously, 650 will be an easy task for you if you pay attention and go through the basic fundamentals of Quant.
What would I have done if I am in place of you - I would have gone through Basics fundamentals of Quant slowly (MUST). After every topic, I would have done 5-10 questions to check whether I have really understood them. You can take any 1 from - Manhattan (yes, people say its Quant is bit tough), Veritas or Expert Global. Remember, your goal is to maintain your pace and not making mistakes in easy/medium level questions. If there is hard question, SKIP it because you will loose time and you are not aiming for Q50-Q51. Utilize the time saved by skipping hard question on the easy/medium for double check. Silly mistakes hurt the most :)
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