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Serious: How to improve from 760 to 790+

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Hello,

I recently took the GMAT and got a 760: Q49 V45 IR6 AWA4. I know retaking sounds insane, but I truly feel that I did not do my best.

95% of my studying went into Quant. I always scored a Q49 on practice tests, never more, never less. How would you recommend improving to 50/51? I just seem stuck :(. Not once did I hit Q50.

5% of studying went into practicing random Verbal questions. Verbal is my natural strength, but other than repetitive studying with questions, I'm not sure how to study for improvement..? Anybody with experience improving to V48+?

ANY help would be appreciated!!!

Originally posted by Neo94 on 13 Dec 2018, 06:23.
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Kill me :lol:

Guys with 760+ usually won't be here reading you post.

Congratulations,
and remember that GMAT is merely a tool for higher aspiration, not an objective.

I am a newbie, started studying 45 days ago,
if you have advice for guys like me, we will be here all the time.
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First off, great job with the 760!! So, to improve from a Q49 to a Q50+, you have to go through GMAT quant carefully to find your exact weaknesses, fill gaps in your knowledge, and strengthen your skills. The overall process will be to learn all about how to answer question types with which you currently aren't very comfortable and do dozens of practice questions category by category, basically driving up your score point by point.

For example, if you find that you are not strong in answering Number Properties questions, then carefully review the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions and practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties: LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, remainders, etc. When you are working on learning to answer questions of a particular type, start off taking your time, and then seek to speed up as you get more comfortable answering questions of that type. As you do such practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not properly apply the remainder formula? Was there a concept you did not understand in the question? By carefully analyzing your mistakes, you will be able to efficiently fix your weaknesses and in turn improve your GMAT quant skills. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

Each time you strengthen your understanding of a topic and your skill in answering questions of a particular type, you increase your odds of hitting your score goal. You know that there are types of questions that you are happy to see and types that you would rather not see, and types of questions that you take a long time to answer correctly. Learn to more effectively answer the types of questions that you would rather not see, and make them into your favorite types. Learn to correctly answer in two minutes or less questions that you currently take five minutes to answer. By finding, say, a dozen weaker quant areas and turning them into strong areas, you will make great progress toward hitting your quant score goal. If a dozen areas turn out not to be enough, strengthen some more areas.

So, work on accuracy and generally finding correct answers, work on specific weaker areas one by one to make them strong areas, and when you take a practice GMAT or the real thing, take all the time per question available to do your absolute best to get right answers consistently. The GMAT is essentially a game of seeing how many right answers you can get in the time allotted. Approach the test with that conception in mind, and focus intently on the question in front of you with one goal in mind: getting a CORRECT answer.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new quant materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant courses.

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New post 17 Dec 2018, 00:22
Hi, Neo94

Firstly I want to say that you should be proud of your score!
You don't need to retake the exam to apply for top schools. If you still want to challenge yourself to hit Q51, here are tips for you.
Q49-50 is also a challenge but achievable but Q51 is another level of quant skill and also requires luck. The hardest DS questions determine a score of Q51. These questions are very time consuming and still hard to get them correct, if you solve them in conventional ways. In our course, these questions are so called "CMT 3,4 (common mistake type). You will be able to practice lots of these CMT 3,4 types of questions determining Q49-51. We teach these questions and their solutions in our own unique, easy ways to find answers in 2 min, not 5-7 min in conventional ways.
Also, refer to this article featured in GMAT Club "How to Achieve Q51" : https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-ultimate ... 09801.html

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Mahmoudfawzy83 wrote:
Kill me :lol:

Guys with 760+ usually won't be here reading you post.

Congratulations,
and remember that GMAT is merely a tool for higher aspiration, not an objective.

I am a newbie, started studying 45 days ago,
if you have advice for guys like me, we will be here all the time.


Hi,

I completely agree. It's just that gnawing feeling in the back of my mind that tells me that I can improve on a Q49 and a V45. Maybe the marginal benefit is debatable, but given my personality, circumstances, and target schools, I believe a retake is worth it.

As for how I studied, I basically refreshed all math concepts since I had pretty much forgotten about Geometry, Probability, etc. Then I just worked on a lot of practice. I always timed myself to replicate the real thing. I would often simulate practice tests online. To be honest, I feel like much time was wasted since I essentially spent 6 weeks studying for math and saw no change in my Q49...
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