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# Stupid mistakes on GMAT

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29 Jun 2005, 06:08
Dear ALL!
I'm an international student planning to apply to the fall 2006. I've been preparing for GMAT for nearly 4 month. And I haven't stopped making STUPID mistakes in the Quant.section. Somebody calls them technical mistakes. How to reduce the number of such kind of mistakes? I am afraid, if I do such mistakes in practising mode, how many more I will do in real test.

P.S.: Today took Powerprep, made 9 mistakes out of 37. Most of the mistakes were in DS sec.. And they all are STUPID!

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02 Jul 2005, 21:41
Hi, Dilshod, it seems you have a concentration problem. That is if you actually can solve the question but you miss details under time pressure. That I think happens to everyone of us in some degree.

You should do some relaxation before answering questions. I also suggest some self-talk and positive thinking during relaxation. You will face the questions relaxed and concentrated.

Greetings.
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03 Jul 2005, 01:16
Dilshod wrote:
Dear ALL!
I'm an international student planning to apply to the fall 2006. I've been preparing for GMAT for nearly 4 month. And I haven't stopped making STUPID mistakes in the Quant.section. Somebody calls them technical mistakes. How to reduce the number of such kind of mistakes? I am afraid, if I do such mistakes in practising mode, how many more I will do in real test.

P.S.: Today took Powerprep, made 9 mistakes out of 37. Most of the mistakes were in DS sec.. And they all are STUPID!

Regards

GMAT math is all about stupid mistakes. When you stop making them, you get to Q48-50 (to 90-95%), when you actually learn to solve tricky problems well, you get to Q51 and above (99%).
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03 Jul 2005, 20:41
Thank you all,
But the thing is, that the questions I answered wrong didn't contained any difficult tricks. Just ordinary questions, but somehow I manage to answer them wrong.
P.S.^May be was cursed by GMAT?!:)
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05 Jul 2005, 14:29
Dilshod wrote:
Thank you all,
But the thing is, that the questions I answered wrong didn't contained any difficult tricks. Just ordinary questions, but somehow I manage to answer them wrong.
P.S.^May be was cursed by GMAT?!:)

I too was on the same boat in the very beginning. There is only one way to fight this i.e. learn the patterns of ur stupid mistakes e.g. a pattern can be - assuming that a variable X is an interger even if the DS doesn't say anything. Once u know ur patterns, then all u have to do is implement it as soon as u see a problem of similar kind and thinking "wait a sec, I know I make mistake here, so let's be careful". Try this and see how it helps ! Keep notes of all mistakes/patterns and review biweekly.
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06 Jul 2005, 06:40
Many thanks for replies.
Tried to concentrate harder, practiced self-talk and took several pills.
The result is
Kaplan 2003 - CAT 1 - 630(Q 49, V 28)
PR 2003 - CAT - 660(Q 50, V 30)
What will my actual GMAT score would be?
Kaplan questions seem to be more difficult, don't they?
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06 Jul 2005, 20:57
Dilshod wrote:
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Kaplan questions seem to be more difficult, don't they?

not for the math ...
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06 Jul 2005, 23:48
Agree on that. Kaplan Maths is quite a joke. The OG offers a better challenge in the quant section compared to Kaplan.
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07 Jul 2005, 00:11
Sure not for the Math. Look at my verbal section results.
Can I improve my verbal skills in 2-3 month? I want to jump at 40-45.
What are the most effective strategies? Don't advice practicing: the more I solve, the more I get wrong answers and the more become desperate.
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07 Jul 2005, 12:24
ywilfred wrote:
Agree on that.

Offtopic: Is phrase "Agree on" correct? Isn't it should be "Agree with"?
I've just downloaded Idioms lists from this web-site, and now am trying to seek and correct any non-idiomatic phrase I find. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
07 Jul 2005, 12:24
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