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Suggestions for stuck Quant Improvement in about 2.5months

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New post 23 Jan 2018, 11:44
Hello,

My first GMAT experience was in 2013. I bought the OG book (13th edition), studied for like 3 weeks just doing problems and I got a 540 (Q34 V31).
The program I got into didn't put a big emphasis on the test so I didn't give it much thought. I ended up not attending the program.

Fast forward to 2017, I am applying to the Fully Employed MBA (part-time) at UCLA anderson. So the GMAT now is more important.
I signed up for the MGMAT course in October with hopes of taking the test in early January2018 to apply by Round 1.

I will admit that I do not feel I approached the studying correctly. I put a lot of time into it but I don't feel it was the most efficient (studying hard, not smart). I focused a lot on the content and not enough on practicing. As I went through the course, my practice exams were as follows:
Practice test 1 590 (Q38 V34)
Practice test 2 610 (Q38 V35)
Practice test 3 590 (Q38 V33)

It seems my scores are stuck. I read somewhere it means that I know content but am getting tricked by the questions. I have to agree, this might sound really dumb but I never look at solutions for problems I don't get right (in quant) and say to myself "oh yeah, I didn't know how to do that". It is always "of course that's how you do it!" So it is super frustrating. I used to think math was one of my strong points in school overall but maybe I was wrong.

The programs range is 620-720, with 680 being their middle 80% I believe. Like most schools, they really look at your quant score, and per some events I have attended they really like to see a 60% minimum for quant, which is a 46. So my goal now is to take the exam in Late March maybe early April before their last round deadline in late April. My top priority is to get my Quant to 46+ so that I meet the 60% minimum. I would love to improve my Verbal score too but if I have to fix one I prefer to fix the quant since they look at it more heavily. If I can reach the 46 goal in quant and at least maintain my verbal score I'll be at around 650-680, which is not the best score but it is in their range and I will meet the 60% quant minimum. The rest of my application I believe is strong enough to do the rest.

This long post is essentially asking if anybody knows of any resources or best way to improve quant score when it is stuck.
The resources I currently have is full access to the Manhattan Prep content/books, OG 13th edition (old) and OG 2017 book.
I still have 3 practice exams left for MGMAT, access to all 6 gmat club test, and have not taken any of the 2 gmac practice exams.
I am willing to invest on other courses/materials for quant if they are not too expensive and can really help break the glass ceiling on my quant score. Any verbal upgrades at this points are extra for me.

I have read great things about math revolution but not sure if I should invest in that. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi Saul

Below are the few recommendations that I have for you to improve your score in the Quant section.
You could revise your concepts using the Quantitative Mega-Thread, since you have completed the
concepts once. Post completion of the concepts related to a topic, you should practice questions
pertaining to it. Every time you make a mistake, make a note of the learning associated with the
mistake. Read and re-read these notes from time to time to avoid making these mistakes again.

Additionally, these are a few links which you might find beneficial
http://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-improv ... 42810.html
http://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-improv ... 41670.html

If timing is where you are facing issues, then you could take help from
the strategies discussed in this link
https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-impro ... 02515.html

If you feel the need on investing in an online practice test/course, I feel you should invest in
something official(the GMATPrep Official Bundle(QP1 and the exam packs - EP1 & EP2))

Hope this helps you!
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New post 23 Jan 2018, 13:49
Hi Saul,

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your 3 CAT score results show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 600 +/- a few points). You handle certain aspects of the Exam consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes. The Quant section of the GMAT is NOT a 'math test' - it's a 'critical thinking test' that requires lots of little calculations as you work through it. To score at a much higher level in this section, you need to become more of a 'strategist' and less of a 'mathematician.' With Quant Scaled Scores in the high-Q30s, you likely also need to (re)learn certain Quant concepts.

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

1) On what dates did you take these CATs?
2) Did you take the FULL CAT each time (with the Essay and IR sections)?
3) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
4) What is the application deadline for this FEMBA Program?
5) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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pushpitkc These are awesome resources!!!! I have bookmarked every link and will definitely use these in my preparation and study. Thanks for all the great tips. :thumbup:
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Hi Saul,

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your 3 CAT score results show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 600 +/- a few points). You handle certain aspects of the Exam consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes. The Quant section of the GMAT is NOT a 'math test' - it's a 'critical thinking test' that requires lots of little calculations as you work through it. To score at a much higher level in this section, you need to become more of a 'strategist' and less of a 'mathematician.' With Quant Scaled Scores in the high-Q30s, you likely also need to (re)learn certain Quant concepts.

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

1) On what dates did you take these CATs?
2) Did you take the FULL CAT each time (with the Essay and IR sections)?
3) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
4) What is the application deadline for this FEMBA Program?
5) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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


I 100% agree. I feel like although I learned to use tricks in some problems I approached the test too much like a "mathematician".

To answer the first part of the question, I took the MGMAT course so my study was basically following the roadmap. It consisted mostly of (re)learning a lot of content I had not seen in years. I spent a lot of time trying to really read everything and understand things which resulted in reading chapters beginning to end and practicing 3-5 questions for each chapter only. I would do the OG problems associated with each chapter. I never created an error log (even though it was advised), I created I believe 5 flash cards only. After the first 2 CAT's I didn't really review the questions since I figured I wasn't done with all the readings my score would only improve as I kept reading more and more. As you can see that never happened, so only for my last CAT did I actually look at the detailed score and try to figure out what I got wrong and why etc. I dedicated a good 25-30 hours per week of studying to this GMAT, even stopped working out and had bad diet habits which I think was a horrible mistake (and trying to fix it so this time around I am better balanced). I definitely let the GMAT take over my life the last 3 months and I think my approach ended up hurting me, studying too hard on probably the wrong stuff; causing lots of stress and anxiety.
Here are the answers to your questions:
1) MGMAT CAT 1 11/4/2017 ; MGMAT CAT 2 12/18/2017 ; MGMAT CAT 3 1/7/2018
2) YES - I took all 3 CAT's in the order Quant/Verbal/IR/Essay. My essay and IR sections are not struggling (essay 5+, IR 5-8)
3) Ideally, I want to take it by mid March, so that if I still don't get what I want I can retake it again mid April. But if I'm not ready by mid March, April 22nd is the last day I can take it because answer to question 4 is...
4) April 23, 2018 is application deadline. My entire application is ready except for this GMAT.
5) I have a lot of flexibility with work, and I don't have kids or super crazy schedule. These last 3 months I was probably dedicating an average of 25-30 hours per week. Which was about 2-3 hours every weekday and a good 4-6 hours on weekends. Going forward, to answer your question, I can continue to dedicate the same amount of time, hopefully with a better plan in place. (more methodical) It was mostly learning content and not much practice.

Thanks in advance for your time and responding to my thread, Rich!

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