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Hello everyone!

I'm having a consistent issue with time management, (even in prior academia) I seem to finish with extra time in both quant. and verbal. This issue is more apparent in the quant. section, but has anyone had experience with this? If so how did you overcome it? I practice questions with a hand held timer and I usually finish with extra time. I finished the OG quant. section with more than 10 minutes to spare, which was quite alarming!

I definitely have an issue with patience, if i dont understand a problem I will get antsy and search for answers. I also make careless mistakes even when I understand the concept, which is very frustrating. I have tried to slow down and think about the problem more thoroughly but my mind is always telling me to go faster. Sometimes, I dont have a clue where to start (I starting studying 2 weeks ago with the magoosh GMAT prep course so the material is relatively new to me). I scored a 550 on the first test, but I think with better time management and a full review of all the material, I can significantly improve my score. Thanks for any advice!
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Regarding time management: I suggest that you manage your time in batches of 5 questions. To that end, you can use the following Milestone Charts to keep you on track:
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These times are easily remembered so you can quickly jot them on your noteboard on test day.

This (and more) is covered in the following GMAT time management video:

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Hi medis,

Since you've been studying for just 2 weeks, pacing shouldn't be a concern at this point - you have too much in the way of content and Tactics to learn before pacing should be your focus. Right now, your goal should be on doing efficient, organized and Tactical work - with the added goal of minimizing the silly/little mistakes. You also have to train to 'play around' with questions that you don't immediately see a solution for - because you'll face that challenge a number of times on the GMAT, in Business School and beyond.

1) What were your Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores on this first CAT?
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4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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medis wrote:
Hello everyone!

I'm having a consistent issue with time management, (even in prior academia) I seem to finish with extra time in both quant. and verbal. This issue is more apparent in the quant. section, but has anyone had experience with this? If so how did you overcome it? I practice questions with a hand held timer and I usually finish with extra time. I finished the OG quant. section with more than 10 minutes to spare, which was quite alarming!

I definitely have an issue with patience, if i dont understand a problem I will get antsy and search for answers. I also make careless mistakes even when I understand the concept, which is very frustrating. I have tried to slow down and think about the problem more thoroughly but my mind is always telling me to go faster. Sometimes, I dont have a clue where to start (I starting studying 2 weeks ago with the magoosh GMAT prep course so the material is relatively new to me). I scored a 550 on the first test, but I think with better time management and a full review of all the material, I can significantly improve my score. Thanks for any advice!


Try the MGMAT Cats. THey have a good feature where you can limit the time taken per each question to 2m or 2m20s then it cuts it automatically and shows you the next question. First, get a hang of the time required so you pace yourself at around 2m per question then later you can disable this feature and see if you are already "programmed" to finish solving and pick a question and move on.
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New post 22 Mar 2017, 19:27
Hi Brent,

Thanks for that video! I was definitely guilty of clock watching, remembering that table should really help.

Hi Rich, your definitely right about the "playing around", I found that i learn material much better when I started to struggle through the questions Ive been getting wrong on Magoosh. I just started to implement this strategy and I'm also breaking down specific portions of the questions I'm struggling with and why. From now on, when I get MGMAT questions wrong, I will struggle through possible answers before referring to the explanations. Thank you for your comment it was really helpful and affirmed something I should have been doing even if its a little time consuming.
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1. Quant. 31 Verbal 35
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5. UCLA,USC, and NYU are currently on my short list.

I'm only studying math until I complete the magoosh lessons at which point I will begin my verbal prep.
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Hi medis,

A 550 is a solid initial CAT score (the average score on the Official GMAT hovers around 540-550 most years). You also appear to have given yourself plenty of time to study - which is good. I suggest that you actually do 'some Quant and some Verbal' each week though (as opposed to the "all of one, then all of the other" that you're planning). You'll likely find it easier to retain everything overall if you're doing a mix of subjects. You should plan to take a new FULL-LENGTH CAT (with the Essay and IR sections) in about 2 weeks and report back with your score. We can then discuss any adjustments that you might need to make to your study plan.

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Hi medis

No worries!
You can surely increase your speed and eventually hit at least 49 or above just like 90% of our students as long as you follow our study guide properly​.
Since we are specialized in math, we provide you with guidance on math.

If your percentage of getting correct answers is high, solving questions quickly is not an issue at all. However, with the conventional approach, it is extremely difficult to solve all 37 questions in 75 minutes. Since you have some time to spare, it seems like you solve questions not correctly and properly without understanding the questions.

In fact, GMAT Math is logic math test, rather than math skill test. That's why students majoring in engineering or math have hard time in improving math scores. You should learn 'logic' to solve GMAT math. It is not surprising to hear that you have time management issue. With the conventional method, it take ages to solve questions and is very inefficient. Hence, you need to learn the logic with us to tackle GMAT math questions.

With our unique approaches of ​Variable approach for DS and IVY approach for PS, you can significantly save time, and improve accuracy at the same time.

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Also, You can solve DS questions 100% with Variable approach and 30-40% of PS questions with IVY approach. With the approaches, you can surely hit 50 or above.

Based on the score, it seems like your basic maths skill are not good enough. It is very crucial for you to build solid basic math skills first. If you don't get the first basic questions correct, you never get to see difficult questions, which lead you to hit 49-51. Therefore, having solid basic math skills is critical for you which you can learn from Math Review, ​a ​part of our course package. After that, we highly recommend learning our ​world's first unique ​approaches. ​Since GMAT takers are busy for their work and don't have enough time to study, you don't need to learn all about general math skills including the ones that don't appear on actual exam.
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