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New post 04 Dec 2007, 16:02
I took the GMAT 2 weeks ago. My first attempt at the GMAT. I scored a 38 (85%) on verbal...however a brutal 37 (52%?) on quant for a total of 620. I'm shooting for 650+ on my next test.

I'm scheduled to take the GMAT at the end of January and I really want to start cracking down on math. Verbal, I'll just keep doing what I'm doing to make sure my next score doesn't decrease.

However, I know I'm hitting a wall in math. Not sure what I should be doing. Yes, I can keep doing problems over and over...but I really don't know if subconsiously, I'm learning new things or if I'm just remembering that question and knowing the answer b/c I've done it before.

Also, I had trouble finishing the quant during the GMAT. I ended up having 5 minutes left w/ 10 questions remaining. No doubt, the guesswork killed me...aside from that the time I spent on a few questions did me in also.

What do you recommend when you are at a point where you feel like improving is a huge hurdle to jump? Thanks for any feedback.
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New post 04 Dec 2007, 20:49
When you say you're hitting a wall in math, have you been able to identify which specific areas you are struggling with? I recommend some sort of tracking system to help you determine exactly what is causing you to hit a wall. The test is standardized, so there are only so many concepts it will throw at you.

If you know all the fundamental material, examine issues such as calulation accuracy, speed, and set up and see if you are messing up in those areas. I would say right off hand, you need to practice your speed. If you are not completing the test you need to begin timing yourself as you practice. I time myself for each problem. It's important to begin this now so you can begin to internalize when you are spending too much time on a question. You should also take full-length practice exams.

Most test takers will attest that quality is more important than quantity when it comes to practice questions. Doing thousands of problems without any reflection isn't going to increase learning, especially if you're just recycling the same questions over and over again. There is a ton of material out there so there's no need to do repeat questions. If you're working from the OG guide, try working on some other materials and save the OG as you get closer to exam day.
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New post 06 Dec 2007, 00:59
Hi there, u take as many test as possible. e.g. Manhattan, paper test, GMATPrep test and rathan than just answering any question and feeling happy for it, learn the concept and trick behind solving it. So that almost similar kind of problem will save ur time.

Most of the GMAT problem does not need huge time taking calculation. Once u get stuck up in calculation, it means u did mistake somewhere.

Then, to solve one problem, there are multiple methods, learn the most easier one.

Now can u give me tips to improve verbal. I got 14 in it in real GMAT.
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