June 9, 2016

Bridging the Gap: GMAT Quant


Troubles with GMAT Quant?

Have you taken your first GMAT mock yet ?

Have you scored a 40-45 on the quant section ?

Don’t be disheartened, the ones who score a perfect Q 51 aren’t hiding any arsenal that you can’t get hold of. It’s more about ironing the flaws in your concepts, about getting in touch with the basics again, about the most optimal approach.

In this post I’ll be highlighting the common fallacies that undermine GMAT takers with respect to their Quant preparation. I’ll be classifying it all in 7 categories, call it the deadly sins if you may :

    • Making do with the approach you have for a certain question might get you to the right answer but it’s going to take you a little longer to reach there. I suggest you always time yourself, and google optimal approaches to a question.
      • For example the most optimal technique on approaching a Data Sufficiency question is the AD/BCE decision tree, avoiding the trap of “c”, and the difference between a “value” question and a “yes/no” question. For more information on how it works click here.


    • Not maintaining an error log is and always has been a grievous fault and like Caesar you may end up answering(often incorrectly) for it. An error log ensures you never repeat a certain mistake again, also it’s advisable to keep a notebook for out of the box questions apart from the one’s you get wrong. Here are some error log formats you can use.


    • Trusting your high-school quant abilities and skipping concepts however basic may lead you down a dark alley that ends with sub 50 quant score. Read and make notes for each chapter and concept like it’s the first time you are encountering it, maintain a concept based formula logbook too.


    • Procrastinating : Easily the deadliest of them all, this sin, will ensure everything you do not want, it is a slippery slope, and the best of us fall, but why do we fall ? Because we procrastinate. Don’t do it, I’ll tell you what to do instead, make a damn timetable, a study schedule, and cross it like a prisoner every day you follow it, set realistic goals, maintain a set number of questions you have to cover each day, and cover them.


  • Timing vs accuracy :The latter comes first, yes accuracy is more important initially, and just in order to ensure you’re on the right track, once you’re done with a certain concept practice at least 20 questions on the same, and unless you achieve a 90% accuracy, keep working on the same question types. Of course timing is important too, never hide from the clock, it’ll catch up to you.My recommendation is to check the clock on your Timed mocks every 12 minutes, and ensure you’ve covered 6 questions, in every such interval. The key after all, to an amazing quant score is the balance between Timing and Accuracy.




  • Shelving mental math :While it’s great to have a pen and paper around all of the time, sometimes, just sometimes mental maths works wonders, you have no need whatsoever to lay out each step in a certain calculation, hell you don’t even need to reach a figure in DS questions most of the time, so why not cultivate a habit of mental calculations, just make sure the accuracy stays.




  • Long preparation durations : Book a date first, no longer than 3-4 months into the future, GMAT doesn’t need any larger a window for your preparation, it’ll keep you motivated to work hard, if anything for the loss of GMAT fees paid so dearly by you/your parents. Also there’s a good chance you may not remember concepts that you last read 3 months ago.



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