Conclusion after finishing quant sections
Well, this morning I was feeling pretty down… seeing the 750+ question videos etc… (which btw not sure if they really are official or not), really demotivated me sometimes as I was falling in all traps, etc… So anyway, as I have little time left I had to start really looking into official questions to understand where I am at after these 10 days of study.
So, athough I know it is not the most accurate, I decided to open the Official GMAT 2017 guide for the first time and take the diagnostic test on the QUANT section. Very interesting conclusions where drawn from it. I timed each question in the process, and after the test passed all my stats to the computer.
My approach with this test was NOT to test myself with the time fully constrained. Of course I timed everything, but the main priority is understanding… given the tools I have acquired, can I actually solve these problems? Well it turns out the answer is a decently SOLID YES. I got 22/24 right on PS and 21/24 right on DS. Does this mean I can be pleased and down my guard on Quant? NO WAY.
Actually, this test just shows that I have the tools to solve the problems, but this IS NOT enough. I need to be able to solve the problems, AND IN THE ALLOWED TIME.
Each question should take max (MIN*2.02). My PS took (MIN*2.95) which is WAY OFF. And my DS took (MIN*2.1) which is pretty close to where I need to be.
For each question I got wrong, or took too long, I analyzed and found improvements and solutions to most of them! If I am able to retain these learnigns and apply them on the next tests, I should see big improvements in terms of time, which is what I need to improve on. Also of course, a question that took me 10 min / 5 min is unacceptable on the test day. On the test day I should never go above 3min on a question.
Also careful. Absolutes in inequalities (which is a weak topic I currently have) didn’t appear for instance in the questions… so once those appear maybe I will be more prone to errors. So I MUST do many more questions ASAP to keep training and seeing where my weaknesses really are especially in terms of content. Geometry wasn’t actually tested that much either on those questions (maybe just 2 or 3) and that might also have helped not sure. I def. need to take more test to have a better understanding.
I am extremely happy I have been able to assimialte the content in 10 days. From 0 to where I am is a big improvement. This means I can start focusing on methods, improving my timings and basically practice practice … I feel my basic calculations are speeding up the more I do, which is really good.
I need a true gauge of where I am at. Must take a formal practice test ASAP. Tomorrow if I feel confident enough might take it in the evening and see where I am at. I just feel I want to try and train more questions before doing it :P, as for example doing the exercise below really taught me a lot actually.