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165Q - Plan to get up to 170?

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165Q - Plan to get up to 170? [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2018, 20:08
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I started studying for the GRE about 10 months ago, got a 155Q on my first practice test, and now got a 165Q on the GRE. What would be a good plan to get up even closer to 170? I'd really like to get a 170, and I'm willing to put in as much work as it takes. I haven't taken a math class in over 10 years, so a lot of this process has just been relearning high school math.

Most of my mistakes at this point are computation errors, driven in part, I think, from the time pressure. But it's not just the time pressure...sometimes I just make an arithemetic error or some other careless mistake even when not pressed for time.
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Re: 165Q - Plan to get up to 170? [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2018, 23:56
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Increasing your score becomes progressively difficult as you approach the upper limit of the test. That being said if you have the time and resources this can be done or at least has been done in the past.

Making 'silly' arithmetic errors is quite common and this can be fixed with practice alone. You need to practice solving questions in the exam environment so that you could recreate the stress you would feel during the actual test. This can be done using timed test approach. You can try to solve 30 questions in 30 minutes from a book and compare your performance.

Important to note here is that you should keep an excel file that can help you track your progress. This helps you track your improvements over time.
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Re: 165Q - Plan to get up to 170? [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2018, 09:40
Thanks, sandy. Other than practice, do you have any specific tips to help minimize silly errors? Any specific steps or mindset?
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Re: 165Q - Plan to get up to 170? [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2018, 11:26
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Hi, I also have a similar plan but I am undergraduate that studied Applied Math and Computer science.My experience will be alot different from yours. I find that if you had a degree in Math or curriculum that was surrounded around discrete math you will have a very good time improving your scores.A physics curriculum is also beneficial. My ability to improve and notice my mistakes are much greater however, I still make careless mistakes from time to time(Because I dont read the question carefully or rush through them). I wind up scoring a 161 on diagnostic with 10 minutes to spare(A mistake on my part). In only 4 weeks of practice my score skyrocketed to 165(With 10 minutes to spare and is still a mistake considering that I can spare 5 minutes checking answer) and I will continue to use the same strategies to score a perfect quant.I also didn't constraint my practice what do I mean? Meaning during practice I give myself unlimited time to think and check my answers.If you are making arithmetic errors slow down and triple check your answers. This is easier said then done since during my classes computational errors are absolute bane of existence. This means using more scrap paper and showing more work. Once you are making no errors on those,slowly decrease the time and avoid using calculator unless absolutely necessary. Some tools I study with are Magoosh math,Manhattan 5 lb math problems,Nova, and Official GRE math guide.
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Re: 165Q - Plan to get up to 170? [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2018, 05:38
I'm not sure if it works but there are some apps that you can download in your phone to practice arithmetic on your way to work/school. I like the magoosh math flashcards and lumosity
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Re: 165Q - Plan to get up to 170? [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2018, 00:20
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Honestly if you're already 165, you have a solid foundation. It sounds like there might still be a couple of blind spots or traps you fall for. You just need to expose them and fix them before you take the test again. I have a small set of advanced/trick questions that might just do the trick for you. Let me know if you need them.
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Re: 165Q - Plan to get up to 170? [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2019, 02:14
Yuan wrote:
Honestly if you're already 165, you have a solid foundation. It sounds like there might still be a couple of blind spots or traps you fall for. You just need to expose them and fix them before you take the test again. I have a small set of advanced/trick questions that might just do the trick for you. Let me know if you need them.



Could you please share these with me?
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Re: 165Q - Plan to get up to 170? [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2019, 02:33
my foundation is not solid, but I guess lots practice and tutorials can help a lot
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Re: 165Q - Plan to get up to 170? [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2019, 11:48
I would recommend a couple of things to aim for the 170:
- Have an error log and review it every 1-2 weeks
- Finish the 5lbs Manhattan book for every quant section, except the Advanced section. If you do have time, you can challenge yourself with some of the questions there but the majority of those questions are way harder than the real tests.
- Strictly time yourself for any practice questions. You should aim to solve all the easy/medium questions in under a minute. The real tests usually have approximately 15 easy/medium questions and 5 hard questions. Make sure you have extra time for those hard questions.
- Read the questions carefully, make sure you understand what they ask you. And then read everything again, before you pick your answer. Remember Rule #2 guys: DOUBLE TAP
- Have a relaxed and calm state of mind when taking the tests. Have plenty of sleep the day before. A couple of deep breaths in between each section or even during the section help when you feel panic. Meditate before going in the testing center. Doing some jogging/walking the morning you take the test. Listen to your favorite songs. Or whatever makes you feel calm and happy.
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Re: 165Q - Plan to get up to 170? [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2019, 11:31
Are there any typical pitfalls that would be worth looking out for?
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Re: 165Q - Plan to get up to 170? [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2020, 11:34
spheal wrote:
Are there any typical pitfalls that would be worth looking out for?


Before delving into calculations or looking to find the unknown variable, take a couple of seconds to recheck that it is the unknown value that question asks you to find. Very often you can get the right logic applied to the question only to put the wrong answer in the end (calculating value x instead of y).
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Re: 165Q - Plan to get up to 170? [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2020, 13:00
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There are certain other techniques tested other than concepts clarify and practice when it comes to getting a very high quant percentile. I found this article very useful, written by the percent quant scorer and 99 percentile scorer in verbal and AWA.

https://blog.scholarden.com/gre-guides/how-hard-is-the-gre/
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