The quant section felt awful, truthfully.
Good. You WANT that feeling. If you're really doing terribly, the questions will get a lot easier, and you won't keep feeling awful. The most awful feeling is reserved for when you are working at the absolute peak of your ability - because then you're also seeing a lot of questions that really are too hard for you. You can only get those if you earn them. :)
Have you ever heard of the Peter Principle? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Principle
Well, the way this test works, you rise to the level of your inability. ;)
Oh, wow, and you still had to rush through 6 Qs at the end and got the score that you got? Okay, you're in good shape. You've got work to do, but you're going in the right direction. Keep it up.
From what I understand, higher level questions tend to be less about brute force calculations and more conceptual and strategy-focused. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Yes, there are often "elegant" solutions to really hard questions. But it's often tough to spot the elegant solution unless you really understand the brute force / computation heavy methods as well as the actual theory behind it. That's what lets you cut through the junk.
Are you struggling with all kinds of calculations? Certain things? Usually people are slower only with certain things. Struggling with translation from words to math? Exponent and root manipulation? Hopping back and forth between fractions, decimals, and percents?
Anything that's more pure lower-level computation you can find in our Foundations of Math book - lots of drills to help you make it more automatic.
Here's an article on translation:
http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index ... into-Math/
Next CAT comes when (a) you think you've gotten a good handle on the timing issue, and (b) you've made significant progress on many (but not necessarily all) of the content areas that you identified as weaknesses on your last CAT. Not sure what those are? See below.
http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index ... ice-tests/