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Test tips from leading prep firms for applicants studying for the GMAT.  If you know your strengths and weaknesses, browse by test section: AWA, Quant and Verbal.

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Last Updated Nov 8, 2016 by

GMAT Tip: Eliminate Out of Scope

Believe it or not, getting to the right answer for a Critical Reasoning question can be as simple at reading the prompt carefully and strategically eliminating answer choices that are out of scope of the passage. A lot of answer choices can “sound good” but really don’t do anything in... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 1, 2016 by

GMAT Tip: Completing the Critical Reasoning Blank

While strengthen, weaken, and inference questions tend to make up the bulk of GMAT Critical Reasoning questions, another question Critical Reasoning type that appears often is those that require completing the blank, following the prompt: Which of the following most logically completes the argument below? These question types are asking... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 25, 2016 by

GMAT Tip: Quantitative Intimidation

The biggest challenge that we hear from students is not necessarily how to factor algebra questions or solve for the area of a circle, but rather, even being able to figure out the first step in solving a data sufficiency or problem solving question. Once that first step is determined,... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 18, 2016 by

GMAT Tip: Scan for the Obvious

One of the biggest differences between 500/600 and 700+ test takers is the ability to get around feeling like, at first pass, you have no idea how to answer a test question. Smart test takers recognize that the best place to uncover clues on how to answer a challenging question... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 12, 2016 by

GMAT Tip: Focus on Sentence Corrections

GMAT test takers tend to get really focused on the quantitative section. Somehow, it seems like that in order to score a 700+ on the GMAT, we must work on endless amounts of algebra and geometry concepts, coupled with hundreds of problem solving and data sufficiency questions. The verbal section... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 5, 2016 by

GMAT Tip: The Logic in Sentence Corrections

You’re great at grammar, right? You know your idioms, correlative conjunctions, and indirect objects by heart. You could probably teach about past present and future perfect tense to a room full of eighth graders. But, when faced with the Sentence Correction section, you’re still getting 65% or 70% of questions... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 27, 2016 by

GMAT Tip: Wacky Roots, continued…

In our last post we promised to review some tough roots and radicals questions incorporating the top tips we provided last week. We’ll keep this post simple by working through a common but complex GMAT questions that focus on radicals and roots. Can you figure out how you would identify... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 20, 2016 by

GMAT Tip: Square Roots Aren’t So Squarey

Radicals are very commonly tested on the GMAT, and frankly, can be overwhelming to a lot of students because there are so many rules to remember. Many students come to us saying, “Wait, I’m so confused!” often overcomplicating the need-to-know items on how to effectively tackle (most) GMAT radical questions.... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 13, 2016 by

GMAT Tip: It’s Always the Same with Exponents

When evaluating exponent questions in the quantitative section, many test takers freak out when faced with seemingly messy but frequently appearing problems. “Do I need to know logs?” “Wait, is this testing something from Calculus?” Have no fear – while exponents show up often on the GMAT, how these questions... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 6, 2016 by

GMAT Tip: Don’t Apply Your Outside Knowledge

The way that we tackle the GMAT Critical Reasoning section (or, you know, most of the GMAT) requires we have the unique mindset of pretending we are totally clueless, but also a keen expert who can find the gap in assumptions made by a critical reading prompt. What do we... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 31, 2016 by

GMAT Tip: Don’t Lose Sight at the End

Whenever tackling GMAT Quantitative section, we always encourage students to ask the essential self-reflection question “why am I here?” We mean with respect to each quantitative question, not necessarily pondering why you decided to spend at Saturday morning taking a GMAT exam or why we exist on this very planet…. ... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 24, 2016 by

GMAT Tip: Crazy Circles (Easier Than You Think)

For this week’s tip, let’s talk about circles.  You may struggle to remember anything around circles beyond they are round and are the shape of the bicycle or car wheels that get you to from point A to point B. Or, in some cases, the spinning wheel of death on... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 16, 2016 by

GMAT Tip: Read It Right On The Screen

Many test takers get frustrated when they uncover that a point of weakness in their GMAT practice tests is the reading section. “But I have an English degree!” or “I read part of a book each day!” While reading difficult, dense reading material each day – like the Wall Street... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 9, 2016 by

GMAT Tip: The IR Matters

Many test takers spent the vast majority of their preparation working towards improving in the Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections, only taking a day or two to skim through the Integrated Reasoning sections, and almost always skipping the IR section on practice exams. Not giving the Integrated Reasoning section due... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 2, 2016 by

GMAT Tip: Inequalities… and then some…Part 3

If you’ve been following this series of posts, by now you’ve figured out that inequalities are not as simple a concept as they appear to be. But, in general, that is the gist of the GMAT exam – what seems to be a simple concept can often be twisted into... Read more »

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