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GMAT Order of Operations

by ejkiv


July 18, 2015


It is a must that you understand the order of operations.  For the most part everyone has a decent understanding of this concept; however it is worth going over and noting the few areas where people make common mistakes.

First the order itself:

Parenthesis

Exponents

Multiplication

Division

Addition

Subtraction

This is known as either PEMDAS, or sometimes with the short phrase - Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally.  However, you have to remember it, commit it to memory and work on it so it is second nature.

Example: 

Yes, this is a long winded way to go about it, but very much the correct way.  We will talk about ways to shorten up some of these calculations, but make sure you follow the correct procedures.

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