Strategies, Sample Questions, and Random Ramblings.
August 10, 2015
Okay, Okay. I get that you want a bunch of GMAT practice questions, and you will find them here. However, I also want to talk to you about how you should be using these problems in your study. So, humor me for a minute and read about the strategy you should employ when working through your studies, and at the end of the post, you will get some practice questions to work on.
I have helped thousands of students prepare for the GMAT, and there are two ends of the spectrum: 1) Students who consume practice questions at such a high rate they are constantly scouring for more, and 2) students who thoughtfully approach each individual question and review them thoroughly. Odds are, that if you are reading this you fall into category number 1. Maybe not, but this next phrase is extremely important for anyone reading this post: The students of mine who score the best are extremely bright people who take the time to understand the most nuanced detail of every GMAT practice question they approach.
I say this simply because I have had conversations with people so frequently that start like this, “I don’t know why I am not scoring higher, I UNDERSTAND all of the content whenever I review a question. That is all well and good, but I UNDERSTAND what it is like to exercise, but if I don’t do it everyday at a high enough level, I will never see results. The same applies to your GMAT preparation. You need genuine mastery of the concepts to be able to perform at a high level. Remember, the people who are taking this exam are extremely talented and hard working - you are competing against them, not the exam. And the truth of the matter is that the material is really high school level stuff, but the way you analyze the questions on the exam tests your reasoning ability. If there are cracks in your foundational knowledge you will never get to demonstrate your ability to reason.
You want to understand the patterns of the exam, not just how to arrive upon the answer to a particular question. Aside from the question types (Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving, Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction), there are larger categories of questions, such as Algebra, Geometry, Strengthening, Verb Form, or Inference. These categories have sub-categories; algebra contains fractions, decimals, exponents, absolute value, and many others. Even further, there are topics that are tested in each of these sub-categories. Fractions, for example, can be broken down to fractional math, fraction value, fraction factoring, and several others. As you peel the layers of the onion, you will see that the exam can get nuanced. In order for you to be able to score highly, you want to be able to identify the problem type and think of the different ways the GMAT will ask questions related to that particular topic.
So, when you study you want to think about how the particular question you are working on relates to other similar questions. This is a hard thing to do if you are blazing through questions - this gives you little time to think about the underlying principles. While the exam will reward you for a right answer and penalize you for an incorrect one, that binary approach should not be applied to your practice. Even if it is an easy question, you should look to get more efficient and eliminate the possibility for careless errors.
I could go on with this forever, but I know that you want some GMAT practice questions, so here you go:
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