Strategies, Sample Questions, and Random Ramblings.
July 16, 2015
Welcome to our GMAT quantitative review. We have include some fantastic material on our website for absolutely free. We thought it would be helpful to get some of the basics out in the open so that you know exactly what to expect come exam day. Of course, for a more comprehensive overview, we recommend our Complete GMAT Quantitative Guide and our GMAT math course.
This is the foundational set of information on the exam. It is absolutely imperative that you start here and get a good grasp of exactly how these fundamental principles can be used. While everyone will plug sections into different categories, we focus on each of the following categories: Prime Numbers, Factors and Multiples, Consecutive Numbers, Even and Odd Numbers and Positive and Negative Numbers. Start here and get your GMAT number properties practice.
Again, this is a fundamental section. As such, it is imperative to have a firm grasp of this information and build a solid foundation for the other sections you will cover. We focus on having a deep understanding as opposed to just memorizing formulas. As this is an exam based on reasoning and not knowledge quick recall of information is important. The longest section in our lessons covers the following sections: Order of Operations, Fractions, Decimals, Remainders, Exponents and Roots, Simplifying Expressions, Linear Equations, Quadratic Equations, Inequalities and Absolute Value. Continue your practice with the GMAT Algebra Section.
This is not your typical section in a GMAT book; however, there is no other place to put the few topics that fall into this category. Also, much of what is learned in a few of these subjects can be used to simplify problems in other areas. Average and weighted average especially will offer some core ways to think about other problems. Just because this is the shortest section does not mean that it is not important. Like always, study diligently and it will pay off in the end.
Word problems really encompass most of the exam. While pretty much any of the disciplines can be written in the form of a word problem, there are certain types of problems that fall almost entirely in this section.
The very thought of geometry scares people. For most, it is a topic we covered for 1 year in high school and have not looked at it since. So, understandably, this is one of the more difficult topics for many people on the GMAT. However, it does not have to be. After getting past the initial learning curve of relearning/learning the terminology, the questions can really turn out to be quite simple. Your goal for this section is to gain comfort with the terms to be used in geometry questions and also to recognize the ways in which some of the material is partnered together into questions.Like all of the quant topics, geometry requires mastery of the building blocks to be able to answer the questions. The difficult part comes when trying to recognize what rule will help you arrive to the correct answer. The following sections will cover everything that you need to answer even the most difficult questions. Also, included will be the checklist of things you should be looking for when looking at questions and what certain cue words mean when trying to arrive at the solution.
There are many parts of everything that we have covered thus far that are just as advanced as the topics that are going to be covered in this section. However, on the whole the contents of the following sections tend to show up more frequently in the higher level questions. Not to say that you cannot get an easy question from the following topics; it is just less likely. It is the variations of these topics that make them difficult.
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