In this article, we’re going to discuss best reading comprehension practices for the GMAT exam. You can either read this article or watch this GMAT reading comprehension video on YouTube. To make things easier to digest, we’ve broken the contents of the video up into 3 parts. In this segment, hosted by one of MyGuru's most experienced GMAT tutors, we will specifically discuss the frequency and format of reading comprehension questions and their strategic implications. In segments 2 and 3, we’ll work through examples of reading comprehension questions and provide a clear outline of the reading comprehension process.

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## Reading Comprehension (Part 1: Question Frequency and Strategic Implications)

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## Mental Math & Manual Calculation (Part 2: Strategic Implications)

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In the following article, we’re going to delve into mental math and manual calculation best practices for the GMAT exam. You can either read this article or watch the corresponding video on YouTube. To make things easier to digest, we’ve broken the contents of the video up into 3 parts. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, we recommend you go back and do that before venturing further. In this segment, we will specifically discuss the strategic implications of the GMAT’s mathematical components. In segment 3, we’ll outline the manual calculation drills on mathaids.com.

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## Mental Math & Manual Calculation (Part 3: How to use mathaids.com)

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In the following article, we’re going to delve into mental math and manual calculation best practices for the GMAT exam. You can either read this article or watch the corresponding video on YouTube. To make things easier to digest, we’ve broken the contents of the video up into 3 parts. If you haven’t read parts 1 and 2 yet, we recommend you go back and do that before venturing further. In this segment, we’ll outline the manual calculation drills available on mathaids.com.

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When people are just beginning their GMAT prep journey, they tend to have a lot of questions. Our GMAT tutors have heard them all. Here are our answers to 6 common GREP prep questions.

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## GMAT Exam Overview: Order Sections, Adaptivity, and GMAT Scoring

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In the following article, we’re going to talk about the strategic implications of the GMAT's structure and scoring system. If you haven’t read part one of this overview, we encourage you to start with that first. You can either read this article or watch our GMAT Exam Overview video on YouTube.

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## GMAT Exam Overview: What's on the GMAT Exam?

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Are you looking for a simple and easy-to-follow overview of what concepts are covered on the GMAT, what key GMAT test-taking strategies you need to know, and how to register for the GMAT exam? In the following article, we'll discuss the logistics for both the online and in-person GMAT test-taking processes in the post covid era. You can either read this article or watch our GMAT exam overview video on YouTube. To make things easier to digest, we've broken the content of the video up into two parts. In this post, we'll cover the differences between the online and in-person GMAT administrations. In part two, we'll cover the test-taking strategies you can glean from the structure of the exam.

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Any good GMAT tutor provides a wide range of problem-solving strategies for the GMAT. While the GMAT is, as a general rule, a test of problem solving and critical thinking ability, here we are talking about the problem-solving question type itself on the quantitative section of the GMAT.

Designed to measure your mathematical ability, the Quantitative Reasoning portion of the GMAT consists of 31 multiple choice questions that must be completed within 62 minutes. The two kinds of problems in this section pertain to data sufficiency and problem solving. In this article, we’ll be covering the strategies necessary to gain mastery of the problem solving questions. More specifically, we’ll cover the following foundational elements:

● How to identify problem solving questions

● Strategic implications of problem solving questions

● Simple and complex problem solving processes

How to Identify Problem Solving Questions

The most useful clues for identifying problem solving questions are frequency and format. More specifically, problem solving questions meet the following criteria:

● Approximately 50% of 31 Quantitative Questions

● Always Five Options and One Correct Selection

● Choices can be Either Numeric Values or Variables

Strategic Implications

Once you’ve identified a problem solving question, you would be well advised to take the following strategic measures:

● Note the format of your answer choices to select an efficient approach & enable savvy mental calculation

● For example, if your answer choices are presented in fractions, you should conduct your calculations in fractions as well. Having to translate between fractions and decimals will cause you to waste time unnecessarily.

● Maintain a 2 minutes per question average. Because questions vary in terms of difficulty, however, you can spend a maximum of 3 minutes on the harder ones.

● Check your pacing after every 10 questions. You should not be timing yourself constantly as that will distract you. By checking at predefined intervals, you can allow yourself to really focus on the work instead of anxiously checking the clock. Keep in mind that due to the way the computer adaptive way the exam is designed, performing well on the first ten questions will give you a competitive edge. For this reason, you should spend a little extra time on those than on the remaining questions. With this in mind, try to adhere to the following schedule:

● First 10 questions - 2:25 Average | +/- 38:00 Left

● Second 10 questions - 2:00 Average | +/- 18:00 Left

● Final 11 questions - 1:40 Average

Simple Quantitative Problem Solving Process

Below is an example of a simple quantitative problem:

For many years, a surfeit of bears terrorized Yamhill neighborhoods. Then, Bill moved in and every week he was able to safely relocate the greater of either 1/3 of the bears or 30 bears until a sustainable population of fewer than 30 bears remained in town. If Yamhill had 270 bears upon Bill’s arrival, what was the number of bears in the sustainable population at the end of Bill’s bear relocation effort.

A. 0

B. 12

C. 15

D. 20

E. 24

In order to tackle this questions as effectively as possible, adhere to the followings steps:

1. Set up scratch pad listing choices vertically A to E including simple numbers if provided

2. Skip to the end of the problem to identify sought value(s) & label choices as such

● # of bears end of relo effort = ?

1. Read from beginning taking notes & completing obviously necessary calculations as you go

● Greater of 1/3 or 30 bears relocated per week until < 30 remain in town | 270 bears to start

● 270 – 1/3(270) = 180 |

180 – 1/3(180) = 120 |

120 – 1/3(120) = 80 |

80 – 30 = 50 | 50 – 30 = 20

Complex Quantitative Problem Solving Process

Below is an example of a complex quantitative problem:

If x and y are integers, and , which of the following must be true?

I. x = y

II. y = 1

III. x = 0

A. I only

B. III only

C. I and III only

D. II and III only

E. I, II, and III

Again—in order to tackle this questions as effectively as possible, adhere to the followings steps:

1. Set up scratch pad w/ choices A to E

2. Skip to end to identify sought value(s)

3. Read from beginning taking notes & doing necessary calculations as you go

4. STOP! to consider all four possible problem solving tactics:

1. Technical Math | Attempt first but abandon quickly

2. Logical Estimation | Attempt at each step of every problem

3. Plugging in Values (Modeling)

4. Plugging in Choices (Backsolving)

5. Work problem until one choice left

1. Don’t fully calculate if not needed

6. Note roman numeral format

7. Which of the following must be true?

8. 3x+3x+2=10y

9. Consider best approach in the moment

1. Technical math

2. Plugging in values & estimation

10. 3x(1+32) = 10y |3x(10) = 10y

1. 3x must = 1 and 10y must = 10

2. x must = 0 and y must = 1

11. Plug in x = 0 as most frequent numeral

1. 1 + 9 = 10 = 10y | Works if y = 1

2. Plug in x = 1 = y | 3 + 27 cannot be produced solely by a power of 10

3. Eliminate choices with I | select D

Summary of the Problem Solving Process

1. Set up the scratch pad listing choices vertically A through E

● Include simple numbers with choices if provided

● Note format of choices to inform tactics & calculation

2. Skip to end of the problem & label choices as sought value(s)

● Note if seeking a specific or non-specific value

● Don’t autosolve for individual values if seeking a combined value

3. Read from beginning taking notes & doing needed calculations

● If you see a clear path to solving – take It!

● Most “certain but time-consuming” approaches

Take < 3:00 if begun immediately

4. Consider all four possible tactics for most effective & efficient path to solving in the moment

● Technical Mathematics

● Logical Estimation

● Plugging in Values (Modeling)

● Plugging in Choices (Backsolving)

5. Work problem using your chosen tactic until one choice remains

● Always be asking : am I progressing to a solution ?

As soon as “no” estimate, eliminate, guess & move On in < :20

● Allow maximum of one calm reread, recalculate, or tactical reset before you must estimate, eliminate, guess & move on in < :20

If you are looking for more information on how to approach GMAT problem solving questions, consider requesting a 1-1 consultation with an expert GMAT coach.

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Performing mental math calculations faster and more accurately is a surprisingly important element of success on the GMAT. And for any given ability level, It’s also important to gain confidence in your mental math abilities before taking the GMAT. Confidence is often half the battle. At the same time, practicing, having strategies in your mind, and understanding where and how mental math is important can all breed confidence.

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## Applying the Basics of Argumentation for GMAT Critical Reasoning Success

Posted by Stefan Maisnier on Wed, Jun 23, 2021 @ 12:11 PM

Although you’ll likely see slightly fewer Critical Reasoning questions than Sentence Correction or Reading Comprehension on the Verbal section of the GMAT, it is still a sizeable portion of the exam. Having a strong foundational knowledge of argumentation is key to understanding how to answer GMAT critical reasoning questions correctly.

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## 4 Simple Steps to Answer GMAT Sentence Correction Questions

Posted by Stefan Maisnier on Thu, Jun 17, 2021 @ 01:09 PM

The way the Official Guide to the GMAT, and too many GMAT tutors for that matter, explains how to answer GMAT sentence correction questions is overly confusing. The explanations are far too technical. You are taking the GMAT to get into an MBA program. The MBA programs wants to ensure you can read, write, and speak English well. Neither you nor the MBA program should be concerned with PhD level technical elements of the English language. In this article we’ll teach you how to correctly answer GMAT sentence correction questions by following a four-step process.

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