GMAT Critical Reasoning questions: know your conclusion

Posted by Alexander V. on 6/10/20 11:00 AM

For many people, Critical Reasoning are among the toughest verbal questions on the GMAT.

The Critical Reasoning arguments on the GMAT can get pretty convoluted! We are presented with a series of statements and assumptions, followed by some conclusion. Then, we are asked to either strengthen the argument, weaken the argument, or consider any unstated assumptions that may underpin the argument. To break down an intricate argument and five equally complicated answer choices in two minutes is an understandably daunting task. How do we work quickly and efficiently without getting bogged down by details?

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The power of the prime factorization for the GMAT quantitative section

Posted by Alexander V. on 6/5/20 11:00 AM

We have all encountered factor trees at some point during grade school. When I first encountered them as a kid, the whole exercise seemed unnecessary and silly. I thought to myself, “Great. I can list all the prime factors of 48. But, to what end?” It was not until much later that I realized the utility of prime factorizations. On an exam like the GMAT, where we are expected to do some pretty big calculations without a calculator, finding a prime factorization can be clutch.

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For GMAT Sentence Correction questions, consider the subject/verb relationship

Posted by Alexander V. on 5/27/20 9:16 AM

Focus on one aspect of the sentence to narrow down your options.

Face it. GMAT Sentence Corrections can be a little overwhelming! And, if you are like most people, you might approach a sentence correction by carefully reading through all five responses and picking the answer that “sounds best.” You may even answer many questions correctly using this approach. However, reading through all five answers can be time-consuming. One way to speed up this process is to focus on a single error and to immediately cross off all answer choices with this error. This is a great way to apply process of elimination on the GMAT Sentence Corrections. In this post, we will focus on one of these error types: subject-verb errors.

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Work/Rate/Time Problems on the GMAT

Posted by Alexander V. on 5/25/20 2:50 PM

For many people studying for the GMAT, Work/Rate/Time problems prove to be a particularly sore spot on the Quantitative Reasoning section. In this lesson, we will learn an efficient and effective way to tackle these problem types algebraically.

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Three Key Lessons from a Lifetime of Test Taking

Posted by James B. on 4/10/20 11:00 AM

As someone who’s spent over twenty years in school and is currently pursuing both MD and MPP degrees, I’ve taken my fair share of tests. For as long as I can remember, tests have been both milestones and gatekeepers. The first “high-stakes” tests I took were the SAT and ACT in preparation for college admissions. After many midterms and finals in college, I faced the MCAT for admission to medical school and the GRE for admission to public policy school. Since then, I have gone through three USMLE Step exams for my medical license and numerous finals during medical school. Along the way of taking all these tests, I settled on three strategies for success.

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How to Methodically Crack Tough “Primeness” Questions on the GMAT

Posted by Jonathan F. on 4/6/20 11:00 AM

Questions that ask you to determine if a number is prime are ubiquitous on the GMAT. You can expect to come across at least a few on exam day, so knowing how to quickly determine a number’s “primeness” will be necessary if you’re looking to break the 700 ceiling.

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GMAT Tip: Look for Dangling Modifiers!

Posted by Alexander V. on 4/3/20 11:00 AM

Trusting your ear can get you far, but knowing some key grammar rules gets you even farther!

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The GMAT was designed with you in mind

Posted by Patrick M. on 3/27/20 11:00 AM

According to the GMAC, the organization that administers the GMAT, the test is highly correlated to success in business school. Why would this be the case? Obviously, business school is going to involve little if any geometry. Timed meticulous editing of poorly-crafted run-on sentences is unlikely to come up on final exams. Obsessing over data sufficiency of positives and negatives (can it be zero?) will end on test day. The reason that these things are good predictors of success is because the qualities necessary to thrive on the test have very little to do with rote memorization of algebraic formulas but everything to do with problem solving, cumulative preparation, and peak performance. All three of these are necessary skills for success in business school.

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That Fine Line between Pure Algebra and Testing Numbers on the GMAT

Posted by Alexander V. on 3/20/20 11:00 AM

Pure Algebra is not the most efficient way to solve every problem!

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Grad school standardized testing: To re-test or not to re-test?

Posted by Rahima on 2/14/20 11:00 AM

So you got your score back, and you’re not thrilled. What now?

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