How to crack GMAT exam questions in time

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10 Oct 2016

How to crack GMAT exam questions in time

The GMAT examination is as much about accuracy as it is about speed. If you have researched and know all the tips to manage the GMAT syllabus, but if you don’t know how to crack GMAT questions and get answers in time, you will be penalized by the scoring algorithm. In this post, the experts from GMAT will provide tips on how to solve complicated GMAT questions that may seem simple at first sight.

In the GMAT quantitative section you only have roughly two short minutes to read, solve, and answer each problem, you won’t be blamed for expecting elegant and simple solutions. The truth might seem bitter to you but it exists and, still, this is not always the case. Even though short-cuts that allow you to avoid extensive and exhausting calculations often do exist and are called as tricks, you can count on it but searching on your own will end up in a wild-goose chase.

If you really aim to crack GMAT exam questions and get a high score, your goal should be to analyze each question individually & deeply without any predetermined template for resolution or preconceived notion. Don’t take too long to think—start solving immediately with whatever the first solution method that comes to mind, and constantly reassess your progress, growth and your options.

Keep in mind that the GMAT quant’s section evaluates a wide selection of problem-solving skills, not just your love for mathematics. Knowing what is the way to solve a problem can be just as vital as knowing how to solve it. Answering correctly a question in this section is not a one-step process.

Read on to know the steps:-

  • First, you must read and quickly understand the problem.
  • Then, you must associate each question with a certain category. You must ask yourself; for example, does this question focus on algebra, differential geometry, or number systems? This doesn’t guarantee correct answers but incorrect identification can put you on a shaky path to nowhere and will leave you frustrated, tensed and short of time for the rest of the section.
  • The last and final step is the solution itself, i.e., doing the calculations, algebra, charts and diagrams, or whatever is necessary to reach to the correct answer. You may well be the fastest and best person in this universe in this last step, but if you ignore the previous steps your score will suffer either from insufficient time or incorrect answers.

Remember that even though the GMAT examination does not contain university level math, anything at a lower level is free game. The content and format of questions can vary to a great extent, as can the possible or ideal solution methods.

Every question is different yet unique. A question may draw on number theory, probability, geometry, algebra, or any combination of these and other quant topics. It may be solved through an amalgamation of pure trivial and logic arithmetic, or it may require you to perform several time-consuming approximations, hard calculations, or difficult trials planned to test not your acumen or aptitude but rather your effectiveness, speed, and ability to stay focused, concentrate and error-free throughout a complex process.

So these were our few tips…write in the comments section below if you wish to know more. We will be happy to address your doubts.