Four tips for studying the GMAT quantitative section

The GMAT quantitative section can be quite daunting for some applicants, especially those who do not have a natural affinity for math. Here are some study tips to help you get through it.

  1. Figure out what you know first

The first step is to determine what you know. The math in the GMAT is primarily high-school level, so most people are familiar with the concepts but have not worked problems since high-school.   The best way to assess what you know is to take a practice test. You can get two free from GMAC.

  1. Create a study sheet

Once you determine what you need to learn, it is time to hit the books. Since there are so many quant rules to learn or remember, it is important to take lots of notes and organize all the information in a study sheet. You can use this study sheet to help you go through practice questions when you first start studying, then slowly wean yourself off of it.

  1. Practice, practice, practice

An essential and obvious study tips to practice with GMAT questions. To successfully master the quant section, you must be able to think outside the box and determine how to complete complicated questions quickly. Developing these skills requires a great deal of practice and review. It is critical to review your answers after completing practice questions, because the only way to improve is to learn from your mistakes so that you can answer more questions correctly next time.

  1. Memorize the basics

Since you are not allowed to use a calculator on the GMAT quantitative section, you will need to do a lot of computation during the test. This can be time-consuming. To save time, you can memorize basic arithmetic, exponents and fractions, so that you do not spend so much time on each question.

Taking the GMAT quantitative section can be nerve-racking, but following these tips may help you to become more comfortable with the test so that your score is as high as possible.


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