From a cursory glance, you can see that the GMAT takes you back to math you learned in high school. Look a bit deeper and you see that it actually takes you back much further than that, to math you learned in elementary school – integers, positive/negative, etc. One of the interesting things about the GMAT is that sometimes these throwbacks to simple math are used to create challenging critical thinking problems. The problem in the photo is one of those. Post your answer and your method in the comments below. We’ll post the answer shortly.
For those of you who were busy working on the answer to last week’s question of the week either via the blog post or via the Facebook page. The answer is below. Stay tuned as well. More questions coming this week.
Is x > y?
(1) 9x = 4y
Step 1: Analyze the Question Stem
This is a Yes/No question. The stem does not give us much information, so let’s go directly to the statements, looking for information about the relationship between x and y.
Step 2: Evaluate the Statements Using 12TEN
Let’s rewrite Statement (1) as 9x/4= y. Now we can use Picking Numbers. If x = 4, then y = 9, so x is not greater than y in this case. But x could also be negative. If x = -4, then y = -9, and now x is greater than … Read full post
Is a long problem harder than a short problem? Does simple mean easy? Is more or less information to sort through better? Whatever your opinion about the GMAT, it is an elegant test in many ways. Sometimes, what looks easy, turns out to be quite challenging and what looks challenging at first glance turns out to be fairly simple. What do you think about the question below? It’s not the hardest problem you’ll see, but it does require some critical thinking. Post your answer and your method in the comments below. We’ll post the answer shortly.
Is x > y?
(1) 9x = 4y
(2) x > -y
Some of you may know, but many don’t, that I am currently in my last year of the MBA Program at Berkeley, Haas. It has been an amazing experience, but that is the subject of another post…or perhaps a whole series of them. For now, let’s just say that that experience has been shaped and informed by at least three main factors: 1) the people I have come to know, 2) the classes and curriculum, and 3) the location and connection of Berkeley with all things Silicon Valley. It’s the intersection of the last two that leads me to the subject of this blog post.
I am currently taking a class called Venture Capital and Private Equity. In this class, we look at the whole innovation ecosystem from the venture capital perspective and learn to evaluate the industry and companies from that side of the table. This is very … Read full post
Alright GMATers, it’s time for the next question of the week. As usual, we will leave the answer off until you have had the chance to chime in. Post your answers and how you got there in the comments below. You can also answer the question on Facebook if that is more your thing. Here it is…
Three hundred students at College Q study a foreign language. Of these, 110 of those students study French, and 170 study Spanish. If at least 90 students who study a foreign language at College Q study neither French nor Spanish, then the number of students who study Spanish but not French could be any number from
a) 10 to 40
b) 40 to 100
c) 60 to 100
d) 60 to 110
e) 70 to 110
Step 1: Analyze the Question Since students are split into two potentially overlapping sets—those … Read full post
We know you’re all avid blog readers, and we thank you for that. Did you know that we’re active on social channels as well: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube. We’d add Snapchat to the mix, but I’m not sure how that would play out . We share test day tips, work through practice problems, explore current business topics, blow off steam, share aspirations, goof off, and whatever else we’re in the mood for – all to keep the GMAT and bschool at the top of your mind. Here’s a taste of some current hits on facebook:
Most of us GMATers are working professionals. It can be daunting when the weekend is over and it’s back to work and GMAT studies and bschool applications and a personal life. We all feel it. The Facebook community can help you stay on track despite all of that…. Read full post
Many of our readers are in the midst of preparing hard for the GMAT, either to try to squeeze in an application before the first round bschool deadlines this fall or to prepare for second round deadlines coming up at the beginning of next year. Either way, we know that you want all the practice that you can get. Thus, we are bringing back the GMAT question of the week. Each week we’ll post a question here on the blog and on Facebook. We’ll leave off the answer. You can post your answers here or in the comments on Facebook along with any questions that you may have. Keep checking back after that. Once everyone who wants to play has chimed in, we will post the answer.
The first question in a data sufficiency question:
What is the area of the circle above with center O?
(1) The … Read full post
First round application deadlines are already kicking off. Many of you are gearing up to hit second round deadlines starting at the first of January. There are a lot of applications coming in during the second round, and you need to stand out from the crowd. A great GMAT score is one way to do this. To get to that score, you need to learn to tackle the toughest GMAT problems with speed and precision. This is exactly why we created GMAT Bootcamp, to help you apply your burgeoning GMAT skills to the toughest questions you will encounter on test day.
Join us on September 19th at 9:30pm ET for a free 90 minute live online event with some of Kaplan’s top teachers. Are you tough enough? http://bit.ly/17C75ed
Ok, let’s dive in and pull apart another GMAT problem type, average speed questions. Most of us have done a road trip at one time or another. Before we set out on the journey, we probably wanted to know some approximation of how long it would take. Google Maps does all of this for us now, even taking into account traffic. But before Google Maps, if we can take ourselves back that far, we had to do some calculations. In order to figure out how long the trip would take, we needed to know the distance and make some estimates about the speed at which we would be traveling. Then we would add some extra time to account for traffic and arrive at our answer.
But let’s think about how we’d figure out our average speed. To do this, let’s imagine that we were traveling between San Francisco and LA. … Read full post