If you still need to be convinced about the value of making predictions on the GMAT, then read this: Beating GMAT Verbal by Making Predictions. Now that we are all on board, let’s learn how to do it…
When a Critical Reasoning (CR) question pops up on the screen, adept test takers know to read the actual question first. The Question is always found in the middle between the Stimulus and the Answer Choices. By reading the question first and, thus, depending solely on the type of CR question posed, the test taker knows how to most efficiently and effectively untangle the stimulus above.
There are many different types of CR questions, but most of them will fall under the category we at Kaplan like to call the Argument Family. The members of the Argument Family are Assumption, Strengthen, Weaken, Flaw, and Evaluation. The correct answer to every question … Read full post
We regularly share GMAT practice problems for you to try on your own, and then follow up with complete answer explanations. In my experience as a Kaplan teacher, I’ve found that many students read through the explanations quickly and then move on, often missing out on the wealth of learning that can be had from thorough engagement with answer explanations. It’s my mission to help you “suck the marrow”, so to speak, out of these explanations.
Here’s how to get the most out of our most recent (and every) GMAT practice problem and answer explanation. I’ll use the GMAT Data Sufficiency Geometry problem that we posted earlier this week (you might want to pause now and give it a try before reading further.)
- Work through the problem using the answer explanation as your guide. Take as long as you need to understand the explanation fully. Ask us any
Did you try out our GMAT Data Sufficiency practice question? If not, take a couple minutes now to give it a try before reviewing the explanation.
Now, let’s get down to brass tacks on the Geometry and DS skills you need to solve this one…
One way to find the area of a quadrilateral is to divide it into triangles and add the areas of the triangles, which can be found using the formula for the area of a triangle: (1/2)(Base)(Height).
If you add dashed lines to the diagram connecting points A and C and points B and D, you will see that the quadrilateral is composed of 4 right triangles:
You can see that one side of each triangle is a radius of one of the circles; for example, AB is a radius of circle A and is the hypotenuse of triangle ABE. Also, you’ll … Read full post
This year, I’d like to learn to play chess. I imagine that I’m going to have to read some about chess, but mostly practice playing it a whole lot in order to learn the game. I suppose that I’m going to have to find a willing partner – someone who has the patience to play chess with a novice.
Here’s some good news for you: as you learn to “play” the GMAT, you have a willing partner – Kaplan. The best way to increase your score on the GMAT is to practice. Seems obvious, right? Well, it’s just like any skill you’re trying to acquire – the more you do it, the more comfortable you become with it, the more you understand the nuances, the ins and outs, and the closer you become to being an expert.
So, let’s play a practice round. No worries, this is a … Read full post
Do you know what your GMAT score goal should be? Do you know how to figure that out? Look, you need a target score and I need you to set it. Here’s how:
- Do some research. Compile a list of all the programs you’d like to attend. Be thorough in your research and clearly identify why you would like to attend each institution that makes it onto your list.
- Find out what the average GMAT score is for admitted students to each of your listed programs. If, for some reason, you cannot find that information online, call the admissions office and ask.
- Take the highest score and make it higher. Add on twenty points or so and set that as your target score. Remember, an average is comprised of scores that are higher and lower than the mean presented. You want to be on the top side of that
Did you try out last year’s Critical Reasoning practice question? Okay, it was really only a few days ago, but that was 2013, and we’re fresh into 2014. Let’s start off strong with breaking down this GMAT Critical Reasoning question in a way that will allow you to grab points on GMAT Test Day.
Step 1: Identify the Question Type
The direct wording in the question stem clearly indicates a weaken question.
Step 2: Untangle the Stimulus
The conclusion here is that companies employing overseas call centers will be more profitable than companies that do not. The evidence is that these companies save more with overseas call centers than do companies that don’t use them.
Step 3: Predict the Answer
The argument, however, assumes that all other elements of the businesses will remain the same. As we head to the choices, we should be looking for a fact … Read full post
It’s the time of year for countdown lists, so I’m sharing with you my advice for how to become a high scorer on the GMAT. It takes serious drive and dedication, and these five tips will help you on the path to success.
The Top 5 Secrets of GMAT High Scorers…
#5: Average test-takers see the GMAT as a fearsome roadblock, or a nuisance. 700+ test-takers see the test as an evenly matched competitor, and not something superior, and thus look at it as an exciting challenge.
#4: They balance strengths & weaknesses; quant and verbal.
#3: They welcome mistakes, because mistakes are where new points will come from. They look for patterns of holes or flaws in their game on every question, and find a resolution that’s achievable under test conditions.
#2: They train rigorously (instead of studying). They have a set training schedule in … Read full post
What’s the holiday without a classic tale rewritten for the GMAT test taker? We know you’ve been waiting patiently, and you’re on the “Nice” list, so here’s our holiday gift to you.
‘Twas the night before GMAT, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The knowledge was learned by the student with care,
In hopes that their Score soon would be there.
The test-takers were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of radicals danced in their heads.
With she in her ‘kerchief, and he in his cap,
They’d just settled down for a fitful night’s nap.
When up in their heads arose such a clatter,
They sprang from their beds and thought, “What is the matter?”
Away to the bathroom they flew like a flash,
Will they tear open their stomachs and throw up their mash?
The nerves in the … Read full post
In Part II of my series on the Verbal section of the GMAT, we are going to cover the necessity of predicting correct answers to Verbal questions before evaluating the answer choices available. Predicting is a skill one must learn and practice over time. Start now, do it consistently, and you will make a breakthrough.
Let’s first take a moment to appreciate a simple GMAT truism: for every question on the exam, there is always one right and four rotten answers. Always. All answer choices that are not the correct one are definitively incorrect.
Understand that the GMAT is written by human beings. Just like the questions, answer choices are deliberately composed. In every list of five GMAT answer choices, the test makers thoughtfully construct the four wrong answers. Each of these wrong answers will, in some way, address a possible misunderstanding or misinterpretation of the original stimulus or … Read full post
Maybe you heard about (or read) a recent story in the Washington Post entitled: Are business schools graduating the wrong leaders? If so, the GMAT may be to blame. Hopefully you’ve been watching my blog series on this story, and tracking the various critical reasoning errors. Let’s discuss another one today.
The article suggests that people interested in entrepreneurship don’t do as well on the GMAT, and it concludes that the GMAT discourages entrepreneurship.
“Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) results are an important assessment criterion for business-school applications. The higher the GMAT score, the better the odds of gaining admission. A study in the Journal of Business Ethics makes the surprising finding that high GMAT scores may be correlated to some of the negative traits of American business: lack of ethical orientation, male domination of executive ranks, uncertainty avoidance, and individualism. What’s more, GMAT scores may be inversely correlated with … Read full post