# Discover Data Sufficiency: We Answer the Free GMAT Question of the Week

December 10, 2013 by

If b ≠ 0 and a > b, is a > c?

(1) a/b> c/b

(2) 5ab > 6bc

Here’s the full answer and explanation. Read carefully, this is where you will learn concepts and strategies.

This is a Yes/No Data Sufficiency question. The question stem tells you that b ≠ 0 and a > b. You want to find out whether there is sufficient information to determine whether a > c. There is no information in the question stem that you can use to determine whether or not a > c, so take a look at the statements.

Both of the statements are inequalities, so it’s important to remember that when you multiply both sides of an inequality by a positive number, the direction of the inequality sign stays the same, but when you multiply both … Read full post

# GMAT Answers of the Week: Scary Edition

November 21, 2013 by

Did our latest GMAT Questions of the Week scare you into studying? We hope so! We offered you two questions, and today we have the answers and explanations we know you’re dying to read. So without further ad0, here are the GMAT Answers of the Week: Scary Edition…Boo! Want to tackle more questions like these? Take a free sample class on Tuesday, November 26th at 9pm, Saturday, December 7th at 2pm, Saturday , December 21st at 5pm

The First Question:

Researchers have found that, on average one American should be struck by lightning every 13 days.

• A. one American should be struck by lightning every 13 days
• B. an American should be struck by lightning once in every 13 days
• C. lightning will strike some American once every 13 days
• D. every 13 days an American is struck by lightning
• E. every 13 days an American should be struck by

# Free GMAT Sample Class

November 1, 2013 by

If you need help with your GMAT prep, we’ve got you covered. Now is your chance to see one of our GMAT experts in action, breaking down the GMAT exam and introducing you to proven Kaplan methods and strategies that will allow you to dominate your competition on GMAT Test Day.

If you attended any of the free GMAT practice tests that we held recently, then you’ve already met some of our GMAT experts. What better way to continue your GMAT prep than to attend a free, live, online session that’s focused on introducing you to the most efficient approach to every question type that you’ll see on the GMAT?

Here’s an example of the type of questions you’ll see in our upcoming GMAT Sample Class:

The youngest of 4 children has siblings who are 3, 5, and 8 years older than she is. If the average (arithmetic mean) age Read full post

# GMAT Answer of the Week: More Data is Sufficient

October 17, 2013 by

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.

Question:

Is x > y?

(1) 9x = 4y

(2) x>-y

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

# GMAT Question of the Week: Data Sufficiency

September 26, 2013 by

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

# GMAT Vine: Knock Out Tough Problems at Bootcamp

September 18, 2013 by

Kaplan’s free GMAT bootcamp is coming up this Thursday, September 19th at 9:30pm ET / 6:30pm PT. Learn how to tackle the hardest problems from some of our best instructors. Here’s the link to sign up: http://bit.ly/15yOAn7

# GMAT Bootcamp: Focus on Advanced Questions

September 13, 2013 by

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

# GMAT Problem Dissection: Mixtures and Ratios

August 29, 2013 by

If you’ve been studying for the GMAT for a while, you have realized that this is a highly patterned test. There is simply not a lot that the test maker can throw at you. As such, you will note that you often see the same content disguised in different contexts. Mixture problems are a great example of this. The test maker knows that most of you are either not that interested in science or have decided to focus on other areas. Many people may even have bad memories of chemistry from high school. Thus, disguising a ratio problem in the form of a mixture offers a great opportunity to game you and test your critical thinking skills. But not to worry, there are just two main types of mixture problems.

First, there are mixture problems that ask you to alter the proportions of a single mixture. For example, you have … Read full post

# Women in Business and Management – An Exclusive Kaplan Event

August 27, 2013 by

TONIGHT! Join us for our final event in our Road to Business School event series: Women in Business Management. We are incredibly excited to end this year’s RTBS with such a powerful, relevant seminar. This moderated panel of accomplished professionals will offer insight through experience and take your questions, live online. Let’s learn more about the panelists!

Christine Wu, Senior Director, Sony Brand Marketing & Media

• Prior to joining Sony Corporation of America in 2008, Ms. Wu was the Senior Marketing Manager at Pepsi-Cola North America. She received her MBA at Northwestern and BS at Wharton. Christine has climbed to and remained at the top of her field, engendering unique perspective on what it means to be a business professional.

Nell Derick Debevoise, Founder and CEO, Inspiring Capital

• Inspiring Capital is an organization and network of entrepreneurs and investors dedicated to assisting our non-profit companies in earning and optimizing

# Minority MBA: The Road Less Traveled – An Exclusive Kaplan Event

August 26, 2013 by

TONIGHT! Join us for an exclusive Kaplan event we cannot be more excited present: Minority MBA: The Road Less Traveled. A fabulous moderated panel of accomplished professionals will offer insight through experience and take your questions, live online. Let’s learn more about the panelists!

Daria Burke, CEO Black MBA Women

• Ms. Burke is a celebrated speaker and business leader. Her professional background began in the fashion and cosmetics industries before she dedicated her life “to influencing and empowering the next generation of black female business leaders” (click for Daria’s full bio). Black MBA Women, founded in 2012, has found footing and success in elevating its unique constituency.

Nicole Lindsay, CEO Diversity MBA Prep

• Diversity MBA Prep is an organization dedicated to coaching women and minorities through the business school application process. Ms. Lindsay is also the principal at Strong Seed Professional Development LLC. She holds a BS

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