Here are five quick tips to make you much more effective at interpreting and solving GMAT problems involving percents, one of the most common GMAT questions. Percents and Decimals Fundamentally, a percent is a fraction out of 100 – it is per centum (Latin for “per 100”). It’s easy to change a percent to […]

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Consider the difference between these two seemingly similar questions: 1) According to the passage, Company X’s revenue has declined over the past five years because of (A) the advent of new competitors with a technological edge (B) the rising cost of raw materials (C) gross misspending at the managerial level (D) a combination of […]

Dice problems aren’t too common on the GMAT. As for the exact probability of getting a dice problem is something only privy to those over at GMAC. While it is a good idea to know your dice basics, doing so will only help you in the case of an easy dice problem. And one thing […]

You study for months, mastering concept after concept, practice test after practice test, and then on the big day, in front of the test itself, you are so nervous that you psych yourself out. How to avoid this? This series of articles presents a few ideas that have the potential to transform your experience of […]

There’s an old saying that says, “Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.” In grade school and high school, you were probably taught that math had to be precise; maybe you even had that unforgivingly drilled into you. Well, now you’re preparing for the GMAT, and the rules are different. On GMAT Math, “almost” […]

Two-Part Analysis is one of types of questions that will appear on the GMAT Integrated Reasoning! At a certain corporation, N is the total number of employees. These employees can choose among a variety of benefits packages, and R% of them choose the stock option plan as their benefit package. For each employee in this […]

The GMAT will ask you about geometric solids. The OG tells you that you should expect questions about rectangular solids and cylinders. Here, I will discuss four less common solids that are much less likely to appear on the GMAT Math section: the prism, the pyramid, the cone, and the sphere. For all of these, […]

According to the GMAT OG, there are two 3D solids you should understand in detail are (a) rectangular solids, and (b) cylinders. On any given GMAT, you will see no more than a couple questions on 3D solids, but they definitely could appear, especially if you are already getting many questions right and are moving […]

Overcoming some of the most common grammar mistakes In the business world, there are plenty of numbers, and those numbers are always in flux, going up or down. Not surprisingly, many of the sentences you will correct on the GMAT have topics that discuss quantities of various things and how those quantities change. Much of […]

A Case Study of the Area of an Equilateral Triangle Fact: on the GMAT Math section, you are likely to find questions about the area of an equilateral triangle, and it would be efficient if you knew the formula. (BTW, the formula appears a little further below.) Don’t Merely Memorize I am going to […]

Permutations A permutation is a possible order in which to put a set of objects. Suppose I had a shelf of 5 different books, and I wanted to know: in how many different orders can I put these 5 books? Another way to say that is: 5 books have how many different permutations? In order […]

Formulas A rate is how fast something is growing, changing, or being performed. The overarching rate formula is: Amount = Rate x Time When the rate is a speed, this simplifies to the familiar formula: Distance = Speed x Time In questions about speed, especially where an object travels at one speed for […]

Parallelism can come in many forms on the GMAT. Here are five famous passages: see if you can identify all the parallel structures, and below, I’ll discuss them. (Kudos, also, for recognizing the sources!) Each quote is preceded by a difficulty rating, assessing how hard it is to identify the parallelism in that quote. The […]