How to Prepare for GMAT Math?


How to Prepare for GMAT Math


‘How to prepare for GMAT Quant?’; ‘My mathematics basics are very weak, how should I study to get a good score in GMAT Quant?’ or ‘How to study Math for GMAT, if maths is very weak?’ are a few questions GMAT aspirants hunt on Google.

In GMAT, 37 questions are to be answered in the 75 minutes of allotted time. 5 options and no in between interval is an intense situation every GMAT aspirant faces during writing down the test. But it’s more nerve-racking for those students to whom Mathematics is not less than a nightmare. Down the lane, it demands proper time management for solving the problems, and you have to be a good calculator since leaving questions unattempted in GMAT is the biggest crime.

The word problems asked in the test are considered to be the most complex questions in the GMAT test. It creates logical riddles which entail high logical and analytical skills. Therefore, you have to create a calculative attitude to confront the bombardment of high logical, quantitative problems.

In quantitative aptitude section, it incorporates two sections (i) Problem Solving and (ii) Data Sufficiency. The specific number of questions asked from these formats vary. Let’s discuss in brief the following aspects:

Problem Solving (PS):

In this, you’ll be solving questions oriented to arithmetic. Out of five given options, you have to select one correct answer. These questions are tricky and require high accuracy to solve them.

Data Sufficiency (DS):

This kind of question deals with two statements contains data and additional information. A test taker has to determine whether the information in the data is compatible and conveys the exact conclusion. In GMAT DS questions, the answer choices are invariable. They are always: (A) Statement (1) ALONE is sufficient to answer the question, but statement (2) ALONE is not. (B) Statement (2) ALONE is sufficient to answer the question, but statement (1) ALONE is not. (C) Statements (1) and (2) taken together are sufficient to answer the question, even though neither statement alone is sufficient. (D) Either statement by itself is sufficient to answer the question. (E) Statements (1) and (2) taken together are not sufficient to answer the question, and additional data may be needed to answer the question.

It is easy to determine that the DS questions do not only exceed the difficulty level of questions and also involve high order thinking capabilities. It requires deep thought processing for which you have to work methodically while formulating any conclusion.

Here are the five effective ways to tackle your fear of mathematics

Rely on Your Quantitative Skills

Our experience is our greatest teacher, so gain experience and learn from your mistakes. That means before taking the actual GMAT test, give mock tests. This will sharpen your question-solving abilities. You’ll be facing a kind of real exam scenario, and you will be capable enough of tackling question anxiety. If you don’t perform well in the practice test have faith on your skills.

Execute Your Preparation with the Plan

Don’t swim in the ocean of GMAT quant prep without prior strategies. Set your timings while solving the questions. Understand the concept first, and then solve according to it.

Fix Clock

We all know the fact that GMAT is a time game. So set an upper time limit for solving questions and gradually decrease the time limit which will help in increasing your question-solving pace. If you’re taking more than the assumed time, with hawk eye detect the reasons for you struggling with the questions. Be calm! and continue practicing.

Avoid Selecting the Wrong Approach

To solve a question, there are multiple approaches comprising of long or short, right or wrong. GMAT is all about attempting the number of questions so don’t take a risk by approaching the questions with the long method.

Don’t Spend More Time

While solving questions, if you find yourself stuck; try to solve diligently. If you are unable to cope up with the correct answer, then go for the one you feel is the closest. The advantage of GMAT test is you’ll be not penalized for the wrong answer but skipping sets of questions may cost you heavily.

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