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What to Expect on the GMAT Quantitative Section

If you are applying to an online MBA program, you probably already know about the GMAT. The overall score on the GMAT measures performance in both the quantitative and verbal sections. The quantitative section on the GMAT is more commonly known as the GMAT math section. This section tests core math skills you probably learned in high school. However, you will need to solve these problems in creative ways in order to complete them under the two-minute time limit. This section is also computer adaptive, which means it will get more difficult the more answers you get correct.

The GMAT math section involves two different types of questions. The first type resembles problems you would have seen in school. It will present you with some information and a question. You will then have to select the best of the five answer choices.

The second type of question is data sufficiency. The most important element of this type of question is determining if the problem is solvable, given the available information. Each question presents some information and posits a question — in addition to offering two other pieces of information, labeled (I) and (II). You will need to ascertain if you can answer that question with (I) alone, (II) alone, both together, each individually or not at all.

It is essential to learn the key components of the GMAT math section, but it is also essential to understand GMAT strategies. There are 37 questions to answer in 75 minutes, so you will need to solve the problems accurately and quickly. GMAT math strategies can help you do this. These strategies include approaches like estimation, guessing, back-solving and picking numbers. It will take significant practice to master them, so it is important to do practice tests.

The GMAT quantitative section can be intimidating, but understanding its questions makes it easier for you to prepare.

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