Advanced GMAT Sentence Correction Secrets for GMAT Verbal

Advanced GMAT Sentence Correction Secrets IS IT WRITTEN ON THE PAGE? Much of the work of GMAT Sentence Correction or (GMAT Verbal in general) is simply learning to take the statements at absolute face value.  Think about how the most pedantic, literal person you know would interpret these sentences. Then turn yourself into the most … Read More

How to Analyze GMAT Quant Questions Properly PART II

CONSISTENTLY ASK YOURSELF: “Am I spinning my wheels?” Remember, that means doing things that won’t get you to the answer any faster. Are you calculating something that won’t yield one of the five answer choices? That’s not to say that the GMAT is giving you wrong information, but rather that the answer choices restrict your … Read More

Simple GMAT Fractions Trick for Dividing by 9s (Video!)

Here’s a simple GMAT Fractions trick that will help you out when you see a situation where you have to divide by 9 or 99 or 999, etc. It’s actually a really neat little trick and you’ll see it quite often in questions such as this one: Here is a quick tip for you, you … Read More

How to Analyze GMAT Quant Questions PROPERLY

Arithmetic–or calculation for calculation’s sake–is a waste of time on GMAT Quant Questions. ​ There–I said it. Allow me to add a premise to my argument: insecurity plays a huge role in GMAT Quant Questions. Chew on that for a moment, and let this sink in: Already the human computer is widely displaced by mechanical … Read More

GMAT Combinatorics: Simple Guide to GMAT Permutations and Combinations

Introduction At the risk of blowing all the secrets too early, let’s do this at the beginning. If you can answer three Core Questions, you’ll be able to answer any Combinatorics question that the GMAT decides to throw at you. Here they are: How Many Spaces? How Many Choices? Does Order Matter? Figuring out the … Read More

The Ultimate Guide to GMAT Mixtures Questions

The Ultimate Guide to GMAT Mixtures Questions The beauty of Mixtures questions is that they are relatively simple once we get a couple of simple concepts straight. One nice thing about Mixture questions is that they are best learned through example, so let’s jump right in.  Let’s take a hypothetical case where we have a … Read More

The Basic GMAT Probability Equations — A Short Guide

The Basic GMAT Probability Equations First, we need to establish some sort of general definition for the term Probability itself. You’ll most often hear Probability defined as some variant of: desired outcomes / total outcomes First things first: Probability is always a fraction, which, of course, could also be a percent (because these two statements, … Read More

Bias and Fallacy: GMAT Critical Reasoning Strategy, Part II

GMAT Critical Reasoning Strategy Part II: Biases and Fallacies (or Yes, You Are Wrong About That) What we have previously considered is what might be called the “models” that we can use to think properly, but just as important is to realize that we are hopelessly irrational creatures with a lot of bullshit programmed into … Read More

Independent vs. Dependent in GMAT Probability — the Difference.

Independent vs. Dependent Probability in GMAT Probability Questions — What is the Difference? It would be really easy to dive into a thoroughly flummoxing explanation of the difference between Independent and Dependent Probabilities, but I’ll spare you that. In other words, a technical proof of this is somewhat mind-bending, so we’ll leave it here with … Read More

I Hate the GMAT Part II: Frustration and Shame

I hate the GMAT because it is built to be frustrating. (Among other reasons, of course!) Start with contempt. If you get frustrated enough, the GMAT wins. While it’s nice to really enjoy something and pursue everything “for the love,” let’s be honest–that’s bullshit.  At least at the beginning. Let’s start with a little story… … Read More