## At a picnic there were 3 times as many adults GMAT

At a picnic there were 3 times as many adults GMAT SOLUTION This question is more complicated than it needs to be, but it is simply an issue of careful substitution. Look at it this way: we need the number of men in terms of x, which would imply that we get all of the … Read More

## If the recommended weight w, in pounds, for a male… GMAT

If the recommended weight w, in pounds, for a male… GMAT Data Sufficiency Question Here’s the question for you: If the recommended weight w, in pounds, for a male is given in terms of his height h, in inches, by the formula w = 4.5h − 154, how much greater is Eric’s recommended weight than … Read More

## Last year the price per share of Company A’s stock — SOLUTION GMAT

Last year the price per share of Company A’s stock… is a pretty frustrating little question. That’s because this GMAT question is extra-sneaky in its wording. Make sure that you’re being careful about what is what. I personally recommend writing down all of your values relative to the original value, perhaps in a table. Last … Read More

## GMAT Combinatorics: The Ultimate Guide to GMAT Factorials (also useful for Probability!)

GMAT Combinatorics: The Ultimate Guide to GMAT Factorials — the Three-Question Method If we don’t get the concept of Factorials straight, the rest of this–Permutations and Combinations, quite a lot of advanced GMAT fatoring, etc.–is never going to work. How to Think About GMAT Factorials in a Broad Sense The idea of a Factorial is … Read More

## Ultimate Guide to GMAT Geometry Part V: GMAT Triangles 1

Chapter 11: GMAT Triangles All the basic stuff for triangles is probably going to be fairly obvious. First, of course, a triangle is a three-sided object. Second is that all of the angles of a triangle add to 180 degrees.  Third is that the angle opposite any side of the triangle is proportional to that … Read More

## The Ultimate Guide to GMAT Geometry III: Trapezoids, Rectangles, Squares

The Ultimate Guide to GMAT Geometry, Part III: Trapezoids, Rectangles, and Squares Chapter 8: Trapezoids (Trapeziums (Trapeziae?)) in GMAT Geometry If you were paying attention to the footnotes, then you’d recognize this as the extra credit answer.  In essence, a trapezoid is sort of a dodgy parallelogram, where only two of the opposite sides got … Read More

## Ultimate Guide to GMAT Geometry, Part II: Perimeter, Area, Parallelograms

Ultimate Guide to GMAT Geometry, Part II: Polygons, Perimeter and Area, Parallelograms Chapter 5: Polygons in GMAT Geometry Remember how I’ve mentioned like ten times about how a straight line creates a 180-degree angle? If not, well, it does. Now, think about this. What happens if we were to magically fracture that line? If we … Read More

## The Ultimate Guide to GMAT Geometry: Introduction and Lines (Part I)

The Ultimate Guide to GMAT Geometry (Part I) Geometry has a really weird relationship with the GMAT. It’s the one place where quite a bit of memorization is necessary, which causes a big problem: imperfect memorization will lead to wrong results. For that reason, I think memorization of rote formulae is mostly a waste of … Read More

## GMAT Combinatorics: Permutations vs. Combinations (and Shorthand!)

GMAT Combinatorics Questions: Permutations vs. Combinations (plus Shorthand!) As noted above, this is simply a clipped factorial.  Let’s take the case from above and modify it slightly.  Three paintings, from a group of seven total paintings, are chosen to be hung on a wall. In how many ways can these three paintings be arranged? So: … Read More

## GMAT Probability Question SOLVED: An Exception to the “At Least” Rule?

A GMAT Probability Question Fully Solved: An Exception to the “At Least” Rule? It’s difficult to say that there’s really an exception–after all, you can do any Probability question multiple ways, forward, backward, or even sideways. The question is just which of these ways will be most effective in the given situation. What is the … Read More