GMAT Hacks: A Small Improvement Can Be a Dangerous Thing

The better you get at GMAT questions”“especially math”“the more you’ll get into a spirit of figuring things out. When you know all the rules and formulas, math can be fun, at least in the sense that it’s satisfying to find the answer.

But when you get to, say, question #11 on the GMAT Quantitative section, your goal isn’t to find an answer to #11 at all costs, it’s to get the best possible score on the section”“which includes watching the clock.

What you most certainly don’t have time to do is to try several different methods. By the time you’re taking a second approach, you should realize that you don’t really know how to do the problem. Perhaps you’ll get lucky, but there’s absolutely no point in spending four or five minutes on a question you’ll probably get wrong anyway.

This is an excerpt from a longer article by Jeff Sackmann, originally published at GMAT Hacks.  Jeff has created several valuable GMAT-preparation resources, including Total GMAT Math and Total GMAT Verbal.

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