(This is one of a series of GMAT tips that we offer on our blog.)
Start at the Very Beginning, It’s a Very Good Place to Start
Difficult Problem Solving questions often intimidate examinees who quickly become overwhelmed by the number of potential variables and figures that they face. It sounds trite, but top test-takers almost uniformly share one characteristic: they begin by identifying what they know, rather than worrying about what they do not. Simply by writing down the information that you know, you will find yourself in a position to solve for the next-easiest unknown, and from there you will build a knowledge base from which to work toward the correct answer.
Simply put, when questions appear to require several steps, it’s most important to take the first step. As Nietzsche (and, more famously, Eddie Murphy in Coming To America) said, “Before he can fly, a man must learn to stand, and to walk. A man cannot fly in to flight.”
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