## Quarter Wit, Quarter Wisdom: Exponents - The Bane of Your Preparation

*Posted on on July 6, 2011*

No matter what score you are aiming for, knowing how to deal with exponents is crucial. Generally, questions based solely on exponents lie in the range of 600-650 and are one of the favorite topics of GMAT (but that’s just my opinion). It is also a topic which is very easy once you get the ‘hang of it’ but generates instant dislike until you don’t. I am sure many of you hate the sordid looking expressions/equations such as

(2^^{a} × 4 × 3^^{-4} × 3^{^b} )/(3^{^4} × 2^{^2}) = 8^^{-4} × 729

But of course, I don’t blame you. Sadly, exponents and roots are basics that we should be experts in – whether we are working on Number Systems, Algebra or even Geometry! So let’s roll!