# How Does Scoring Differ Between the GMAT and the GRE?

It’s a new year, and thus a good time to undertake a new intellectual challenge. For me, this challenge will

# How to Answer GMAT Critical Reasoning Questions Involving Experiments

There are certain themes that crop up in Critical Reasoning questions so often that it’s worthwhile to treat these problem

# How to Use Ratios in GMAT Verbal Questions

I’ve written in the past about the GMAT’s tendency to use simple math concepts in the context of a Critical

# GMAT Sentence Correction: How to Tackle Inverted Sentence Structures

One of the challenges test-takers encounter on Sentence Correction questions is the tendency of question writers to structure sentences in

# Assumption vs. Strengthen Critical Reasoning Questions: What’s the Difference?

I had a discussion with a tutoring student the other day about the distinction between Assumption and Strengthen questions in

# The Patterns to Solve GMAT Questions with Reversed-Digit Numbers – Part II

In an earlier post, I wrote about the GMAT’s tendency to ask questions regarding the number properties of two two-digit

# How to Use the Pythagorean Theorem With a Circle

It does not surprise anyone when they learn that the properties of circles are tested on the GMAT. Most test-takers

# The Benefits of Thinking With a Growth-Mindset Mentality

During a little summer beach vacation, I had the chance to read Carol Dweck’s Mindset. (Yes, this is my beach

# How to Simplify Complicated Combination and Permutation Questions on the GMAT

When test-takers first learn how to tackle combination and permutation questions, there’s typically a moment of euphoria when the proper

# How to Solve “Hidden” Factor Problems on the GMAT

One of the interesting things to note about newer GMAC Quant questions is that, while many of these questions test

# When to Pick Your Own Numbers on GMAT Quant Questions

The other day, while working with a tutoring student, I was enumerating the virtues of various test-taking strategies when the

# Probability and Combinations: What You’ll Need to Know for the GMAT

If you’ve been paying attention to the exciting world of GMAT prep, you know that GMAC released two new practice

# How to Use Units Digits to Avoid Doing Painful Calculations on the GMAT

During the first session of each new class I teach, we do a quick primer on the utility of units

# How to Approach Difficult GMAT Problems

My students have a hard time understanding what makes a difficult GMAT question difficult. They assume that the tougher questions

# How to Reach a 99th Percentile GMAT Score Using No New Academic Strategies

Last week I received an email from an old student who’d just retaken the GMAT. He was writing to let

# Don’t Swim Against the Arithmetic Currents on the GMAT Quant Section

When I was a child, I was terrified of riptides. Partially, this was a function of having been raised by

# How to Simplify Percent Questions on the GMAT

One of the most confounding aspects of the GMAT is its tendency to make simple concepts seem far more complex

# How to Use Pronoun Substitution to Answer GMAT Sentence Correction Questions

It was around the time my daughter was born that my wife and I began to have pronoun fights. A

# What to Do When You Find a Weighted Average Question In the Verbal Section of the GMAT

Weighted averages show up everywhere on the GMAT. Most test-takers are prepared to see them on the Quantitative Section, but

# GMAT Rate Questions: Tackling Problems with Multiple Components

A few posts ago, I tackled rate/work questions, which are invariably a source of consternation for GMAT test-takers. On the latest

# How to Simplify Sequences on the GMAT

The GMAT loves sequence questions. Test-takers, not surprisingly, do not feel the same level of affection for this topic. In

# Solving GMAT Standard Deviation Problems By Using as Little Math as Possible

The other night I taught our Statistics lesson, and when we got to the section of class that deals with

# How to Avoid Trap Answers On GMAT Data Sufficiency Questions

When I’m not teaching GMAT classes or writing posts for our fine blog, I am, unfortunately, writing fiction. Anyone who

# Breaking Down Changes in the New Official GMAT Practice Tests: Unit Conversions in Shapes

Recently, GMAC released two more official practice tests. Though the GMAT is not going to test completely new concepts – if

# Use This Tip to Avoid Critical Reasoning Traps on the GMAT

When you’ve been teaching test prep for a while you begin to be able to anticipate the types of questions

# Are There Set Rules for Answering GMAT Sentence Correction Questions?

The other day I was working with a tutoring student on Sentence Correction when she expressed some understandable frustration: when

# 2 Tips to Make GMAT Remainder Questions Easy

Several months ago, I wrote an article about remainders. Because this concept shows up so often on the GMAT, I thought

# All You Need to Know About Using Interest Equations on the GMAT

As an undergraduate, I concentrated in Finance. When I tell people this, they make two unwarranted assumptions: the first is

# It’s All Greek to Me: How to Use Greek Concepts to Beat the GMAT

The ancient Greeks were, to put it mildly, really neat. They created or helped to create the foundations of philosophy,

# Why Logic is More Important Than Algebra on the GMAT

One common complaint I get from students is that their algebra skills aren’t where they need to be to excel

# How to Choose the Right Number for a GMAT Variable Problem

When you begin studying for the GMAT, you will quickly discover that most of the strategies are, on the surface,

# How to Make Rate Questions Easy on the GMAT

I recently wrote about the reciprocal relationship between rate and time in “rate” questions. Occasionally, students will ask why it’s

# The Patterns to Solve GMAT Questions with Reversed-Digit Numbers

The GMAT asks a fair number of questions about the properties of two-digit numbers whose tens and units digits have

# How to Use Difference of Squares to Beat the GMAT

In Michael Lewis’ Flashboys, a book about the hazards of high-speed trading algorithms, Lewis relates an amusing anecdote about a candidate

# Is Technology Costing You Your GMAT Score?

I recently read Sherry Turkle’s Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age. While the book isn’t about

# You Can Do It! How to Work on GMAT Work Problems

Rate questions, so far as I can remember, have been a staple of almost every standardized test I’ve ever taken.

# Use Number Lines on the GMAT, Not Memory!

I’ve written in the past about how the biggest challenge on many GMAT questions is the strain they put on

# Does the GMAT Even Really Measure Anything?

At some point, in pretty much every class I teach, a student will ask me what the GMAT really measures.