How to crack GMATRahul Singh
How to crack GMAT
Problem solving/Quantitative Aptitude section has been a difficult area for many GMAT aspirants. While some are not very good at Math, the others being good – the ones who are capable of getting a high score – miss out on a few pointers which would help them increase their percentile. Many knew how to solve, did the work right, and still got them wrong because they made common, silly mistakes. This article concentrates on Acing Quants in GMAT
If you have taken a few mock tests and are scoring about 45 raw marks in the GMAT Quants section then this article will be helping you to increase your raw score to about 50 which is 90 percentile.
Generally, Indians are considered to be above average in Math, scoring between 45 and 51 raw marks in Quant. What people don’t realize is that even 1 raw mark can bring about a huge change in your percentile.
For example: 46 raw marks can get you about 71 percentile whereas 50 raw marks can get you 90 percentile in Quant.
You can see how just a difference of 4 marks can bring about such a huge change in the percentile. One needs to carefully make note of that and start working on ways to increase your raw marks.
Following are 3 methods that can help you increase your GMAT Quants score.
1. Clear your basics
Students tend to rush into the advance concepts without spending much time to build strong basics.
Example: What is the area of an obtuse angled triangle whose two sides are 8 and 12 and the angle included between two sides is 1500?
A. 24 sq units
B. 48 sq units
C. 74 sq units
D.96 sq units
E. Such a triangle does not exist
The answer to the above question is 24 sq. units
One might know the method of solving the above sum but if the person doesn’t remember the formula for area of a triangle then he would be in trouble and would end up losing those marks that could have helped him to increase his percentile. Hence it is very important to have all your basics done perfectly. One should remember all the formulas, squares, roots, tables, etc. so that they don’t face any problem on the final day which would also help in saving time.
2. Try to simplify the sum.
GMAT doesn’t test you mainly on how well you know the formulas or how good you are at number crunching, it is about how well you understood the concept and use simpler method to solve a complex problem. Sometimes you may come across a question that might not have any formula which you can use to solve, hence you need to keep in mind the following 3 tricks
• Making a guesstimate using the answer options is extremely important
• Don’t get caught up with complicated or lengthy calculations, you are probably overlooking a shortcut.
• Work backwards; Try to insert your answer choice in the question and work backwards to see if it is correct.
3. Relying only to Official Guide is not enough
The official guide is an amazing book but if you only depend on it then you might end up scoring only 40 raw marks. If one is aiming to score 51 raw marks then he should start solving GMATprep questions that are available online.