I got a call yesterday from a prospective client who sounded equal parts awestruck and discouraged. He explained that he had shown one of the sample GMAT math problems from my YouTube channel to his colleague who looked at it and proceeded to answer it, in his head, in about 20 seconds. The same problem had taken this caller several minutes to figure out, and that was with the help of my answer explanation in the video. After relating this story, his question to me was very simple:
“Will I ever be able to solve GMAT problems that fast?”
I responded like any good politician might: “Yes and no.” (Why take a stand when you can equivocate, right?)
All kidding aside, the reality is that some of us may never develop a true “math brain” that enables us to solve seemingly complex GMAT word problems in mere seconds. And even if we could, it probably won’t happen in the few weeks or months that we’ll be studying for the GMAT.
But here’s the good news: You don’t have to become a math (or verbal) savant to score high on the GMAT.
There are a handful of key GMAT content areas and test-taking strategies that, once learned and mastered, will enable even the most average of test takers to get more right answers on the GMAT in less time.
In fact, that’s exactly what I’m going to be teaching in my live online GMAT Bootcamp beginning March 1st. I’ll be tackling the most essential question types, strategies, and time management considerations that will enable you to dramatically boost your GMAT score after just a few hours of instruction. If you’re interested in accelerating your GMAT prep, click here to get all the details.
The GMAT in many ways is a balancing act, learning to weigh your desire to solve every problem you think you’re capable of solving with the very real time constraints placed on you by the test itself. For this reason, many of the questions I receive from my students concern time management on the GMAT — specifically, how to get more right answers in less time.
This video (below) addresses just those questions and also gives you a step-by-step study plan for preparing for the GMAT. As you’ll see, there are four parts of the progression toward learning to solve GMAT questions more efficiently. Again, it’s not about how smart you are. Rather, it’s a matter of adopting these four mindsets and practicing them until they’re second-nature when you go to apply them on test day. Enjoy!
Note: The deadline for registering for our GMAT Score Booster Bootcamp is midnight on Thursday, February 27th. For more details, visit http://offers.dominatethegmat.com/GMAT-Bootcamp-Live-Online.
Brett Ethridge is the founder of Dominate the GMAT, a leading provider of GMAT courses online and topic-specific GMAT video lessons. He has taught the GMAT for 10 years and loves working with students to help them achieve their highest potential. Brett is an entrepreneur, a triathlete, and an avid Duke basketball fan.
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