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Free Magoosh GMAT eBook

By - Jul 30, 09:32 AM   Comments [0]

This eBook is a compilation of the best of the Magoosh GMAT blog, written by our GMAT expert Mike McGarry, and we’re happy to be able to share it with you for free, via PDF! It includes: An introduction to the format of the GMAT General exam...

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GMAT Grammar Game – Pick the Correct Sentence

By - Jun 14, 09:00 AM   Comments [0]

Below are two excerpts from popular news sources. Accompanying each excerpt is a slightly modified version of the sentence that contains one or more grammatical flaws. See if you know which excerpt is from an actual news source, and which one is the result of...

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GMAT Sentence Correction: Lie vs. Lay

By - Jun 13, 09:00 AM   Comments [2]

Untangle the most confusing pair of verbs in the English language!  To begin, a SC question from the Official Guide: question #95 from the OG13e (#96 in the OG 12e): 95) One of the primary distinctions between our intelligence with that of other primates may lay not so...

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GMAT Quant: How to Solve Two Equations with Two Variables

By - Jun 12, 09:00 AM   Comments [0]

Fact: If you have two variables and only one equation, in general you will not be able to solve for the individual values of the variables.  You need two separate equations in order to solve for the individual values of each of two variables. (This...

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Introduction to GMAT Critical Reasoning

By - Jun 11, 09:00 AM   Comments [0]

One question on the GMAT Verbal Section is Critical Reasoning.  On this question, the prompt presents some sort of argument, and then asks you, in one way or another, to analyze the argument — for example, by strengthening it, weakening it, finding its underlying assumption,...

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The GMAT’s Favorite Triangles

By - Jun 8, 09:00 AM   Comments [0]

Understand the properties of the GMAT Quantitative section’s two favorite triangles!  The two special triangles are right triangles with special angles and side.  Like all right triangles, they satisfy the Pythagorean Theorem.  These two triangles are “special” because, with just a couple pieces of information, we can figure out...

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GMAT Verbs: The Perfect Tense?

By - Jun 7, 09:00 AM   Comments [0]

Two of the more confusing tenses in English are the present perfect and the past perfect. What makes them so is both describe continuous actions. To illustrate, let’s take a look at the following sentences: 1.) Last night, I walked my dog. 2.) I have walked Bucky...

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Common Parallel Structure Words in GMAT Sentence Correction

By - Jun 6, 09:00 AM   Comments [5]

Concision is one of the goals of parallel structure.  Consider the following monstrosity of a sentence. 1a) After I get my next paycheck, I am seriously thinking about buying a jet ski, I am seriously thinking about treating my friends to dinner, and I am seriously...

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GMAT Sentence Correction: If vs. Whether

By - Jun 5, 09:00 AM   Comments [1]

“I don’t know if you will find this post helpful” Do you spot the error in the preceding sentence?  This error is common in casual spoken English, but it will cost you on the GMAT Sentence Correction.  In that sentence, the word “if” is incorrect: it...

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GMAT Math: Special Properties of the Line y = x

By - Jun 4, 09:00 AM   Comments [0]

The 45º angle Fact: All lines with slopes of 1 make 45º angles with both the x- and y-axes. Conversely, if a line makes a 45º angles with either the x- of y-axes, you know immediately its slope must be . This first fact is true, not only...

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