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An emerging problem (studying for the GMAT) [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2010, 09:58
I'm studying for the GMAT, and I'm noticing a serious problem I'm having. Simply put: I suck at Data Sufficiency. I'm using the Manhattan guide, and I can do the problems just fine, but when it comes to DS, I suck. How can I improve? Thanks.
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Re: An emerging problem (studying for the GMAT) [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2010, 11:33
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Quick question, are you putting much effort into the 'rephrasing' aspect of DS questions? There are sections on this in the 5 quant guides. I ignored these and it was a huge mistake. Rephrasing can take a huge amount of the work out of these questions.

Watch all of these videos and take notes. I found them great. He rephrases excellently and details a good approach to the DS questions. He does the questions straight from OG11 (i think). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZInN7p1D0M


And if you're not actively involved in the ds forum on this site - you should be!
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Re: An emerging problem (studying for the GMAT) [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2010, 11:36
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This is the strategy that I use when I solve DS problems.

1. Break down the question into the simplest possible terms so that evaluation of the statements given becomes easier. For instance, if the question says |x-2| = 1, then break it down as (x-2) = +1 and (x-2) = -1. This gives us x = 3 and x = 1. Definitely easier to solve the statements for accuracy based on the simplification rather than the initial form.

2. Read Statement 1. Evaluate whether it satisfies the mentioned condition. If it does, then you can safely strike out answer choices B, C and E since these are dependent on A being wrong. If A is wrong or incomplete, then you can strike out answer choices A and D.

3. Read Statement 2 now. Evaluate whether it's right or not. If A was already right, and B is also right, then the answer is D. If A was wrong, and B is also wrong, then the answer choice is C or E. If A was wrong and B is right, then the answer choice is B.

4. If A and B are individually both wrong, then read the statements together. If they make sense, then the answer choice is C. If not, the answer choice is B.

Here's a flowchart to better understand this:

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Hope this helps.
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Re: An emerging problem (studying for the GMAT) [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2010, 11:35
macandal wrote:
I'm studying for the GMAT, and I'm noticing a serious problem I'm having. Simply put: I suck at Data Sufficiency. I'm using the Manhattan guide, and I can do the problems just fine, but when it comes to DS, I suck. How can I improve? Thanks.


I'm with you on that one, friend. I also tend to do very well with problems, but hit the wall when DS comes. It seems that i have some kind of a mental block when i see a question like that. I ordered Veritas Prep Data Sufficiency book and i am hoping it will help me get through the DS easier.
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Re: An emerging problem (studying for the GMAT) [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2010, 02:45
whiplash, what a great flowchart. +1 kuddo for that.
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Re: An emerging problem (studying for the GMAT) [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2010, 07:13
Rux10 wrote:
Quick question, are you putting much effort into the 'rephrasing' aspect of DS questions? There are sections on this in the 5 quant guides. I ignored these and it was a huge mistake. Rephrasing can take a huge amount of the work out of these questions.

Watch all of these videos and take notes. I found them great. He rephrases excellently and details a good approach to the DS questions. He does the questions straight from OG11 (i think).

And if you're not actively involved in the ds forum on this site - you should be!


Those videos were so helpful!! Thank you so much!
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Re: An emerging problem (studying for the GMAT) [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2010, 08:48
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Quick question, are you putting much effort into the 'rephrasing' aspect of DS questions? There are sections on this in the 5 quant guides. I ignored these and it was a huge mistake. Rephrasing can take a huge amount of the work out of these questions.

Watch all of these videos and take notes. I found them great. He rephrases excellently and details a good approach to the DS questions. He does the questions straight from OG11 (i think).

And if you're not actively involved in the ds forum on this site - you should be!


Those videos were so helpful!! Thank you so much!


No problem. I can't wait to watch'em again!
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Re: An emerging problem (studying for the GMAT) [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2010, 07:43
FYI: the same guy doing 54 Quant problem solving lectures from the same OG.

http://www.academicearth.org/courses/gm ... em-solving
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Re: An emerging problem (studying for the GMAT) [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2010, 05:41
Great tips!
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Re: An emerging problem (studying for the GMAT) [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2011, 20:30
Anyone who is struggling with DS should take a look at whiplash's flowchart above--
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