Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

 It is currently 22 Oct 2016, 16:38

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

# how to speed up answering math questions?

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Intern
Joined: 16 Aug 2005
Posts: 7
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

### Show Tags

29 Aug 2005, 00:52
Hi all,

I am a bit new to the forum.. I took a few challenges and

I was wondering how people (esp. at the top few places)can finish them so quickly - often in less than an hour. I always run out of time and often have to guess on last 2-4 questions.

Any tips??

Thanks!
Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor
Joined: 11 Dec 2012
Posts: 313
Followers: 107

Kudos [?]: 261 [3] , given: 66

### Show Tags

06 Feb 2013, 21:59
3
KUDOS
Expert's post
Hi Noblescorpion, by far the most efficient way to speed up your quant solving rate is to memorize the multiplication table you knew back in elementary. This 12x12 grid helps you out on the exam more than any other single piece of advice I can give. Many questions rely on you multiplying, dividing or squaring numbers in this range, but the real trick is that this is but one aspect of the question as a whole. If you don't get sidetracked with 10-15 or more seconds trying to solve 9x12, you can save these seconds on multiple questions and come out ahead by several minutes over the entire exam.

The other huge benefit is that you don't get sidetracked while solving a question with mechanical calculations. This keeps your brain focused on the problem at hand and eliminates unnecessary rereading and even falling for some trap answers. If you're trying to solve a question for x that requires you to divide 42 by 7, if you quickly know the answer is 6, you keep the x in mind and don't start contemplating 7 or 42 or any other superfluous number.

There are other tips that can help, but if you're running out of time for 3-4 questions, this means you're running about 5-10 minutes late. The multiplication table should get you back at least this time. Incidentally, this also teaches you the perfect squares from 1 to 12. Feel free to add 13^2 (169), 14^2 (196) and 15^2 (225) to the end of that list.

Good luck and please feel free to let me know if this worked for you or if you're already fast at mental math and are looking for other tips.
-Ron
_________________
VP
Joined: 23 Mar 2011
Posts: 1113
Concentration: Healthcare, Strategy
Schools: Duke '16 (M)
Followers: 78

Kudos [?]: 491 [2] , given: 463

### Show Tags

11 Feb 2013, 03:11
2
KUDOS
noblescorpion wrote:
Hi all,
I am a bit new to the forum.. I took a few challenges and
I was wondering how people (esp. at the top few places)can finish them so quickly - often in less than an hour. I always run out of time and often have to guess on last 2-4 questions.
Any tips??
Thanks!

The best thing you can do is practice. The more you practice, the better you get: in terms of both accuracy and speed. Speed is highly co-related with your knowledge of the a topic (conceptual clarity) and the best way to enhance that is to practice. I believe it is less to do with learning tables or doing quick calculations. In fact, I slowed down on my calculations most of the times - that is where I screwed up on most of the questions.

I wrote gmat twice and got a decent quant score both the times. On both my attempts, I was never too far ahead of my schedule. In my opinion, people who complete the test in 60 minutes and score a Q48/49 have a timing problem as well. Optimizing your performance in the given time is the key and the more you practice under timed (and untimed) conditions, the more you know your strengths and weaknesses, the better chances you have of doing well on the exam.

My suggestion, therefore, would be to practice more and once you hit higher accuracy rates, try to hit some speed.

you may also use this: timing-strategies-on-the-gmat-80176.html?fl=menu
GMAT Club Legend
Joined: 09 Sep 2013
Posts: 12179
Followers: 538

Kudos [?]: 151 [0], given: 0

### Show Tags

19 Apr 2014, 21:13
Hello from the GMAT Club BumpBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.
_________________
GMAT Club Legend
Joined: 09 Sep 2013
Posts: 12179
Followers: 538

Kudos [?]: 151 [0], given: 0

### Show Tags

07 Jun 2016, 16:27
Hello from the GMAT Club BumpBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.
_________________
Re: how to speed up answering math questions?   [#permalink] 07 Jun 2016, 16:27
Similar topics Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
1 How to understand math questions 3 07 Aug 2014, 04:00
1 Speed Math 1 11 Oct 2013, 22:13
Math question 3 30 Mar 2010, 18:41
Favorable Unfavorable Not Sure Candidate M 40 20 40 2 06 Oct 2008, 14:16
Math Question 6 16 Feb 2009, 17:10
Display posts from previous: Sort by