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 Your Progress

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

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

It appears that you are browsing the GMAT Club forum unregistered!

Signing up is free, quick, and confidential.
Join other 500,000 members and get the full benefits of GMAT Club

Registration gives you:

Tests

Take 11 tests and quizzes from GMAT Club and leading GMAT prep companies such as Manhattan GMAT,
Knewton, and others. All are free for GMAT Club members.

Applicant Stats

View detailed applicant stats such as GPA, GMAT score, work experience, location, application
status, and more

Books/Downloads

Download thousands of study notes,
question collections, GMAT Club’s
Grammar and Math books.
All are free!

Thank you for using the timer!
We noticed you are actually not timing your practice. Click the START button first next time you use the timer.
There are many benefits to timing your practice, including:

Alright, I need some serious help with my quant abilities. I aced College Algebra my first semester of college, three years ago, then tried as hard as I could to foget it all. Over the last few years I've decided I'd like to go to graduate school and have been studying, but I'm getting my butt kicked. I graduate in December, giving me summer and fall terms to get my stuff together in order to take the GMAT in preparation for graduate school at the end of 2013.

There are no tutors around here for GMAT (if there were, I couldn't afford them), my school offers nothing for business students, the university learning center won't help me because it's not for a class. Only option I can figure is to go on to a few more math classes.

Which classes should I take? I could probably squeeze two, maybe three classes into my schedule. I never realized how many different types of math there are and don't want to get into something that isn't going to apply towards my degree or the GMAT.

Re: Which math classes should I take? [#permalink]

Show Tags

11 Mar 2012, 19:59

The problem you will face is that the GMAT does not have any math that would be strictly considered "College" level math. In fact, most of the math is highschool or lower, and that is one of the toughest parts. This test is the advanced applications of low level math. The test won't have calculus on it, and the hardest concept is probably statistics. Instead of taking math classes at your college for the GMAT, I would recommend spending time outside of school studying strictly "GMAT math". It is a whole different beast, and will not come inside of any college level class. Look into the Quant forum on GMATclub and see the books that are out there, but the best in my opinion come from Manhattan GMAT. There are 8 guides in total, and 5 of them deal with EVERY POSSIBLE math concept you could come accross on the test.

Instead, I would focus your time at school taking a couple math classes that will beaf up your application when you do decide to apply. The two best classes will be calculus, and statistics. If they offer either of these classes with a "business" spin then that's even better (aka. "statistics or business decision making" or "business calculus" or "managerial xyz" etc...). You just have to make sure that you get an A in this class, and if you think you will get anything lower than a B or B+ I don't even know if I would take them at all. I would work to get a Q48 or higher on GMAT quant to prove your quant ability.

Everything you need to know is out there, but your college isn't going to teach you GMAT math. Good luck to you, and look around GMAT club. If you could soak in every piece of information on this site, you could easily score into the 99%. Easier said than done

PS. If you take statistics, you might even use a few concepts on test day! I had 2 stats questions on my test... you really only get them if you're doing well on test day, so lets hope you get a lot!
_________________

Re: Which math classes should I take? [#permalink]

Show Tags

12 Mar 2012, 09:41

Thanks for the help. I've got an A in statistics, but that was a few years ago. I frequent the quantitative section of this board, but it too often looks like Greek. In the areas that I'm good, I'm real solid. I've either got it down pat, or not at all. I would like to take a Kaplan, Veritas or Manhattan course, but I'm flat broke and running on fumes.

I was looking over the catalog last night and ran across something called "Finite Math". It sounded a lot like what is on the GMAT. Are you familiar? Is that relative?

Hi, there. I'm going to add my 2-cents to this discussion.

I would say --- no college math class is exactly a good fit for GMAT math. Instead, I would recommend checking out Magoosh. We have 200+ GMAT lesson videos, including videos explaining all the math content and math strategy you will need for the GMAT. We also have 800+ GMAT practice questions, each with its own video explanation. All this, for about the price of a course at a community college.

As you'll see if you click on the Magoosh banner in my signature, the math course alone is about $150, and the "premium" (math + verbal) is $200. I don't know what you're situation is, and whether either of those are affordable, but frankly, I don't think you're going to find GMAT prep at this level of quality for any less money. Magoosh is about as rock-bottom cheap as high-quality GMAT prep gets.

Best of luck to you. Even if you can't afford Magoosh, do check out the free blog (http://magoosh.com/gmat/), and feel free to shoot me a pm with any math questions.

Mike
_________________

Mike McGarry Magoosh Test Prep

gmatclubot

Re: Which math classes should I take?
[#permalink]
12 Mar 2012, 13:49

Happy New Year everyone! Before I get started on this post, and well, restarted on this blog in general, I wanted to mention something. For the past several months...

It’s quickly approaching two years since I last wrote anything on this blog. A lot has happened since then. When I last posted, I had just gotten back from...

Post-MBA I became very intrigued by how senior leaders navigated their career progression. It was also at this time that I realized I learned nothing about this during my...