Master These GMAT Math Skills
Start the year off strong by diving into your GMAT math prep with vigor (or renewed vigor, as the case may be.) The Quantitative section is often the most feared, but its content is predictable and conquerable. Brush up on the specific math skills that the exam tests and pair this knowledge with solid critical thinking to be successful.
Remember, the concepts presented here are the basics of what the GMAT tests. For advanced concepts and questions, the test-makers will build on the basics and use certain variations to make these more difficult.
GMAT math skill #1: arithmetic
While arithmetic is foundational in grade school (and thus requires a great deal of review for many GMAT students), you must study the fundamentals as well as the more advanced concepts. The GMAT tests your ability to do the following:
Several Quantitative questions you’ll encounter on GMAT Test Day will require application of more than one of these topics. In arithmetic, there are several concepts and equations you’ll have to memorize.
GMAT math skill #2: algebra
Generally, the algebra you’ll encounter on the GMAT does not test you above a high school-level. However, it has probably been several years since high school. These are the concepts you must review for the test:
GMAT math skill #3: geometry
In GMAT geometry, you will not have to use trigonometry or graph nonlinear functions. The geometry knowledge you’ll need for GMAT math is mostly limited to the following concepts:
GMAT math skill #4: “real life” issues
Since the GMAT isn’t a high school equivalency exam, the test-makers added additional concepts that borrow heavily from the items above but add a real-life dimension to the concept. The GMAT requires that you know a few more equations and concepts. However, at the base level, this is just an additional application of the concepts above. These additional applications include the ability to calculate the following:
While this list of what you need to know for GMAT math is comprehensive, it is not sufficient by itself. Since the GMAT doesn’t require a significant amount of outside knowledge, you’ll find these concepts presented in a manner that makes them far more difficult than they seem on paper. The only way to ensure you are prepared is to practice.
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