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In the last two articles, we outlined how the GMAT is scored and discussed what an adaptive exam is.
The Verbal and Quant sections are the two portions of the GMAT that are adaptive. What this means is that the difficulty of each question you see depends on how you answered the previous one of the same type.
The topic of scoring on the GMAT is a complex one. This is the first in a three part series outlining just what an adaptive exam is exactly, how GMAT scoring works and how you can use that to your advantage.
Demonstrating a contradiction is a powerful technique for data sufficiency questions on the Quant section of the GMAT. As an example, let’s take a look at the following data sufficiency problem: Is b < ? (1) b < a (2) b = -2
The GMAT frequently tests your ability to sort relevant facts from irrelevant details. While it takes time and practice to become skilled at this process, there are a few things you can learn to look out for.
Suppose you see the following in the stem: If x/y>0, and y<0… Given these two inequalities, you might (correctly) guess that you are supposed to deduce a fact about x. In fact, since x/y is positive and y is negative, we know that x must be positive.
As a young child, I thought my mother’s given name was “Mom.” I could never figure out why other people didn’t call her by name. To make matters worse, her close friends called her by a nickname that didn’t sound anything like her “real” name.
What do boldface type questions and a chameleon have in common? A chameleon is the master of disguise in the animal kingdom. And the boldface parts of GMAT questions can seem to morph into something they are not.