Hi eflores89,

The GMAT Quant section rewards Test Takers for being "flexible" with how they organize their work. Sometimes a question becomes easier to solve if you convert the data from one 'format' to another:

For example....

2/5 = 0.4 = 40% = 40/100 etc.

There are patterns in the math itself that you can sometimes take advantage of....

Consider these calculations....

(4)(5) = 20

(.4)(5) = 2.0

(.4)(.5) = .20

(40)(.5) = 20.0

(.04)(.05) = .0020

Notice how the produce is "20" with a certain number of decimal points. Sometimes, to save time, you should ignore the 0s and decimal points until the end (then put them back in).

In your example: 12% of 80

Try this....what is (12)(8)?

Now, put the 0 back in (because we're really multiplying by 80 and not 8), THEN put in the two decimal points....

(12)(8) = 96

put in the 0.....960

put in the two decimal points......9.60

By building up more than just the skills that you're comfortable with, you'll find that you'll have plenty of ways to make solving GMAT problems easier and faster.

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Rich

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