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# General DS Question

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03 Sep 2018, 14:41
Hello everyone,

How do you know when to test cases when confronted with a DS question?

Thanks!
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03 Sep 2018, 14:50
Hi Andi,

You ask a rather broad question, since most GMAT prompts are designed so that they can be solved in more than one way. On a fundamental level though, the prompt of a DS question never gives you enough information to answer the question that is asked. There is always something 'missing' - and it's up to you to determine whether the additional information provided in Fact 1 and/or Fact 2 is enough to definitively answer that question. A great way to track results - so that you can define whether the result stays the same or changes - is to TEST VALUES (so you would likely find that a useful Tactic on most DS questions). That having been said, sometimes DS questions are really just about specific math knowledge or pattern matching, so there will be prompts that just come down to solving an equation.

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2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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4) What is your goal score?
5) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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