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# If your bad at DS Inequalities can you still score well??

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Hello All-

I am REALLY bad at DS inequalities - I am noticing certain practice tests have more than others- Can you still get a good score with doing poor on these?! I actually have my test this week and think I might end up guessing on them and moving on if they take me more than 3 minutes because I get sucked in and they take too long!

Any thoughts?
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29 Dec 2008, 23:17
hardaway7 wrote:
Hello All-

I am REALLY bad at DS inequalities - I am noticing certain practice tests have more than others- Can you still get a good score with doing poor on these?! I actually have my test this week and think I might end up guessing on them and moving on if they take me more than 3 minutes because I get sucked in and they take too long!

Any thoughts?

Noboday is smart by birth. Without sufficient practice, these problems cannot be solved.
So more practice makes you more good at these problems.

Most of the people who scored 700+ had the same problem that you mentioned above. I was in even worse condition than you are now. Now with a lot of practice, I have a confidence to solve majority of the problems.

goodluck.
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30 Dec 2008, 00:49
Don't give up! Practise 10 difficult questions in the topic and try to understand the concept (rather than focussing on getting it right).
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30 Dec 2008, 09:23
These kinds of questions are very common on the current GMAT, so it's definitely worthwhile material to learn. I've found that people most often arrive at wrong conclusions with inequalities because they aren't careful about the algebra - if you see an inequality like the following:

b/c > 1

you *cannot* rewrite that as b > c, because c could be negative (in which case you would need to reverse the inequality). So if you see an inequality with unknowns, be very careful when you divide or multiply on both sides. And if you intend to choose numbers for abstract inequality questions, be absolutely sure you consider negative numbers.
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