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# Which number formatting to use as European ?

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21 Feb 2020, 01:19
Hi,

As European, I sometimes have issues with the decimal formatting of the GMAT.
In Europe we use a comma for decimal (ie. 1/4 = 0,2), thus 21,999 is 21 + 0,999. If we wanted to have 21 thousands, we write it 21.000

I am still wondering if I should take the US formatting habit straight, with the risk of getting back to my own habit during (heavy) calculation on paper, or translate relevant questions with decimals into our formatting ?

For European people here, how did you approach this ?

Thanks !
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21 Feb 2020, 21:42
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Wubi wrote:
Hi,

As European, I sometimes have issues with the decimal formatting of the GMAT.
In Europe we use a comma for decimal (ie. 1/4 = 0,2), thus 21,999 is 21 + 0,999. If we wanted to have 21 thousands, we write it 21.000

I am still wondering if I should take the US formatting habit straight, with the risk of getting back to my own habit during (heavy) calculation on paper, or translate relevant questions with decimals into our formatting ?

For European people here, how did you approach this ?

Thanks !

Hi buddy,

One hundred euros and twenty-five cents is written as
--> €100,25 (with a comma as a decimal separator) in most European countries
--> €100.25 (with a dot as a decimal separator) in the UK (and GMAT)

It is just like driving on the right side of the road in Europe, then traveling to UK where you have to drive on the left side.

Old habits die hard, but the only way is practice. Let me assure to you that you will find no issue with this after a while.
Translating relevant questions on the spot during the exam would not be a good idea as you will find your brain always in doubt about whether what you see is a real decimal sign or not.
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23 Feb 2020, 23:19
Hi Fahmoud,

Best,
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