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Mike McGarry is a Content Developer for Magoosh with over 20 years of teaching experience and a BS in Physics and an MA in Religion, both from Harvard. He enjoys hitting foosballs into orbit, and despite having no obvious cranial deficiency, he insists on rooting for the NY Mets. Follow him on Google+!
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GMAT Practice Problems: Sets

Here are four reasonably challenging problems about sets. 1) At a certain school of 200 students, the students can study French, Spanish, both or neither. Just as many study both as study neither.  One quarter of those who study Spanish also study French.  The total number who study French is 10 fewer than those who […]

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Is this a 700+ level GMAT question?

Understandably, ambitious GMAT students want to challenge themselves.  That’s great.  GMAT students want to gauge their relative ease or difficulty in solving a question with what might be called the “objective difficulty” of a question: in other words, if I can solve this problem easily, approximately where does this put me in terms of my […]

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GMAT Practice Word Problems

The GMAT Quant section loves word problems.  Here are six problems of six different genres, easy to medium difficulty.   1) Sam’s car was fined when he gave Joe and Peter a ride, so they decided to help Sam pay the fine.  Joe paid $3 more than 1/4 of the fine and Peter paid $3 […]

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The GMAT, Learning, and Memory

A student recently asked: “Most of the time it happens that, when I keep moving forward in my GMAT studies, I forget some topics I had learned in past.  I need some tips regarding it please.”  This merits a discussion of memory.  Of course, folks who are preparing for the GMAT are trying to learn […]

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GMAT Study Plan for a 700 or More

A very common question we receive from students is something along the lines of: “Can you provide/recommend a good study plan for someone who wants to score over a 700 on the GMAT?”  Keep in mind, according to GMAT percentiles, a GMAT score of 700 puts on in the top 10% percent, and a score […]

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GMAT Critical Reasoning and Outside Knowledge

Does any official GMAT Critical Reasoning question demand outside knowledge?  The frustrating answer to this question is: for the most part, no, but in a way, yes.  I will explain.   Self-contained It is absolutely true that if a GMAT CR question concerns, say, toxins in wood smoke, you need to know absolutely nothing about […]

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Rates and Ratios

Rates are just ratios.  Here are a four problems exploring rates.  Remember: no calculator! 1) Someone on a skateboard is traveling 12 miles per hour.  How many feet does she travel in 10 seconds?  (1 mile = 5280 feet) 60 88 120 176 264 2) At 12:00 noon, a machine, operating at a fixed rate, […]

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The GMAT OG Verbal and Quantitative Review Books

This blog concerns not the GMAT Official Guide itself, but two supplementary volumes.  The recent second edition books were 1) The GMAT OG Verbal Review 2) The GMAT OG Quantitative Review This year, with the publication of the OG2015, GMAC released even newer editions: 3) The GMAT OG Verbal Review 2015 4) The GMAT OG […]

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The Official GMAT Guide 2015

GMAC has recently published a brand-new version of the GMAT Official Guide.  This is in fact the 14th edition of the GMAT OG, but that’s not what GMAC is calling it.  They are calling it: The Official GMAT Guide 2015.  How does this differ from the OG13?   The printed copy = virtually identical The […]

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Lower on the Real GMAT than on Practice Tests

This is a scenario I have seen countless times in the forums. Some student has been preparing for months, diligently doing practice questions and taking practice GMATs (whether GMAT Prep or some other practice tests). The student felt the scores on the practice GMAT were either acceptable or pretty good. Then the student sits for […]

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