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Most Common GMAT Topics & Questions

Of course, a facile discussion of GMAT topics might say — the most common GMAT Verbal questions are Reading Comprehension, Sentence Correction, and Critical Reasoning — those three questions are the only questions you see on the Verbal section.  Similarly, all of the GMAT Quant questions are Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency.   If you are […]

Computer Adaptive Testing on the GMAT

What is an adaptive test? How should you change your study strategy to prepare for the GMAT Computer Adaptive Test (CAT)? Computer adaptive testing definitely puts pressure on your testing experience and forces you to adapt your test-taking strategy in small ways. It’s especially important to understand how the GMAT calculates your score and what […]

Tips for GMAT Integrated Reasoning

If you’re like many students, you heard about GMAT IR and quickly went to Google and searched “integrated reasoning gmat” or “what the heck is integrated reasoning?” So, I’m going to assume you now know a bit about this question type on the GMAT exam. For the next step in your IR prep, here are […]

Can You Use a Calculator on the GMAT?

Question: Can you use a calculator on the GMAT?  Are calculators of any kind permitted on the GMAT? No. No calculator is allowed on the GMAT Quantitative section. The only exception where you can use a calculator on the GMAT is the new Integrated Reasoning section, which has its own IR Calculator.  The IR is a special […]

What is the GMAT format?

Wondering about the format of the GMAT?  Well here are some rough-and-ready facts about the GMAT exam format and common GMAT topics.  The current incarnation of the GMAT has four sections, with assorted breaks. Here’s the layout of the overall GMAT format. GMAT Sections Overview Intro = check in a Pearson VUE, surrender all your […]

Does AWA Really Matter for Business School?

Facts about the Analytical Writing question (AWA) and the GMAT Writing Score Fact: The current GMAT involves just one writing task, the Analysis of an Argument task, a 30-minute essay you’ll see at the beginning of the test that will give you your GMAT analytical writing score.  The old (pre-2012) GMAT had two essays, but […]

GMAT English

The GMAT, of course, is given in English.  In fact, the GMAT Verbal section assesses a high level of English usage.  This certainly presents a challenge to folks who are learning English as a second language, and it also presents challenges to American students, native speakers, who speak colloquial English and are less familiar with […]

GMAT Data Sufficiency Logic: Tautological Statements

First, here are four DS practice problems:   2) In the diagram above, line BC touches the circle at point C, and the distance from B to C is 35 cm.  What is the area of the circle? Statement #1: AB = 25 cm Statement #2: angle OCB = 90°   3) At the 2016 […]

GMAT Diagnostic Test Recommendations

This blog article is to make study recommendations to folks who took the Magoosh GMAT Diagnostic Test.  For folks who took both the Quant Diagnostic and the Verbal Diagnostic, the recommendations here will fall into four buckets, according to your scores on the two diagnostic tests. 1) Group 1: Quant score 1-6; Verbal Score 1-6 […]

GMAT Data Sufficiency Geometry Practice Questions

Here’s a set of 10 practice DS questions about Geometry.