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About Mike

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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How to Improve Your GMAT Verbal Score

Some people, stereotypically American students, are more comfortable with verbal information and find math challenging.  Other students, especially native speakers of other languages, find the math do-able, but find the GMAT Verbal section daunting.  In both math and verbal, there are the individual facts and individual strategies to know, and then there’s the good instincts, […]

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Challenging GMAT Problems with Exponents and Roots

Here are twelve challenging problems related to the topic of exponents & roots.  Remember, no calculator. (A) 17 (B) 19 (C) 21 (D) 23 (E) 27 4) Rank the following quantities in order, from smallest to biggest. (A) I, II, III (B) I, III, II (C) II, I, III (D) III, I, II (E) III, […]

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GMAT Practice Problems on Motion

Here are five practice questions.  Remember: no calculator. 1) A car, moving at a constant speed, covers 100 m in 5 seconds.  What is the car’s speed in km/hr? (1 km = 1000 m) 20 km/hr 54 km/hr 60 km/hr 72 km/hr 90 km/hr 2) Frank and Georgia started traveling from A to B at […]

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GMAT Practice Problems: Sequences

Here are eight practice problems on Sequences. 14, 23, 32, 41, 50, 59, … 1) In the sequence above, each term is 9 more than the previous term.  What is the 41st term of the sequence? 360 365 369 374 383 2) What is the difference between the fourth and third terms of the sequence […]

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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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