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 […]

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## 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.

## A Guide to the Harvard Business School Essay 2016

This post is most relevant to folks applying to Harvard Business School in 2016, but in many ways, it could be helpful for folks considering application essays for many business schools. This year, the question on the application for the class of 2019 is simply the open ended question: “As we review your application, what […]

## Logical Splits on GMAT Sentence Correction

First, here are 8 GMAT Sentence Correction problems, each involving some kind of logical issue. 1) Napoleon entered Russia in June, 1812, with an army half a million strong, but leaving in December, 1812, with just less than 30,000 troops. (A) leaving in December, 1812, with just less (B) just left in December, 1812, […]

## Intro to GMAT Word Problems, Part 2: Assigning Variables

This article is continued from the first, on “Translating from Words to Math.” First of all, here are four word problems that present issues with assigning variables. 1) Each month, after Jill pays for rent, utilities, food, and other necessary expenses, she has one fifth of her net monthly salary left as discretionary income. Of […]

## Past Perfect on GMAT Sentence Correction

When we speak of one past event that happened before another past event, one way to denote the earlier event is by use of the past perfect tense. When should we use the past perfect, and when is it not required? This is a tricky issue. First, four practice Sentence Correction questions. 1) James […]

## Intro to GMAT Word Problems, Part 1: Translating from Word to Math

First, four GMAT practice word problems. 1) Seven more than a number is 2 more than four times the number. What is the number? (A) 1 (B) 2/3 (C) 3/5 (D) 4/7 (E) 5/3 2) If $40,000 less than John’s salary is $5,000 more than 25% more than half his salary, then what is […]

## GMAT Updates – 2016

On Thursday, March 10, 2016, just a week before Mike’s favorite ethnic holiday, GMAC, the folks who create the GMAT, hosted a webinar for test prep professionals, folks such as I, on GMAT updates and I listened in. Here are some of the discoveries I made. Canceling and Reinstating Scores Back in the old days […]