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# Archive | Quantitative

## 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 […]

## 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.

## 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 […]

## 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 Tuesday: “Must Be True” Math Questions

The very tricky and very nefarious “must be true” question type can foil the best math minds. Without practice, prep, and a good strategy, you might find yourself wasting a lot of time on these questions. Today I’ll cover a useful strategy for these questions and work through a problem in the Official Guide to […]

## GMAT Tuesdays – Probability and Counting

Today we learn more about probability and counting. Probability questions involving counting are really just multi-step counting problems. Watch the video to learn more. And if you want even more practice, click here: GMAT Probability and Counting Techniques This week’s board:

## GMAT Tuesdays: Data Sufficiency – Watch Your Assumptions!

Don’t get caught assuming too much on the GMAT. They are looking for students to make big assumptions when they are trying to save time. In this Data Sufficiency question, there is a big trap for anyone who assumes too much about the problem. For more practice with traps on Data Sufficiency questions, click […]

## Manipulating Algebraic Equations and Expressions with Fractions: Systems of Equations

A student writes, Sometimes the answer explanation suggests that I clear fractions by multiplying an entire equation by a common denominator. Sometimes the answer explanation suggests that I manipulate just one side of an equation. How do I know which is better? This is a surprisingly subtle question. It turns out that the answer is […]