How important is the Quantitative section in your GMAT Exam?
The quantitative section holds 6% weightage in your GMAT score.
Since the GMAT is used for admission to graduate management programs, your GMAT quant score signifies your ability to deal with the quantitative curriculum in business school.
The Quantitative section of the GMAT can be challenging, especially if you haven’t studied math since high school. However, it doesn’t matter how good or bad you are at mathematics, you can ace the Quant section of the GMAT with thorough preparation.
Now, if you’re wondering how to start preparing for GMAT quant, let’s take a look at this GMAT quantitative study guide.
1.)Take a diagnostic test:
Taking a diagnostic test is the first and foremost step that needs to be carried out while preparing for the GMAT.
Practice tests give you a thorough understanding of where you stand in terms of your preparation and show you where you need to put the extra effort.
If possible, create an excel sheet and add the questions that you have answered incorrectly. Also, find out the answers to those problems, so that you avoid repeating the same mistake again.
2.)Revise all that you have learned before:
3.)Create the test environment:
Try to simulate the actual test environment at home. For eg., if you are learning quant, find a set of 31 questions and aim to complete them in under 62 minutes (with a 90% attempt rate).
It might take some time for you to get there, but it is essential that this practice is done while preparing for the test to avoid last-minute hassles.
4.)Attempt Tests, Analyze them, and finally eliminate mistakes:
You need to learn a lot of mathematical concepts in order to score well in the Quant section of the GMAT. However, taking practice tests is as important as learning concepts if you want to perform well on the GMAT.
Analyze your mistakes and keep a track of them. Eliminate the mistakes by practicing more questions. If you still face the same problem, change your method of solving those questions.
Effectively solving Questions
Whenever you solve any GMAT Problem Solving (PS) or Data Sufficiency (DS) problem, follow the Understand, Plan, Solve process. Print out this summary and keep it by you when you’re studying:
Understand the questions
A glance at the answers (on PS) or the statements (on DS) and the question stem. Anything jumps out—an ugly equation, a diagram, an indication that you might be able to estimate, etc.
Read the question stem. Focus just on understanding what it’s telling you and what it’s asking you.
Jot down what it’s asking, along with any other useful info (equations, etc.). Don’t solve it! Just jot (write or sketch).
Plan the strategy to solve questions
Reflect on what you know so far. Lost? Guess and move on. But if you do understand everything, then consider what your best plan is. Can you estimate anywhere? How heavy? Can you use a real number and just do arithmetic? Is there a way to draw or logic it out? What are they really asking you? This reflection is how I realized I just needed a relative value on the Oil Cylinders problem.
Organize your thoughts and your scratch work to get set up for the Solve stage. Maybe you need to redraw or add something to your diagram, as I did for Yolanda and Bob. Maybe you need to group the data or equations a little differently, as I did on the Membership problem.
Solve the questions following a standardized approach
Be systematic. You’re almost there. Write your work down. Don’t try to compress steps or work more quickly than is comfortable for you. Keep your scratch paper organized.
Don’t do more work than you have to. Estimate when you can. Keep an eye on the answers as you work. Eliminate impossible answers as you go. Stop as soon as only one answer letter is left.
Finally, remember your overall goal here: You want to go to business school. The point is not to show how much of a mathematics scholar you are. The point is to learn how to think logically about quant topics—with actual textbook math tossed in there.