Planning to take GMAT
this year? While it is important to improve your vocabulary and
work on cracking the tough Data Sufficiency section, it is as
important to prepare for GMAT Problem
Solving (PS) section.

This section has been designed with a purpose to assess
candidate's skills in geometry, algebra, statistics, and
arithmetic. Problem-solving questions present multiple-choice
problems in arithmetic, basic algebra, and elementary geometry. The
task is to solve the problems and choose the correct answer from
among five answer choices.

Check out these 10 helpful tips for the PS section of the test,
and watch your score fly high in no time-:

**1) Hone your basic skills:** As you won't be
allowed to use the calculator, your calculations should be speedy
and accurate. You can work on your speed and accuracy with
practice. The more you practice, the more proficient you will be
able to answer these questions in less time on the test day. This
will give you more time to solve tougher sections with ease.

**2) Know the pattern:** If you know that the
correct answer must be less than the value in choice C, you can
immediately eliminate choices D and E. The answers are always in
order, and hence you should avoid making random guesses.

**3) Label your quantities correctly:** Whenever
possible, give a label to the exact quantity that you're trying to
find, rather than, say, its square root. In other words, always be
certain that the solution to the problem is also the solution to
the equation you've set up. This will help avoid careless
mistakes.

**4) Master your exponents:** This is one area
which is frequently tested in PS area of the test. Be 100% sure to
know what fractional exponents and negative exponents mean like the
back of your hand.

**5) Learn how to estimate:** Estimation is the key
to PS success. Frequently, a question will test your ability not to
compute, but rather to make reasonable approximations. For example,
the fact that 11 goes into 76 a little more than 7 times means that
11/76 must be slightly less than 1/7.

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