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5 Hot Tips to ace GMAT Problem Solving

by Pritika Ghura

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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    vipuljain
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    vipuljainTue, 08 May 2012 15:03:28 -0000

    i noted that 1/7 in the first read as well!

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    farzanaratna khan
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    farzanaratna khanThu, 10 Nov 2011 17:09:42 -0000

    wanna practice about gmat

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    cclement
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    Caroline ClementFri, 11 Nov 2011 15:26:43 -0000

    Click here for practice questions.

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    farzanaratna khan
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    farzanaratna khanThu, 10 Nov 2011 16:56:09 -0000

    wanna practice about gmat

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    vikashg_37Thu, 06 Oct 2011 10:25:51 -0000

    it's realy amagimg site.. but can you give me more information about it?

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    balli_777Sun, 08 May 2011 07:11:22 -0000

    the mathematics in the last tip can be corrected !! :P
    rest are good tips !! hopin to hv mre of those !!

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    gmat5878Tue, 05 Apr 2011 05:22:55 -0000

    Good suggestions.

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    aditya12Fri, 11 Mar 2011 05:42:38 -0000

    Nice site but can i have more tips..

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    Chucky100Sat, 22 Jan 2011 13:58:06 -0000

    11 does not go into 76 "a little more then 7 times" - did you mean a little less then 7 times or more then 6 times - talking about mistakes…..wow why should I read your work.

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    wasim57Sun, 09 Jan 2011 16:12:02 -0000

    Its very useful to boost up students ,who wants to join in MBA

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    cenationSat, 08 Jan 2011 16:43:18 -0000

    looking at it first time this site seems interesting

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    rosemaryotalorThu, 11 Apr 2013 13:02:35 -0000

    I have to agree with Chucky100. I kept reading that last Maths tip over and over. Its a little more than 6 times not 7. This says a lot about your site."smh'

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