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What is being tested in each section? The Analysis of an Argument Section tests your ability to evaluate an argument, think critically and communicate your positions.   You will be provided with an argument and given 30 minutes to write an essay on the merits and flaws of that argument.  A sample question can be found [...]

NOTHING! You are not allowed to bring anything into the test except your identification. What about a Calculator? During the Integrated Reasoning section and ONLY the Integrated Reasoning section, you are provided with a calculator on your test computer.  The calculations you will have to do on the IR section are much more difficult, so [...]

What does computer adaptive mean? This means that the test changes and adapts as you take it.  In a nutshell,  the more questions you get right, the harder the questions become and the more questions you get wrong, the easier the questions get.  It starts off with a medium level question and then if you get [...]

The GMAT is a computer adaptive, four part test with 2 optional breaks. It looks like this: Analysis of an Argument (30 minutes) Integrated Reasoning (30 minutes) Optional Break (8 minutes) Quantitative Section (75 minutes) Optional Break (8 minutes) Verbal Section (75 minutes) What does the timing mean for studying? It’s a marathon, not a [...]

You will receive a series of sentence correction questions that have one sentence with a portion underlined.  The answers listed are to replace the underlined portion.  If the sentence is correct as is, then the correct answer is A.  A is ALWAYS  the underlined section unchanged.  If there is something wrong with the original sentence [...]

Data Sufficiency is a little more complicated than problem solving.  In a data sufficiency problem, you are given some information and a question and you have to figure out IF the problem can be solved based on that information. Let’s look at an example with the same problem: Jeb and Carla start at opposite ends [...]

You will be given a passage containing an argument and then asked to analyze or complete that argument.  The first step to answering a critical reasoning question on the GMAT is reading the question.  Read the question before reading the passage, so that you know which components of the argument to identify.  The GMAT will ask [...]

Of the total 37 questions on the quant section, you will see two different kinds: problem solving and data sufficiency.  You have probably seen problem solving type problems all throughout studying math in school.  These types of questions simply lay out a problem for you to solve and give you 5 answer choices from which [...]

You will be given four reading passages: two long with 4 questions and two short with 3 questions each.  The passages range from one to four paragraphs in length. Even though you will be given multiple questions per passage, the questions will be presented to you one at a time and, like the other sections [...]

If you took the GMAT before June 27, 2014, then you know that feeling of anxiously trying to figure out what your score might be, while the clock counts down, ticking away your decision time.  Trying to gauge  how well you did on the GMAT is almost impossible, since the test is computer adaptive.  If you [...]

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