GMAT Math Questions
There are a lot of rumors around the web about the GMAT quantitative section. Some of which are true, while some are blatantly wrong. Lets break some of the false myths about the GMAT quantitative section.
1. I need to know super math skills to crack the GMAT Math section
GMAT Math is all about logic and reasoning. Math is just a camouflage which is used to veil the logic in the question. All the questions will show that you need some hard formulas however it is not the case.
Let us take an example.
What is the sum of 11 terms of the sequence -243, -81, -27 ….?
You can answer this question using a formula or you can use logic. If we observe then the terms will look
like the following:
-243, -81, -27, -9, -3, 0, 3, 9, 27, 81, 243
All the terms will cancel one another and we will be left with zero. Applying the formula would take longer and you might make a mistake in the application.
2. All I got in the quant section was data sufficiency
In GMAT Quantitative section data sufficiency comprises 40 to 45 % of the test. So you will encounter more problem solving questions than data sufficiency questions. Data sufficiency is likely to be test more on higher level.
3. If I do well on Quant section my verbal section will be tough
GMAT Quantitative section has no effect on the GMAT verbal section. You can score maximum on quant and minimum on the GMAT verbal.
4. Top scorers don’t guess
Guessing is an important part of GMAT. You won’t be able to solve all the questions and sometimes you will be stuck. The best way to move forward will be to take an educated guess.
5. All GMAT questions count equally toward your score
GMAT is a computer adaptive test which means you will be penalized the most when you get an easy question wrong and appreciated most when you get a hard question right. The score depends on the level of difficulty of the question.