GMAT Quantitative Review

4.0 Problem Solving

4.1 Test-Taking Strategies

1.  Pace yourself.

1.  Consult the on-screen timer periodically. Work as carefully as possible, but do not spend valuable time checking answers or pondering problems that you find difficult.

2.  Use the erasable notepad provided.

1.  Working a problem out may help you avoid errors in solving the problem. If diagrams or figures are not presented, it may help if you draw your own.

3.  Read each question carefully to determine what is being asked.

1.  For word problems, take one step at a time, reading each sentence carefully and translating the information into equations or other useful mathematical representations.

4.  Scan the answer choices before attempting to answer a question.

1.  Scanning the answers can prevent you from putting answers in a form that is not given (e.g., finding the answer in decimal form, such as 0.25, when the choices are given in fractional form, such as image). Also, if the question requires approximations, a shortcut could serve well (e.g., you may be able to approximate 48 percent of a number by using half).

5.  Don’t waste time trying to solve a problem that is too difficult for you.

1.  Make your best guess and move on to the next question.