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by Vault Education Editors | March 31, 2009


The GMAT Quantitative Section

Time: 75 minutes
Questions:37 questions
Question Types: Problem Solving
Topics tested: Data Sufficiency

Problem Solving

Problem Solving is the classic standardized test question type. You will be presented with a question and given five possible answer choices. Problem Solving questions test basic math skills, an understanding of elementary mathematical concepts, and the ability to reason quantitatively. Some questions require only simple computations or manipulations; others require multi-step problem-solving. When approaching Problem Solving questions, it will be important to decipher question stems quickly and determine what the best approach is for any given question, based upon content, timing, and your own strengths and weaknesses. Click here for sample Problem Solving questions.

Data Sufficiency

Data Sufficiency questions are unique to the GMAT, and considered by many test-takers to be the more challenging question type. To master Data Sufficiency questions, you will need sufficient practice with this question type, as well as a proven method to approach every question.

Each Data Sufficiency question consists of a question and two statements of data. Test takers must determine whether the statements provide sufficient data to answer the question. Your success on Data Sufficiency will require a clear understanding of the directions and how to eliminate answers efficiently, which will come with strategic, guided practice. Click here for sample Data Sufficiency questions.

No Calculators!

Calculators are not allowed on the GMAT exam, and therefore scratch-work is extremely important. The administrator will provide you with a booklet of 5 noteboards for scratch work that may be replaced after you have used them all. You may not remove these from the testing room. All scratch work must be returned at the end of the test session. You will need to use these noteboards strategically, to make all of your computations for the quantitative section, as well as to eliminate answer choices as you go.

Preparing for the GMAT Quantitative Section

Preparation is extremely important for the GMAT exam, which is a computer-adaptive exam and therefore requires specific strategies and sufficient practice to become comfortable with the format and testing experience. When preparing for the GMAT quantitative section, you will want to spend time reviewing the math content tested on the exam, as well as learn a variety of strategies for common question types. Your goal by test day is to have numerous options for tackling any given question, whether it be a traditional math approach, a test-taking strategy, or making a strategic guess.

Realistic practice will make a difference in your comfort level with the exam and your success with particular question types. Whether you decide on private tutoring, a classroom course, or online preparation, make sure that you allow sufficient time to prepare for the GMAT exam in order to get the score you need for your target business school. For more information about GMAT preparation and business school applications, please see

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