Articles by Brent Hanneson

The following is a metaphor for how students often respond to a particularly tough GMAT question: It’s a dark, moonless night, and you find yourself alone in a haunted house. Blood drips from the ceiling, and the words … Read More

In my last article, we examined the importance of considering mathematical strategies other than those we learned in school. So, rather than approach a question as though our former teachers will be checking (and … Read More

The good news: the GMAT Quantitative section tests concepts that you already learned in school. The bad news: if you insist on always solving GMAT math questions using the same techniques you learned in school, you’ll … Read More

On test day, you’ll need to know the difference between if and whether, so let’s begin by considering these two sentences: A) No one knows if weatherman Will Withers will return to work. B) No one knows whether … Read More

After reading a few solutions in Beat The GMAT’s Data Sufficiency forum, one notices that sometimes people plug in values to test sufficiency and sometimes they use a different approach. So, how do we identify those … Read More

In a recent article, I discussed my concern regarding the term “permutation.” In this article, I’ll discuss my concern regarding the question, “Does order matter?” People often use this question to help … Read More

In my previous article, I mentioned that the Fundamental Counting Principle (FCP) can be used to solve most GMAT counting questions. The FCP says: If a task can be completed in stages, where one stage can be accomplished … Read More

I’ve never been a big fan of the phrase “Combinations and Permutations.” It suggests that all counting questions can be solved using either combinations or permutations, when this is not so. Compounding the … Read More

Most GMAT students don’t spend enough time considering the mindset they’ll need on test day. In my very first article for Beat The GMAT, I suggested that the simple act of smiling can increase your performance. In … Read More

To set up this article, please consider a forum post from some fictitious wrestling forum: The state wrestling tournament is 1 month away, and I want to win the 184pound weight class. To lose enough weight to qualify … Read More

Welcome to part three of a threepart series on common mistakes that students make when answering GMAT Data Sufficiency questions. In this article, we’ll examine two mistakes related to equations. Mistake #1 – … Read More

Welcome to part two of a threepart series on common mistakes that students make when answering GMAT Data Sufficiency questions. In this article, we’ll examine mistakes related to assumptions about number … Read More

Welcome to part one of a threepart series on common mistakes that students make when answering Data Sufficiency questions. In this article, we’ll examine two kinds of mistakes that GMAT newcomers often make, and in … Read More

Many GMAT questions involving percent require us (at some point) to convert a fraction to a percent. In this article, we’ll examine some techniques to consider when making these conversions. To set this up, let’s say … Read More