Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas Prep - Using the Question Bank in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Thank you for studying with the Veritas Prep Question Bank! There isn''t currently a mechanism for resetting the bank, but the workaround is that since it''s a free service you can always create a new account with a different username. Since the Question Bank runs on the same tech platform as ...”
November 3, 2015
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas FREE TEST- LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY in the Ask a Veritas Prep representative forum
“Good question about the exam difficulty. We have, indeed, updated our scoring at least a few times since your test last summer, and for many test-takers who would have scored in the high 40s on quant back then the effect has been that those scores are now slightly more difficult to reach. As we ...”
June 22, 2015
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas Q#07926 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Just a few thoughts here (with apologies to students for turning this into a debate among instructors!): *As Mitch mentioned, there are exceptions to most rules in the English language, so I''d be careful with phrases like "The GMAT will always..." and "The GMAT will never..." ...”
April 21, 2015
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February 25, 2015
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas Practice Tests Accuracy in the Ask a Veritas Prep representative forum
“As with any practice tests, your score range is never a "guarantee" of how you''ll perform on test day. Plenty of factors - how you perform under the actual pressure of test day, the margin of error on practice test scores in general, etc. - can affect the official score. But if you''re ...”
September 25, 2014
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September 8, 2014
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas prep tests accuracy in the Ask a Veritas Prep representative forum
“Congratulations on an impressive run of practice test scores! And good question - our tests are scored using Item Response Theory (the data-driven system that also powers the GMAT and sections of the GRE), and we''ve been really happy with how that system both scores and administers tests. One ...”
September 8, 2014
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to How to proceed through Veritas material in the Ask a Veritas Prep representative forum
“Hey Nishant, Great to hear that you''ll be studying with us! And good question - the books and video lessons are designed to work hand-in-hand, with the video lessons essentially serving as the ''classroom'' experience (instructor-led guidance through the material) and the books as workbooks ...”
August 18, 2014
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Best GMAT verbal video material in the GMAT Strategy forum
“If you scroll to the bottom of this page: [url]http://www.veritasprep.com/gmat/[/url] You can watch one of our full verbal videos (the Sentence Correction lesson) for free to see what you think.”
January 14, 2014
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Scoring Mechanism on GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Good questions - and you''re right to even title the post "scoring mechanism" because it all has to do with that. A quick executive summary: -The GMAT is an adaptive test, meaning that it serves questions to you (and scores those questions) adaptively based on its perception of your ...”
October 1, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Challenging SC question Veritas prep test. in the Sentence Correction forum
“One big problem with answer choice B - that comma after "homes" breaks up the combined structure of "which will reduce and increase". You couldn''t say "I''m going to the movies with Colleen, and Jenn". This is essentially the same thing - you can''t say "The ...”
September 20, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to trouble figuring out the right rule in the Sentence Correction forum
“Probably the biggest mistake that test-takers make on Sentence Correction is that they don''t prioritize error types - they see a wording difference between a couple answer choices and they latch on to that and try to find/remember a rule. What you should do: Know what you''re good at and make ...”
September 20, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Next 20 days strategy Urgent Help please!!!! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Rakesh, Thanks for the email to join in here - a couple thoughts for you: 1) Similar to what Rich said, your score is going to depend more now on execution than on knowledge...you can''t get that consistent 700-720 practice test level with major content gaps, so you''re good enough to ...”
August 28, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas prep test and books questions issue!!! in the Ask a Veritas Prep representative forum
“Well, as someone who teaches Critical Reasoning for a living I''d have to say you really can''t conclude too much from two data points! A swing of a few scaled score points is relatively normal in the middle of your study, and has quite a few potential explanations: -Did you take the test ...”
August 22, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas Prep Q - level 56 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Yes, the answer is D. That "but" in there necessitates that you link the first two things that the program *did* do with an "and", and then start a new thought after "but". It''s like saying: "I like biking and swimming, but I don''t like running." If ...”
July 12, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Video review course in the GMAT Strategy forum
“You can take a free 7-day trial of the Veritas Prep On Demand program here: [url]http://www.veritasprep.com/gmat/gmat-on-demand-free-trial/[/url] Unlike a lot of GMAT video programs that are mostly narration-over-PowerPoint, these are full HD Video, and we''ve gotten a lot of great feedback ...”
July 10, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to law will require emissions in the Sentence Correction forum
“Thanks for the invite to chime in here! This one''s pretty interesting and takes a little time to really dig in. The two big problems with D: -That second "which" is in some really strange placement - it''s trying to be parallel to "almost all of which" but I don''t think it ...”
July 9, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas Prep Q - level 56 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Good question Hemant - like a lot of English words, "yet" has a couple meanings. Among them are: Transition All indications are that the economy should be booming, yet the major stock indexes haven''t moved. Period of Time Have you eaten lunch yet? You can combine them when ...”
July 9, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Change of meaning ??? T3 , V30. in the Sentence Correction forum
“Be really careful with the "it changes the meaning!!" philosophy. For a few reasons: 1) Answer choice A is wrong approximately 80% of the time. There''s nothing magic about the original sentence. So you should be very, very open to changing the original sentence. 2) Bad grammar ...”
July 9, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to OG13 SC Q35 VS. Q72 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great question and, actually, the use of "an age" and "a time" describe pretty similar periods of time in those two questions which I think makes the context that much trickier. I''d look at it this way - "a time" represents exactly that, a time. Whereas "an ...”
July 5, 2013
May 20, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Best GMAT Prep in Chicago? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Not to turn this into a pure marketing thread, but since the topic said Chicago I had to look. Two Veritas Prep Worldwide Instructor of the Year winners (Frankie and Kevin) teach for us in Chicago and I''ve always been particularly proud of our team there (I''m a Midwesterner so that matters to me ...”
May 14, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas Ques Bank in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Thanks, guys - glad you''re taking advantage of the Question Bank! And since the bank is my project let me shed a little more light on its features: -It is not adaptive, but it is collecting a lot of user information that can be helpful for you. Within the solution to each question you can see ...”
May 1, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to DS(Number System) in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Great stuff from the group and I''ll just add that on this one your goals should be: 1) Pick numbers (like these guys did) that prove that the information is insufficient. This forces you to think strategically about which numbers to pick, which should lead you to: 2) Look for limits. 100 is ...”
April 10, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Prime Factor of Even Multiples of 15 in the GMAT Math forum
“It looks like your mistake was that you calculated the sum of all the multiples of 15 in that range, but the question just wanted the sum of all the even multiples of 15 (so all the multiples of 30). If you went for: N = (600-300)/30 + 1 You should have had it. That tells you that there are ...”
April 8, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Inequality -GMAT PREP in the Problem Solving forum
“The most efficient way to do some number picking is to have a plan in advance, and that plan usually involves testing numbers with different properties. How do you do that effectively? 1) Look at the limits. Here they told you that x is positive, which means that x > 0. What are the closest ...”
April 8, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to A sporting goods store received a shipment of baseball glo in the Data Sufficiency forum
“You''re right on, Hemant - we cannot assume here that gloves will come in pairs (and in baseball, players do only wear one glove). This one is one of mine - I wrote it for a tutoring student who needed to see some Matrix Box style questions in Data Sufficiency form, and since the classic setup ...”
April 3, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Struggling to get going, very discouraged in the GMAT Math forum
“Hey topperdoggle, Echoing Hemant''s thoughts - all is not lost! Honestly...I''ve always hated the idea of taking a cold practice test to "see where you stand". There are just so many reasons that you could underperform, and all of those reasons are not created equal. Some reasons for ...”
April 3, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to If m is an integer, is m102 an integer? 99 is a facto in the Data Sufficiency forum
“I know this one - it should read "Is m/102 an integer" or "Is m divided by 102 an integer).”
April 2, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to A car dealership carries only sedans and SUVs, and on Tues in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Just to add to Mitch''s spot on analysis, since this is one of mine. Currently less than 4% of users in the Veritas Prep Question Bank ([url]http://www.veritasprep.com/gmat-question-bank/[/url]) are getting this one right, with about 70% picking E. The main reasons, at least in my mind are: ...”
April 2, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Query regarding booking for GMAT test in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey, while you''re talking about booking the test, this is timely so I might as well bring it up: Make sure that the name you use to register is the same as the name on your photo ID. I just heard another case yesterday about someone being turned away from the test center because he used his ...”
March 29, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Question about question presentation in the Problem Solving forum
“Ah, great question. Unless the question says "a and b are digits" or somehow calls them out as individual digits and not full numbers, then ab is the product of a times b. Another thing to keep in mind - that "If ____ ≠ 0" in Data Sufficiency is almost always a ...”
March 29, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to DS(Number System) in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Hey rintoo, One thing you probably overlooked here is something the GMAT does frequently as questions get harder - they "hide" information in plain sight in the question stem. Here the question stem already says: y is a multiple of 14 (factors of 2 and 7) x is a multiple of 6 ...”
March 27, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to A dictated the reduction of tariffs that member nations had in the Sentence Correction forum
“Good question - and like I said I don''t think the version originally posted in this thread is completely airtight and we know that it''s not an official question, so let me explain the logic on that official one I posted just a post or two above. In that case, the verb in question is "are ...”
March 27, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Fast way to factor? in the GMAT Math forum
“Great method, Anju! And one more thought for you on this, Felix - on the GMAT you''re never doing algebra in a vacuum...there''s always either answer choices or a Data Sufficiency question stem and they''ll often give you clues. For example, in this question: If it''s problem solving, it ...”
March 27, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Rate Interpretation in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Ah, good question. And you just have it flipped. You''re doing rate = time/distance, when really it''s: Rate = "Distance" / Time I like thinking of it that way because it''s impossible to forget. If you''re driving to the test center you''ll pass several speed limit signs in ...”
March 27, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Struggling with DS in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Hey Nona, You''re in the same position as quite a few test-takers...the level that most test-takers get to is "comfortable with math / comfortable with the AD...BCE answer choice setup". But the next level is where Data Sufficiency is really played. Data Sufficiency is not simply a ...”
March 26, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Out of scope choices in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Really good question - and actually you may be better off holding back on an "out of scope" strategy. As we wrote in this article ([url]http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2012/05/gmat-tip-of-the-week-a-little-bit-of-knowledge-is-a-dangerous-thing/[/url]) and like you said in your post, ...”
March 26, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to DS(Equation and Inequalities) in the Data Sufficiency forum
“A couple things you should take away from a problem like this: 1) When a Data Sufficiency question involves inequalities and variables, there''s at least a 50% chance you''ll have to consider whether any of those variables could be negative. 2) When a Data Sufficiency question involves a ...”
March 25, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to A dictated the reduction of tariffs that member nations had in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey ritind - I agree with you that that distinction is a little touchy. For the record, this question is ripoff of the official GMAT version linked here ([url]http://www.beatthegmat.com/a-1972-agreement-between-canada-and-the-united-states-t66453.html[/url])in which the verb is a little more ...”
March 25, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Postpone the test ? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“First off, congratulations on hitting that 650 on the practice test - sounds like you''ve made some huge strides toward your goals! As far as postponing the test, here are some questions I''d ask yourself: -What would you do with that extra time? Are there glaring weaknesses that you wish you ...”
March 25, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Help in the Sentence Correction forum
“Gughan nailed it, but just to tack on a quick explanation to answer the original question: The word "thereby" prior to "activate" in the correct answer serves to clear up your doubt. It''s there to show that the two actions "touch" and "activate" are ...”
March 25, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Consumers may not think - Pronoun reference in the Sentence Correction forum
“Good question - and I should point out that this question is from a healthy 10+ years ago so it may not be fully reflective of today''s GMAT. The problems with E are a little more stylistic than binary. It: -Uses the passive voice -Ends the object with a preposition (which isn''t ...”
March 25, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Limited access to expertise, along with the lack of easily in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey guys - great discussion...and I''d chalk this one up as "good learning opportunity" but not "representative test question". The GMAT does test meaning in sentences, so you should make sure that you''re thinking about that. In this case, though - I think this one takes a ...”
March 21, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Tough one ! in the Sentence Correction forum
“It is - "our" means "belonging to us". So in this sentence you have two possessives for "intelligence" - "our intelligence" and "that of primates".[/quote]”
March 20, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Tough one ! in the Sentence Correction forum
“One way to look at this distinction: "Their population" or "Japan''s population" exists with either "Their" or "Japan''s" signifying possession (the population belongs to them). The word "of" in "that of" or "those of" also ...”
March 20, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Is positive integer A greater than positive integer B? in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Good question, Sonali - and it actually would still be E. Consider: A = 3^4 * 2 = 162 B = 2^3 * 3 = 24 (YES) or A = 2^4 * 3 = 48 (with 10 factors) B = 3^3 * 2 = 54 (with 8 factors) (NO) And the main reason I wanted to jump in here (sorry, Anju!) is that this question comes from ...”
March 19, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Patterns in SC ???? in the Sentence Correction forum
“I''m really glad you asked this - Sentence Correction has enormous opportunities for pattern recognition! Patterns can help you very quickly identify common decision points - you''ll still have to make the decisions, of course, but there are several structures that should immediately clue you in to ...”
March 19, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to privat names in sc in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey duongthang - are you talking about proper nouns, like people''s names? For example: In her 1851 magazine series, which would later become the epic Uncle Tom''s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe''s mission was to portray the hardships of slavery. Are the nouns "Uncle Tom''s Cabin" ...”
March 19, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Before the Civil War, Harriet Tubman, along with other forme in the Sentence Correction forum
“Mohit - good question. Here''s the thing with that sequence of events, though: "helped create" is already fixed in simple past, outside the underline. To assign "had" to "become known", you''re then saying that the "become known as the Underground Railroad" ...”
March 18, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Experts please pitch in in the GMAT Strategy forum
“The good news for you - you know exactly where you need to improve...your Q48 is strong and you may notch that up a bit, but nearly all of your improvement should come from verbal, so you now know where to devote at least 75% of your study time. And actually - I''d argue that your situation is ...”
March 18, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to (Sets) Please help me with this question ! in the GMAT Math forum
“Great stuff on using sets to solve this one - I love the discussion. And just for anyone who''s stymied by the set theory on this and looking for an alternative, I''d check out the answer choices and what the question is *really* asking: "How many numbers between 1 and 100 are not divisible ...”
March 15, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Confusing OG question. in the Sentence Correction forum
“Good question - and the usage of "to suggest" here isn''t the "in order to" version of the infinitive...it''s more like: "I''ve found a maid to clean my apartment." or "We''ve hired an outside firm to serve our IT needs." This explanation will be ...”
March 15, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Classic one by Veritas ! in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Mission, Your questions are crucial to this problem - at its heart it''s a pronoun question. Data can be singular or plural, but the outside-the-underline "they" is a big clue - as is the fact that the sentence uses "...they influence the upcoming decision by those same ...”
March 14, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to So x that vs so x as to y in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great question - and the answer, honestly, is "that''s above your pay grade". This question: [url]http://www.beatthegmat.com/og-10-question-t16968.html[/url] Is a perfect example. That decision between "so x that y" and "so x as to y" is the bait in this one - ...”
March 14, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Classic one by Veritas ! in the Sentence Correction forum
“Don''t get me wrong - if you eliminate "being" every time you''ll be right on well over 90% of SC questions when you do so. But I know there are questions out there where it''s used correctly, and they''re bound to be among the more difficult since most students know the "being is ...”
March 14, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Classic one by Veritas ! in the Sentence Correction forum
“Careful! "Being" ain''t "ain''t" - being is a legitimate word with legitimate usages...it highly correlated with incorrect answers on the GMAT but it''s not always wrong (which is part of the lesson in this particular question). I''ll tell you why E is wrong - "in ...”
March 14, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Thoughts on SC Strategy in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great idea - that''s pretty much a perfect strategy for where you''re at right now. Learning the major error categories is important, but there are diminishing returns to reviewing the same grammar rules over and over outside the context of the way you''ll see questions on the exam. Like you ...”
March 12, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to SC_Comparison in the Sentence Correction forum
“No, these are both wrong. "Than" is typically used in comparisons, in conjunction with a comparative term like "more", "less", bigger", "slower", etc. Neither of your sentence pairs "than" with a comparative term like that. These would ...”
March 11, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to SC: GMAT Prep question in the Sentence Correction forum
“Good thoughts, all - and if I can add one big-picture takeaway here: One way to think about the difference between "because it diminishes" and "because of diminishing" is that "it diminishes" is very specific and clear. Sulfur dioxide is what diminishes the ...”
March 11, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to hard SC on the test in the Sentence Correction forum
“Some great resources for hard SC questions include: -The GMAT Prep question pack add-on (I''ve been tutoring off of that add-on a lot...really recommend it) -The Official Guide verbal review (especially the last 30-40 questions of the SC section) -The Veritas Prep Advanced Verbal Strategy book ...”
March 8, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to In contrast to large steel plants in the Sentence Correction forum
“Really good question and I agree that it''s a pretty subtle difference. Here''s one crack at explaining the difference: *where "to put" is parallel to "remain", the controlling phrase of both of them is "have been able to" - and that''s a pretty logical parallel ...”
March 8, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to How to divide a factorial by an exponent... in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Great question - factorial problems that involve division almost always have the same key to solving them - you have to factor. Consider this question: What is the greatest value y for which 3^y is a factor of 10!? The key is to recognize that the question is really asking "how many ...”
March 8, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to problem solving question - roots and exponents in the GMAT Math forum
“Great stuff, Hemant - and let me just add on this one...methods 1 and 3 are WRONG and if you were to see this on any above-average questions on the GMAT they''ll almost certainly hinge on that. The question appears here but not answer choices - my hunch is that this is either Data Sufficiency (in ...”
February 26, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to CR Strategy, frustrated.. advice? in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hey hmgp - one thing you may want to consider based on what you just wrote: While "out of scope" is a perfectly valid reason to eliminate an answer choice on a Strengthen or Weaken question, I''ve found that a lot of people employ "out of scope" a little too broadly and ...”
February 15, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Advice needed , please in the Ask a Veritas Prep representative forum
“Hey Nona, Sorry to hear about a frustrating test day! I know it''s a bummer right now but one silver lining is that on what looks like a pretty bad day for you you had an average score, so even at your worst you''re "beating" about half of all GMAT test-takers, so you have some room ...”
February 14, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Operating room temperature in the Critical Reasoning forum
“For the C vs. E crowd...this one is a little interesting in that I''d bet E makes a logical leap a little beyond what the GMAT would ask of you. As it''s written, E requires you to connect "manual dexterity and mental alertness" to "the effectiveness of a surgeon", and so if you ...”
February 13, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to CR Strategy, frustrated.. advice? in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Couple things to add: 1) As you study, your "percent correct" really isn''t *that* important. If you get half the questions wrong but in doing so realize 2-3 important things that help you perfect your approach, that''s exponentially more valuable than getting 75% of them right but ...”
February 13, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Dark Choclate in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Soumita, I love your question here: That''s a *huge* part of the Sentence Correction "game". We call it "hiding the right answer" - the GMAT authors are great about picking (correct) sentence structures that you or I wouldn''t likely think to employ ourselves or ...”
February 12, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to payroll and economy in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Great explanation, Charu - and you''re right on. A doesn''t necessarily weaken the conclusion. If employees used to work 40 extremely productive hours per week and now they work 40 extremely productive hours per week plus 10 more somewhat-productive hours per week, businesses still get more ...”
February 8, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to veritas CR in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Good question, Rajat - the problem with C is that it doesn''t give a reason for that conclusion. The fact that purchasers also value price/quality in addition to brand identity isn''t a reason to keep the brand consistent. It doesn''t weaken the conclusion either, but it''s kind of irrelevant - it ...”
February 8, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas CR 1 in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hey Rajat, I agree that B is a little weird. In direct comparison with D, B should probably be eliminated in that I think you can definitely argue that it gives a reason that they should have a cricket team (at least they get a new stadium), but the way it''s written it seems to add some value ...”
February 8, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Confused between (A) and (E) in the Sentence Correction forum
“It''s subtle, but here''s the biggest problem with (E): Take this sentence "I have a record player that I did not know it existed." See how the "it" doesn''t belong there? The reason is that the word "that" there just goes to modify "record player" - ...”
February 7, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to random guess , scratch pad in the Ask a Veritas Prep representative forum
“Ah, right - sorry to miss that! You know - organization can be personal, so it''s hard to give one-size-fits-all recommendations since everyone is different. But I can definitely offer some principles that I know have worked for a lot of people: *Jot down a checklist of 4-5 things to keep ...”
February 6, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to random guess , scratch pad in the Ask a Veritas Prep representative forum
“You know...in terms of pure probability it''s probably not going to matter either way, whether you go completely random or you just pick B every time you have to guess. The reason you''ve probably heard that is that, if you see the test as random, then the answer should be B 1/5 of the time. ...”
February 5, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to slash and burn in the Ask a Veritas Prep representative forum
“Good question - it''s something we certainly teach more thoroughly in a class, but I guess it has seeped into some of our shorter articles (in which we may not take a ton of time/space to thoroughly explain). Essentially, Slash-and-Burn is about thinning out the number of words you read in any ...”
February 5, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to What is the difference between 48Q scorer vs 50/51Q scorer? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I love the question and definitely agree with Ceilidh and the Matrix analogy. If I can just tack on a few things: 1) Not all 48s and 51s are created equal - for some people it''s about minimizing mistakes; for others it''s about seeing a little deeper into the test; for others it''s about a ...”
January 31, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Help! Study Strategy Question! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Actually, I might suggest a little bit of a hybrid. I tend not to recommend doing spending more than 75% of your study time on one half of the exam than the other unless you know you''re just lights-out great at one side, and even then it''s advisable to spend at least some of your time staying ...”
January 15, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to OG QUANT #86- Operations w/ rational # (exponents) in the Problem Solving forum
“Great explanation, vkb - and just to add a little bit of bigger-picture strategy to this: When decimal problems look ugly (particularly with exponents) try looking at them as fraction problems like vkb did here. Without the use of a calculator, you can typically go a lot farther with fractions than ...”
January 15, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Hurricanes in the Sentence Correction forum
“Be careful on this one - there are some definite flaws in the final phrase in both D and E. In D, that final modifier "trapping heat in the atmosphere" modifies "hurricanes" (it''s a participial -ing modifier at the end of the sentence, so it modifies the main subject), and ...”
January 15, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMAT PREP question Help needed in the Sentence Correction forum
“This is a great example of the GMAT SC trend that "meaning matters". Hard questions tend to use misdirection like this - your mind wants to see all three items in that list in as parallel of form as possible, so you want to see that article. But there''s really no article that fits: ...”
January 15, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to The nineteenth-century chemist in the Sentence Correction forum
“Choice E is pretty interesting in a way that hopefully opens up a lot of SC strategy to you. Let me streamline E and then see if the idea makes sense to you: Davy wrote an essay critiquing all the chemistry since Boyle as well as his own envisioning of new chemistry... What is Davy ...”
January 15, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Need Help in the GMAT Strategy forum
“You know, this isn''t all that uncommon - the clock and the test-day pressure definitely play a pretty big role in almost everyone''s performance. A few things you can do to help counteract this on your next test: 1) Take practice tests. It sounds like you feel comfortable with the content and ...”
January 10, 2013
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMAT Prep Scores 690 and 650 ;Confused ; Expert help needed in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Soni, The only thing you have to fear is fear itself! The official GMAT comes with a margin of error of 20 points (GMAC admits that if you score 700 it could really mean that you''re a 680 or a 720), so your fluctuation is well within the margin of error. And there are other pretty valid ...”
November 15, 2012
Brian@VeritasPrep started following OfficialGMAT
November 2, 2012
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963) in the Sentence Correction forum
“B also has a pretty major problem with the second portion of the modifier, "attended". You can certainly say: John F. Kennedy, born into a Native American family, served... and you can say: John F. Kennedy, educated at Harvard, served... but you can''t say: John F. Kennedy, ...”
October 30, 2012
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Help wanted for a sentence correction question in the Sentence Correction forum
“Couple things on that tense: 1) You don''t get a choice, since "are told..." is outside the underline, so part of good SC strategy is learning to live with some language that you don''t love. The easiest way to make a question tough is to use correct language that you know people ...”
October 30, 2012
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Help wanted for a sentence correction question in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great question - consider here the fact that the non-underlined portion "the perpetrators are..." comes right after a comma and right after the answer choice. So if you were to take E and say: "in attributing a behavior to an allergy, the perpetrators..." Well, this makes ...”
October 29, 2012
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to SC process strategy in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great question, Vikram - and I''ll echo what Anu said when he mentioned that "both" grammar and meaning are important. But let me add a third portion to that - strategy. 1) The first thing I do whenever I see an SC problem is look for obvious differences between the answer choices. ...”
October 29, 2012
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Verb+ing in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great discussion - and here''s where the fact that there are answer choices can come in so handy. As intelligent people in the internet age, we''ve become remarkably good at interpreting poorly-worded sentences, so a lot of answers may sound okay because you can figure out what they''re trying to ...”
August 22, 2012
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to experts help - sentence correct ? in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Vikram, Couple things here: 1) The great news on the GMAT is that you don''t have to make this decision in a vacuum...there will be answer choices! So the test will help direct you to decision points. Personally, I don''t love the way that which clause is set up, but if there isn''t a ...”
August 22, 2012
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMAT re-taking strategies in the GMAT Strategy forum
“A few thoughts on what you wrote: 1) There''s absolutely no need to panic on IR! Did you see the article this week in which Stanford GSB essentially said that it''s not using the IR score in admissions for a while? There''s good evidence that the score won''t matter too much for you, and a ton ...”
August 17, 2012
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Debatable Princeton Question in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Skekhar, Rest assured that B is wrong. Because the word "both" comes after "success", the "that of" at the end of B doesn''t refer to anything. You could say: I care about both the success of the company as a whole and that of each employee as an ...”
August 17, 2012
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Breaking the sentence correction barrier in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey dchan, I''ve talked to a lot of students in your position, and one of the things that works best with SC is recognizing that it''s often every bit as "logical reasoning" based as are CR or RC. So when I see you write something like this: I think what you need to do is not ...”
August 17, 2012
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Brain TeAsErS FoR Me in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Good question "Why does A times B equal C?" Remember, the initial question is: AB x CA OEBC Let''s say we were doing this with actual numbers. If we''re multiplying, say, 21 * 32, we''d start by" 21 x 32 First, you''d multiply the units digits together, 1 * 2 ...”
April 23, 2012
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Please explain why (B) is incorrect? in the Sentence Correction forum
“I really like this question as an example of a neat device that the authors of the GMAT employ - they know that your eyes will go directly to the underlined portion, so they can hide valuable information outside the underline. Here, the sentence begins with the phrase "Since 1986". But ...”
April 20, 2012
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Entire Sentence as stimulus in the Sentence Correction forum
“Good question, Ronnie - and GMATKiss is on the right track in that sound SC strategy will work whether the underlined portion is short or long. But there are a few things that you can use to lighten the load a little when it looks like you''re responsible for huge chunks of text: -Scan the ...”
April 20, 2012
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to OG issue in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Good question, and I love the way you phrased it. "Is it sufficient?" - that really depends. One of my favorite quotes is from legendary basketball coach John Wooden: "Never mistake activity for achievement". Just *doing* the OG12 isn''t likely to be sufficient for most ...”
April 11, 2012
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Enviromental problems (Don't agree with the OA) in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Good question - and you''re just about entirely correct, which is what makes these "removes the flaw" / "assumption" types of questions so difficult. If you first break down the question stem, it''s saying that the (existing) conclusion (already) drawn in the argument needs ...”
April 6, 2012
April 2, 2012
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to For-Profit colleges in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Thanks for the PM invitation to chime in here - actually this is a pretty good question (and funny that it''s a MGMAT question, now that it''s owned by Kaplan, which would have to be offended by the correct answer choice...right?). Someone asked me about choice C, which brings up a pretty good ...”
March 26, 2012
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Changes to GMAT - Writing GMAT end of Feb 2012 in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Great stuff in this thread! And since I''ve been discussing this a lot lately with students and instructors, let me just tack on a few things: 1) Regarding "idioms", "correct meaning", and "logical meaning" - the danger to me is that the word "idiom" is ...”
January 31, 2012
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Guessed last 7 questions in Gmatprep quant - how to avoid in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Achieve, I love this question so hopefully Jim doesn''t mind if I chime in here. The way that the GMAT scoring algorithm is set up, it''s a lot like a game of "Twenty Questions", in which your responses to questions help the test answer questions like "are you above a ...”
January 31, 2012
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to into the coming months in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey P.P. I see where you''re going on this...but please notice that "but THAT..." is NOT logical here. "But" is a transition word, signaling a difference between the first clause and the second. That''s why you''ll typically see "but" used in constructions like: ...”
January 23, 2012
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMAT:When to attempt-before or After June 5,2011? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Struggler, Good question - and I guess I''d offer my opinion this way: -I''ve talked to the folks at GMAC and they insist that there shouldn''t be an advantage in terms of mental stamina or overall performance to taking the test in either May or July. So that''s the official word. ...”
January 20, 2012
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to need a 570 - how hard is this to achieve in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Texas, Good question - that 570 is a little bit above the current average score of around 540, so probably around 45% or so of test-takers score 570. So the answer is "fairly hard but nowhere near impossible" for the general population...but what really matters is how hard it will ...”
January 20, 2012
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to The problem with the OG in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey artistocrat, Great question and observation - there are some tough questions in the OG, but the majority of them are going to fall below the 700 level. And understandably so - only about 10% of people score at that level, so 90% or so of all GMAT questions (by that logic...kind of a ...”
January 20, 2012
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to The interview is an essential part in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hey Sachin, Great question on choice A. What''s interesting about A is that it''s not an assumption - it''s the conclusion itself. So negating it will counter the conclusion...but only because the answer choice is just about identical with the conclusion. To be a valid assumption answer ...”
January 19, 2012
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to With the advent of YouTube in the Sentence Correction forum
“Nice work, all - and just a couple things to add: -Especially for duongthang, who is worried about timing on a problem like this - I uncovered the "secret" to eliminating choices A and E by scanning for differences between A and B and looking for a decision point. The beginning and end ...”
December 1, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Is it really a good idea to take the GMAT as a Senior? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey hoyasj, I''ll echo Becky''s advice and just wanted to chime in since the title of this post grabbed me. I''d argue a resounding "yes"! Within the couple months of my college graduation I took the LSAT, GMAT, and GRE and especially in retrospect, working as I do with so many ...”
December 1, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Do GMAT re-takes report their previous/low scores?? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“The good news - your username is prophetic here...you will survive! The way it typically works in admissions is that on your application form you self-report (type in) your highest GMAT score. GMAC sends the schools official score reports that have your entire testing history (for five years ...”
December 1, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Ambiguity in 'it' in the Sentence Correction forum
“One massive problem with E here is that it creates an illogical meaning. With "its knowledge", what does "it" refer back to? Grammar - and can grammar possess knowledge? In the non-underlined portion "of grammar" is a modifier for "knowledge", so ...”
November 22, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Rivaling the pyramids of Egypt- Modifier Issue in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey abc, "Rivaling" here means "like", in way - "rivaling" is used in this case to mean "similar in excellence to". For example you could say: Rivaling Harvard and Stanford for admissions selectiveness, UC-Berkeley credits its desirable Northern ...”
November 21, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to idiom question , experts plz help in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey runzun, Didn''t open the file but as far as the idiom you mentioned, let me say this: "Enough X that Y" is a correct idiom, but not always the correct idiom. For example, you could definitely say that: He had enough points that the game was essentially over with 5 minutes ...”
November 21, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to SC Grail Q23 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Good question - and nice work narrowing it down to C vs. E! The right answer has to be E. The biggest flaws in C as I see them are: 1) "also power-stingy" doesn''t make sense because there''s not a first definition that would make "also" necessary there. You wouldn''t ...”
November 18, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Why most non-natives do not score V40 ? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey AbhiJ, Based on my experience on these forums, I''d add this - and I don''t think it''s necessarily right to paint "non-native speakers" with the broad brush, but I''d certainly say it''s true of "most non-native speakers who are active on Beat the GMAT". The group you ...”
November 18, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to one bad GMAT day should i retake? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey kwak, Given what you wrote I think you owe it to yourself to take it again. That''s a rough, rough day with a lot of circumstances that were out of your control and that contributed to your performance. It''s pretty evident in your breakdown, too - after being at the test center for a ...”
November 17, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to PS - must be true Q in the GMAT Math forum
“Hey guys, A huge distinction here - the question as written contains a pretty major typo. Answer choice E should read: x = 1 or z = 0 "And" is not necessarily the case here, as if x = 1, then it doesn''t matter what z is. Consider: x = 1, y = 2, z = 3 1(2) + 3 = 1(2 + 3) ...”
November 16, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Can any one hep me to solve this question of probability???? in the GMAT Math forum
“Great explanation, Shankar - the expected return is going to be the probability of each return multiplied by that return, summed up. And since the probabilities are all the same, you can just average out the returns. The only mistake there - the returns are 2, 2, and 2 (for the odd rolls) and 3, ...”
November 16, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Idiom NOT x BUT y in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great explanations from Sam and Tuangquang. Let me just add that the construction "not X but Y" has a fairly straightforward rule to it. What follows "BUT" must be able to stand alone with what precedes "not". So here if you have: A headache is ...”
November 16, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Can i take more than one Gmat? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Elia, YES!!!!!! You can definitely take the test more than once without penalty. With very few exceptions schools really only care about your top score, so go into the test confidently knowing that it''s "an opportunity to succeed" and not a one-time-only, now-or-never event. ...”
November 15, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to just bombed the GMAT... what should I do? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Sorry to hear about a frustrating experience! You know, based on what you described with the 18-month study process, the perceived burnout and sleepless night beforehand, the fatigue noticeably setting in during the test, etc., I''d recommend that you take at least the first week of your vacation ...”
November 15, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to How to improve verbal (and cross the 600 barrier?) in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Mel, Congratulations on some great score improvements! That''s a ton of progress and a great testament to the work you''ve done thus far. My take on further improvement - my guess is that you''ve spent a lot of time on the "what" (knowledge: facts, rules, formulas, etc.) and can ...”
November 2, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Comma+with vs Comma+ing in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Mankey, Thanks for the PM on this - and, you know, what''s tough with a connector like "with" is that there are tons of ways to use it so it''s hard to distill it into one hard-and-fast rule. But the way I''ve seen this done on official questions (two correct answers are below, ...”
November 1, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Consecutive Integers Question! in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Really cool question, and great explanations! One of my favorite trends on the GMAT is its use of more ''unique'' number properties like that in statement 2. It''s not an even/odd, positive/negative, or units digit "known" property, but you can try small numbers to arrive at a pattern ...”
November 1, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Odd integers! in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Hey guys, Love the discussion...just want to clarify a few things here: 0 is an even number. Even means "integer that is divisible by 2", and 0/2 = 0, which means since there is nothing after the decimal point that 0 is even. Shankar is right that the question says positive (and 0 ...”
November 1, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Low Hanging Fruits of Verbal in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Great stuff, artistocrat - and Suyesh I''ll echo what artistocrat said. Memorizing/learning idioms is the lowest ROI on your study that you can have. I''d spend your time becoming really comfortable with subject-verb agreement, pronoun agreement, modifiers, verb tenses/timelines, etc. You know ...”
November 1, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to OG Houseowners in the Sentence Correction forum
“This is a case in which I think the idea of "decision points" is really helpful. "Whose" is a relative modifier, and must modify the word adjacent to it. That should tip you off - is "whose" justified here? In A and E it''s used properly to modify ...”
October 31, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to A prep question, (Pls come an instructor) in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great stuff, Sam! And just to elaborate on that, "while" in this sentence is a modifier for the time period. These objects burn up WHILE they speed through the atmosphere. "While" tells us when this happens. It''s similar to saying: I like to listen to music while ...”
October 31, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to SC-33 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Good question, mankey - I''d eliminate D on the basis that "with fears raised" leaves it pretty unclear as to whose fears are raised. Is it "The Swiss government"? That''s kind of illogical...why would they make this move with its own fears that it could cause a bigger ...”
October 31, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Are x and y both negative numbers in the Data Sufficiency forum
“ripulgupta nailed it, and prodizy made a great point, too. Here the question is asking if they''re BOTH negative. Statement 1 gives us a nice algebraic start, becuase if you factor the 3: 3x - 3y = 1 3(x-y) = 1 (x - y) = 1/3 You get that the difference is 1/3, which could be done via ...”
October 31, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Low Hanging Fruits of Verbal in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hate to disagree with IJR but I disagree 100%. Idioms are the highest-hanging fruit (if you''ll continue the analogy) out there...there are thousands and you''ll see maybe 15 SC questions, so it''s a pretty low ROI. I''d advise focusing on: Critical Reasoning Paying particular attention to ...”
October 31, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to In need of advice/encouraging words in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey NYC-bound, Sorry to hear about another frustrating experience with the GMAT. But - and not just because you asked specifically for this - I do feel that there are some reasons to be optimistic about what happened: -It sounds like your recent attempt was doomed by pacing and stress, both ...”
October 24, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Parallelism in the Sentence Correction forum
“I love your question and think that there are a couple of practical notes that can help: 1) On the GMAT, you won''t be asked to fix an error without choices, so you don''t necessarily need to recognize that the second sentence is **wrong**, just that it''s **different** from the first, and that a ...”
October 24, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMAT Guidance Required Please in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Parijat, First off, sorry to hear about a rough GMAT attempt! As Kavita mentioned, if you reflect on what went wrong you can make a lot of headway toward fixing it. As you''ve asked about admissions chances at those schools and the round 2 deadlines approach, I should at least mention ...”
October 21, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to How much does AWA matter? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Sonny, Rest assured - if you''re at 5 or better the AWA is absolutely no problem. It''s much more a pass/fail exercise than one in which the final score truly matters. Schools use the essays as a quick check of relative communication ability (a 2, for example, would be pause for concern) ...”
October 21, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Taking Sentence Correction skills to next level... in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey prodizy, Thanks for the invite to chime in! And congratulations on your progress! As far as improving your speed, I think the biggest key is being proactive and not reactive. Look out specifically for the "Decision Points" in SC questions and don''t just read and react. For ...”
October 20, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to nonzero integers in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Wow - phenomenal question that I have to admit had me stumped for at least a second there until I took a step back. Here''s what they did - by power of suggestion, they got you thinking that the value of t is irrelevant because it''s taken to the 4th power and therefore t^4 will be positive. So ...”
October 18, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Mediterranean is noun or adjective in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Ashish, I hear you - and hopefully I wasn''t jumping down your throat. I just hope that we''re all really careful about perpetuating that "protect the original meaning" mantra that''s just as arbitrary and possibly damaging as "the first 10 questions count more" and ...”
October 18, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Help: Inequalities and Exponents in the GMAT Math forum
“Nice, Shankar! Another way to think about this, too, is that you know that the GMAT isn''t going to require you to actually do that math, so you can use familiar numbers to get an estimate. As Shankar did, you should be able to get to 5^4 = 625 without too much trouble, so that can be your ...”
October 18, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Mediterranean is noun or adjective in the Sentence Correction forum
“Why do you say that? Has GMAC ever said that it wouldn''t test that? I''d argue that the GMAT **should** test that. A major flaw in business thinking is that of confirmation bias - when people expect one conclusion and therefore find ways to view the data to confirm what they expected. So I''d ...”
October 18, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Dolphins in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Prodizy, That "do" is there to further the distinction between "I don''t _____________ but I **do** ___________ (something similar, which you wouldn''t expect based on the previous clause". Some examples of how the "do (VERB)" is used: I don''t listen to ...”
October 18, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to The Effectiveness of Practicing with CATs in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Sonny, Great stuff here, and I apologize that no one has responded! With the service you''re providing both our country and this community someone should at least chime in to say thank you! (I also love the sports analogies and the "one shot, one kill" mentality that has to come ...”
October 18, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Mediterranean is noun or adjective in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey guys, A couple notes on this one; -I think this is from OG 10, so it''s a pretty old question, and the English language subtlety might be out of scope of what you''d currently see today. -I wouldn''t try to understand this one necessarily from an adjective-noun-adverb standpoint as much ...”
October 17, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Comparison question in the Sentence Correction forum
“I''d say "great question", but I guess I shouldn''t since there'' a really good chance that I wrote this one a few years ago (I loved Bernard King as a kid...really a shame what happened to his knee). The biggest problem with A is "He was" - the underlined portion is a ...”
October 17, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Aristotle SC- Meaning issue in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey ABC, The difference between choice C above and the "Earl" example is that, with Earl, there isn''t a subordinate clause next to him, but in C there is. So with C, the "and VERB" would actually make the verb align with "research that agrees AND shows". The ...”
October 17, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to veritas Practice Test - DS in the Data Sufficiency forum
“moonraker nailed it, but since we had a few "B" answers on this thread let me make sure to clarify: B is the trap answer on this question, with the trap being "what about negative numbers?". That''s an extremely common trap, so remember it: **When a Data Sufficiency ...”
October 17, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Calcutta in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey guys, Got a PM on this one and, shoot, even if you take the grammar problems that exist outside the underline as typos, the sentence still isn''t a great one, so I think you can find better problems to study from. **"An earthquake strike" violates Subject-Verb agreement. One ...”
October 17, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Dolphins in the Sentence Correction forum
“Got a PM on this one, which I''d normally leave alone because this one looks like a game of "Telephone". If you Google the first few words of the sentence and add "GMAT", you''ll find this exact same question but with different forms of the answer choices, so I wouldn''t put too ...”
October 17, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Has GMAT Quant become tougher very recently??? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I agree with a lot of what prodizy and FutureWorks have to say. And let me add.. The GMAT has to evolve over time, because it needs to be able to differentiate between examinees at the upper end. Its stated role is as a test of reasoning, which is problem solving, creative application of quant ...”
October 17, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to A day before the big test and need feedback from scores in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Taniuca, My first major piece of advice - if your test is tomorrow, "need feedback from scores" should be the last thing you think about!!!! You''re going to get the only score that matters tomorrow, so what does it matter whether your practice test scores are accurate or not? ...”
October 14, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMAT Prep SC Confusion in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey guys, Probably the most noticeable difference here is the placement of the pronoun "they". In option 1, "they" clearly refers back to automakers. But by option 2, "dividends" have been introduced to the sentence, too, so "they'' could refer back to either ...”
October 14, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Grammar before meaning or meaning before grammar? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Zaara, Really well done with steps 1 and 2 of your process - that''s exactly how I''d do it. Your Step 3 is flat-out-wrong, though. As the problem at the top of this thread proves, choice A could very well have an illogical-and-therefore-incorrect meaning. DO NOT protect the meaning of A. ...”
October 14, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Aristotle SC- Meaning issue in the Sentence Correction forum
“Exactly, aspirant - "but" isn''t used logically in choice E. It needs to set up a transition between different ideas, and in E it''s actually two consistent ideas so there''s no need for that transition.”
October 14, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Aside/Besides/Unlike/Unless :) in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey guys, I love both of these questions, which are all based off of the same OG question: Notice the pattern in these - the questions want you to think you''re deciding between "unlike", "besides", "not like", etc. But the key to C in each of these choices ...”
October 12, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Aristotle SC- Meaning issue in the Sentence Correction forum
“Nice work here, all! One other note about E that should help with the "Meaning" ideology from the subject line. E uses the transition "but", which signifies a transition from one thought to another that runs counter. **It is raining, but we''ll play the game anyway ...”
October 12, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Grammar before meaning or meaning before grammar? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Zaara, Great question and I''m really glad you brought this up - this problem illustrates the issue really nicely. 1) There''s no official rationale for "protecting the meaning of the original sentence". The official Sentence Correction instructions don''t say anything about ...”
October 12, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Multiple intergers- how to attack this type of problems? in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Great explanation, sl750! One other thing I''d add here about problems with this phrasing - I''ve seen at least a few that define a set with the phrasing: if x is in the set, then ______________ is in the set. The key to interpreting these is to realize that "x" describes "any ...”
October 11, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Six weeks to achieve at least a 550?? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Not a problem at all, Andy - that''s actually really good to hear. It''s tough (if even doable) to memorize your way to success on this test. I remember blanking on a pretty standard exponent rule (x^y * x^z --> do you add or multiply the y and z?) during my test, and not feeling satisfied ...”
October 11, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Six weeks to achieve at least a 550?? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey janextine, Thanks for writing - you know, I''m really glad that you wrote what you did. Boards like these are disproportionate with their "devastated at 680" and "how do I turn my Q50 into a Q51" posts that make it seem like nothing short of a 700 is worthy and that 550 ...”
October 11, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Chrysler Corporation in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great discussion, everyone - and coderversion1 nailed it so congratulations there! I had to chime in first because the fine people at Chrysler put food on my table the whole time I was growing up (and I''ve owned a few of their cars and loved each of them), but mainly because this is a phenomenal ...”
October 10, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to 1st attempt: 670 (39Q/42V) -- how to approach retake? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Lindsey, Glad that helped! And I''m sorry to hear about that commute...that''s a ton of time to spend traveling (but congratulations on the new job)! As far as first steps on this, obviously it''s tough to give one-size-fits-all advice, but I think you can get a lot out of doing something ...”
October 10, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to multiplying by variables in inequalities in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Gurpinder, Great question, and one that''s pretty important. When using variables and inequalities, you need to consider whether the variable is negative...you don''t multiply the variable by -1. In your example, consider that the following two values of x both satisfy the inequality: ...”
October 6, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Need to understand the logic behind: 2 Trains in the Problem Solving forum
“Hey PhD, Great question - this is such a classic rate problem setup, immortalized in American sitcoms starring frustrated high school students! You don''t **have to** add the rates, although it''s pretty helpful. Another way to look at this is to note that you have two rates: Rate(A) = ...”
October 6, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to MEaning based SC. ! in the Sentence Correction forum
“Good question - but that''s just it...they WON''T ask you to choose between two grammatically-and-logically correct sentences. That would be like having these answers to a quant problem: (A) 1.5 (B) 3/2 (C) 6/4 (D) 3x/2x (E) -(-1.5) At that point it''s just a terrible question. GMAT ...”
October 5, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to MEaning based SC. ! in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey all, Good discussion - and let me clear something up about "meaning". Your job on SC is to select the correct answer, which must be: -Grammatically correct -Logically valid That''s it. There''s nothing in the rules that say you need to preserve the original meaning or ...”
October 5, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Countable VS uncountable modifiers in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey guys, I think I can answer all of these! The original question from sl750 I think stemmed from this: And was to the extent of - wait...isn''t "the number" supposed to be singular? And why is the verb "is" there if it''s the "Plural" example? My ...”
October 4, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to 1st attempt: 670 (39Q/42V) -- how to approach retake? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“(whoops...double-post...sorry)”
October 4, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Edward Cupids arrow in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Patanjali, Good questions - "art" has a few irregular uses but for the most part it''s an "uncountable" singular noun like "air" or "music". You''d use it as: The French and Italians are known for their taste in art. ("art" is one ...”
October 4, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Usage of BEING in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great question, and a few thoughts to help you out. 1) I''d be insanely leery of any snake-oil tips like "being is always wrong" (or I had a student this weekend tell me that "if a CR answer choice reads like a comparison it''s definitely wrong". What?). If a tip is too ...”
October 4, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Is 'Not' shows contrast ? in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great answers, everyone. Just to answer the initial question regarding "not", yes, "not" implies contrast. Most famously, James Bond always asked for his martinits: Shaken, not stirred. X, not Y is a colloquial way of saying that something is one thing, and not ...”
October 3, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Although he is as gifted as, in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey guys, Phenomenal example here of a meaning-based GMAT question. The correct answer is C, and please note: There is NOTHING special about the meaning of choice A. Your job is NOT to protect the meaning of choice A. If choice A has an illogical meaning, it''s wrong. If an answer ...”
October 3, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Edward Cupids arrow in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey guys, 0% chance this is anywhere near an official question. Note: -the cupid''s arrows, were it the title of a piece of art, would have to be capitalized -colloquially, there''s no such thing as "an art". There''s "a piece of art" and there''s "art", but ...”
October 3, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Antarctica in the Sentence Correction forum
“Couple thoughts on this one: 1) I''ve seen this question in a few different forms in different forums over the last few years, so it may have been tweaked and skewed over time. One had B as "were it not to do so", for example. 2) B is wrong. That phrase "were it to do ...”
October 3, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to SC in OG in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Ashetty, Glad you brought this up! Perhaps one of the bigger challenges out there with studying grammatical rules for GMAT SC is taking those rules and applying them - having the ability to use them and not just "know them". So I wouldn''t suggest "going through the SC book ...”
September 28, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Probability Problem in the Data Sufficiency forum
“I wonder where this problem comes from because, like you said, you can''t take 1/4 of 30... And statement 2 is written pretty poorly. I *think* it''s trying to say that "the probability that the student is a female without brown hair is .25", but the way it''s written I don''t think ...”
September 28, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to 1000 SC, 500 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey mundasingh: To your initial question about "for"...again, this is just my way of thinking of it so I hope you take the general lesson (think about meaning) more so than this specific "meaning-of-for" lesson. But even with the "mowed the lawn" example, ...”
September 27, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMAT in days plz help! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Good question - I think people are often a little bit surprised at the difficulty of the really-tough official test-day problems compared with OG specifically. The truly hard (scaled 49-51) problems in quant are a little scarce in the OG, which has a lot of 75th-80th percentile type questions but ...”
September 27, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Understanding Veritas CATs' results: experts please help in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey prodizy, I got your PM but it looks like David beat me to the original question. A few other thoughts, though: 1) Regarding the practice test score and your question "why have a score if it''s only to improve timing/strategy?" - people want scores so you have to give it to ...”
September 27, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to 1000 SC, 500 in the Sentence Correction forum
“This question is terrific for S-V agreement study. They do a masterful job of getting a bunch of nouns in front of that verb: Many psychologists and sociologists now contend that the deliberate and even brutal aggression integral to some forms of competitive athletics. But they''re just as ...”
September 26, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Meaning in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey, let me just add to this with a note about meaning, since I know that''s a topic of concern around here these days. It is NOT your job to match the meaning of the initial sentence. There''s nothing magical or "incumbent" about choice A. Your job is to eliminate illogical meanings. ...”
September 26, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Subject-verb agreement issue in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Vinni, Quick explanations on these - they''re all kind of unique cases (which is why I wouldn''t worry too much about these, specifically): 1) "The Philippines" is a truncated form of "the Philippine islands" in which "Philippine" is an adjective. But it''s ...”
September 26, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to CAT scores huge variation in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey guys, I got a PM about this and wanted to weigh in. Unsurprisingly, I agree with everything David says (especially those parts when he cites things I''ve already said...). Another pretty major thought on this: Don''t rely on practice test scores to predict your final score or let you ...”
September 26, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to SC-24 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey robosc9, Yeah, good question and I apologize for a pretty lax explanation between those two. If you look specifically at D: Among the emotions on display... (D) was anger about the issue, which was raised over and over, and preventing the wounds from earlier battles, still raw, to ...”
September 26, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to SC-24 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Really good example here of the 3/2 split methodology and of the way that the GMAT loves to lead sometimes with a modifier on a Subject-Verb agreement question to put some extra nouns in front of you. Here "among" at the beginning is the predicate of the sentence, not the subject. ...”
September 23, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to SC-21 in the Sentence Correction forum
“This one has to be A. Look at this in D - the "only X, not Y" construction starts after "concerns of its prospective clients", leaving "those of surrounding homeowners" without a plural noun reference for "those". X and Y in that "only X, not Y" ...”
September 23, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to OG 12 Question in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great discussion, guys! Cans'' explanation of D is perfect, but let me add this to what''s wrong with A: You can''t retroactively limit how much municipalities were previously allowed to dump. A is illogical - you can''t pass a law that says "remember five years ago? You weren''t allowed ...”
September 23, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Tough 1000 SC in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey guys, This one has to be E. Note that, in A, we have a comparison..."more than". And since the first portion is "Degler does" the second should be in the same form "summarize" (indicative tense verb vs. indicative tense verb). You also have "he ...”
September 23, 2011
September 23, 2011
September 23, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to need an expert reply on this one in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey mad2011, A few things here related to your question: 1) That "2 modifiers ---> convert one to a clause" rule is not absolute. Maybe it''s a preference to some but it''s not a definite, binary, right-vs.-wrong situation so I wouldn''t ever use that as a GMAT decision point. ...”
September 23, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to need an expert reply on this one in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey guys, "the" is definitely a problem in A and B, but actually if we were to fix that (and missing an article like "a" or "the" seems like more of a broken-English type problem than a true GMAT decision point), I''d argue hard that A is a much, much better choice ...”
September 22, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas CR in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Yeah, I definitely think this one is among the most subtle I''ve seen. I''ll readily admit that I had to do some re-reading on this one to clarify exactly what was going on. But that''s what hard questions will do... And if we break this one down systematically, it''s not really as much about ...”
September 22, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas CR in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Ah, good point - but remember that you cannot change the premises in the stimulus...those are always true. You can only attack the logic and the way that they''re used. The given information says that his proposal will reduce the wait from 30 minutes to 10 minutes. So we''re stuck with a ...”
September 22, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Composiet Scores in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Great link, Akhil (so thanks to Arun@CrackVerbal, too). At the GMAT Summit last week they went through this discussion, too, so I might as well pass that along. A few notable points: -The 200-800 score is the final report, sent to schools to stay consistent with the old paper-and-pencil ...”
September 22, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas CR in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hey guys, Thanks for the PM to join in! This one is a little tricky but keep in mind that the question is asking why the reasoning is flawed. And the reasoning is essentially: -If we can reduce wait times, more people will come Well, B shows that the wait times won''t be fixed by ...”
September 22, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to exponent equation in the Data Sufficiency forum
“I love this question! One other method that you can employ on a question like this is to recognize that exponents are extremely pattern-driven. After all, they''re just repetitive multiplication (2^13 is 13 2''s multiplied together...very, very repetitive math!). So with that in mind, you can ...”
September 21, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to SC question from GMAC Paper test 14 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Jaguar, Thanks for asking...I''ll probably start a new thread with this, too, so that people don''t have to find it in the middle of this thread, but as a direct response... 1) Does this change mean that Idioms will 100% not be tested? I think that''s a two-part question. The first ...”
September 21, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Inequalities & Powers in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Great explanation, guys! And one thing that comes up in this problem that you could use (I''m not sure how often it would come up, but here it''s a nice clue) is this: If you''re saying that the answer is D, then there''s really no use for the statements. You''d be able to get D even if the ...”
September 21, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to SC question from GMAC Paper test 14 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey mundasingh, For choice A in #2, one pretty significant flaw is "the apes". By adding that "the", the question is referring to specific apes and that adds some logical confusion. Which apes? So I''m on guard a little bit with that one...it seems like an unnecessary use ...”
September 21, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to SC question from GMAC Paper test 14 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey guys, #1 is a great example of two things: 1) The GMAT''s emphasis on logical meaning in SC (that not-so-new trend that everyone is talking about this week) 2) The GMAT''s OLD emphasis on idiomatic accuracy, which you really don''t need to worry about (this question is an old official ...”
September 20, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to comparison in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great questions here - thanks for posting! In #1, note that the major problem in the original sentence is that it''s comparing "the rate of increase" with "the 1970s". The same is true of E - it''s an illogical comparison. We need to compare the rate as it was in the 1980s ...”
September 20, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Hispanics in California in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great question. One thing I''ve noticed with a lot of "percent of..." SC questions is that they love to use the pronoun "it" without a clear referent, and this one doesn''t disappoint! Look at "it" in A, B, D, and E. "When it was about 35 percent" ---> ...”
September 20, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Attention GMAT Takers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (very important) in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey guys, Thanks for the PM invite to join in here, and sorry to take an extra day to do so - I was traveling back from that aforementioned GMAC conference, so the good news is that I think I can clarify what you''ve heard. What Dr. Rudner said was certainly not a "from this day ...”
September 19, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Constantly guessing on last 4-5 Quant questions-EXPERT HELP in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey ajelias, Congratulations on some great practice test scores heading into Friday! Some quick advice I have for you heading into your test... Just because pacing problems don''t only affect the last few on which you guess, but probably add stress and haste throughout the test, I''d ...”
September 13, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to OG Vs Gmat in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Great explanation, Akhil! And this is all my own (hopefully educated) inference and nothing that GMAC has said officially, but it makes sense that the OG would be at more of the "average/above-average" difficulty level and not approaching the "the hardest question in this book is ...”
September 13, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to expert plz give honest advice in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey arghya, I''m sorry to hear about such a frustrating GMAT experience! But please keep in mind that a 590 on the GMAT is NOT a sign of "not a high IQ". That''s still just about a standard deviation above average on a test that by definition attracts examinees who are just about all ...”
September 13, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to OG integer problem in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Hey Redhorse, Conceptually, I think the best way to look at this is to note first that, when taking the square root of any product, you can split the product. So...the square root of xy = (sqrt x) * (sqrt y) Then bring in that, when taking the square root of a number, you''re ...”
September 13, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Preparation is going no where!!!! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Prateek, Thanks for the invite to chime in here - and I have to say I agree with everything that Dana and Becky said. If I can add a little value to the score pattern, too...That difference between 500 on August 3 and 460 on September 9 might be completely negligible, and to me it looks ...”
September 13, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to To cancel out common terms & not cancel? in the Data Sufficiency forum
“@Ian - brilliant minds think alike!”
September 10, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to To cancel out common terms & not cancel? in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Hey Varun, Just to clarify from Prateek''s statement, you''re actually right that (x - y)^2 = (x - y)(x - y), so you''re good there to expand to: (a + b)(a - b) = (a - b)(a - b) But the reason that you CANNOT simply divide both sides by (a - b) is that (a - b) could equal 0, which would ...”
September 10, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to DS Properties of Numbers in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Hey Ray, Great question. Honestly, plugging in numbers is a pretty good idea on most of these, as it helps to concretely describe what the statement is telling you. But if you are going to plug in numbers, be efficient with it. Here''s a rundown of how I''d recommend you look at these: 1) ...”
September 9, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Cordinate Geometry in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Thanks, pemdas - and, cans, to add to that... the problem with C isn''t the "both statements together are sufficient" portion, it''s the "but NEITHER ALONE" portion. Yes, knowing two points on the same line will give you the slope, but actually statement 1 ALONE is sufficient. ...”
September 8, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to SC : Like (Metaphorical ) Vs As (Expert plz reply) in the Sentence Correction forum
“Probably the biggest difference in #2 is that pearls DO NOT mysteriously move between necklaces. Accordingly, since the metaphor drawn in #2 does not actually happen, you can''t use "as do...". You have to use "like" there (and you can''t use "do" since they ...”
September 7, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Cordinate Geometry in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Hmmm...I think you''re probably misreading the question. The line is tangent to the circle. The circle has a center on the origin. Which means that the line CANNOT go through the origin because "tangent" means that it touches the circle exactly once - it does not cut through the circle. ...”
September 7, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Arithmatics in the Data Sufficiency forum
“I love this question - and keep in mind that the GMAT''s question creation process is pretty thorough so they''d probably do a clear and concise job of defining that both ABCD and DCBA are four-digit numbers. If that''s the case, neither A nor D can be 0. And if you''re subtracting: DCBA ...”
September 7, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Cordinate Geometry in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Interesting question with a few pretty key takeaways. I''d say that the answer is A* but let met put an asterisk next to that on a technicality that I don''t think could show up on the GMAT. Note that the tangent line to a circle runs perpendicular to the diameter of the circle that also goes ...”
September 7, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Sleep Deprivation: Night before the exam in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey adi, I see what you''re saying - that sounds a little dangerous to me, though, because if you intentionally deprive yourself of sleep one night and then run into anxiety the next night, now you''re down two nights of sleep and things could get really rough really quickly. The sleep ...”
September 7, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Can I really trust on GMAT CATS ? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I agree with everything Prateek said, but I''d also add this: In asking "Can I really trust the GMAT CATs?" you''re asking the wrong question. Practice tests can be decent indicators of how well you COULD score but that''s probably the thirtieth most useful thing that practice tests ...”
September 7, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Value of x in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Nice thread here, everyone! You''ve all done really well on this question but since I did it slightly differently before reading everyone else''s responses I figured I''d chime in anyway. My fear on one of these questions is that "x = 3" is probably (and our limited sample size ...”
September 6, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Princeton_ I think its answer is wrong!!! in the Problem Solving forum
“Hmm...where this one probably gets tricky in terms of solution is that: Statement 1 is not sufficient. f could be 5 and g 1, and 5 + 2 is prime; or f could be 7 and g 1, and 7 + 2 is not. Statement 2, as it''s written, is NOT sufficient, but only because g could still be 0, and 0 + 2 is ...”
September 1, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Importance of location? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Great topic, and since I''ve talked to at least a few friends about this recently I figured I''d share what we discussed. MBA rankings lose a little bit of relevance the further you get away from the traditional MBA career paths - if you''re going into consulting, banking, etc. at top MBA ...”
September 1, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to 640 to 700... should I take it again? in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Great to hear, goblue - and again let me reiterate a proud congratulations to a fellow Michigan BBA on a great score! It sounds like you have a good plan and a great perspective, and it also sounds like you''ll be applying with some other fantastic assets on your resume when you approach b-school ...”
August 31, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to What should i do NEXT? To conquer the GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey eskebrands, Sorry to hear about a frustrating test experience! I certainly admire your dedication, though, and you should be proud of your improvement thus far...sometimes it just takes a few steps to cover those couple hundred points you want instead of being able to do it all in one fell ...”
August 31, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Decimals : Problem Solving (Medium) in the Problem Solving forum
“Got a PM about this one so hopefully I''m not stealing Mitch''s thunder... Just to add to what he did, I''d answer bbk_marc''s question by asking the follow up "does it matter?". And initially, I don''t know - but if I were on the test and I hit this situation I''d have around 2 ...”
August 31, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to algebra in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Hey 60s, Great question. And, you know, I don''t think that they would ever ask the same question without statement 1. Statement 1 makes the question "fair" and a little challenging - it gives that hint that the amount of inventory purchased is not necessarily the amount of inventory ...”
August 31, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to How many different ways... in the Problem Solving forum
“Hey Irene, Great question - and I love that inquiry about "why" it''s true. You''re dead on. There are 12*11*10*9 ways to arrange the sites in order...but we don''t care about the order. We only care about the number of groups. And since each group of 4 chosen sites can be ...”
August 30, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to 640 to 700... should I take it again? in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Hey goblue, Love the username...this time of year that''s how I sign off nearly all my emails and probably accounts for 80% of my text messages! Congratulations on your 700 - that''s a huge accomplishment that shouldn''t be taken lightly even if you know that you could have done better, so ...”
August 30, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to 2^36 - 2^30 = x in the Problem Solving forum
“I like this thread! Lots of good contributions here: -Fractal - I love the setup, but you''re right...there are multiple correct answers as it''s written -amsm - great process. That''s what I''d do almost every time given this setup. With exponents, we''re really good with rules when ...”
August 30, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Sentence Correction killing my score!! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Akhil, Congratulations on a fantastic practice test score! That''s great news and it sounds like it''s certainly well-deserved. For SC improvement, I think a big step would be to go back to the errors you made (on this test and some recent homework sets or other practice tests) and ...”
August 30, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to What did I do wrong? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey calcpa2012: Sorry to hear about a frustrating test experience! You know, it sounds a lot more like a really bad day than anything related to how well you prepared. I love that you''re not making excuses, but it certainly does sound like you were most likely exhausted and distracted at least ...”
August 30, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Geometry Problem in the Problem Solving forum
“Hey Knight, You know, I wouldn''t spend too much time worrying about the "obscure" rules like that incircle rule. The GMAT doesn''t have much incentive to reward memorization like that - it''s definitely not a test of how much you remember from high school geometry, but rather of your ...”
August 30, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to algebra in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Great reasoning, anujan007! And here''s where the question is NOT misleading - statement 1 clearly demonstrates that the value of the jeans in stock at the end of the year will NOT equal the total value of the jeans purchased. Statement 1 explicitly introduces the fact that the store did sell ...”
August 30, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Clarification on Geomtery problem in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Hey knight247, Great question - and particularly in a Data Sufficiency context it''s important to know that the answer is "no". So, for example, if statement 2 were not the individual dimensions but instead that "the volume of box X is 36,000 cm^3", it would not be ...”
August 30, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Has anyone taken the VERITAS GMAT PREP COURSE recently? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey khorsani, Sorry to take the whole weekend to get back to you - I was up in Portland from Friday to yesterday running the "Hood to Coast" relay race (200 miles from the highest point in Oregon to the ocean...I highly recommend this race for anyone who can make it!). To your ...”
August 29, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Has anyone taken the VERITAS GMAT PREP COURSE recently? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Khorsani, It''s great to hear that you''re considering a course, and hopefully some students will weigh in with their experiences. Since I''m pretty familiar with those negative claims online I felt compelled to say something here. If you notice how similar the language and tone are in ...”
August 25, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Need expert help..... in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey VC, Sorry to miss this one and take a few days to reply... It''s a tough explanation, because absolutely most of the time you''d be correct even with the thinking that missed this particular question. The possessive should require a "those of" or "that of" response ...”
August 12, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to sufficient?? in the Data Sufficiency forum
“This is a pretty good question to struggle on, actually, because it helps to really figure out what Data Sufficiency is all about. ***The question is NOT asking you to solve for k*** Your job is only to answer the given question, which asks if the result of the quadratic is greater than 0. We ...”
August 9, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Brain TeAsErS FoR Me in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Wow - what a terrific question! On any of these questions in which they''re testing you on a calculation with variables at the digit level, the key invariably becomes this: 1) Start with what you know, and 2) Use that to limit the number of possibilities Now, that''s pretty vague but follow ...”
August 9, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Need expert help..... in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey voodoo_child, Love this question - thanks for sharing! Here''s where the GMAT can achieve separation between those who know this stuff pretty well and those who are really outstanding. If you''re just memorized "possessive should always go with a that/those of", you''re going ...”
August 8, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Probabiity in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Wow, great question! Here it''s important to keep in mind the principles of conditional probability. Once one woman is selected, there is one fewer woman in the pool to be drawn from, and we need to calculate the probability of two consecutive events both happening. So for statement 1, we know ...”
August 8, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Absolute Value Question in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Good question - it''s not uncommon for Data Sufficiency statements to be a little bit abstract, so strategically when that happens you often want to try plugging in numbers with different properties to see whether they satisfy the statement. That way you can get a better feel for what the statement ...”
August 8, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Squares in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Great question! And nice work, gmatblood. Here, I think it''s pretty important to recognize when you see this setup: -Dealing with squares of variables -the real constraint is that "the variables are positive" You recognize that for any values >1, squaring them makes them ...”
August 5, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to President cant often in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey, good question, mundasingh. The backstory on the Official Guide for GMAT Review is that it includes retired questions that were once live on GMAT exams. But the test evolves over time, and the Official Guide doesn''t necessarily evolve in parallel. That''s especially true because the ...”
August 5, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Possibility for Improvement in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Wow - 230 in a weekend is pretty impressive, Bara...congrats! I think my "record" is 220 in a weekend...I had a guy go from 490 to 710 both on official test back in around 2004 or 2005 when you could take the test once per calendar month and his Thursday/Tuesday test dates (if I remember ...”
August 4, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Experts please help in the Problem Solving forum
“Nice explanation, Frankenstein! And, Sachin, another way to look at this one is to just recognize that the GMAT loves to test the properties of numbers. They used 0.345 because it''s a ridiculous number to try to calculate, but if you see that the property that that number will hold is one ...”
August 4, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to President cant often in the Sentence Correction forum
“Ah, great question - this one is from back in like OG 10 or so, right? I remember this one from way back... The placement of "often" has interesting results here: "is often unable to" means that often a President struggles to carry out a legislative program. So, in this ...”
August 4, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to veritas 700+ in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hey guys, Good discussion, and this may be a case in which the discussion is more valuable than the question itself. The problem with E here is that it misses the scope of the conclusion that "BY 1861 it was clear... that the Confederacy couldn''t win". E talks about developments ...”
August 3, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to A famous football player recently won : help with the reason in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Thanks for the PM on this one. Honestly I don''t think there''s a problem with E at all. The argument goes: -Events attract attendees by giving them the chance to take photos with /get autographs from athletes -They''ve been doing so by paying actors to play that role, but now a court ruling ...”
August 3, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to SC Questions based on Meaning Clarity.... in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey all: I love the discussion. First off, let me point out that this question is a replica of an OG question that uses "damaged and/or destroyed" in place of singed and incinerated (that question talks about buildings in an earthquake). If you''re unclear on "singed" and ...”
August 3, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to SC- Princeton Review- is it allowed in GMAT? in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey y_roy, I like the way you''re thinking - but keep in mind that a state is also a government, and governments can do things, as can companies, organizations, teams, etc. (again, non-living but really comprised of living people): Goldman Sachs earned a record 30% return California spends ...”
August 3, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Digit Reversal in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Great question with a lot of strategic value - thanks for sharing! If you didn''t think through the lens of algebra you can still attack this one using just arithmetic. You need a difference of at least 70 so you have to start with a number that''s 70+ and subtract something that''s less than ...”
August 3, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Experts Please Help on this DS! in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Wow - great explanation, vineeshp! You nailed it...really well done. Just a couple things to add since I couldn''t resist doing this problem once I saw it: vineeshp selected great values here and did a really nice job explaining. I''m almost positive that he and I were thinking the same way, ...”
August 2, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Please help - "One of" type questions in the Sentence Correction forum
“Good question - and with a question like this it''s often quite a bit easier to just think logically about who is performing the action: is it one person (singular) or several (plural)? As bubbliiiiii noted, it''s the patriarch. If it weren''t him: 1) "The patriarch" then ...”
August 2, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to value of n?value of n? in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Hey guys, Please rest assured that this is not a valid GMAT question. 1) The statements will NEVER contradict each other, so this one is invalid. Statements 1 and 2 are direct contradictions, and that cannot happen on the GMAT. 2) The statements cannot contradict the given information ...”
August 1, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Value of X - DS in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Hey guys, It looks like the OA here was C, right? Sharmishtha''s explanation of statement 2 is perfect, but why wouldn''t statement 1 still work? Since I didn''t see that addressed here I figured I''d chime in. Since the question doesn''t define x as an integer, statement 1 still has the ...”
August 1, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Gambia and Juana in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hey, thanks for catching that, gmat25 - just fixed that. When you''re typing in this window sometimes the question scrolls so far up to the top that you try to quote from memory and...well...I learned my lesson! You''re right - I meant #5. Fixed!”
July 30, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Gambia and Juana in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Thanks for the PM on #2. #2 has a really strong LSAT feel to it so if it feels a little extra abstract or tricky that''s why - I hesitate to say that the GMAT *won''t* test this, but it does seem slightly out of the GMAT scope based on what it''s tested to date. This is a bit more ...”
July 29, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to LSAT CR in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hey mundasingh: I think I know where you''re coming from - and again this is an example of that really subtle wordplay that the LSAT loves perhaps a little more than the GMAT does, but that you shoudl be familiar with. D is about the likelihood of comets, not about the likelihood of planets. ...”
July 29, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to bold faces! in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hey gmat25, Thanks for the invitation to chime in on this one - and I agree wholeheartedly with you that this isn''t a particularly well-written question so I wouldn''t worry too much about it. CR arguments have premises (which can be called facts) and conclusions. And since facts can work ...”
July 29, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Help with strategies that work best on DS questions? in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Great question, shimmer - keep in mind that Data Sufficiency is as much about logic as it is about math (if not more so), so you probably need to spend some time getting comfortable with the "game" of DS. The way that the questions are asked can give you some insight in to how to best ...”
July 29, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to LSAT CR in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hey mundasingh: Thanks for the PM and invitation to chime in! A few thoughts here: 1) Great explanation by Vivian, and her bolded term "emergence" is the key on this one. If the conclusion is that "the chances that intelligent life will emerge on a planet are low", then ...”
July 29, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Basic DS Is z even? in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Ah, but that''s one of the most important things to know about Data Sufficiency - you cannot assume anything! Your goal in these situations should be to get the less-popular answer to the overall question - to challenge yourself to find the unique case that most won''t find. So for statement ...”
July 29, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMATprep Test2 DS in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Exactly right, deight - to be sufficient a statement must yield EXACTLY ONE answer to the question. So if it asks: What is the value... You need to be able to arrive at only one answer. And if it asks a Yes/No... You need the answer to be ALWAYS Yes or ALWAYS No - you can''t have ...”
July 28, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Improve SC Timing in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great question - I ran into this problem a few years ago while tutoring one of my best friends over the phone. I''d be done answering a question while he was still reading choice B and I realized that his wasn''t just a timing problem, it was an accuracy problem simply because his head was swimming ...”
July 28, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Experts Please Help on this DS! in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Neat question - thanks for posting this one! Here I think it''s a matter of making the options concrete. We know that the order of bricks is: Blue, Orange, Purple, Blue, Orange Purple Statement 1 tells us that #24 is NOT Orange, so we know we have two options: 24 25 26* 27 B ...”
July 27, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMATprep Test2 DS in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Hey deight, Great question - absolute value questions seem to look a lot trickier than they really need to be. Think about it this way: If the absolute value of x is 4, then that means that x is either 4 or -4, right? Well, if the absolute value of (x + 2) is 4, then: x + 2 = 4 or ...”
July 27, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to tricky in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Great work on this one, everyone - and akhilsuhag you''re right on with your approach once you got to statement 2. For both finance and akhilsuhag - you nailed it in your explanations; while it''s true that for an evenly spaced set the mean and median are the same, that doesn''t mean that the ...”
July 27, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to tricky in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Great question, finance! I''ll let everyone get a fair shot at this one before I solve it, but let me offer a strategic tip here, one we call "Why Are You Here?". If a statement on its own is clearly (and almost insultingly) insufficient, it''s there for a reason. Either you need it ...”
July 27, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Harder Data Sufficiency problems in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Careful! This is one of the greatest tricks that the GMAT has at its disposal - the power of suggestion. If you consider what you know ONLY about statement 2, we don''t know at all that the terms are consecutive. The only place the word "consecutive" appears is in statement 1. ...”
July 27, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to unlike... in the Sentence Correction forum
“Nice job, guys - and as a strategic point, I knew exactly what this question was testing just based on the title of this thread without even clicking through to the question itself. If you see a word like "unlike" or "like" starting a sentence, there''s an extremely high ...”
July 27, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to canceled the GMAT score in the GMAT Strategy forum
“The official word from the GMAT Information Bulletin (available at www.mba.com) is: So I wouldn''t say that there''s "absolutely no" impact on your application, but it''s doubtful that it would. Overwhelmingly, schools will tell you that they primarily (if not solely) consider your ...”
July 27, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Modifier doubt - pronoun vs ing form in the Sentence Correction forum
“Good question, mundasingh - and I guess I''ll follow by asking how we''d know that "having different interests" applies to "people". "People" is the object of the subject "We", and "having" where it is doesn''t set it up as a subject. You could ...”
July 26, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Modifier doubt - pronoun vs ing form in the Sentence Correction forum
“Quick lesson here: "Who" (like "where", "which", etc.) is a reflexive pronoun, meaning that it modifies the word that comes directly next to it. In your corrected sentence, who takes the role of subject for "having", letting us know that the people we meet ...”
July 26, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to 700+ Question in the Problem Solving forum
“Another great explanation, Winnie! Just one more way to look at this - since they give it to you in fractions and the answers are in fractions, I''d look at this as a common denominator problem. You have markings each 1/5 and 1/3, or every 3/15 and 5/15. So you have markings at: 0, 5/15, ...”
July 26, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMAT Score and its intricacies! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Great explanation, Vijay! And adding to this - this breakdown illustrates a pretty important set of points about the GMAT and its scoring: 1) You do not have to be perfect to have a great score. Being significantly above average on both sections will lead to a very high overall score. You ...”
July 26, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Modifier doubt - Airhostess question in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey John, You''re exactly right - by turning the modifier into a prepositional (-ing) modifier we now modify the action, correcting what would have been an error. Modifying "a garden party" as a noun with "a way to protect" is incorrect - a garden party is not a logical way to ...”
July 26, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Gmat Prerp quest x>y^2>z^4 in the Problem Solving forum
“Great explanation, winnie! On a question like this, all you have to do is find one situation in which the conditions are satisfied, so really they''re challenging you to push the limits of number properties. Strategically, I''d look at something like this this way - for 1 and 3, I want x to be ...”
July 26, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Strategy/Tips for 1 week before the test in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey tpecsok, This response may be a little late since, because of the weekend, two more days have elapsed since you wrote that you had less than a week to go. But if it can still be helpful... 3 or 4 CATs in a week isn''t something I''d advise to anyone even with a month or two to go until ...”
July 25, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Substantially improving GMAT score. Is it really possible? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Rafetell, That''s an interesting conspiracy theory, but I think it''s just as likely as believing that ETS killed Kennedy... The primary (and really sole) goal of the GMAT is to indicate to business schools which candidates are most likely to succeed both in and after business school. ...”
July 25, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to arithmetic in the Problem Solving forum
“Wow - really nice method, rupsk! And great question. I did it similarly to you but in a slightly different way so I might as well post. Like you, I knew that the evens were all out, and those ending in 5 were all out, but that some even numbers and some multiples of 5 would also be multiples ...”
July 23, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Statue of Liberty in the Sentence Correction forum
“If I''m not mistaken this question is from a pretty old version of the OG... Just a quick note here - I think most would look at this as an idiomatic thing (modeled...after), but you can actually use pure logic and strategy here. The use of "mother''s" and "wife''s" in A ...”
July 23, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Strategy/Tips for 1 week before the test in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Love the username! I might get in trouble for this but you could also consider a nod to Death Row Records with "GMATsUpHosDown" too... One quick note on your strategy - unless you haven''t studied for very long at all, I''d argue that within that last week it''s tough to "get ...”
July 23, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to modifier issue expert in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey guys, Great discussion - a few thoughts here: 1) As arghya05 said, the -ing modifiers can modify an entire clause or action, and that''s how that modifier "applying..." is working here. A few examples: Congress took great strides toward a balanced budget, raising the debt ...”
July 19, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Comparison- Manhattan CAT in the Sentence Correction forum
“One other thought on this one - when you really think about what "they" in choice E refers to, it''s "retractable claws", right? Well, the sentence says that a cheetah doesn''t have retractable claws - so really that "they" doesn''t refer to anything at all. It''s an ...”
July 19, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to SC Question in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey voodoo_child: Great question. The difference in these cases is that in the Dickinson''s letters question, "to Susan Huntington Dickinson" is an essential modifier that''s part of the noun phrase. You really can''t say it any other way - you can''t just say "letters" ...”
July 19, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to expert please reply… also explain why you cancel out B and in the Sentence Correction forum
“Well put, EA! And to add to that, the meaning in B isn''t a logical meaning for the rest of the sentence. Note that the main thought begins with the word "Although": Although government policy can influence productivity... With that word "although" in the first clause, ...”
July 18, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Official GMAT practice test quantitative scoring question in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Those official practice tests, like vineeshp said, are as accurate as you''re going to find. And your theory that you were getting beaten up by hard questions is exactly right - to determine your score, the algorithm needs to pinball you between your upper threshold (you''re probably not getting ...”
July 18, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Is 0 a multiple of all numbers? in the Problem Solving forum
“Just to respond to Ian''s point... The OG is a great study resource but GMAC itself will tell you that it''s not designed to reflect proportional content coverage of the GMAT and that, because its questions have all been retired for quite some time now, the current test probably looks at least ...”
July 15, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to A Lack of Concentration/Focus in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Thanks for bringing this up - you know, I think there''s a lot to be taken from the way that you phrased: The bad news here - I think you''re going about this the wrong way - is the good news, too: the GMAT is a test that must be practiced much more than it must be "studied for". ...”
July 14, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Is 0 a multiple of all numbers? in the Problem Solving forum
“Great question - and, yes, 0 is a multiple of all numbers. That''s pretty important to know, as 0 is a great equalizer on a lot of problems that could ask: x is an even number... x is an integer that is a multiple of both 3 and 5... x is a nonnegative integer such that... If you think ...”
July 14, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Please help in the Problem Solving forum
“Great explanation, krishnasty (but you''re missing one key component that I''ll explain in a second). One point worth making - on these pattern-based problems, it can be really helpful to spend a little time thinking about why that pattern holds. If you look at the pattern you established, if n ...”
July 14, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to your comments on Eric's experience in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Great topic - you know, the test is pretty sophisticated so you probably won''t be able to recognize a question on the actual exam and say "That''s identical to #39 from the OG, so the answer is definitely D!". But you can certainly recognize the familiar traps and setups in questions and ...”
July 13, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Based on accounts of various ancient writers... in the Sentence Correction forum
“Glad to see that this discussion has stood the test of time! With C, there are a few problems: 1) Compared to E, C is really wordy and awkward, so as a general rule if you''re down to two and don''t see a huge grammatical difference, the shorter, more-direct one is your best bet. 2) E ...”
July 12, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Silly mistakes in the Problem Solving forum
“Thanks, guys! And since you like that idea I''ll tell you exactly what I did - I had a five-point checklist of the easy-to-make mistakes that I figured were most likely to tank me. Shorthand, it was: Positive Integer ? Sufficient 0 For: 1) Did you assume that any variables were ...”
July 12, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas Prep Challenge Question in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Hey, great question guys, about dividing both sides by x + y in statement 2. Just as a refresher since we''re on page 2, statement 2 was: x^2 - y^2 = 0 Here''s why you can''t do that - we know, via factoring that: (x + y)(x - y) = 0 which means that AT LEAST ONE of those two ...”
July 11, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Silly mistakes in the Problem Solving forum
“Hey Diego, It''s great to hear that you''ve identified this as a common mistake...that''s a huge first step toward avoiding it! You know, one thing that worked really well for me and that my students have said works well for them is to just put a question mark (?) at the top of your noteboard ...”
July 11, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Tense Ambiguity in the Sentence Correction forum
“I like this one because, as is quite often the case with GMAT SC problems, the incorrect verb tenses tend to create an illogical and almost comically-illogical situation. In C, we get the order that: 1) Police confiscate guns (were confiscated) 2) Later, the guns are sold at an illegal gun ...”
July 11, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Tense ambiguity 2 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Really good question here. I''m going to disagree a little with aspirant - which I normally do not do! - and call out D with this explanation: 1) "were permitted" in C is inconsistent with "dictates". If C had "dictates what member nations are permitted" the verb ...”
July 11, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas Prep Challenge Question in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Yeah, great responses - I was thinking in my own head of "for positive numbers x and y..." which also precludes x = -y. If both have to be positive, then only x - y could equal 0 and since we know that one of them has to then we''ve got it. I love that style of thinking - I was just at ...”
July 8, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas Prep Challenge Question in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Great work, everyone - the correct answer is, indeed, A. Statement 1, when you break out the parentheses, looks like: x^2 + 2xy + y^2 = 4xy And can be reset into the ax^2 + bx + c quadratic form by subtracting 4xy from both sides to get: x^2 - 2xy + y^2 = 0 You should recognize this ...”
July 8, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas Prep Challenge Question - DS#3 in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Great work, everyone - the correct answer is, indeed, E. Statement 1 factors out so that the numerator becomes (2x + 2y)(2x - 2y), allowing the left hand parentheses to factor with the denominator (both are 2x + 2y), leaving just: 2x - 2y = 2x - 2y That has infinite solutions, so statement ...”
July 8, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas Prep Challenge Question in the Sentence Correction forum
“Thanks for all the responses, everyone! B is the correct answer here. A and C have a glaring Modifier error in that the introductory phrase should modify "Terrell Owens" and not "Terrell Owens'' attitude" (which couldn''t logically play for the Eagles) E also has a ...”
July 8, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Question #56 - OG12 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Aman, Thanks for the invite to chime in here! Really good question, and I think it brings up a pretty important point: Verb tense logic on the GMAT only requires the tenses to be LOGICAL, not parallel or "the same". Your job is to determine whether the verbs indicate a logical ...”
July 8, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to One OG verbal question in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey aspirant, I''d be careful with that rule - "economical" is a legitimate word so it could certainly be used in a correct context on the GMAT. "Economic" means "pertaining to the economy"; "economical" means inexpensive or frugal...basically ...”
July 8, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Multiple disappointments with GMAT - Clueless now!!!! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Sorry to hear about a frustrating GMAT performance, but I take issue with the headline "clueless now"! Honestly, from what you wrote you''re on the verge of the well-above-700 tipping point, it seems. Your practice test scores are all terrific and show that you''re poised to exceed ...”
July 8, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a new topic called Veritas Prep Challenge Question - DS#3 in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Hello again! I''m back with another Data Sufficiency question as part of the contest (see main page) in which David, Ashley and I are posting original questions with prizes for the first few correct answers - and remember to show your work! Here goes, and I apologize for the linear fraction format ...”
July 8, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a new topic called Veritas Prep Challenge Question in the Sentence Correction forum
“As advertised on the main page of Beat the GMAT, Ashley, David, and I will be posting some original questions today and tomorrow with prizes for the first five students to respond with correct answers that show your work! Here''s a Sentence Correction question to kick things off. While ...”
July 7, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a new topic called Veritas Prep Challenge Question in the Data Sufficiency forum
“As advertised on the main page of Beat the GMAT, Ashley, David, and I will be posting some original questions today and tomorrow with prizes for the first five students to respond with correct answers that show your work! Here''s a Data Sufficiency question to kick things off. I love multiple ...”
July 7, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Disappointed by Verbal score and SC in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey nav!n, Sorry to hear about your SC frustration! Based on what you wrote, I''m pretty confident that this is your situation: -You''re overthinking grammar way too much -You''re looking at idiomatic differences and missing the more common error categories (like verb tenses, pronoun ...”
July 7, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Tricky SC Grail question - Expert Request in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey mundasingh, Yes...with a caveat - it''s not a 100% absolute rule because there are bound to be some logical uses of would, like: Pundits predicted that the law would never make it through both houses of Congress, but in actuality it passed quite easily. Here the law itself has been ...”
July 7, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas Prep Reading Comprehension in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Just a quick note on that - we''ve definitely made some tweaks here and there since 2009 but no major overhaul on that book (Reading Comprehension as a genre hasn''t changed at all). And if anyone were to change that date it would have to be me (I''m the keeper of the master book files), and I ...”
July 7, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Tricky SC Grail question - Expert Request in the Sentence Correction forum
“Yes! Because at that point the law WILL do something: The new budget, passed yesterday by Congress, will devote twice as much funding to... The recently-passed law will require all citizens to... At the point that the law is definite, its results "will" be what they are. But if ...”
July 6, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Tricky SC Grail question - Expert Request in the Sentence Correction forum
“Good questions, Sameer. First, I''d be really careful about eliminating an entire phrase like "so as to" just on the basis of its being "unidiomatic". There are plenty of fairly well-respected resources that claim a legitimate uses for "so as to" as a valid idiom, ...”
July 6, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Is the following sentence correct in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great question - the glaring problem in E is that the meaning is illogical. Singapore does not have "Kansas''s population in one-three hundredths of its area". Kansas''s population is, for the most part, in Kansas! The sentence as written puts the actual people of Kansas within ...”
July 6, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMAT prep ---- 710-Q49,V38 pointers needed in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey, no problem on the reply - I understand! Great point on the DS timing being such a factor - that''s why that "think like the testmaker" philosophy is so important while you study so that some of those traps are almost self-evident as soon as you see them. For example, whenever I ...”
June 30, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Tricky SC Grail question - Expert Request in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey mundasingh, Thanks for the PM! Interesting - you know...I wonder how well-written this question is in a GMAT context. Everyone''s saying ''B'' but my first thought on this is that "would" should be better than "will" because it''s a "proposed" law, so we don''t ...”
June 30, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Usage of might and would in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey smalltown, A couple things here: 1) The big key in this sentence is the sequence of events given by the verbs. In the original, "might not meet" is future tense but we''re looking back and proposing a different history, so that''s wrong. So is the fact that you "might not ...”
June 28, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to The first English settlers to establish a permanent colony in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great explanation, Gautam - thanks! And to aspirant''s question: Exactly! Because we can''t find a clear or logical antecedent for "it" to refer back to in either A or E, that''s why those answer choices are incorrect. "So" serves this purpose better (almost like a ...”
June 28, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to A recent review of pay scales....PLZ help me reason this.... in the Sentence Correction forum
“I wonder, like you do, mirantdon, about the source of this one, if only because there shouldn''t be an apostrophe in "CEO''s" (that makes CEO possessive). So this doesn''t appear to be authentic... While it''s here, though, there are still a few things we can learn from it, though. ...”
June 27, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMAT prep ---- 710-Q49,V38 pointers needed in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey crh, First things first - congratulations on a fantastic practice test score! I''d say that you''re in fantastic shape to achieve your goals based on this - you''re very, very close and now you have a pretty good understanding of what might hold you back. To your point about whether you ...”
June 27, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to OG-11. 1st edition (Purple) 37 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Oh, wow - this question has been sitting here all day with no responses? This is one of my all-time favorites...must be my lucky day! Thanks for letting me take this one... 1) This is a classic "Decision Points" lesson - if you look at the last word of each answer choice, you see ...”
June 27, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to OGV - 39. in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great question, GMATJeet - I know and love this sentence and I like the way you phrased your question. In addition to jainnikhil''s concerns with C, I''d add this, as well... "retiring" is parallel to "facing" if they''re both used as gerunds (-ing forms of a verb used as a ...”
June 27, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to doubt regarding 'has been' in the Sentence Correction forum
“Nice explanation, ov25 - and a great question here. Just a few things to add since I''ve seen a fair amount of confusion on here about verb tenses... -Look at the phrase "as long ago as 1880" - "as long ago as" is setting the stage that our furthest-in-the-past starting ...”
June 27, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to A question regarding taking gmat more than 3 times in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Good question - a few thoughts: 1) If you need to take the test a 4th time, well, you need to take the test a 4th time. The first three are a sunk cost, so there''s not much use in worrying about them. A 680 on your 4th try is significantly better than sticking with your 590 from your third ...”
June 27, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to A March 2000 Census Bureau survey showed that Mexico in the Sentence Correction forum
“One pretty clarification here, everyone: "Since" should be a large indicator that you need to use the present-perfect tense. You really can''t use simple past with "since", because "since" sets the timeline from that point up to and including right now. ...”
June 22, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Thelonious Monk... in the Sentence Correction forum
“Nice explanation, Sonia! One big strategic point here - if you see the word "both", it begs for parallel structure. So you can scan for the "and" and determine what you''re working with on either side. Here, we only have "Duke Ellington" after "and", so we ...”
June 21, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Retake Strategy GMAT 610--> 680+ in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey E2E, Glad that helped, and I''m really happy to hear that you were able to take some time to debrief your test and put together a strategy. That mindset will serve you well! As far as your plan for the next few weeks... I definitely think it''s strong, and I''ll probably defer a little ...”
June 21, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Number of Pratice Questions in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey, great question and hopefully I''m not stepping on Arun''s helpful reply at all, but given what you asked I really wanted to chime in. In my opinion, far, far too many students focus their study efforts on the WRONG metrics: -How many questions they''ve done -How many hours/months ...”
June 21, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to I'm stressing over my goal of 550! (Don't laugh! Lol) in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Ann, Don''t let the forums fool you - 550 on the GMAT is an above average score, so it''s certainly nothing to laugh at or underestimate. I just read an article in Runner''s World about how we should do away with the term "half-marathon" because it sort of demeans a pretty ...”
June 20, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Leaving questions unanswered.. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Good question - conventional wisdom says to guess rather than leave an item blank. Even some of the folks at GMAC have mentioned that they''re often surprised when they model the CAT scoring about how steep the penalty can be for omitting multiple answers. Plus there''s always that chance that you ...”
June 20, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Educated Guess in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Good question - and if I can add anything here I''d challenge you through practice tests and homework sets to develop a personal strategy for WHEN you should make an educated guess. The real usefulness of an educated guess on the GMAT is to improve time management, so in this same vein you can ...”
June 20, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to SC Confusion in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey voodoo_child, Really interesting question - you may find some more technical explanations out there, but practically speaking here''s how I chose B over D: -"...and that they later evolved" in D seems a little illogical. Evolution is a long process, so it seems odd to me to ...”
June 17, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Retake Strategy GMAT 610--> 680+ in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Eye2Eye, Sorry to hear of your frustrating experience with the GMAT today! The good news, I guess, is that if your worst-case-scenario is still significantly above average, you''re not that far off... I think you''ve already hit on some really important things in what you wrote. Being ...”
June 17, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Divisibility revisited!! in the Problem Solving forum
“Hey all, Great question - I love these divisibility problems and I''ve found that the more of these you do the more they just "click" and they become less about testing numbers and more about following the logic that allows you to predict exactly what the product here will look like. A ...”
June 17, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to gmat prep test - sum question in the Problem Solving forum
“Great question and discussion, guys! A few kind of neat things here: 1) GMAT questions are very rarely inefficient...you can almost always use all the given information in some way to help you find an elegant solution. Here, they give you that "the sum of the first 50 is 2550" for a ...”
June 17, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Abraham Lincoln’s writing style in the Sentence Correction forum
“Nice job, GMAT0620 - and if that means you''re taking the test on Monday, I think you''re in good shape! I love this question as a good example of a verb tense problem. Lincoln is clearly, at least to most of us, a historical figure, so "were" works for his attributes in the past ...”
June 16, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to How to achieve 45 in Quantitative in the GMAT Math forum
“Great answer, Phoenix! Exactly right - the GMAT isn''t testing your ability to "know" those concepts that Tega listed, but rather your ability to make decisions using them. I think it''s pretty telling that it''s not labeled "Math" as a noun but rather "Quantitative" ...”
June 16, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Conversion problem in the Problem Solving forum
“Great work, Gissinggy! You beat me to it...I was halfway through my explanation and saw that you already had it! As a teaching tool, let me point out the importance of conversion factors (or "dimensional analysis"). Units will cancel the same way that factors will if you ...”
June 16, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Last few days before GMAT.. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Chaosgirl, Do you ever watch South Park? Just looking at your username I have a mental picture of the character Butters'' alter ego Professor Chaos. So you''re putting a smile on my face today! I''m glad that helped, and I completely understand where you''re coming from re: nerves. I ...”
June 15, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to How far can one go in verbal in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Tega, Interesting question. What''s difficult about your strategy is that the verbal section adapts without regard for question type. So even if you''re straight killing SC, if you''re struggling through RC and CR you may not see enough really difficult (and therefore really ...”
June 15, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Functions in the Problem Solving forum
“Hey Divya, I love this question - thanks so much for sharing it. This is one of those questions that just looks awful until you get a feel for what they''re testing. In no way, shape, or form should you ever know the actual number created by multiplying 2*4*6*8*.....96*98*100. It''s a ...”
June 15, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Last few days before GMAT.. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Great question - quite a few people use those last few days really unproductively (or, worse, counter-productively) so it''s good to have a plan for them. A lot depends on how much you''ve already done, but assuming you''ve put at least a few weeks into the GMAT your plan should consist of: ...”
June 15, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to (1001^2-999^2)/(101^2-99^2)= in the Problem Solving forum
“Great work on this thread, everyone. Just to call attention to what swapna and neelimareddym did - I taught this to one of my students the other night, and it reiterates a critical point on GMAT quant. I don''t advocate a ton of memorization but you MUST memorize and recognize the Difference of ...”
June 14, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to preceded by vs preceded with in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Aspirant, Great question - and I''m perfectly comfortable even with the "expert" designation next to my name here to tell you that I don''t know. Well, I guess I do know now - if this is an official question and C is right, then yes, "preceded by" is perfectly fine. ...”
June 13, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMAT Prep classes (Intense) in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey bbissat, Good question - having taught the Veritas Prep Immersion Course ([url]http://reviews.beatthegmat.com/veritas-prep/veritas-prep-immersion-course[/url]) a few times, I have to say that I really love the format. The downside to a one-week class is that you''re concentrating what most ...”
June 13, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to exponent problem in the Problem Solving forum
“Hey guys, I know this one is pretty well explained in the linked thread, but since it''s here I want to make one major point. With exponent rules, you have to have either the same base or the same exponent to be able to apply really any rules that you know. So whenever you see composite ...”
June 13, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMATPrep - pronoun (ones) - hard in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey guys, Sameer nailed it on this one! Choice E is incorrectly trying to compare the number (seven have been killed) to the people (fewer than the ones...). And that doesn''t work. Note here that "ones" plays the role of a pronoun for "people". And you wouldn''t ever ...”
June 13, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Please help in the Problem Solving forum
“Hey Winnie, You know, I think the best way to get started on permutations, particularly, is to think them through yourself and not just to read what someone else has written on it. If you can teach yourself the fundamentals through logic, then the advanced applications and time-saving methods ...”
June 13, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to First CAT score analysis in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey MarkPaul, Saw your username and had to comment, if only in the hope that I''m talking to Mark-Paul Gosselaar, TV''s Zack Morris of Saved by the Bell fame... As far as whether your score is representative - I''d say it''s about as representative as would be your time for a mile run today if ...”
June 13, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to The Anasazi settlements at Chaco Canyon in the Sentence Correction forum
“Good question, ceeka9388! In A, that verb "were" doesn''t have a subject assigned to it. "of up to 600 rooms" is a modifier, so those rooms aren''t a subject. The same goes for "with more than 75 structures". And "the Anasazi settlements" would need to ...”
June 9, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Isnt something missing in this sentence in the Sentence Correction forum
“Really good question, Vikram - this question bugged me the first few times I had to teach it, too. Here''s something that took me a little time to learn about the GMAT, but that I think can be extremely helpful: When you''re looking at parallel structure, it is much, much more important that ...”
June 9, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to How does one handle questions like this? in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey guys, Great question - those entire-sentence-underlined questions can look pretty involved. A few strategies can really help to minimize your workload: 1) Scan for differences. If you see obvious differences between answer choices, you can then check the differences for errors. Anything ...”
June 8, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Difficult Math Question #29 - Arithmetic in the Problem Solving forum
“Hey all, Just proposing a quick follow-up on this question: Did anyone (correctly) pick E but because they (incorrectly) saw 57 as a prime number at first glance? In my initial 10-second read of this one, my first inclination before ever picking up a pencil was that A, B, C, and C were all ...”
June 8, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to CR..solve 1000 and u will find a 1001 such as/like this : in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Interesting question, and great logic by everyone here! Just something that I think is worth pointing out - while I don''t know that this could be a perfect official question (they''ll reiterate that the rule of an Inference question is that the correct answer MUST be true...and here while C is ...”
June 7, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMATPrep - sequence of tenses, ing modifiers, in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great question here, everyone - definitely involved but I think if you go back to the fundamentals you can pick this one apart pretty nicely. Thanks to GMATMadeEasy for the title of this thread - that should set us on the right path...this is above all else a verb tense problem. Ultimately ...”
June 7, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to OG 12 Q 107 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey DV, Just reiterating what Frankenstein said, and hopefully with some emphasis and authority: Reflexive pronouns like "which", "where", and "who" can only modify the word that comes immediately next to it. It''s one of the clearer, more knee-jerk rules on the ...”
June 7, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Mean-Median-Probability in the Problem Solving forum
“Nice work on this one, everyone! It looks like you all did this pretty quickly, and in that case one of my favorite activities with GMAT questions is to follow up by proposing a tweak to the problem or creating your own "trap" answer choice. This way you start to anticipate what the ...”
June 7, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Is August a good time for GMAT? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey singalong, If I''m reading your question correctly, you''re asking about whether August is a good time to take the GMAT in general, independent of your own study plans/schedule. Is that right? The GMAT is the same test 365 days a year, so you don''t need to worry whether the August GMAT ...”
June 6, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMAT - Why No Sucess! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Great discussion, all - and I think a lot of this comes back to a great quote from basketball coach John Wooden: "Never mistake activity for achievement." As you browse this forum in particular, you''ll read a lot of posts from people about what they''re doing (or should do) but not ...”
June 6, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to OG verbal SC question 43 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey guys, Good discussion - if I can offer my explanation for D: This one comes down to meaning. I don''t think there''s anything individually wrong with the first part of the sentence and "have". It''s not any different than saying: "I may have suggested that D is ...”
June 3, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Relevance of Verbal CR in LSAT for GMAT??? in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Great question, gig - and one of my colleagues, David@VeritasPrep, is a combination GMAT & LSAT instructor who has a lot to say on this topic! Here are some links to what he''s written about how you can use LSAT questions to improve on the GMAT (but also some cases in which you may want to not ...”
June 2, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Confusing Sentences in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great - glad that helped! On that first one, like you said there''s almost certainly an "and" or an "or" in the official (or intended) version that makes it correct. As it is, it doesn''t work - as written it makes it sound like the televisions have families with ...”
June 2, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to What is the shortest possible way to solve this? in the Problem Solving forum
“Hey everyone, I just want to draw a little more attention to cans'' post and the device she used to solve this one: the Difference of Squares rule. Of all the rules that you could (or may have to) memorize for the GMAT, Difference of Squares is probably among the top 2-3 most useful ...”
June 2, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Idiom in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great question here, everyone. A couple thoughts: 1) I clicked on this thread because of the title "Idiom". Before I even read it I knew that this question wouldn''t be an Idiom question. I urge everyone here to reduce the frequency with which they use the word "idiom" by ...”
June 2, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Confusing Sentences in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey guys, Good question on that second one. Just to clarify, they''re using the word "will" there as a noun, kind of like in the expression: Where there''s a will there''s a way. "Will" here means "strong desire or commitment" or something to that extent. You ...”
June 2, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to SC Grail Q56 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Frankenstein: I''d be really careful with tips like those and: The GMAT tests "right" or "wrong". It''s binary...honestly, as much as I love this website, you''re not "supposed to" spend as much time here as many do. The GMAT needs to be the kind of ...”
June 1, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMAT_pr_ps in the Problem Solving forum
“Good question - dealing with ranges and actual numbers can be a little tricky, and this question makes you deal with it twice. They tell you it''s 12 consecutive numbers starting at -4, but does that mean you just add 12? And then once you get the highest positive number, you have to get the range ...”
June 1, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMAT_Prep in the Problem Solving forum
“Love the question - thanks for sharing! Any PS problem that uses the phrase "could be true" or "must be true" should trigger that same "they''re testing logic" notion in your mind that you have for Data Sufficiency questions. "Could be true" is asking ...”
June 1, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Need a Minimum of 450! What can I do? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey almalivia, It certainly sounds like you''re ready and willing to put in the work, so that''s a great start! Rather than try to predict a score based on which books you''re using and how long you''re studying, I''d recommend just taking one of the official practice tests at www.mba.com and ...”
May 31, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to SC Grail Q56 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great response, Bharat! Yes, this one comes down entirely to verb tense. Since we''re stuck with "Receiver of Wreck IS an official of the government..." then there''s no justification for anything past-tense unless we''re otherwise given a reason (e.g. "whose job was to do X ...”
May 31, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Strange Probability Problem in the Problem Solving forum
“Hey gmattest - I love the problem, although I agree with manpsingh that it''s too labor intensive for the GMAT. I''d solve it this way - you want to look at the probability multiplied by the expected value of each sequence. So you have: 1/6 chance of a 6 right away, and you''d stop rolling ...”
May 31, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to In contrast to in the Sentence Correction forum
“Good question, confuse - and I''ve seen this ideology come up a lot on here so I''m glad you brought it up. Parallel structure doesn''t need to be word-for-word the same! As long as it''s completely logical you should look for other major decision points. Colloquially, I don''t know that I''d ...”
May 31, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to circular Permutation in the GMAT Math forum
“Great explanations, guys! One other way to look at this one is just by gauging the answer choices. If I know that, for the "two women and only two women must sit together" portion I''ll have: 3 combinations (AB, AC, and BC) multiplied by 2 ways that each can sit (AB or AC) And ...”
May 31, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Such Vs Like (OG's take on "Like") in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great post, SoCan!! The test is really well-written, so you''re absolutely right that if there''s some real gray area over whether an idiom is absolute or not it won''t be the determining factor. In fact, many official questions use idioms as pure smokescreens to take your eye off of the real ...”
May 31, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to :( pronoun error in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey divya23: Good question about "their". There are indeed multiple plural nouns, but you''ll find that quite a few sentences of more than 20 words or so will necessarily include multiple nouns. The standard for a pronoun error is "could this be considered confusing?", and I ...”
May 31, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Geometry in the Problem Solving forum
“Great question - and the answer is definitely 16. This may very well be my FAVORITE GMAT geometry device. The authors of the test know that you have these side ratio rules memorized cold: 45-45-90 x - x - x(sqrt2) 30-60-90 x - x(sqrt3) - 2x And they know how you think. You want to ...”
May 27, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to factors and prime numbers in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Glad that helped, Sandy! And I''m not surprised that that was the mistake you made - what''s neat about the GMAT is that you can start to learn how they toy with your mind to get you to make those assumptions. Particularly on Data Sufficiency be really careful with those assumptions and always be ...”
May 27, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to factors and prime numbers in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Hey Sandeep, My guess is that you''re looking at statement 2 and already embedding what you know about statement 1 somehow. If you look at statement 2 alone, the only thing that it tells you is that X is even. From the given information, we know that: X is an integer greater than 1, so x is ...”
May 27, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to tense issue in the Sentence Correction forum
“Yeah, it''s definitely "increase". I guess technically it''s not a subject-verb agreement problem because "what they pay" is not a subject...it''s an object. You would say: I have seen him grow from a toddler to an adult. "Him" is not a subject pronoun; ...”
May 26, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Series Problem in the Problem Solving forum
“Great work, guys! One thing that may be helpful - I saw this problem as a Units Digit Number Properties problem right away, and doing so allowed me to finish this thing in under ten seconds. As you''re probably studying Number Properties quite a bit, look for opportunities to use them and you ...”
May 26, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to tense issue in the Sentence Correction forum
“Thanks, guys - and good question regarding "increase". "Increase" here is the verb for "what they pay". One way to look at it is this - I''ll put some variables in the sentence to replace long phrases: For years, employees have seen X as companies ask them to Y. ...”
May 26, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to tense issue in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Amar, Good question. First off, I''d look at the modifier "for years" - that denotes a period of time (as opposed to one action), so it''s pretty likely that you''ll want a progressive (ongoing) tense. Couple that with the use of present or indicative tense in the second half ...”
May 26, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to tense issue in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Amar, Good question. First off, I''d look at the modifier "for years" - that denotes a period of time (as opposed to one action), so it''s pretty likely that you''ll want a progressive (ongoing) tense. Couple that with the use of present or indicative tense in the second half ...”
May 26, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Understanding of Statment in the Problem Solving forum
“Thanks for bringing this up, Gaurav! This is a tricky statement, for sure, and because of that you''ll see the GMAT feature this kind of setup a lot. I see it most frequently in percentage-based problems, such as: Square A has a side of 1 and Square B has a side of 2. <Note, this question ...”
May 26, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Official GMAT iPhone app is officially available! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Good question, Siva - if you check out the video linked here you''ll see some of the additional features: [url]http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2011/05/gmac-launches-new-official-gmat-mobile-app/[/url] Some of the highlights: -You can track your progress compared to other users and see stats ...”
May 26, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Letter Code in the Problem Solving forum
“Great answer, Frankenstein - nice work! I recognize this problem and have always loved it for this reason - even if you get to that point of 26 + 26^2 + 26^3, getting from there to 18278 is still a pretty tall task if you''re doing the math by hand. But remember - even when they''re not ...”
May 26, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a new topic called Official GMAT iPhone app is officially available! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey everyone, I know there''s been buzz but I haven''t seen the official word posted here just yet. It looks like the official GMAT iPhone app is now available for download as of last night. In the App Store for me it''s listed as "The Official Guide For GMAT Review" under the ...”
May 25, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Exponents in the Problem Solving forum
“Hey nkaur, Great question - and thanks for Frankenstein and manpsingh for terrific responses. One more thing to add - the GMAT is great because it always comes with answer choices, so if you''re ever in a position where you''re stuck on how to get started on some algebra, it''s usually helpful ...”
May 25, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to NUmber Prop in the Problem Solving forum
“Hey Knicks, Definitely! And I love that you''re thinking that way...the more you''re thinking through the Number Properties lens, the easier it is to save time and energy on quant problems. When they ask "is x divisible by 2", you should really start thinking "what does it mean ...”
May 25, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to How can I control my nerves? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Thanks for the plug, David! And I do hope that people heed that advice...nerves happen to just about everyone, but those who handle them effectively have a distinct advantage. Since David mentioned it, I should probably admit that Friday night, the night before my first Ironman - the biggest ...”
May 25, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Give an Exam or Take an Exam?? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey guys, Ah, isn''t diversity the spice of life?! Rest assured that the GMAT will NEVER, ever, ever, never, ever, never test this. And this coming from a guy who always takes care to never say never. From what I gather, most Americans will say "take the test". Most Canadians ...”
May 24, 2011
May 24, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to involuntarily unemployed in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hey Sourabh, Thanks for the PM - you know, I think you do have a pretty good point about D, but I think you can look at D in two ways. 1) The approved legislation will stop (all) discrimination 2) The approved legislation will stop (some) discrimination If it''s the first one, that''s ...”
May 17, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Frobisher, a sixteenth-century English explorer, had soil in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Good point, Mundasingh - the addition of gold is new information, but the assumption really isn''t because the assumption basically exists to say that we won''t add that new information. The assumption is required because, without it, we can bring in that new information to void the argument. ...”
May 16, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Peace Corps volunteer strugglin to ' beat the GMAT' in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey zab002, Impressive bio! You know, a huge part of the MBA application story that you tell is your ability to demonstrate to the admissions committee that you''re credible in your goals - that you''ve actually taken steps toward them independent of just the MBA. When people apply with ...”
May 16, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Friday, the 13th in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Thanks for the invite to weigh in here! With these "method of reasoning" questions, I think it''s helpful to make sure you get the direction of logic first before moving on at all. And here the author''s logic is essentially: People use only evidence that confirms their ...”
May 16, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Frobisher, a sixteenth-century English explorer, had soil in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Thanks for the invitation to chime in here - and great use of the Assumption Negation Technique, Anahatha! That''s exactly how I''d look at this one: We''re concluding that THE METHODS to determine the gold content were inaccurate. And we''re doing that because that study suggested that there ...”
May 16, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a new topic called You''ll Laugh, You''ll Learn in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hey everyone: If you''re in search of either a helpful Critical Reasoning lesson or a funny Saturday Night Live digital short, this blog post has both: [url]http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2011/05/gmat-tip-of-the-week-why-michael-bolton-would-fail-the-gmat/[/url] The CR tip is one of my ...”
May 14, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to [CR][Mannschaft] HSPA posts in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Thanks for the invite to weigh in here! A couple things I think are important: 1) It''s a WEAKEN question so we want to find the conclusion. One way to do so is to look for the effect of a cause/effect relationship. The second half of the last sentence is exactly that: Because of their ...”
May 13, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Tense problem in the Sentence Correction forum
“I think you nailed it, Mundasingh! That past-perfect tense there sets up a really illogical timeline. "Had believed" would set that action back further in the past than the past-tense "was used". Which would mean that: Before the Druids long-ago used Stonehenge for ...”
May 13, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to perceived as idiom usage in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey guys, Thanks for the invite to chime in! My take - the biggest difference between B and E is the logic of the verbs used. With E, there''s no room for doubt, as the timeline looks like: Currently, these groups perceive gov''t policies to be a threat to the environment, so they are ...”
May 13, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Tense problem in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great question on the tenses here. Hopefully I''m providing a steady drumbeat these days on this board...the right answer must be LOGICAL but there can be multiple logical words you can use in each situation. Sentence Correction isn''t an if---then computer program...it''s going to require you to ...”
May 13, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to SC - Modifier in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Aspirant, Good question, and it goes back to the point I''m trying to make in that post. "Those" refers to "cars" - and even though there''s only a singular referent ("my boss''s car") it''s much, much more logical that my coworkers have more than one car ...”
May 13, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to SC - Modifier in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great question, Aspirant - I''m always happy when this comes up because I think there''s a lot of undo worry about this. YES, you can compare singular items with plural items! We do it every day: My boss''s car is more expensive than those of all my other coworkers combined. One share of ...”
May 12, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Can "many" include "all"? (Source: Power in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Great, great point, Hitesh - that word "support" is arguably the trickiest word in CR question stems because it has two uses: 1) The information above best supports which of the following conclusions? (Your job is to pick the correct conclusion, which must be true based on the premises ...”
May 12, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to SC Slavery in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great answer, Atul - and one quick thing to add: The presence of the verb "to be" in answer choice A provides a pretty good clue, at least to me, that we''ll need to be careful about parallelism here. Like you said, "consider X to be Y" is an okay idiom, but then in that ...”
May 12, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Unlike usage---tricky one (A very Good SC) in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Chaitanya, In C, what does "those" refer to? The only plural noun in the second half of the sentence is "warblers", but we''re looking for "the genders of" the warblers. So in C the pronoun "those" still doesn''t work. It''s subtle, but C has a ...”
May 11, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to SC - Modifier in the Sentence Correction forum
“I''d question the source here a little bit. The singular "that" in A and B is off - do we know that there''s only one other study on earlier works on slavery? It''s much, much more logical that we''d need "those" here to show that Blassingame''s study is unique among many. To ...”
May 11, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Lack of Focus and Stuck-please help in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Steven, Thanks for writing - and I''m glad to hear that you''re considering a Veritas class! First things first - I noticed your subject line and figured I could help a little here. So much of focus comes down to having manageable targets and goals for each session. "Studying for ...”
May 11, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Can "many" include "all"? (Source: Power in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hey Hitesh, Exactly - "many" can still be "all" unless specified otherwise. Again, the logic follows that you may not have been able to observe "all", so your saying "many Xs have Y attribute" doesn''t mean "but not all of them do...". It just ...”
May 11, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Can "many" include "all"? (Source: Power in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hey hiteshthegame: But do you really know that you have 10 balls? What if I were to say that "Many Beat the GMAT members would like to score above 700 on the GMAT." Am I wrong? That''s a true statement. But I''d be willing to bet that ALL BTG members would like to score above 700. ...”
May 10, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to How to cram the SC Subtleties in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Mundasingh: I''ve been looking at this post for a little over a day now trying to figure out how to reply... That title frightens me, so let me lead with that: 1) You really can''t and shouldn''t cram for GMAT sentence correction, and particularly not for all the subtleties. The ...”
May 10, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Similar to rising interest rates in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great discussion - thanks for keeping this one alive! @aspirant and @GMATMadeEasy - B is definitely a correct expression. I think it looks a little awkward because the subject (interest rates) comes after the verb (have) but that subject-verb flip is okay. And "been" would actually ...”
May 10, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to New GMAT section and impact taking test now, applying later in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Great response, David! And just since we''ve been hearing this same question more frequently these days, I should point everyone to an article that we wrote on the topic last month: [url]http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2011/04/next-generation-gmat-what-it-means-for-your-score-today/[/url] And ...”
May 10, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Similar to rising interest rates in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great discussion - and for that distinction between A and B I''d refer to the logic as one systematic way to tell the difference. "Similar to..." plays the role of a modifier, and in doing so modifies "consumer and producer prices". Well...are interest rates similar to ...”
May 9, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to need your kind words in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Maus, I''m sorry to hear how frustrating your recent study experiences have been! It''s good to vent, though - I love that a community like this exists for studiers so that you don''t have to feel alone and so that you can get some advice. I''m really happy to hear you say this, though: ...”
May 9, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to "And" followed by a "Comma" in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey nadib, Thanks for the discussion! You know what''s funny about your example? I think it''s probably correct, but for a reason that the GMAT doesn''t test. Because this sentence is a command, the "you" is implied. For example you could correctly say: Please stop at the ...”
May 7, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Recently implemented “shift-work equations” in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Aspirant, Good question - and, honestly, here''s a situation in which I''m actually really glad that I''m not a grammar expert, but rather just a GMAT SC expert. Maybe...but then you have 5 wrong answers and no correct answer. So if you''re an editor at the New York Times you may ...”
May 6, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to "And" followed by a "Comma" in the Sentence Correction forum
“Good discussion - and, Atul, I asked you about FANBOYS in another thread but just picked that up here...thanks! More fodder for making fun of Apple fanboys (and, admittedly, I have an iPhone, iPad, and Macbook, so I''m probably making fun of myself...) In that first example, I agree with Atul ...”
May 5, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Recently implemented “shift-work equations” in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Atul, Great question - and, actually, if you don''t mind me asking one of my own: what is FANBOYS? I''ve really only heard that word used to make fun of people who looooove Apple products. But in reference to the comma splice, the logic behind that is that you''re separating the ...”
May 5, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Recently implemented “shift-work equations” in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Aspirant, I agree with Atul that your proposed answer choice would be correct (assuming that C wasn''t also an option as well since those are too close together). One little note on this one - and I can''t see it being the difference between right and wrong but I think it''s worth pointing ...”
May 5, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMAT resources found on iTunes in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I think the word is out elsewhere but since this thread is near the top of the page it''s probably just as good a place as any to mention that GMAC has its own official iPhone app now: [url]http://gmac.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=53[/url] This is a pretty good opportunity to practice official ...”
May 5, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMAPrep - modifier starting with "with" in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey GMATMadeEasy, Great question - and honestly I think you were incredibly close to answering your own question with the title of this thread and your question "what role is the modifier playing". The modifier here has to describe the noun that immediately follows it. And that noun ...”
May 5, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Recently implemented “shift-work equations” in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey guys, Good discussion! The way I''d immediately eliminate A is kind of a byproduct of what Atul said. If you look at the answer choices, two begin with "and" and three do not. "And" is a pretty common connector, and you should be pretty good at determining when you need ...”
May 5, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to An sc doubt. in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Rohu, Great point, and honestly that irked me at first, too. But I always look at SC questions this way - the GMAT''s job is to put some awkward phrasing in there that I might not expect so that there''s a decent chance I get something wrong. My best counter-weapon is to be systematic - ...”
May 5, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Crushed by GMAT!!! Distress Situation-710 to 610.. HELP!! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey "Disappointed", Sorry to hear about a rough test day. It certainly sounds as though you earned an elite performance with all of your hard work, so I''m really sorry to hear that it didn''t turn out that way. You know, it''s obviously a day late and a dollar short in your case, ...”
May 4, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to What is the best resource for SC practice questions? in the Sentence Correction forum
“I''d highly recommend: 1) Stick to as many official questions as you can. GMAT sentence correction is beautifully written - those authors pick perfect situations to express the particular comparisons (parallelism), timelines (verb tenses), etc. that lend themselves to great questions. And ...”
May 4, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Last Few Days Before G-Day in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey LS, Big week! I know exactly where you''re coming from with nervous energy and all of that. My philosophy - you''re not going to get much smarter the day before the test, but there''s a fair risk of shaking your confidence or blowing your opportunity to rest. So the day before the test, ...”
May 4, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to An sc doubt. in the Sentence Correction forum
“Thanks, pemdas - and good questions, catseye. I love the way you looked at the "it" vs. "they" pronoun differences first. Singular/plural verbs and pronouns make fantastic decision points that you can get pretty good at differentiating. The next one I''d look at here is ...”
May 4, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Analogy of a Word Translations Expert in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey dumluck, One suggestion here - because you know that they''re giving you a rate (how much can be produced in how much time), you can stay pretty organized by putting everything into the form R = D/T. Which I like because you don''t have to memorize it - just think of a rate (miles per hour ...”
May 4, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to How is the GMAT like the Royal Wedding? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“How about: -Your GMAT score is good for 5 years; the over under on the royal marriage is probably about 5 years, too (celebrity marriages...why are they so fickle?!) -Upon successful completion of the GMAT, it quickly becomes old news as you move on to your applications and acceptances. And ...”
May 3, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Nuclear fusion is the force that powers the Sun in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great response, Force! A few other problems with E: -Because it follows a list of items separated by commas it''s actually pretty unclear what the subject of "and merges" is - at best it''s a comma splice that separates subject from verb, and at worst it''s hard to determine the ...”
April 29, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Gmat prep Sc - 4 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Atul, Sorry for the delayed reply here - I was about 1/3 of the way through a response the other day, got called into a meeting, and never got it back... Quick thing to clarify here before even getting to your questions - the answer is still correct and for very similar reasons, but ...”
April 29, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Aristotle Q53 in the Sentence Correction forum
“It looks like Stuart beat me to the reply (thanks, Stuart!), but I agree entirely with what he said. If I were writing I''d probably pick the first one but that''s just a style thing, and actually I''d probably rewrite it differently, anyway. A huge point that he brings up - I love the ...”
April 29, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Aristotle Q53 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey guys, Thanks for the PM to join in! You know, this question is one for which the discussion you''re having is exponentially more valuable than the question itself. Reading the question a second time I actually think it''s pretty responsibly written...it may not be exactly as tight as the ...”
April 28, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to 4-letter or 5-letter code in the GMAT Math forum
“Hey glasshalffull - great question (and I love the optimism in your username!). If I can get on my teacher''s soapbox for a second, this is where I hate the way that most people study. The GMAT is decidedly not a test of "do you know the formulas" - for the rest of your life you''ll ...”
April 27, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Gmat prep Sc - 4 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Thanks for posting this - I love this question! Mainly, I love it because it shows that subtle way that the GMAT likes to create difficulty. One of the more interesting ways that it''s been adding that difficulty lately is by showing you what you want to see, but having something else that makes ...”
April 27, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to If you don't know a question in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Good question - given the way that the GMAT is scored and administered, you really won''t have that choice very often. You must submit an answer to a question before getting to the next question - the GMAT is administered on computer, and assigns questions to you based on your performance on ...”
April 27, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Reminder in the GMAT Math forum
“Nice explanation, vineeshp! One thing to add here - I''d consider this to be in the number properties / divisibility family, and for a lot of these problems there''s a 2-part way to solve them and learn about them. 1) Find a pattern in the numbers that satisfy the condition, and see if that ...”
April 26, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to OH NO Still UNDER 600! Need words of encouragement please!!! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Bond, I''ll try to offer a few suggestions: 1) This is just a hunch, but I''m pretty confident in it based on what you wrote: My theory based on that - you''re approaching the GMAT like a high school final exam. You''re reading over and taking notes on rules and formulas; you''re ...”
April 26, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Tips for D-day in the GMAT Strategy forum
“The official GMAT website has a list of what to bring and what not to bring on test day: [url]http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/test-day/what-to-bring-to-the-test-center.aspx[/url] This line (which you can get by following one of the links on the above page to a rules and regulations page) should ...”
April 26, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Anyone using the Veritas On-Demand Prep? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey bkw, Regarding "the facts"...I don''t personally have any real data on how people perform between formats and even if I did I don''t know how telling it would be, since it''s hard to control for so many other factors (homework dedication, starting point, etc.). For example, that ...”
April 25, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Ground-breaking work of Barbara McClintock in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great reply, Atul - really impressive! I''d just add this to the initial question about the word "the" at the start of the correct answer. If you look at it logically, without the word "the", the sentence basically says: ...the information encoded in some of the genes is ...”
April 25, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to 4-letter or 5-letter code in the GMAT Math forum
“Hey Naveen, Great question here - thanks for sharing all of these today! I''ll let the community dig into most of these but I noticed the setup on this one and think it provides a great teaching platform. Here, the answer choices are a huge part of the question...one great thing about ...”
April 25, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Anyone using the Veritas On-Demand Prep? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Thanks, bkw - and your reply brings up a decent lesson relevant to Critical Reasoning. The three reasons listed above to not take a live class are not "the only reasons to not take a live class". They''re just the only reasons that The Real Tom Rose could think of. Get a few Tom Rose ...”
April 25, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Based on accounts of various ancient writers... in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey guys, Really good thread here, and this is an example of how, when you know the GMAT and its tendencies, you can be pretty quick at these questions. Similar to what gmat740 mentioned (but not quite exactly), when I saw the title of this thread I knew exactly where it was going. Starting ...”
April 20, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Working professional - How to squeeze in study time? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey uhsa, Great suggestions from the group thus far. Just a few more from me from what I''ve seen from my students and from some time-consuming pursuits in my own life: 1) Make it a part of your life - don''t fight the rest of your life for it. What I mean is that you have to find a way ...”
April 20, 2011
April 19, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to although certain great apes in the Sentence Correction forum
“Thanks for the PM invite to discuss, Atul - it looks like Stuart has this question pretty well under control (so thanks, Stuart!), but if I can add something it''s this: Note that the correct answer in this question actually does use "considered to be". Even though it''s probably not a ...”
April 19, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Fusion ...!!! in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Atul (and everyone), Thanks for the invitation to chime in! Here''s a quick rundown of the use of "as" here: -"As" doesn''t have to be used in a comparison ("as much as...") but can also be used to link together like actions. For example: I love pizza, as ...”
April 19, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to considered one of the most intelligent in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Atul, Wow, great catch there...you''re 100% correct that "the monkey uses his intelligence to create an insecticide" is illogical - the sentence needs to set up a metaphor (it''s like he''s creating an insecticide) as choice E does. Really good catch - I was looking at the fact ...”
April 19, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Very intresting CR - Must be true in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Wow - yeah, great question here! This is as involved (if not more so) than anything I think you''d see on the GMAT and I think it may rely more on formal logic than a typical GMAT question, too, so I''d be surprised if this one didn''t come from the LSAT. The way I looked at this one, the ...”
April 19, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to considered one of the most intelligent in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Force, Yeah, as I think a few others mentioned, too, the problem with A, B, and C is that they each follow the modifier "ONE of the most intelligent..." with "Capuchins" (plural), so the modifier and subject disagree numerically. And that''s about it...the rest of the ...”
April 18, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas Prep CR help! in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Wow, great explanation, ldoolitt! One thing I''ll add - I love CR problems that offers statistics as premises, because almost always the flaw in argument is that the chosen statistic doesn''t match the conclusion. If you buy into that, you can very often, as ldoolitt did, go into the answer ...”
April 18, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to considered one of the most intelligent in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey guys, I saw the title of this thread and thought it might be about me... Great explanation, Atul - that -ing verb does modify that whole action that precedes it, which also makes it a much more logical meaning. To say that the capuchin is "one of the most intelligent monkeys", ...”
April 18, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to electrons in the Sentence Correction forum
“Good question, force5 - you know, as I think I say on here a lot, the tricky thing about idioms is that there are thousands upon thousands of individual idiom usages in the English language so it''s impossible to prepare for them all. Yes, "not only...but also" is a common idiom, but ...”
April 18, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to electrons in the Sentence Correction forum
“Good question! Chaitanya, I''ll actually use that need for the contra "but" that you mentioned as my reasoning for selecting E. If you look at the meaning of the sentence, it''s that electrons are similar to ordinary particles...but that they also have surprising properties that ...”
April 18, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Backsolving in the GMAT Math forum
“Hey guys, Great explanation, manpsingh! Just a few things to add: 1) You asked about whether you should start with B or D. The benefit to doing so is that the answer choices will almost always be in ascending or descending order, so especially if you have a hunch that you need a smaller or ...”
April 18, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Last 3 days.. Suggestions needed in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Singhu, If I had to guess, I''d say that one of the driving factors in your score dipping a little bit today is fatigue...you''ve been studying for a while, it''s the end of the week and you''re trying to fit in one more test, and you probably made a couple careless errors that you ordinarily ...”
April 15, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Score vs Percentile: which matters most? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“There''s a decent chance he''s talking about his quant score not being quite 80th percentile - I guess it''s not a classic Sentence Correction pronoun reference problem because there''s not a pronoun, but by saying "still below the 80th percentile" when there are three percentiles given ...”
April 14, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Score vs Percentile: which matters most? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Pete, On the official GMAT, the score and percentiles will move in lockstep, so you won''t be able to separate one from the other. "Percentile" just means "percentage of people who scored lower", so if your 680 is the 85th percentile, that means that 85% of test-takers ...”
April 14, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to ODD and EVEN in the GMAT Math forum
“Great explanation, bubbliiiiii. My take on this for nkaur and anyone else - that "divisibility by 11" technique is a much better parlor trick than it is a GMAT strategy. It''s pretty cumbersome to apply and fairly easy to botch (I''ve seen people who swear they know the trick totally ...”
April 13, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Sc on slaughtered indiscriminately in the Sentence Correction forum
“Good question - a few thoughts here: -The most common way that past-perfect is used on the GMAT is when it is uncalled for and should be eliminated. If you feel fully comfortable knowing when you should not use past-perfect, you''re in pretty good shape for verb-tense-related SC questions. ...”
April 13, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to oh canada! SC in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Fred, Glad that helped! Yeah, I think your example works, but it probably doesn''t require past-perfect either. You''re definitely justified in using "had been" in that case, but you could also still say "was known as" and be okay. Another example that would probably ...”
April 13, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to SC in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Atul, Yeah, you''re totally right here...that semicolon must just be a typo because "As business grows more complex" isn''t an independent clause. One other thing I think is really important about this question is that it demonstrates the importance of knowing and using the ...”
April 13, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to bombing the GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Wow - great news, Kap! I''m thrilled to hear that you stayed confident and that doing so paid off...I figured that that would happen. Congratulations to you, and let this be a lesson to others here - please, please don''t let the results of one homework set or practice test shake the confidence ...”
April 13, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Desperately Need Help with Inequality Strategy in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Leighton, Great question - and, yes, the GMAT does love to test inequalities in Data Sufficiency. A few guiding principles that may help... Remember that one of the biggest thought processes that DS questions test is your ability to play devil''s advocate - to look for exceptions to ...”
April 13, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to oh canada! SC in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey Fred, Great question - and, actually, if you go back and look at E you''ll find that the past-perfect / past usage is the opposite of what you''d expect (isn''t that ironic...): Really, Canada being the ancestral home of many tribes should have happened before it had been known as ...”
April 12, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to new managing editor in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great question, kvitkod - this is actually pretty similar to something I''ve heard from a lot of high scorers on recent GMATs: they found the parallel structure items on SC to be the most difficult questions they faced. I think a big reason for that is that people focus a little bit too much on ...”
April 12, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Thelonious Monk in the Sentence Correction forum
“Great discussion here - and one big takeaway is that the word "both" is a pretty good signal that parallel structure is going to be necessary. With A, we have "Monk produced a body of work BOTH rooted in X..." so we need a second clause that leads with a verb and a ...”
April 12, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to The use of gravity waves---hopefully in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey guys, Just a quick add-on to the logic here. The reason that "hopefully" is wrong isn''t that it''s just a "bad word" - it''s that it''s an adverb, which modifies the verb that it''s next to. Here, that would mean that "the use of gravity waves" will ...”
April 12, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Study plan +6 months in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey bkw, Thanks for the PM invite to chime in here - I''m psyched to help. And you are, indeed, correct about those practice tests (there are also the two mba.com tests available through your Veritas account but I think you listed them elsewhere on your schedule). In regard to your study ...”
April 12, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to bombing the GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Kap, I love the follow-up post...it certainly can''t hurt to go in confidently and you probably have much more reason to be confident than you''d think! As far as that set of questions from this weekend, consider this - you have absolutely no idea how a 50% correct percentage on a single ...”
April 11, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Question on scores in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey nkaur, You can definitely get up to the 600s. The GMAT is a unique test and it''s certainly not linear. If you''re making the same handful of mistakes over and over, you may be 90% correct but that last 10% means you get no credit for any of those questions. And Data Sufficiency alone is ...”
April 8, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Lost in a Sea of GMAT Confusion in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Maus, Thanks for sharing your story! You know, while flashcards and math foundations are certainly going to help, particularly if you''ve identified that basic math is an Achilles'' heel for you, I was struck by what you wrote and what I think I can infer about how you''ve done thus far. ...”
April 8, 2011
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April 8, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to veritas prep vs Manhattan Gmat in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Thanks for all the responses, everyone - and, bkw, I''m psyched to hear you''ll be using our books! As a co-author of several of the Veritas Prep lessons and the final decision-maker in all instructor hiring and training, I''d just like to clarify a few of the claims in this thread. I love ...”
April 8, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Online VS. In Class in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey dreas, Echoing what Becky said, as someone who teaches online courses myself I''ve been pretty pleased with how easily students take to that format and how interactive and helpful it can be. In fact, I think that online classes offer a few of their own advantages -with questions ...”
April 7, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Need a better way to solve in the Sentence Correction forum
“I love this question! Modifier-based questions are terrific because they so often necessarily embed clues. When a modifier is used to start the sentence, there are really three forms: __________________________________, akljlfkajlfja;jkflsj; (the modifier is underlined - you''re stuck with ...”
April 7, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to More practice than OG12 and Verbal/Quant Review. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey bkw, One other new source of official questions - if you "like" The Official GMAT on Facebook you''ll get access to some exclusive questions released for that purpose by GMAC: [url]http://www.facebook.com/OfficialGMAT[/url] This is a new feature from GMAC launched just last ...”
April 7, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to FULL vs. FAST TRACK vs. IMMERSION in the Ask a Veritas Prep representative forum
“Hey Dreas, Thank you for asking these questions - I love talking about this stuff and always appreciate a pulpit from which to do so! Particularly as I''m a co-author of the Fast-Track curriculum I''m really glad you asked about that. Here''s a quick description of the difference. I think ...”
April 7, 2011
Brian@VeritasPrep posted a reply to into the coming months in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hey guys, This has long been one of my favorite official SC questions entirely because of this debate! I''d agree pretty much entirely with Atul''s explanation of into/in, but if that seems kind of nuanced and technical for you for a one-time idiom (there''s a >95% likelihood that you ...”
April 6, 2011