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Ian Stewart posted a reply to If $defines a certain operation, is p$ q less than 20? in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Statement 1 tells us that we want to know if 2p^2 - q is less than 20, which we can''t tell with no information about p or q. Statement 2 is clearly not sufficient alone, because we have no idea what this "$" operation does. Using both Statements, we can clearly evaluate p$q = 2p^2 - q and ...”
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Ian Stewart posted a reply to List S and List T each contain 5 positive integers, and for in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Since we know three values in List S, and we know the mean, and thus the sum, of all five values in List S, then if we''re given a fourth value in list S, we can find the fifth missing value. So from Statement 1 alone, we know exactly what List S contains. Similarly, from Statement 2 alone, we know ...”
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Ian Stewart posted a reply to Is xy an integer? (1) x is the ratio of the area of a squar in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Strange question - you obviously need to know about both x and y, so neither statement could be sufficient alone. But Statement 1 gives us the value of x, and Statement 2 gives us the value of y, so of course we can answer any question in the universe about x and y using both Statements, and the ...”
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Ian Stewart posted a reply to A carpenter worked alone for 1 day on a job that would take in the Problem Solving forum
“Once the first day is done, 6/7 of the job is left. We then know that the two workers together do 6/7 of a job in 4 days. So now we know these two things: Carpenter A does 1 job in 7 days Carpenters A+B together do 6/7 jobs in 4 days We can now get the same time for both: A does 4 jobs ...”
March 17, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to What is the smallest positive integer $$x$$ such that in the Problem Solving forum
“Prime factorize the 450: 450 = 50*9 = 2 * 3^2 * 5^2 To get a perfect cube, we need to multiply by a number that will make every exponent in the prime factorization into some multiple of 3. So the smallest thing we can multiply by is 2^2 * 3^1 * 5^1 = 60, since that will give us 2^3 * 3^3 * ...”
March 17, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to What is the remainder when the positive integer $$n$$ is in the Data Sufficiency forum
“If you know remainder arithmetic ("modular arithmetic"), this is a three-second question, because if you''re dividing by k, then "k+1" is the same as "1", so (k+1)^3 is the same as 1^3, and our remainder is 1 using Statement 1. But that won''t make any sense to most ...”
March 17, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to If a light bulb is selected at random from a shipment, what in the Data Sufficiency forum
“When you''re only selecting one thing from a group, a probability is just a ratio. If you''re asked, say, "if you pick a random student from a class, what is the probability you pick a woman?", that is the same question as "what fraction of the students are women?" So the ...”
March 17, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to The next number in a certain sequence is defined by in the Data Sufficiency forum
“If our sequence contains positive values, and if we''re multiplying by some positive constant (different from one) to produce each subsequent term, the sequence is either constantly increasing (if the constant is greater than 1) or constantly decreasing. (if the constant is less than 1). Either ...”
March 17, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to If $$xyz < 0$$, is $$x < 0$$? in the Data Sufficiency forum
“If xyz < 0, then at least one of x, y or z must be negative. Notice that means that the smallest of the three numbers is certainly negative, because negative numbers are always smaller than positive numbers. Statement 1 tells us x < y, but maybe they''re both positive and z is negative. ...”
March 17, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to $$n$$ is an integer greater than or equal to $$0$$. in the Data Sufficiency forum
“t_0 = 3 t_1 = 3 + 1 t_2 = 3 + 1 + 2 t_3 = 3 + 1 +2 + 3 t_4 = 3 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 and so on, so t_n is just equal to 3 plus the sum of the first n positive integers. The sum of the first n positive integers is just (n)(n+1)/2 (it''s the number of terms, n, times the average term, which, since ...”
March 17, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to Two cyclists, A and B, are 145 miles apart on a straight roa in the Problem Solving forum
“In the first half hour, A covers 10 miles. So at 2pm, the cyclists are 135 miles apart. Together they will cover this distance in 3 hours, since they meet at 5pm. Since A covers 60 miles in that time, B must cover the rest, or 75 miles, and so B''s speed must be 25 mph.”
March 15, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to The number $$A$$ can be expressed as $$p*q$$ where $$p$$ and in the Data Sufficiency forum
“p and q almost always represent prime numbers in math, so I don''t like their choice of letters here. Statement 1 tells us p is divisible by 8, but not by 16. So for pq to be divisible by 16, we need q to be even, something we don''t know, so Statement 1 is not sufficient alone. Statement 2 gives a ...”
March 15, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to If N is a positive two-digit integer, is N+1 prime? in the Data Sufficiency forum
“The logic of your answer is perfect, but this is not quite true - when you add 1 to a number, when that number ends in 9, the digit sum drops by 8 (the tens digit goes up by 1, the units digit falls by 8) rather than increases by 1. So here, when N = 29, after adding 1 we don''t get a digit sum of ...”
March 14, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to A rectangle has sides x and y and diagonal z. What is the pe in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Statement 1 is not sufficient, since the sides could be anything. Statement 2 also isn''t sufficient, because you''ll have different perimeters when, say, the quadrilateral is a square and when it isn''t. Using both statements, squaring the equation in statement 1, we learn x^2 + y^2 - 2xy = ...”
March 14, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to Are 40% of the employees attending the annual company picnic in the Data Sufficiency forum
“The wording of the question is strange (is it asking if exactly 40% are men, or at least 40%?) but regardless, with no information about how many men or women work at the company, the question clearly can''t be answered even using both statements. If equal numbers of men and women work for the ...”
March 14, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to A certain game board is in the shape of a non-convex polygon in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Statement 1 is always true, so is useless, while Statement 2 obviously gives you one equation in one unknown, so is sufficient. But test takers don''t need to know anything about ''exterior angles'' for the GMAT, nor what a ''non-convex polygon'' is, not to mention that Statement 2 is problematic ...”
March 9, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to In the figure shown, point O is the center of the circle and in the Data Sufficiency forum
“This is exactly identical to a GMATPrep question: https://gmatclub.com/forum/in-the-figure-shown-point-o-is-the-center-of-the-semicircle-89662.html”
March 7, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to At a particular moment, a restaurant has x biscuits and y pa in the Data Sufficiency forum
“It makes no sense to ask a DS question in this way. If y is a "number of patrons" in a real GMAT DS question, then y stands for a single unknown value; it doesn''t stand for a variable. You can''t ask "how many values of y are possible?" in DS, because it''s not clear what ...”
March 7, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to Each of the items in a box is either a ball or a cube and ea in the Problem Solving forum
“The above solution isn''t right. If we have 100 objects, we have 72 cubes. If 54 of these are blue, the rest, or 18, are red. The question asks "What percent of the cubes are red?", and we have 18 red cubes and 72 cubes in total, so the answer is 18/72 = 1/4 = 25%.”
March 6, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to What is the sum of all of the integers in the chart above? in the Problem Solving forum
“In each column, if we list the numbers in increasing order, we get an equally spaced list with a multiple of 100 in the middle. So, for example, the second column contains the numbers: -204, -202, -200, -198, -196 The sum of an equally spaced list is just equal to the average (which, in an ...”
March 6, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to Eight friends go to watch a movie but only 5 tickets were in the Problem Solving forum
“I don''t like the wording of the question, because it''s not altogether clear if order should matter. But that''s the intention, so we have 8 choices for which person goes in the first seat, 7 for the next seat, and so on, and multiplying our choices gives the answer of (8)(7)(6)(5)(4).”
March 6, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to Among the members of the Malmo family, there are three times in the Problem Solving forum
“It''s a pure ratio/percent problem, so we can freely make up a number, and since we''re asked for a percent in the end, I''d just use 100. Then we have: 50 have blue eyes, of whom: 40 have blue eyes and no glasses 10 have blue eyes and glasses We also know that the ratio of ...”
March 5, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to If j and k are positive integers where k > j, what is the in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Statement 1 says, in words, "k is 5 greater than some multiple of of j". If j > 5, then that''s just another way of saying "the remainder is 5 when we divide k by j". But we don''t know if j > 5, using only Statement 1. If j=2, say, then it''s impossible for the remainder ...”
March 5, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to In how many ways can 16 different gits be divided among four in the Problem Solving forum
“If you know that in any counting situation, when the order of k things doesn''t matter, you can first pretend order does matter and then divide by k!, then you can just: imagine putting all 16 gifts in a row, which you can do in 16! ways. Give the first four gifts to the oldest child, the next four ...”
March 4, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to When 900 is divided by positive integer d, the remainder is in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Each Statement is clearly insufficient alone, because using only one statement, we know almost nothing about one of the two unknowns in the inequality in the question. Using Statement 1, we know when 900 is divided by d, the remainder is 1. That means that 900 is exactly 1 larger than some ...”
March 3, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to In five football games thus far this season, Barry has run f in the Problem Solving forum
“The wording here is problematic for a few reasons - it needs to mention that yard totals must be integers (that''s not going to be intuitive or obvious to someone who doesn''t follow football), it should say ''yards per game'', and it should certainly not ask what Barry needs to do to "keep his ...”
March 3, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to The positive two-digit integers x and y have the same digits in the Problem Solving forum
“If AB is a two digit number, where A is the tens digit and B the units digit, then the number is equal to 10A + B. Here we are adding AB and BA, which is the same as adding 10A+B and 10B + A. Adding those we get 11A + 11B, which clearly has 11 as a factor.”
March 3, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to Ian Stewart GMAT quant books in the GMAT Math forum
“Anyone interested in my GMAT math books or problem sets can contact me at the email address below.”
March 2, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to If y is a positive integer, is y prime? in the Data Sufficiency forum
“This is a near-exact replica of an official question. Statement 1 is clearly not sufficient, because there is an infinite number of primes. I think Statement 2 is supposed to read: 11! - 12 < y < 11! - 2 That''s also not sufficient, because each number in that interval has an obvious ...”
March 2, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to Is the standard deviation of Set A greater than or equal to in the Data Sufficiency forum
“If you multiply all of the values in a set by some constant k, you will multiply the mean, median, range and standard deviation of that set by k. So here, if we multiply everything in set A by 1/4, we will make the standard deviation 1/4 of its previous value. Since standard deviation is always zero ...”
March 2, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to Is the area of Circle A greater than the area of Circle B? in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Strange question. The ratio of circumference to diameter for every circle in the universe is π, so Statement 1 tells you nothing. Circle A''s radius is half its own diameter, so if it is also half of B''s diameter, they have the same radius, and thus the same area, so Statement 2 is sufficient ...”
March 2, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to In a certain school, there are 160 boys and 240 girls. If 15 in the Problem Solving forum
“This is a weighted average problem, where 15% and 25% are the averages of each group. We can draw a number line with the three averages: ---15------------A------25--- Since the ratio of boys to girls is 2 to 3, the overall average A will divide the total distance above in a 3 to 2 ratio, so ...”
March 2, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to If $$2^{4x}=3,600$$, what is the value of $$(2^{(1-x)})^2$$? in the Problem Solving forum
“Alternatively: 2^(4x) = 3600 2^(2x) = 60 2^x = √60 So (2^(1-x))^2 = (2 / 2^x)^2 = (2/√60)^2 = 4/60 = 1/15”
March 2, 2019
Ian Stewart posted a reply to If $$2^{4x}=3,600$$, what is the value of $$(2^{(1-x)})^2$$? in the Problem Solving forum
“2^(4x) = 3600, so (2^2)^2x = 3600, and 4^(2x) = 3600. Taking square roots, 4^x = 60. We want to find the value of (2^(1-x))^2 = (2^2)^(1-x) = 4^(1-x) = 4^1 * 4^(-x) Since 4^x = 60, 4^(-x) is equal to 1/60, so 4^1 * 4^(-x) = 4 * (1/60) = 4/60 = 1/15”
March 2, 2019
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October 13, 2017
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September 29, 2017
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September 26, 2017
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August 10, 2017
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“There is some variance in GMAT scores, as there is in the scores on any multiple choice test, but that variance is small. If you scored in the 690-710 range on several GMATPrep tests, your level essentially has to be in the 690-710 range right now. It''s very unlikely, though not impossible, ...”
August 9, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to Kim and Sue each bought some roses and some in the Data Sufficiency forum
“The table is missing from the post above, but it just says that roses cost $1 each, and daisies cost$0.50 each. If Kim and Sue buy the same number of flowers in total, the person who spends more will be the person who bought more of the expensive flowers, so we really want to know: did Kim buy ...”
August 9, 2017
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August 4, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to Melting cube! in the Problem Solving forum
“A cube has 6 faces, so if the length of one edge of a cube is k, each of the six faces has area k^2, and the total surface area of the cube is 6k^2. So the number ''6'' appears in the solution to this problem for two completely different reasons -- you''ll always multiply by 6 when you calculate ...”
August 3, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to An operation Ф is defined by the equation x Ф y in the Problem Solving forum
“Ha, I just did a quick mental estimate when I read the question and thought "that''s way bigger than any of the answer choices", but I forgot to divide by the 4! So I thought most of the right hand side must be in the denominator, and interestingly if change the question as I did, flipping ...”
August 2, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to An operation Ф is defined by the equation x Ф y in the Problem Solving forum
“Great question, but I think there''s a typo with the signs - I think it should read: x Ф y = x²/ ( 4 + xy - y² ) and brackets would probably help to make clear that most of the right hand side is in a denominator. edit: I was mistaken - the question is perfect as is, but I''ll leave this ...”
August 2, 2017
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August 1, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to Negatives as odd numbers in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Yes, negative numbers can also be odd or even: The odd numbers are: ... -5, -3, -1, 1, 3, 5, .... The even numbers are: ... -4, -2, 0, 2, 4, ... If you''ve learned rules for odd and even numbers (rules like: odd + odd = even), those rules apply to all odd and even numbers, regardless of ...”
July 30, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to OG The average score on a test taken by 10 students in the Problem Solving forum
“The two groups are equal in size (5 students each), so the overall average score will just be the ordinary average of the scores of each group, because each group is equally important. If x is the average of two things, then 2x is the sum of those two things. So if y is the average we want to find, ...”
July 28, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to Jonathan buys c chairs and t tables for his newly set up res in the GMAT Math forum
“He saves$10 on each chair, and$12 on each table. So using Statement 1, we know 10c + 12t = 100 Dividing by 2, 5c + 6t = 50 If you have an equation where you are adding or subtracting two integers on one side, and getting some result on the other side, and two of the terms share some ...”
July 28, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to If the y-intercept of a line is greater than 2 in the Data Sufficiency forum
“The line meets the y-axis above the origin. Using Statement 1, we know (2, 3) is on the line. Here it''s best to draw different diagrams, placing the y-intercept above and below y=3, to see where the x-intercept will be in different cases. If the y-intercept is only very slightly greater than 2, ( ...”
July 28, 2017
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July 27, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to Geometry in the GMAT Math forum
“If (a, 4) and (a, b+1) are on the same line, and that line isn''t vertical, they must be the same point, because they have the same x-coordinate. So b+1 = 4, and b = 3. We know (4, b) is on the line, so if b = 3, the point (4, 3) is on the line. That means the point must work in the line''s ...”
July 25, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to Line Segment in the GMAT Math forum
“Yes, you''re supposed to assume that every side of each quadrilateral is of length 4. So each is a rhombus (a parallelogram with four equal sides). Not sure if you wanted a solution, so stop reading now if you want to do the problem on your own, but the angles in each parallelogram must be ...”
July 25, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to here are 5 locks and 5 keys and each of the 5 keys matches in the Problem Solving forum
“As Matt says, this won''t be relevant to GMAT test takers, so no need to worry about any of this if you''re preparing for the test, but I find it fun to sometimes talk about math problems that are beyond the scope of the test: That is an interesting question, though it does have a fast ...”
July 25, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to If u > 0 and v > 0, which is greater in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Using Statement 1, if u = 1, then u^v = 1^v = 1 and v^u = v^1 = v So the question "which is greater, u^v or v^u?" becomes "which is greater, 1 or v?" We don''t know if v is greater than 1 (we only know that v > 0) so Statement 1 is not sufficient. But when we use ...”
July 25, 2017
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July 23, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to beat this probability Qs in the Problem Solving forum
“In an ordinary deck of cards, 1/4 of the cards are hearts. If a magician spreads out a deck of cards on a table, and asks you to pick one, and you pick the second card from the top, I think everyone would agree the probability that card is a heart is 1/4. If instead, the magician picks the top ...”
July 23, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to Approach is faulty: Experts please comment in the Problem Solving forum
“If you''re asked: "in how many ways can six people be divided into two committees of three, if the order of the two committees does not matter?" (which is not a kind of question I''ve ever seen on the GMAT, incidentally, though I have seen a couple of prep company questions like that) then ...”
July 21, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to Approach is faulty: Experts please comment in the Problem Solving forum
“Your approach is correct, though you could streamline it a bit by ignoring the second committee, which doesn''t matter here. We have 5C2 ways of picking the other two people on Michael''s committee, and when Anthony is on that committee, we have 4 ways to pick the third person, so the answer is ...”
July 21, 2017
“You have 2 choices for the goalkeeper. Because two of the ten don''t play any other position, you have 8 choices left for the forward. I''d prefer it if the question said so explicitly (see below) but because of the question setup, I''ll assume the order of the two defenders and of the two ...”
July 20, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to here are 5 locks and 5 keys and each of the 5 keys matches in the Problem Solving forum
“This should be an SC question. They don''t mean "each key matches each lock" (which would mean every key works in any lock you choose). Instead they mean each key matches a different one of the locks. Nor is it clear what a "trial number of attempts" means - is a trial inserting ...”
July 20, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to Alice, Bobby, Cindy, Daren and Eddy participate in in the Problem Solving forum
“I''m not sure what the phrase "no two or three athletes finish at the same time" is doing in the question - if no two athletes finish at the same time, clearly no three athletes finish at the same time. Anyway, with no restrictions, there are 5! = 120 orders in which they could finish. ...”
July 20, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to An army’s recruitment process included n rounds of selecti in the Problem Solving forum
“In the first a rounds, we keep 2/5 of applicants; in the next b rounds, we keep 1/2 of applicants, and in the final c rounds we keep 7/10 of applicants. So: (2/5)^a * (1/2)^b * (7/10)^c * 10,000 = 1400 Let''s break these numbers down into primes, get integers on both sides, and cancel what we ...”
July 20, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to Which of the following equations has in the Problem Solving forum
“That is not correct. If you have this equation: x = (1/3)*y you''re multiplying y by a non-terminating decimal, but you don''t need something to end in zero to get integer solutions; you can have x = 1 and y = 3 for example. The difficulty in C is that we''re multiplying by √5, which is ...”
July 19, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to What is the greatest possible number of points in the Problem Solving forum
“Same idea as the post above, but using more elementary principles: draw just one circle first. Then draw another - it can intersect the first at 2 points, at most. Then draw a third. It can intersect each of the first two circles at two points, so we can make 4 new intersection points. Similarly the ...”
July 19, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to If the square root of p^2 is an integer greater than 1 in the Problem Solving forum
“The question doesn''t say that p^2 is an integer greater than 1, which is how I think you''ve interpreted it; it says that the square root of p^2 is an integer greater than 1, which means p is an integer and p^2 is the square of an integer. There is one minor issue with the wording - the ...”
July 19, 2017
beatthegmat posted a reply to Day 7 changed to 2018, missing 2015 in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
“Hey, omegan3, Thanks for reaching out! In an effort to always stay up-to-date with the latest materials, we have recently updated the 60-Day Study Guide to match this year''s OG, which was released a few weeks ago. This means that unfortunately we cannot retrieve the older version of the daily ...”
July 18, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to If the square root of p^2 is an integer greater than 1 in the Problem Solving forum
“You don''t need to know any particular number theory methods to see why a perfect square always has an odd number of divisors. If you look at a number that is not a square first, all of its divisors will be in pairs. Take the number 12, say: 1 * 12 2 * 6 3 * 4 We have six divisors, which ...”
July 17, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to # 69 2016 OG problem solving in the Problem Solving forum
“N votes were cast in total 40% were by independent voters, so the rest, 60%, were by voters registered with a party. So 60% of N, or 0.6N, votes were cast by voters registered with a party. Ms Robbins received 10% of those votes, so (0.1)*0.6N = 0.06N of those votes. She also received the ...”
July 13, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to easy- medium OG 2016 #63 in the Problem Solving forum
“f(x) = √x - 10 To find f(t), just replace ''x'' with ''t'' on the right side above: f(t) = √t - 10 We know u = f(t) so u = √t - 10 u + 10 = √t (u + 10)^2 = t”
July 13, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to The average of seven numbers in the Problem Solving forum
“The first four numbers add to 4(19) = 76. The last four numbers add to 4(24) = 96. If we add those eight numbers, we get 76+96 = 172, but we''re including the middle number twice in that sum. We know if we only include the middle number once, we get 7(20) = 140, because the average of the whole set ...”
July 13, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to Question Pack 1 CR Q#1 | Revision in the Critical Reasoning forum
“The entire paragraph after "Theatergoer:" is the theatergoer''s argument. You''ve divided that paragraph into two parts, and attributed one part to the theatergoer, and the other part to the author of the CR question. But all of it should be attributed to the theatergoer.”
July 11, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to Number Properties question? in the Problem Solving forum
“I does not need to be true : just let a = 1, b = 2, c = 3. In fact, I can never be true, because if a < b and a < c, then by adding those two inequalities together, you find that 2a < b + c. For II, we know c > b from the question stem. Subtract a on both sides of that inequality, and ...”
July 8, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to Is there an easier way to solve Q 15 diagnostic test OG'16? in the Problem Solving forum
“I''d just use quick estimates here - the way I prefer to do this question is: 2*5 = 10 3*7 is roughly 20 11*19 is roughly 10*20 13*17 is roughly 10*20 so the product is roughly 10*20*10*20*10*20 = 8 * 10^6, which is closest to 10^7. I''d never even contemplate doing any precise ...”
July 7, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to help in the GMAT Math forum
“The squares just take up half the rectangle. There are a few ways to see that. For example, if you divide up the picture into a grid of 8 squares, as I did below, you can see that half of each grid zone is taken up by part of a square, and the other half is taken up by non-square. So the area of ...”
July 7, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to Question type confusion in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hey Brent! Hope you''ve been doing well. :) Just drop me a line if you ever want to catch up on Skype.”
July 7, 2017
Ian Stewart posted a reply to Question type confusion in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This is really a strengthening question. There''s a missing connection between the plan and the goal: plan: "new courses focused on cooking exotic species of fish, alternative grains such as quinoa, and organically produced vegetables." goal: to appeal to students who want "a ...”
July 7, 2017
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June 19, 2017
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June 11, 2017
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December 22, 2016
beatthegmat posted a new topic called What to ask Manhattan Review in the Ask a Manhattan Review representative forum
“Do you have any questions about Manhattan Review products or services? Use this forum to post your questions and receive an answer from an official company representative. DO NOT use this forum to post problems from Manhattan Review test prep materials. And please do not ask questions comparing ...”
December 22, 2016
December 22, 2016
VivianKerr posted a reply to pronouns other than we, our and I always have an antecedent? in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi, Great question! Pronouns require antecedents, so you are absolutely correct that in (E), we have no antecedent for "they." Who are "they"? We have no idea. The other major error in (E) is the incorrect addition of the comma before the preposition "from." ...”
December 14, 2016
VivianKerr posted a reply to improving and growing populations and technologies in the Critical Reasoning forum
“What''s the source of this question? The question stem, tonally, doesn''t feel like the GMAT. Evidence: Pop + Tech ---> :-( Probs New Inst/New Arrang ---> Innov. Solutions Inst/Arrang = stable Conclusion: "extra effort" needed The author is assuming that ...”
December 13, 2016
VivianKerr posted a new topic called Factorials and Divisibility question in the Problem Solving forum
“Worked on this problem today with a student, and thought it would be a fun one to share. It''s amazing how something like a (!) point symbol can throw us all for a loop, when really we''re just looking at a very simple divisibility question. :-) Enjoy! Which of the following is an integer? ...”
December 13, 2016
beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum
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December 5, 2016
beatthegmat posted a reply to Delete account? in the Suggestions and Feedback forum
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December 1, 2016
VivianKerr posted a reply to Veritas SC-Although the fear last year in the Sentence Correction forum
“Regarding "that which," the GMAT certainly uses that construction. Check out this Verbal Official Guide RC question: "The author implies that which of the following was true of most feminist thinkers in England and the United States after 1920?" You''re correct to start by ...”
November 27, 2016
VivianKerr posted a reply to OG Verbal 17: CR (Weaken) in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hey joealam1! With Weaken questions, we need some flexibility with the answer choices, since there are several ways to weaken an argument: -Provide an explanation -Prove the assumption is wrong -Undermine a piece of evidence I find the easiest "default" for a Weaken prediction ...”
November 27, 2016
VivianKerr posted a reply to OG 13: RC: Superior service competitive advantage in the Reading Comprehension forum
“Hey Joe, So, in order to get RC questions correct, we need to understand what the question-type is, and what kind of expectation that sets up for the correct answer. Here, the phrase "according to the passage" tells us this is a Detail question. Detail questions are essentially ...”
November 27, 2016
beatthegmat posted a reply to Not Able to Receive daily tasks after enrolling in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
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November 22, 2016
beatthegmat posted a reply to Delete my account in the Suggestions and Feedback forum
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November 21, 2016
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October 21, 2016
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September 29, 2016
beatthegmat posted a new topic called test in the GMAT Strategy forum
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September 15, 2016
beatthegmat posted a reply to How do i change my username (my email address) to sth else? in the Suggestions and Feedback forum
“Leslie, Please send me a PM with the desired username and I''ll make the change for you. Regards, Sorin”
September 14, 2016
beatthegmat posted a reply to How do i change my username (my email address) to sth else? in the Suggestions and Feedback forum
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September 1, 2016
beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum
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August 10, 2016
beatthegmat posted a reply to How do i change my username (my email address) to sth else? in the Suggestions and Feedback forum
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July 8, 2016
beatthegmat posted a reply to 60 Day GMAT Study Guide Review in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
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July 6, 2016
beatthegmat posted a reply to Can someone send me all emails at once? in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
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July 3, 2016
beatthegmat posted a reply to Can someone send me all emails at once? in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
“Hi noriefe, Unfortunately it is not possible to get all emails at once as these are sent automatically every day by the system. The guide does not allow for customization. Regards, Sorin”
July 3, 2016
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June 29, 2016
beatthegmat posted a reply to SC in the Sentence Correction forum
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June 21, 2016
beatthegmat posted a reply to Can someone send me all emails at once? in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
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June 9, 2016
beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum
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June 3, 2016
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May 5, 2016
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May 5, 2016
beatthegmat posted a reply to Watch This Forum in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
“Hey guys, Unfortunately, the "Watch This Forum" option is not available to regular members at the moment. It''s a feature only experts and admins can see. Thanks, Sorin”
April 12, 2016
beatthegmat posted a reply to Delete account? in the Suggestions and Feedback forum
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April 8, 2016
beatthegmat posted a reply to DS question 2 in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Rich, I''ve moved it there. :) Thanks, Sorin”
April 7, 2016
beatthegmat posted a reply to DS question 3 in the Data Sufficiency forum
“Rich, I''ve moved it there. :) Thanks, Sorin”
April 7, 2016
beatthegmat posted a reply to DS question in the Data Sufficiency forum
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April 7, 2016
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April 5, 2016
beatthegmat posted a reply to Manhattan GMAT online full course and books for sale in the GMAT Books for Sale/Donation forum
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March 30, 2016
beatthegmat posted a reply to Delete account? in the Suggestions and Feedback forum
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March 27, 2016
beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum
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March 12, 2016
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March 8, 2016
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March 8, 2016
VivianKerr posted a reply to Thomas Henry Huxley (1825−1895), one of Charles_veritas in the Reading Comprehension forum
“Hi Mechmeera, You can see my breakdown of the passage and two questions below: http://s17.postimg.org/r0bmmt23f/RC_1.jpg We can say "consensus" because of the first paragraph: "Today, few scientists challenge not only the link between birds and reptiles in general, but ...”
February 12, 2016
VivianKerr posted a reply to gmat apps vs books/study material?? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Do NOT use apps to study for the GMAT. They will not suffice. If you''re spending 10-15 minutes on a GMAT app while waiting for the bus, in between classes, etc. then that''s great, but your actual serious study time needs to be spent with official material and high-quality practice tests, using ...”
February 12, 2016
VivianKerr posted a reply to manhattan & official guides in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Definitely those versions are fine. Just make sure you get the Official Guide that aligns with your 5th edition MGMAT books, either the 13th or the 15th edition. Don''t buy the 2016 version. You might also want to consider Powerscore''s CR book: http://amzn.to/20Yvghm It''s pretty stellar. ...”
February 12, 2016
VivianKerr posted a reply to In a museum X, a total entrance fee is $x plus$z each perso in the Data Sufficiency forum
“What is the origin of this question? It does not feel very "GMAT-like" to me, because there is ambiguity in the given information. "$x plus$z each person greater than 20" could be interpreted to mean "20(x + z)" or "x + 20z." Here''s how to set up the ...”
February 12, 2016
VivianKerr posted a reply to The results of the company's cost-cutting measures are in the Sentence Correction forum
“A Gerund is when the -ing is the subject doing the action. EXAMPLE: "Failing to get a high score is unacceptable." "Failing" is the gerund. "Falling" is just present continuous. You''re right on the money with the incorrect usage of "with." ...”
February 11, 2016
VivianKerr posted a reply to Notes or No Notes in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Could not disagree with Murray more!!! (Multiple exclamation points of disagreement! :-)) Notes are ABSOLUTELY essential to hold yourself accountable to breaking down CR arguments properly, and ensuring you are (1) not reading the argument too quickly, (2) not taking anything for granted, (3) ...”
February 11, 2016
VivianKerr posted a reply to Mayor Delmont's claim! in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Sorry, just realized there''s a typo in my notes. The prediction should read "does" and not "doesn''t." #tutorfail :-)”
February 11, 2016
VivianKerr posted a reply to Mayor Delmont's claim! in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This is one of those question that really proves the point that if you don''t carefully analyze and break down the argument, you''ll probably get the question incorrect. Ask yourself: what are we meant to notice? Here, we are given facts about new jobs $, eliminated jobs$, and overall jobs $...” February 11, 2016 beatthegmat posted a reply to Please delete my account in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Hey, swetavaswani, I''ve deactivated your account. Regards, Sorin” January 12, 2016 VivianKerr posted a reply to In Need of Advice plus Official Material vs. Testprep in the GMAT Strategy forum “I''d recommend you really focus on learning ONE SC concept at a time. Here''s everything that is tested on SC GMAT: • SC: Noun-Verb Agreement • SC: Comparisons • SC: Run-on Sentences • SC: Meaning • SC: Idioms • SC: Modifiers • SC: Superlative/Comparative • SC: ...” December 16, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Hey rajan_agarwal, I''ve deactivated your account. Please note that we do not delete a user''s history from the site. Regards, Sorin” December 7, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Hi hmigneron, I''ve deactivated your account and removed you from our mailing list. Regards, Sorin” December 2, 2015 beatthegmat posted a new topic called test in the The GMAT Avengers Study Group forum “e gmat prep now” November 26, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Evaluate in the Critical Reasoning forum “Because this is an EVALUATE CR, the correct answer will have a LOT to do with scope and the conclusion. Conclusion: If the population of these other species were increased, more of the larvae would be feeding on uninfected hosts, so the number of ticks acquiring the bacterium would likely ...” November 6, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to CR problem types in OG in the Critical Reasoning forum “Once you exhaust the OG questions, there''s also a nicely organized question directory over at GMATClub: http://gmatclub.com/forum/critical-reasoning-question-directory-topic-and-difficulty-128861.html” November 6, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Evaluate the Argument: Complicated Question - PowerScore in the Critical Reasoning forum “Also, I wanted to point out that just as this question type had a specific set of expectations around it, so do all CR questions types! I highly suggest you keep separate notes for EACH of the major CR question types, and jot down your unique approach for EACH of these. What are the common wrong ...” November 6, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Proliferation of television in the Sentence Correction forum “Hey Sid, I think I get what you''re asking. But, technically, there are TWO verbs in the relative clause (starting with "that": "began" and "is continuing." This question is testing Verb Tenses. And we need to know the differences between "begun" and ...” November 6, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Proliferation of television in the Sentence Correction forum “Hey Sid, I think I get what you''re asking. But, technically, there are TWO verbs in the relative clause (starting with "that": "began" and "is continuing." This question is testing Verb Tenses. And we need to know the differences between "begun" and ...” November 6, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Hi cchoi05, I''ve responded via PM. Thanks, Sorin” November 5, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to Edit Verified Course Review in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Hi cchoi05, I updated the review according to your feedback. Regards, Sorin” November 5, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Evaluate the Argument: Complicated Question - PowerScore in the Critical Reasoning forum “To me this question, as with most GMAT CR involving numbers, is less about math, and more about logic. This is an "Evaluate CR" so what do we know about this question type? -The CONCLUSION is the most important thing -The correct answer will be extremely relevant to the conclusion ...” November 5, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Jupiter’s gravity attracts comets and asteroids in the Reading Comprehension forum “This is a Function question, so it is not concerned with what the passage says. The phrase "serves primarily to" tells us the question is asking what ROLE this specific detail plays in the structure of the passage. Don''t confuse it with a Detail question. Rephrase: WHY did the author ...” November 5, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to GMAT800: Help with SC question in the Sentence Correction forum “I agree this question sucks, because I don''t think there is a fair, "GMAT-like", discernible grammatical or stylistic difference between the choices. But, if we''re gonna split hairs, "by increasing" is more precise than "increasing" since the word "by" ...” November 5, 2015 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 VivianKerr posted a reply to Evaluate in the Critical Reasoning forum “Glad you enjoy it! :) It''s no substitute for reading the entire passage, but it does help show us where our focus and priorities should be when we deal with an Evaluate CR. Conclusion: Clearly, eating whole grains can have an appreciable effect on cholesterol levels. Simple Conclusion: ...” November 3, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Lanzillotti’s Pizzeria in the Critical Reasoning forum “This is a Strengthen question, so it''s nice to remind ourselves of some common ways to strengthen: -remove possible weakening idea -add additional supporting evidence -prove unstated assumption is true There are others, but it''s always a good idea to read the Question Stem first to get a ...” November 3, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Evaluate in the Critical Reasoning forum “Hi Akash Singhal, You''re right, Evaluate CR can be challenging, so I want to show you something fun about them. What if we didn''t read the entire passage? What if we just read the Conclusion? Let''s check this cool shortcut out! :-) Conclusion: The industry claims that it is always cheaper ...” November 3, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to OG-15 Passage-6 Terrestrial environment in the Reading Comprehension forum “Hey Vishal, I think your confusion stems from the fact that passage compares "sea snakes" to "terrestrial snakes" and the word "arboreal" means "referring to trees" so they are the exact same thing as "terrestrial snakes." It''s pretty mean of ...” November 3, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Need help with a question - The Debt Crisis in the Reading Comprehension forum “Hey Sid, To start, make sure you''re using a precise and valuable system of note-taking to help you break down the passage and draw inferences as you read. I extract the Topic, Scope, Function of each paragraph, Point of View of the author, and the Purpose of the entire passage as I read. ...” November 3, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Nietzsche in the Reading Comprehension forum “In order to fully understand any GMAT passage, I recommend breaking down the Topic, Scope, Function of every paragraph, Author''s POV, and Purpose AS YOU READ. That way, by the time you get to the questions, you have a full grasp of what the passage is about, and you''ve already drawn many of ...” November 3, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to A recent court decision has qualified a 1998 ruling_OG in the Sentence Correction forum “Hi, The verb "are given" is confusing in terms of Meaning. Sentence: A decision HAS QUALIFIED a 1998 ruling that workers...if they HAVE BEEN GIVEN reason to believe that their jobs WILL be safe... The workers want reason to believe their jobs WILL be safe. It''s a guarantee. Why ...” October 29, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Hi vomhorizon, I''ve deactivated your account and removed you from our mailing list. Regards, Sorin” October 24, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to In a fix!! GMAT 680 Profile evaluation in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum “gauravpokhriyal, I''ve moved this thread to the appropriate forum. Regards, Sorin” October 18, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Hi veritaslw, I have deactivated your account. Regards, Sorin” October 15, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to test in the The GMAT Avengers Study Group forum “manhattan gmat” October 14, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to test in the The GMAT Avengers Study Group forum “mgmat” October 14, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to test in the The GMAT Avengers Study Group forum “e-gmat” October 14, 2015 beatthegmat posted a new topic called test in the The GMAT Avengers Study Group forum “egmat content” October 14, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Hi mirantdon, I have deactivated your account. As per our policy, we do not delete a user''s history. Regards, Sorin” October 11, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Hi gonsior007, I''ve deactivated your account. Regards, Sorin” September 29, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to Done Private B.com from INDIA in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum “Hi Rich, I''ve moved this post to the right forum. Regards, Sorin” September 22, 2015 beatthegmat posted a new topic called test in the GMAT Strategy forum “egmat, e gmat, e-gmat. EGMAT, E-GMAT E GMAT” September 15, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Hi bhalvz, I''ve deactivated your account. Regards, Sorin” September 11, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Hi ramsingh, I''ve deactivated your account. Regards, Sorin” August 27, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Hi avi123, I''ve deactivated your account. Please note that we do not delete a user''s history. Regards, Sorin” August 23, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to 730 but low quant, is variation with GMATPrep typical? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hi Dan, Got your PM. Your experience is typical. Many of my students experience a drop on the actual exam, and absolutely nerves and time management play a HUGE role. Finishing early is NOT a good idea. Managing your time well means USING the time you are given. If you''re more than 3-4 questions ...” August 16, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Hi izulman, I''ve deactivated your account. Regards, Sorin” August 13, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to GMAT Battle Plan in the GMAT Strategy forum “You really can''t rely on prep company tests to give you an accurate estimate of your level. If you can take an official test, you''ll get a clearer idea of how close you are to your goal, and how much time you''ll need to get there. If you were 650+ now, then a six-week timeframe is perfectly ...” August 10, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to High-Level Math Help in the GMAT Math forum “To clear one thing up from a post above - the computer version of the GMAT was calibrated against the paper tests, so the scores are perfectly comparable. GMAT questions are harder now than before (since ACT started developing the test), but you need to get fewer of the questions right to get the ...” August 8, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Number Line in the Problem Solving forum “Neither statement is sufficient alone, as we''ll see when we combine them. Using both, we know xy < 0, and (xy)(z) < 0, so z must be positive. We also know that x is closer to z than it is to y, and that x and y have opposite signs (because xy < 0). But that still leaves us with possible ...” August 8, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Hi naps02, I''ve deactivated your account. Regards, Sorin” August 7, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Hi Dsquared2, I''ve deactivated your account. Regards, Sorin” August 7, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Hi MariaJoseAlfaro, I''ve deactivated your account. Regards, Sorin” August 6, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Hi Madiha Younus, I''ve deactivated your account. Regards, Sorin” August 2, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to how can I contact someone at "beat the gmat" web s in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Hi Bahatic, The first email should have been sent to you a few hours ago. It usually take up to 24 hours for the registration to kick in. Regards, Sorin” July 30, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Hi Kepler, I''ve deactivated your account. Regards, Sorin” July 28, 2015 VivianKerr posted a new topic called Draw a Picture to Get More CR correct! in the Critical Reasoning forum “I had an interesting discussion with a student recently; she was doing such a good job breaking down arguments into their premises and conclusions that CR had become very "cut and dry" and boring for her. It was difficult to engage her mind in the "story" behind each CR argument, ...” July 28, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Need urgent advice for GMAT retake in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey Patrick, Sounds like he did a lot of things right! OG questions are essential, Ron Purewal at MGMAT gives a lot of great advice and a 670 is a strong score, BUT a below 15% hit rate on RC is NOT a good sign. LSAT CR can be good to use for GMAT CR in certain specific cases, but in general it ...” July 20, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Can I go from a 500 to a 700 by September? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hi alxmarie, I''d recommend you stop using Kaplan entirely. Magoosh, however, does have some quality material, but I think they work best as a supplement. If you''re looking to break 700+, you need to heavily emphasize official material (glad you''ve got the OG13 --- are you using this Error Log ...” July 20, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Tips to score 720+ in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hi Girish, I''d ditch the Kaplan books and go straight into the MGMAT guides. In addition, I would recommend a HEAVY emphasis on Official Material: • The Official Guide for GMAT Review (2015 edition): http://amzn.to/1HCICKb • The Official Guide for GMAT Review (2016 edition): ...” July 20, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Irregularity in GMAT scores in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey Vaibhav, Just weighing in as well. Let''s look at your GMATPreps: GMATPrep1 - 660 (Q:48; V31) GMATPrep2 - 670(Q:48; V33) GMATPrep3 - 710 (Q:49; V:38) This makes total sense with what you described as your method of studying. A steady improvement in Verbal and a fairly steady Quant. ...” July 20, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Need Suggestions in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hi him12355, 1) What are your strategies for each Verbal question-type? How do you use your scratch paper for each SC, CR, and RC question? Do you have a snapshot from your most recent CATs so we can see visually what you''re doing? 2) Are you doing Pacing Drills for ALL 3 Verbal ...” July 20, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to 640 in 1st practice test (750 aim). Strategy Help. in the GMAT Strategy forum “I also wanted to mention, in addition to the MGMAT books, which are arguably the best on the market, you may also be interested in the Veritas Prep Data Sufficiency book (which does a great job explaining how to play "devil''s advocate" with the statements), and the Powerscore CR book ...” July 20, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to 640 in 1st practice test (750 aim). Strategy Help. in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey Jaiyeolab, You''re in a great starting position, and you''ve obviously covered some solid foundational work, so well done! Curious as to why you were only studying 1 hour a day. It''s hard to make serious progress with such light study -- even if you work full time, try to do at least 2 ...” July 20, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to GMATPrep Data Sufficiency - new one! in the Data Sufficiency forum “Nice job, Prachi! Great question for picking numbers! :-)” July 20, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to how can I contact someone at "beat the gmat" web s in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Hey nicolasmoreno, You can send me a private message detailing the issue and I''ll try to help you. Regards, Sorin” July 19, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to Can someone send me all emails at once? in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum “Hi Alekhya, Thanks for reaching out! Unfortunately, it is not possible to get all emails at once. You need to sign up for the 60-Day Study Guide and wait for the daily emails. Regards, Sorin” July 16, 2015 VivianKerr posted a new topic called GMATPrep Data Sufficiency - new one! in the Data Sufficiency forum “I hadn''t seen this l''il guy posted and discussed before, so I wanted to share it with you all! I believe it is from GMATPrep 3, just reviewed it with a student. Sharpen your knives... Of the numbers r+s, r-s, rs, and r/s, which is the greatest? (1) r = s = 1 (2) r - s is the least OA to ...” July 15, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to Can someone send me all emails at once? in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum “Done! Regards, Sorin” July 14, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to SC Question. Verbal in the Sentence Correction forum “Hi Rich, I''ve moved this post to the correct forum. Thanks, Sorin” July 13, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Hi yystar09, I''ve deactivated your account. Regards, Sorin” July 12, 2015 beatthegmat posted a new topic called Vote for this month''s Avengers Choice in the The GMAT Avengers Study Group forum “Let us know the topic that you would like the GMAT Avengers group to cover part of ‪the Avengers Choice‬ and sign up for the live session by attending the Facebook event below: https://www.facebook.com/events/138608383137825/” July 8, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Planning to take GMAT for first time in the GMAT Strategy forum “I''d be curious to know what you base that on. GMAC''s own research says the opposite: http://www.mba.com/global/the-gmat-blog-hub/the-official-gmat-blog/2013/sep/study-smart-for-your-best-gmat.aspx Notice from the tables that median study time (which is the relevant number if we''re ...” July 7, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to how can I contact someone at "beat the gmat" web s in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Hi gohjj122, Unfortunately there isn''t a way to watch a forum. Thanks, Sorin” July 7, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Math Language - 'Factor' in the GMAT Math forum “The phrase "two factors of 10" means "two divisors of 10", so would refer to two numbers in the list: 1, 2, 5, 10. But that phrase is, in some sources, used imprecisely to mean something more like "two factors equal to 10", when the term "factor" is being ...” July 7, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to How many 3s in the Problem Solving forum “You have the right answer - we''d write ''3'' as a units digit exactly 20 times, and as a tens digit exactly 20 times, so we''d write the digit 40 times in total. ''38'' is the answer to a different question: how many whole numbers between 1 and 200 contain the digit ''3''? Because the answer to ...” July 5, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to wine in the Data Sufficiency forum “We can draw a Venn diagram, with one circle for people who like red wine, and one for people who like white wine. If x people like only white wine, the question tells us 3x people like only red wine. So our Venn has the following zones, using ''b'' for the number who like both: like only red: 3x ...” July 3, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to average in the Data Sufficiency forum “We can do the problem algebraically - the question is asking if (w + x + y + z)/4 > y, or in other words if w + x + y + z > 4y. Using Statement 1, we can replace "w+z" in the question with "x+y", so our question becomes: Is w + x + y + z > 4y ? Is x + y + x + y ...” July 3, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Done! Regards, Sorin” July 3, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to DS in the Data Sufficiency forum “The formula in the question makes this look complicated, but really we''re just making an investment, and applying interest twice (with compounding). There''s no need to even look at the formula. If we know the exact size of the investment, and exactly how much interest we earn in two years, we ...” July 3, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to The number of ways of arranging n students in the Problem Solving forum “If we increase something by 200%, we are multiplying it by 3. There is a conceptual solution here, but it''s more complicated than backsolving, so let''s just test answers. If you have, say, 10 students, 5 boys and 5 girls, there will be two ways to arrange them: BGBGBGBGBG or ...” July 1, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to In the xy coordinate plane, which of the following in the Problem Solving forum “I''d do exactly what Brent did, but maybe it''s useful to see a bit more of the theory here. If we write the equation of any line in the form y = mx + b, then m is the slope of the line, and b is the y-intercept (where the line meets the y-axis). So if we rewrite the equation above in that form, we ...” July 1, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Data Sufficiency in the Problem Solving forum “This is a GMATPrep question. There are several ways to solve, but if you can label an unknown angle with a letter in a question like this, and then use the basic angles facts to express every other angle in terms of that letter, you''ll be able to answer any similar question, so that''s the approach ...” July 1, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Selecting door in the Problem Solving forum “It''s not clear what the question means, because the wording is not precise. I''d assume that we can use the same door to enter and leave, and that it matters which door we use to enter, and which we use to leave. Under those assumptions, we have 3 choices for the enter door, and 3 for the exit ...” July 1, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Explain pls in the Data Sufficiency forum “I do not base my opinions about the scope of the GMAT solely on what is found in the OG, and I do not understand why you''d make that insinuation. I do base those opinions on the 5,000-10,000 official Quant questions I''ve seen. I''ve seen exactly two real questions where a test taker might ...” July 1, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Algebra in the Data Sufficiency forum “If x=b, then our question becomes: "Does x = 9 - x^2 ? " or rewriting, the question becomes "Does x^2 + x - 9 = 0? " The answer to that question is almost always ''no'' (for example, if x=0, the answer is ''no''). The answer can also be ''yes'', since that quadratic ...” July 1, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to algebra in the Data Sufficiency forum “Statement 2 is not sufficient, because a and b might be, among other possibilities, 2 and 1, or 4 and -1, and ab can have different values. For Statement 1, we have: a = ab - 1 1 = ab - a 1 = a(b-1) So we know that a and b-1 are integers which multiply together to give 1. That can only ...” July 1, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Geometry in the Data Sufficiency forum “It''s a bit hard to read the diagram, but I assume the length of ZW is given to be 1. Statement 1 is not sufficient, because we have no information about angle b, so about where point Z is, and that information is crucial. If Z and W are very close together, a line of length 1 is very short in ...” July 1, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Hi 1991sriram, I have deactivated your account. Regards, Sorin” June 28, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to time to fill a pool in the Problem Solving forum “Two of the slow outlets would fill the pool in 4.5 hours, and two of the fast outlets would fill the pool in 2.5 hours. Since we have one slow outlet and one fast outlet, the answer must be strictly between 2.5 and 4.5, and D is the only possible answer.” June 26, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Percent Problem in the Problem Solving forum “When you increase something by 50%, you multiply it by 1.5, or 3/2. So in this question, when we go forward 50 years, the population is multiplied by 3/2. So if instead we want to go back in time 50 years, we''d multiply by 2/3. To go from 810 to 160, we need to multiply by 160/810 = 16/81 = (4/9)^2 ...” June 24, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to RTW (nails) in the Problem Solving forum “I''d normally just solve a problem like this from start to finish, but if you understand what the letters represent here, and know how rates problems work, you can pick the right answer very quickly. A+B together need to do the job in less time than A alone, so x < y. It clearly needs to be ...” June 24, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to weight problem in the Problem Solving forum “Mitch''s solution is obviously fastest, but there is a no-variable solution we can use if the answer choices don''t allow for any trick: if Jake loses 8 pounds, then together they''ll weigh 270 pounds, and if Jake would then weigh twice as much as his sister, the ratio of their weights is 2 to 1, so ...” June 24, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to PS-OG#112 in the Problem Solving forum “''Normal distributions'' are never tested on the GMAT, and test takers should not spend any time studying them. The question in the post above is not about a normal distribution; it just happens to use a number (68%) that we also see when working with normal distributions. The question in the OP is ...” June 22, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to DS in the Data Sufficiency forum “Neither statement is sufficient alone - looking at S2, for example, if one person eats exactly 3 slices, then there are 29 slices left, and 29 people left. So it''s certainly possible that everyone had one slice, but we have no way to know for sure. When we use both statements, we know that 5 ...” June 22, 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 Ian Stewart posted a reply to GMAT OG, Archaeologist: Researchers excavating a burial site in the Critical Reasoning forum “The argument essentially says: "a cat was buried with a person. Therefore the cat was domesticated." There''s a huge leap in that argument - why does "buried with a person" mean "domesticated"? It''s only a good argument if we know that an animal will be buried ...” June 22, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to 51-60 math in the GMAT Math forum “The highest Quant score you can get is 51. The "0-60" range was used a very long, long time ago, but now the range in Quant and in Verbal is 6-51 only. Your Quant is obviously very strong already, but if you are scoring Q48 on GMATPrep tests with no study, it''s very likely you can ...” June 21, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “henry.h.jiang, I''ve responded via PM. Regards, Sorin” June 21, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to CR in the Critical Reasoning forum “Answer A only discusses one point, but the question stem already addresses the other two points. The stem essentially says " X and Y are true, and if X, Y and Z are true, then Q is true." From that, you only need to know if Z is true to determine that Q will be true. Here X, Y and Z ...” June 20, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Sets in the Data Sufficiency forum “We want to know how many of the 250 students mentioned in the stem are in student government but not in debate (everyone is in at least one of the two groups, so if someone is not in debate, he or she must be in government only). Using Statement 1, we know 80 are not in government, so the rest, ...” June 20, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Mean,median,SD in the Problem Solving forum “Your understanding is correct, I think, but it''s not clear what the question is asking - is it asking whether the median could change, or whether it must change? Those are very different questions. We know the standard deviation must drop, and the mean must stay the same. The median might stay ...” June 20, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Word Problem in the Problem Solving forum “I assume those are meant to be fractions, so 3/4 answer no to the first question, and 2/3 of those answer yes to the second question. Then (3/4)Y people answer no to the first question. If 2/3 of these answer yes to the second question, the rest, or 1/3, must answer no. So (1/3)(3/4)Y = (1/4)Y ...” June 19, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to CR in the Critical Reasoning forum “Where is this question from? The answer has to be A, because no other answer is supported at all, but it''s a very strange question, that requires a lot of unfounded assumptions. We know the company''s executives have "abnormally active thyroids", skip breakfast and eat fast food, and do ...” June 19, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Cat & Owners in the Data Sufficiency forum “I gather we''re meant to assume that cats all have 4 legs, and owners all have 2 legs. Then if we have c cats, and ø owners, Statement 1 tells us that 4c + 2ø = 84 which has a lot of possible positive integer solutions, and Statement 2 tells us that c - ø = 6 which also has a lot of ...” June 19, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Doubt in the Data Sufficiency forum “If we let c and r be, respectively, the value of the company and rival stock last month, we know they changed as follows: company: c ---> 0.9c rival: r ---> 1.1r The question asks us to find 1.1r/c, or 1.1(r/c), so if we can find r/c, we can answer the question. Statement 1 ...” June 18, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Explain pls in the Data Sufficiency forum “Just to find a fraction a/b here that works with Statement 2, you need to expand 1/7 to five decimal places, which is not the kind of thing you''d ever need to do on a real GMAT question. So this isn''t a realistic problem, and I wouldn''t worry about it. And one small correction: 1/7 is ...” June 18, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to GMAT Newbie 580GMAT Prep 2 months until the real thing in the GMAT Strategy forum “I agree with the post above that you''re in a good starting position, and you should definitely make a lot of progress with good preparation. Your highest priority now should be to review the basics of math (how to work with fractions and ratios, how to solve simple equations, etc) since that''s a ...” June 18, 2015 Ian Stewart started following yearzack June 17, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Tough Probability Q in the Problem Solving forum “This is a really tedious question - we want values of x that make x(x+1) divisible by 2^2 * 3^2. Since we''re multiplying consecutive integers, we''re multiplying two numbers with a GCD of 1, so only one of them can possibly be divisible by 3, and we know then that one of x or x+1 is a multiple of ...” June 16, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to DS Geometry in the Data Sufficiency forum “I can count at least three mistakes in that official explanation. Where is it from?” June 16, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Which one is a better strategy for guessing for verbal? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Improving your overall Verbal pacing would obviously be the best thing to do. If you haven''t already, you should experiment with different strategies, to find which gives you the best balance between speed and accuracy. People are different, and have different skills (read at different speeds, ...” June 16, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to DS Algebra in the Data Sufficiency forum “You can also see why S2 is sufficient using algebra. We can see that when r=s=t=1 we can get a ''yes'' answer to the question. We want to know if it is possible to get a ''no'' answer. That is, we want to know when it will be true that rst > 1. Using S2, we know that st = 2 - r. If we replace ...” June 16, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to A Tough CR Question: Choices seem pretty similar in the Critical Reasoning forum “The argument is essentially: • A has better VO2-max than B after moderate activity • So A will have better VO2-max than B after intensive activity We''re comparing two different situations - moderate activity and intensive activity. We''re assuming the comparison in the first ...” June 15, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to T-1 Month in the GMAT Strategy forum “If you have only one month to test day, I''d not recommend using any tests besides the official ones. Some company tests are decent, but none come all that close to simulating the real thing. The official tests and question pack aren''t expensive, so I''d definitely invest in those if you''ll have ...” June 15, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Abs Value in the Data Sufficiency forum “Mitch - I think you mean "x < 0" at the end there, and not "x < -2", so you might want to edit your post.” June 14, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Abs Value 2 in the Data Sufficiency forum “The answer to the question will almost always be yes, but if y can be 0, the answer can be no. So if you let, say, x=2 and y=1, then both statements are true, and the answer to the question is ''yes''. But if you let x=2 and y=0, then both statements are true, and the answer to the question is ...” June 13, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Abs Value in the Data Sufficiency forum “We can first work out when the answer to the question will be ''yes''. If x^12 - 2x^11 is negative, then x^12 - 2x^11 < 0 We can safely divide by x^10 on both sides without worrying about whether to reverse the inequality, since x^10 cannot be negative (it is an even power of x), so we ...” June 13, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Budget policy - Weaken Question in the Critical Reasoning forum “We want to identify the "best basis for a criticism of the Central Valley’s budgeting policy as an economically sound budgeting method". So the right answer absolutely needs to give a reason why the policy might not be "economically sound". That''s a vague phrase, more vague ...” June 13, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Tricky Inference Question. in the Critical Reasoning forum “I agree with you that the "right answer" here is incorrect. We know the company renovated to comply with government regulations. We have no basis to conclude anything at all about the company''s employees -- in fact, we don''t even know the company has any employees. It''s a logical error ...” June 12, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Gmat Club Math Test in the GMAT Strategy forum “I have an issue with descriptions that make GMAT scoring sound like something other than what it is - that is, descriptions that make it seem that GMAT scoring takes account of factors other than test taker ability. Most of the factors you list simply are not part of the GMAT algorithm. Question ...” June 8, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to What is the number of 7-element subsets of the set in the Problem Solving forum “If you subtract one multiple of 3 from another, you''ll always get a multiple of 3. The sum of the values in the set is 45, which is a multiple of 3. So if we remove two elements which sum to a multiple of 3, we''ll get a 7-element subset which must sum to a multiple of 3. So we really just ...” June 8, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to An automated manufacturing unit employs N experts such in the Problem Solving forum “We may as well assume our lowest salary is 0, our median is 5, and our largest is 10. So our set looks something like this: 0, a, b, c, ..., 5, d, e, f, ... 10 Now if we want to make the mean of this set as large as possible, we want to make every element as large as possible, so that the sum ...” June 8, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Daily GMAT Math Q - explain in the Problem Solving forum “After we give Bob his$4, we know that he gets 1/3 of what''s left, and Chloe gets 2/3 of what''s left, so Chloe gets twice as much as Bob (not counting Bob''s extra $4). Since Chloe got$32, Bob got $16. We need to add back Bob''s additional$4, so the answer is $20.” June 5, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Advice on improving from a V42 to a V46? in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum “There''s a style and logic to the hardest real GMAT Verbal questions that prep company questions do not replicate. I would not advise you use any questions for practice besides official ones. It can be very difficult to improve in Verbal once you''re near the top of the scoring scale, but that ...” June 5, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to Delete Account - Urgent in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Done! Regards, Sorin” June 5, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Area of non paved area in the Data Sufficiency forum “I disagree with both of you. :) We only need one measurement here, but we do need it. From the diagram, the paving does not extend all the way from the left end of the lawn to the right end. We need to know just how far it extends horizontally. So we need one measurement, but only one. You can ...” June 4, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to First GMAT Exam in July in the GMAT Strategy forum “I''d very rarely advise studying one section and not the other for an extended period of time. It''s too easy to regress in Quant without regular work. I''m not familiar with the study guide you''re using, but if it advises focusing exclusively on Verbal for a long time, I don''t think that''s good ...” June 4, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Perimeter of rectangle and equilateral triangle. Please help in the Problem Solving forum “Say the equilateral triangle has sides of length x. Its perimeter is 3x. Say the rectangle has dimensions L and W, where W < L. Its perimeter is 2W + 2L. If we''ve assumed W < L, then the rectangle''s perimeter is thus greater than 2W + 2W = 4W. We know that the triangle''s perimeter ...” June 4, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Data Sufficiency - Standard Deviation problem in the Data Sufficiency forum “Not only does this question test content that can never appear on the GMAT, the question is also just mathematically wrong, as I explained in a post here about five years ago. Ignore this question, and all other questions from the same source about normal distributions. Studying them will be a waste ...” June 4, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Mistake in GMAT DS videos?! in the Data Sufficiency forum “Let''s first look at a simpler equation more likely to resemble what you''d see on the GMAT: ab = a You cannot just divide by a on both sides here and conclude that b=1, because it might be true that a=0, and you can never divide by 0. If you want to solve this equation by dividing by a, you ...” June 4, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to How much has the GMAT changed since 2011? in the GMAT Strategy forum “The Q and V sections of the test have not changed much, though it might be helpful to note the following: • There is a much bigger supply of official questions for practice. You can now buy two additional GMATPrep tests (in addition to the two free ones), and there''s a large Question Pack you ...” June 1, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Divisibility Problem in the Data Sufficiency forum “We know PS = QR. This means that PS and QR are exactly the same number. In particular, PS and QR must have exactly the same divisors. We only care about dividing by 5. Statement 2 is clearly not sufficient alone. From Statement 1, we learn that PS is divisible by 5, so QR must be. But we can''t ...” May 30, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Extremely Confused. in the GMAT Math forum “I don''t want to comment about specific companies, but no company test perfectly replicates the real GMAT. None use the real scoring algorithm, and in some lower quality tests, the style of question is so different from the style of real GMAT questions that the test would barely be measuring GMAT ...” May 30, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Statistics in the Problem Solving forum “This actually is a real GMAT question, from one of the oldest versions of GMATPrep (though the original wording says "closest to" and not "close to"). It is, however, very different from almost every other standard deviation question I''ve seen. It''s actually unlike almost every ...” May 29, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Troubling Statistics in the Data Sufficiency forum “The source might say Statement 1 is sufficient, because by ''set'' they might mean the true mathematical definition of ''set'' - in math, a set is a group of distinct things. But if that''s what they mean, there''s really a problem with the question, because real GMAT questions don''t test if you ...” May 29, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Test in less than a week, expected score? in the GMAT Strategy forum “You should trust your GMATPrep scores more than any other test scores if you want to estimate your level. So as a best guess, your level right now is in the 620-630 range. Assuming you perform to your abilities on test day, and don''t improve between now and then, that would be your expected score. ...” May 29, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to function f(a) in the Data Sufficiency forum “When n is odd, f(n) = 3n - 9, which is an even number. When n is even, f(n) = 2n - 7, which is an odd number. So if we plug in an odd value, we get an even value back, and if we plug in an even value, we get an odd value back. If you notice that the function flips between even and odd, you can ...” May 29, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to low score on second attempt in the GMAT Strategy forum “If you didn''t cancel the 580 score, then it will be on your score report that schools see, at least as long as it''s not from many years ago. Schools see an entire history of your GMAT attempts from the last five years. Schools can have differing policies when test takers have taken the GMAT more ...” May 28, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Problem solving in the Data Sufficiency forum “If a point is inside the circle, its distance from the circle''s center is less than the radius. The point (-2, 1) is exactly 4 units above the center (-2, -3), so if that point is inside the circle, the radius must be greater than 4. Similarly, if a point is outside a circle, its distance from ...” May 28, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Area of a triangle in the Problem Solving forum “David - I think you have a couple of typos at the end here, so you might want to edit your post - instead of "32 root3" and "64 root3", I think you meant to write "32 / root3" and "64 / root3".” May 27, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Area of a triangle in the Problem Solving forum “You can solve even if you don''t know the 30-60-90 ratios. When you draw a height between two equal sides of any isosceles triangle, and in particular in an equilateral triangle, you are always cutting the base exactly in half. So if the length of one side of the equilateral triangle here is x, then ...” May 27, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to Can someone send me all emails at once? in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum “Hi lab1219, Unfortunately this is not possible. All emails are automatically sent by the system at midnight PT every day until the completion of the 60-Day Study Guide. Regards, Sorin” May 27, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Pls explain in the Critical Reasoning forum “This question is testing a logical error known as Survivorship Bias. The writer is discussing hotels built before 1930 that the writer has personally visited, but then draws a conclusion about the quality of workmanship in all hotels built before 1930. But if only the good hotels have survived - if ...” May 26, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to medical terminology in the Sentence Correction forum “Hey Binit, My approach is similar, except I don''t try to find everything wrong with each choice. I don''t do a "Grammar Scan" of all choices. I do it like this: Step 1 – Read Choice (A) and Identify One Grammar or Meaning Error Since we know that a sentence with a grammatical ...” May 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to As algae spread in in the Sentence Correction forum “Because of the semi-colon, the second part of this SC is a completely separate stand-alone sentence. i think you might be confusing "algae" as the subject for the verb "enter." But they are in different independent clauses. The sentence is: Thus, reducing (subject) the ...” May 25, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Important Tricks/shortcuts on GMAT Quant in the GMAT Math forum “People use the word ''trick'' to mean a variety of things. Sometimes people mean test-taking ''tricks'' like ''backsolving'' or ''picking numbers''. Sometimes people mean mathematical ''tricks'', like using units digits or divisibility properties to pick a right answer without doing any real ...” May 25, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Need help in the GMAT Math forum “This is very definitely not a GMAT question - logarithms and trig functions are not part of the GMAT. So GMAT test takers should definitely ignore it. I''m confused looking at the problem, for two reasons - I don''t know why the ''2'' in front of the first log is written as a superscript. I ...” May 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Assistance Please... in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum “Here''s the basic tips I''d recommend: 1. Build your grammar skills first. You can ignore most of the challenging vocabulary on sentence corrections as long as you identify what part of speech each word is, and how it functions within the sentence. Where is your grammar knowledge still ...” May 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to GMAT Tuesdays: Active Reading – Structure Words in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum “This is a cool post, Kevin! I love this idea and wish it was given a bit more due in the world of RC. Non-native speakers especially should find this helpful. See an additional list of transition words attached!” May 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Important Tricks/shortcuts on GMAT Quant in the GMAT Math forum “It would depend, I suppose, on what types of problems you felt you needed the most help with -- I''d recommend attaining a high comfort-level with backsolving and picking numbers and doing the same problem solving question both ways (algebraically, then also backsolving/picking numbers) just to ...” May 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Problem solving in the GMAT Math forum “It might help you to visualize by drawing the vertices of the square. Remember this rule on the GMAT: you are given limitations on variables for a reason. Why would they tell us that c < 0 and d > 0? It must matter somehow. If c is always negative, then (c, d) will become (-c, d), ...” May 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to First attempt - 560. Advice for second attempt. in the GMAT Strategy forum “You are right on the money in your original post when you said you were not "getting to the core of my problems." THAT is what you need to change moving forward. How can you do this? Adjusting how you review and HOW you study. If you are aiming for a "low 700" score, then you ...” May 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to GMAT in two weeks in the GMAT Strategy forum “Congrats on the 720 (Q49 V39)! I''m not sure if you''re planning to re-take again, but if you are, there is some great anxiety-reducing tips here: https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/articles/managing-stress-techniques.cfm There is also this cool article from the NYTimes about the difference ways ...” May 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Bold faced CR in the Critical Reasoning forum “You''re very welcome, Prachi! :-)” May 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to HELP! High Quant - Very low Verbal in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum “Hey Thomas, So you''ve done a ton of groundwork! Awesome! I think it''s time to step up your strategies, especially with CR and RC. I''d plan to do at least 45 min of each every day. It''s really hard being non-native, so get tough text in front of your eyes as much as you can. I attached the ...” May 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Which verbal section is easiest to improve on? in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum “It''s funny, because I was going to say Sentence Correction as well, but I recently worked with a student who had neglected doing any kind of Reading Comp strategy because she thought you were either "a good reader or not." Once she actually slowed way down and starting DOING a Reading ...” May 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Analyzing MGMAT CR Cat in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum “Hey Kristina, The "average answer right" is not really what you should worry about. Add all your incorrect questions to this Error Log (see attachment). You need to identify what type of questions you''re missing the most often right now. For example, what TYPES of SC? How many ...” May 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to medical terminology in the Sentence Correction forum “Hey Binit, You raise a good point. Could this sentence have been written in a more clear, concise manner? Absolutely. But sometimes with SC, we have to deal with a "best of the worst" strategy. These are the facts: 1) 1 answer choice is correct 2) 4 are wrong The 4 that are ...” May 24, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Time to book GMAT exam appointment? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hi Nikhil, A few quick thoughts: 1) I wouldn''t trust the "760" on the PR exam for all the money in the world. PR is a fine company, but is sort of in that "Kaplan"-land of middle-of-the-road GMAT prep. They do have excellent tutors, but however they score their practice ...” May 24, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Absolute Values in the Data Sufficiency forum “Statement 2 is sufficient alone. There are two ways to see that - we have 3x - 2 = |x| 3x = |x| + 2 Notice now that |x| + 2 must be a positive number (since we''re adding 2 to something which is zero or greater), so 3x is equal to a positive number, which means x must be positive. If x is ...” May 24, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to x,y are positive integers. Find the number of even factors in the Data Sufficiency forum “Thanks Brent! Hope you''re doing well. :)” May 24, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to x,y are positive integers. Find the number of even factors in the Data Sufficiency forum “If you have a prime factorization, written in the normal way (using exponents), the power on the 2 always tells you the ratio of the number of even factors to the number of odd factors. So for example, if you have this number: 2^5 * 3^4 * 7^3 then because ''5'' is the power on the 2, the ratio ...” May 24, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to medical terminology in the Sentence Correction forum “Is this from a reputable source? It seems odd to me that "to medical" is underlined since it appears in every answer choice. This obviously isn''t an official SC. That said, (B) and (E) are out because it isn''t logical for "them" to refer to "gene flaws." The ...” May 23, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Sentance Correction Strategy in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey schelljo, Knowing the parts of speech is helpful only to the extent that they help you identify potential errors (i.e. Subject-Verb Agreement, Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement, etc.) Here''s really all you have to know: There are 8 parts of speech in the English language: nouns, pronouns, ...” May 23, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Practice Test 520..how to get to a solid 600 in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey Kristina! A solid 600 by the middle of July is 100% achievable, but here''s what you need to know: quantity of study does NOT equal quality. As mentioned, your plan seems very focused on simply completing books. The GMAT is way more than that. It''s a three-headed beast: content, strategy, ...” May 23, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Scored a 530 on the first attempt, want to cross 550 in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey Zob, So you''re super-close, although I''m not sure you can 100% pull out an extra 20 points in less than one week. What is the exact date of your re-take? Could you postpone it by an extra week so you have time to formulate a solid 10-14 day study plan? I think the problem is that ...” May 23, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to how technology helps in gmat preparation in the GMAT Strategy forum “There''s a LOT of great apps out there that can definitely help you study, especially if you have a commute or can only squeeze in 5-10 minutes here and there. These are the one''s I''m into: 1. GMAT Toolkit - This is the most comprehensive GMAT app, with questions and information from MGMAT, ...” May 23, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to 2nd Best Answers Given Any Credit? in the GMAT Strategy forum “While that would certainly be a cool test, if we were credited a little extra for choosing the "second-best," as Rich mentioned, wrong is just wrong. :-( For RC, we OFTEN see 3 plainly incorrect answer choices, 1 "second-best," and 1 that is the correct option. If you believe ...” May 23, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to What to infer from Kaplan /Manhattan /GMATPrep High scores? in the GMAT Strategy forum “As others have mentioned, you simply cannot put faith in any private company''s scores. The true value of a CAT isn''t in the score it churns out anyway, but in the way in which you''re allowed to flex your strategy muscles within test-like conditions and subsequently analyze each incorrect ...” May 23, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to taxpayers in the Sentence Correction forum “Hey J, This one comes down to Parallelism. The high costs were mostly a result of POLICIES...rather than COVERAGE. "result of X rather than Y" "Rather than" is a common GMAT idiom, so while I prefer it, there''s nothing inherently wrong with "instead of." ...” May 23, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Most people do not believe that the Mona Lisa in the Critical Reasoning forum “Hey Vipulgoyal, So let''s examine our CR: Strengthen strategy: 5 Steps to Get Every Strengthen Question Right Step 1 – Identify the Question Stem It’s not too difficult to know when you’re looking at a “Strengthen” question, but only if you remember to read the question stem ...” May 23, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Bold faced CR in the Critical Reasoning forum “What''s the origin of this question? Just curious, as it''s always important to be sure you are learning from reputable questions. That said, here''s the strategy to deal with Boldface CR: Identify whether each sentence or clause is a piece of evidence, a conclusion, or a stated assumption ...” May 23, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to Analyzing MGMAT CR Cat in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum “I would not suggest trying to use a single prep company test to evaluate your level in CR and SC. A lot of company tests provide detailed diagnostic information to test takers, breaking down performance by question type. It''s important to recognize that this kind of information becomes increasingly ...” May 22, 2015 Ian Stewart posted a reply to What to infer from Kaplan /Manhattan /GMATPrep High scores? in the GMAT Strategy forum “You should only be using GMATPrep tests if you want to get a good estimate of your current level. Prep company tests will not give you very accurate estimates for a few reasons, and some of your company test scores don''t make sense. You''d never get a Q51 on the real GMAT with twelve mistakes in ...” May 22, 2015 beatthegmat posted a new topic called 2015 Beat The GMAT Scholarship Winners in the 2015 Scholarships forum “Congratulations to our 2015 Beat The GMAT Scholarship winners! This year we had so many applications that it was incredibly tough to choose the seven winners. A big congrats to everyone who applied—it was a courageous step to get started, and we’re proud of all of our members! Congrats to ...” May 19, 2015 beatthegmat posted a new topic called Vote for this month''s Avengers Choice in the The GMAT Avengers Study Group forum “Let us know the topic that you would like the GMAT Avengers group to cover part of ‪the Avengers Choice‬.” May 14, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Hi Chris, I have deactivated your account. Regards, Sorin” May 6, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to corporate executives in the Critical Reasoning forum “This is a Weaken question, so we must understand (1) the author''s Conclusion, and (2) the basis for that Conclusion (the specific Evidence). THE ARGUMENT: C: Ppl who are MORE "tc" than AVERAGE are MORE likely to be C.E. E: C.E. tend to be "tc" (3 traits) Notice the ...” April 24, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Worried and scared -Please help in the Critical Reasoning forum “Hey Saurav, In my opinion, the key to CR is recognizing the TYPE of CR question you''re looking at, and adjusting your approach accordingly. There''s a finite number of CR concepts tested: • CR: Bolded Statement • CR: Assumption • CR: Complete the Passage • CR: Argument Evaluation ...” April 24, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Hi alexwaltman30, I have deactivated your account. Regards, Sorin” April 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 Brian@VeritasPrep started following Marty Murray April 21, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to delete account / discontinue email in the Suggestions and Feedback forum “Hi krassner, I have deactivated the account. Regards, Sorin” April 20, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to A Tough CR Question: Choices seem pretty similar in the Critical Reasoning forum “That''s the problem -- it''s not asking anything. There''s no "question" at the end of the paragraph. If it was a fill in the blank, then the answer choices would make a complete sentence with the last sentence of the passage, but they don''t. Here''s the complete last sentence: ...” April 1, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to GCD-Data Sufficiency in the Critical Reasoning forum “You''re very welcome, and "thanks" for the thanks! :)” April 1, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to A Tough CR Question: Choices seem pretty similar in the Critical Reasoning forum “What is the actual question-stem? Can you double-check the phrasing of the question. I can''t tell what it''s asking.” April 1, 2015 VivianKerr posted a new topic called Today in Bad GMAT Logic: Mutual Exclusivity in the Critical Reasoning forum “A student I work with recently sent in this question: 1) The pioneering works of early fantasy authors contain almost all of the plot elements used by modern fantasy authors. Since these modern fantasy authors are merely reusing story elements that have already been written, there is little or ...” April 1, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Please help me in channelise my thought process for CR in the Critical Reasoning forum “Strengthen and Weaken are different questions, so your approach should be slightly different. Since this one is a Weaken, I''d focus on that Q-type, and hone in on the CONCLUSION. Since that it what we ultimately want to destroy.” March 31, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Good health in the Critical Reasoning forum “Not GMAT, but let''s try it out for fun! :) The question here reminds me a lot of GMAT Method of Reasoning question. Yes, the "most vulnerable" part makes it like a Weaken, but really we''re being asked to identify HOW the reasoning proceeds. Method of Reasoning questions focus on how an ...” March 31, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to GCD-Data Sufficiency in the Critical Reasoning forum “Hey Mallika, This is in the wrong forum. You''ll want to post Data Sufficiency questions here: http://www.beatthegmat.com/data-sufficiency-f7.html To answer your question, let''s first look at the construction: Let b and x be positive integers. If b is the greatest divisor of x that is ...” March 31, 2015 beatthegmat posted a new topic called Vote for this month''s GMAT Avengers Choice in the The GMAT Avengers Study Group forum “Let us know the topic that you would like the GMAT Avengers group to cover part of ‪the Avengers Choice‬.” March 25, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to 60 day study guide - not getting mails in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum “Thanks for confirming, vikrambansal! It usually takes up to 24 hours for the registration to kick in. The emails are being sent automatically at midnight PT. Regards, Sorin” March 25, 2015 beatthegmat posted a new topic called Now LIVE! The 2015 Beat The GMAT Scholarship in the 2015 Scholarships forum “Becoming a world-changer doesn’t happen overnight. That’s why Beat The GMAT today announced its 10th annual scholarship competition for business school applicants. Serving more than 2.4 million MBA applicants and professionals a year, the world’s largest MBA community will distribute seven ...” March 24, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to GMAT 2015 Singapore Study Group in the Let's Meet Up forum “Rich, I''ve moved the thread to the appropriate forum. Thanks!” March 23, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to 60 day study guide - not getting mails in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum “Hi nomin66, Can you please confirm what you want sent to the new email address? Thanks, SOrin” March 15, 2015 beatthegmat posted a reply to$100 Credit to Veritas Prep in the Lounge forum
“I''ve moved the thread to the Lounge forum. Thanks, Rich!”
March 14, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to A recent survey of the residents in Reytown showed in the Data Sufficiency forum
“You pose an interesting question, "how to solve?" but remember this is a DS question, so our job is not to solve, simply to determine whether a statement is sufficient TO solve. :-) It''s some comfort that we don''t actually have to DO the hard work on DS. That said, here''s how I''d ...”
March 14, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to First Diagnostic at 640 (w/ a twist), 2 month plan workable? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Centreright, Welcome to the wonderful (and slightly intense :-)) world of GMAT! Congrats on taking your first CAT. Here''s my initial impressions: 1) Congrats, you''re a high-scorer! If you''ve got a 640 with no prep, you know a lot of the base content already and you''re a solid ...”
March 14, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to Strategy Review in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey there, As I mentioned you need to dive deep on the review. Q47 is great, but when you say you primarily got DS wrong, that''s only the teeny tiny tip of the Review-iceberg. For EACH GMATPrep incorrect Quant log: -Question Number -Question Type (DS, PS, RC, CR, or SC) -Primary Concept ...”
March 14, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to If x is not equal to 1 in the Data Sufficiency forum
“I agree with you on zero, but you need to consider different fractions. Here''s how I''d break this one down: - This is a Yes/No question, sufficiency is attained if a statement allows us to answer 100% YES or 100% NO. It doesn''t matter HOW we answer it, but a statement should REMOVE the ...”
March 14, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to A Future SAT Easy Math Problem in the GMAT Math forum
“The format of this question is obviously not GMAT-like, since the Word Problem is quite long and the question posed does not mirror any of GMAC''s problems. In addition, the GMAT will not ask about "margin of error," and every GMAT PS question has 5 answer choices, not 4. I would say this ...”
March 14, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to How to tackle problem review? in the GMAT Math forum
“If you recall WHY you got a question incorrect (i.e. didn''t have time to attempt, didn''t know a Quant formula, misread a word in the stem, abandoned your strategy, etc.), then I would go ahead and add that to your Error Log before you read the explanation. Examine your scratch paper notes to help ...”
March 14, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to GMAT Set 1 Q4,5,6 in the Reading Comprehension forum
“Good RC Strategy Step 1 - Read the Passage ---> Do a Passage Map! Step 2 - Rephrase the Question Step 3 - Write Down a Prediction (Go Back to the Passage!) Step 4 - Eliminate 3 Choices (Use "+", "-"", and "?" Symbols) Step 5 - Carefully Compare ...”
March 13, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to Strategy Review in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Kolkata, There''s two things I notice about your plan: 1) Prevalence of excellent material (your book choices ROCK, and IMO, there is NO such thing as too much official material!) 2) Emphasis on Quantity over Quality. This is where I think you may need to be careful. There is a HUGE ...”
March 12, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to WaNT TO WALK THROUGH GMAT! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Dave, So the awesome thing is that the Math on the GMAT is essentially Number Properties, Arithmetic, Algebra, and Geometry. The only "statistics" stuff is mean, median, mode, and the occasional standard deviation-influenced question. There is NO super-advanced algebra! No ...”
March 12, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to GMAT Notepad Use in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi there, To address your specific question about "scribbling a lot of stuff." It depends what you mean by "stuff"! :-) Using the scratch pad to break down RC and CR passages in an effective manner is an absolute NECESSITY when it comes to conquering those two Q-types. But ...”
March 12, 2015
beatthegmat posted a reply to 60 day study guide - not getting mails in the The 60-Day GMAT Study Guide forum
“Hi vardhankirti, I''ve responded via a PM. Regards, Sorin”
March 9, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to GMAT Set 1 Q3 in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Just to add, I use a specific strategy especially for Boldface questions since they are such a unique CR question type. Here''s how I''d suggest you approach this type of problem in the future: Step 1 – Review Argument Structure Arguments have a tendency to follow predictable patterns of ...”
March 9, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to Ugh... parallel reasoning - always tough in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Parallel reasoning questions CAN They combine two facts to make a conclusion. Even though the topic is different, they are similar because the LOGIC behind the arguments is similar. The WAY IN WHICH THE ARGUMENT IS MADE is the most important thing for “Similar Reasoning” questions. I recommend ...”
March 9, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to Need Help - GMAT in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“Hey Chiru, As others have mentioned, an RC strategy boost is definitely in order. Here''s two of my fave strategy tips: Make a prediction for EVERY RC question(and write it down)! This is the most important strategy for RC. You’ve got to trust that you understand the passage enough to know ...”
March 9, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to My first Six weeks of GMAT prep in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey, So, definitely sounds like you need some stronger strategy. Especially with RC as well. Yes, "practice" helps, but it''s HOW you practice that matters! When you answer problems, you are programming yourself and you will REPEAT what you practice. If you are not doing the problems ...”
March 9, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to Organizing help in the GMAT Strategy forum
“To be honest (and again, this is entirely subjective), but I''d ditch Cracking the GMAT from Princeton entirely, and I''d use the problems from Kaplan GMAT Premier 2015 only as a supplement. The Veritas course will be great and give you excellent structure. In terms of books, I''d HIGHLY ...”
March 9, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to Retaking the Gmat in 40 days. Any advice? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey backup, I''d put some serious focus on RC. If you can move quickly and efficiently through RC, not only will you have extra time for CR, but you will be a lot less stressed for pacing! It''s amazing to me how people ignore RC, or think that simply because they are good readers in real life, ...”
March 6, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to Which test is a better indicator of my actual score? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I''d say GMATPrep 3 and 4, no competition. But if you''re taking a lot of practice companies CATs, this is a fun little generator to help guess at your actual score: http://gmatclub.com/gmat-score-calculator/ Bottom line: If you''re scoring BELOW your target score on MORE than one private ...”
March 6, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to How to Improve Your Reading Ability in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“This post rocks. To chart the "flow" of a passage, I use a specific template to make a Passage Map. This is a sample MGMAT passage: Measuring more than five feet tall and ten feet long, the Javan rhinoceros is often called the rarest large mammal on earth. Though the habitat of the ...”
March 6, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to Why You Need to do Verbal Pacing Drills OUTSIDE of CATs in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“Thanks, Brian! Stacey''s article rocks!”
March 6, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to the best strategy to enhance my score before June 2015 in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Souma, Here''s four major tips I''d recommend for your Round 2 prep: 1. Diversify your materials. How did you study on the first go-round? Make sure you are using books like the OG, MGMAT, Powerscore, and other hard copy study guides and online resources. Studying online with Grockit, ...”
March 6, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to Error Patterns and Retake Strategy Help! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“First off, congrats on all the progress you made! It sounds like you''ve come a long way on your own! You mentioned you identified CR as a weakness, but can you specifically rank ALL the CR question-types from your strongest to weakest? Your Error Log should help you get THAT specific! Same thing ...”
March 6, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to My first Six weeks of GMAT prep in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Soccerstar (nice name you got there! big World Cup fan here :-)), So my suggestion is you need to divide your Study Time into 3 sections: Content, Pacing, and Strategy. "Content” can be subdivided into two groups: format and concepts. Obviously you know the format, so it''s time to ...”
March 6, 2015
beatthegmat posted a new topic called Welcome to the GMAT Avengers Study Group forum! in the The GMAT Avengers Study Group forum
“This forum is dedicated to our GMAT Avengers study group. Connect with fellow test takers and stay up-to-date with the latest Avengers news. Experts are free to contribute in answering questions. The live sessions take place every Saturday at 11:30am ET on Facebook. Make sure you RSVP NOW: ...”
February 26, 2015
February 25, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to Query regarding Mock Tests in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Bilal, This is incredibly common. I would stay away from Kaplan''s CATs. They aren''t "bad," but I just don''t think they stack up next to the official CATs. The only four CATs you should put faith in score-wise are the GMATPrep 1, 2, 3, and 4. I''d stay away from that old ...”
February 6, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to Gmat Practice 700. Question on how to improve. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Assuming you''ve completed the GMATPrep''s, I''d go through these PDF files that have combined all the questions from those official CATs by Q-type. (The other ones are available too if you do a quick Google-search). That way, you can gauge: 1) whether you''re getting repeat official Q''s wrong ...”
February 6, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to 2 weeks, Veritas Course Alum, OG book 13th completed, tips in the GMAT Strategy forum
“MGMAT SC is pretty bodacious and widely accepted as one of the best (if not the best) Verbal book on the market if you haven''t killed it yet, but since you have such a limited time, I think you REALLY need to hone in on what types of questions you''re still missing (and more importantly) WHY. Have ...”
February 6, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to I need help. Score:490 in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Scott, In general, it doesn''t sound like your first go-round was particularly rigorous, so I think you could improve quite a bit! Since your studying was over a year ago, I think you really have to approach this new go ''round like you''re starting from scratch. There''s three aspects of ...”
February 6, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to Experts --Kindly help ..Just blew the gmat in the GMAT Strategy forum
“It really looks like you need some serious RC strategy overhaul. HOW are you reading the passage? HOW are you dealing with the question-stem and answer choices? A good strategy will help you clearly navigate all 3 components of an RC: passage, question, and answer choices. Here''s how I''d ...”
February 6, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to medical school in the Critical Reasoning forum
“David did a nice job, I''ll just throw in a few cents in terms of Assumption CR strategy. Remember our equation: Evidence + Assumption = Conclusion For example, consider this argument: American Idol holds a televised talent contest for all eligible singers. Monica has a beautiful ...”
February 6, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to metropolis in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Method of Reasoning questions focus on how an argument is attempted, contradicted, or put forth. We can tell we need to focus on the Method of Reasoning because of the word "evaluating" in the question-stem. More specifically, this is an "Evaluate the Plan" question. Since we''ll ...”
February 4, 2015
beatthegmat posted a reply to i have a gmat score of 500 in the Research MBA Programs forum
“I''ve moved this to the right forum! Regards, Sorin”
February 2, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to candy bars in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This is a Complete the Passage question; let''s start by paraphrasing the argument: Ad w/song boosts sales. Company to use songs in older/popular products to increase sales. What''s the assumption here? That it will WORK! The company is assuming using the classic rock songs on the ...”
February 1, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to A Math question disguised as CR, please solve in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Just to answer the specific question you posed, you will NOT be asked to do ANY math calculation in CR. Even questions that involve percents and numbers will be LOGIC based, and no crunching numbers will be necessary. In fact, if you find yourself doing too much math, you''re probably missing the ...”
February 1, 2015
VivianKerr posted a new topic called Why You Need to do Verbal Pacing Drills OUTSIDE of CATs in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“Hey guys, This is something I''ve been seeing a LOT lately: students who have serious timing issues with Verbal questions on the CAT who don''t do groups of Verbal questions under pacing conditions outside of CATs. Sure, we all use various GMAT timers to see if we can do a Sentence Correction ...”
February 1, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to 48-22 --> 580 what a bad score with that math result! in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“Hey Nico, To be honest, it doesn''t sound like you used the best Verbal materials out there. I would actually recommend you STOP doing the following: (1) reading lots of non-GMAT material just to improve your English, and (2) answering tons of GMAT Verbal questions. Neither of those things ...”
February 1, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to Looking for serious help on Verbal Section in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“Hey Deepika, I think you''ve hit the nail on the head. It''s your APPROACH that isn''t working. It seems you know the content fairly well. I''d recommend you take a CLOSE look at your strategy for each of the 3 major Verbal question types. Here''s the strategies I''d recommend: Reading ...”
February 1, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to Verbal strategy in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“Welcome to BTG! For Verbal, you need to MASTER Sentence Correction. No joke. Run, don''t walk to Amazon and purchase the MGMAT Sentence Correction book. I don''t even work for MGMAT, but I suggest their book to almost every student I tutor. It''s fantastic! You also need to get the OG15, and ...”
February 1, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to Reading material for Verbal in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“My recommendations, in order of value, would be: 1) ALL official material (GMAC OG, Verbal OG, GMATPreps, all online questions, etc.) 2) MGMAT - for SC and Number Properties, Word Translations, and additional Quant books as needed. Use their 6 CATs you get free with your books in addition to ...”
February 1, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to advice and info needed in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“Hi Abhishek, I attached the 2015 deadlines for the big MBA programs. As you can see, you''ve missed most of the Round 2 deadlines, and while there are still some Round 3 deadlines, competition is generally much higher for Round 3 as most slots have been filled and schools tend to be extremely ...”
February 1, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to Please Suggest A Good Private GMAT Verbal Tutor in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“Hi Aiming800, You can definitely benefit from a tutor, especially on the Strategy side of things. Remember that the GMAT is a three-headed beast: Content, Pacing, and Strategy. But you can also do a lot on your own to improve. Question to ask yourself: 1) Content -what are your three ...”
February 1, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to Inference/Assumption questions in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“Remember, with Inferences: • Accept each piece of evidence as true. • Don’t worry if there’s no conclusion in the passage. • Pre-phrase your own answer BEFORE looking at the answer choices. Keep in mind that an "inference" on the GMAT is not like an ...”
February 1, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to Panicking about the clock is killing my score in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Miranda Sally Jean, Pacing is definitely a stressful aspect of the GMAT, so you''re totally normal to feel this way! I find the best way to overcome this is Benchmarks -- have a piece of paper with timing guidelines for both Quant and Verbal in front of you for EVERY CAT you take, and check ...”
January 31, 2015
“Agreed, backsolving is definitely the way to go here! Plugging In (also known as Backsolving) is a MAJOR asset in many Problem Solving questions, especially helpful in difficult Word Problems. When we "plug in," we essentially avoid doing algebra by testing out the 5 answer choices AS ...”
January 31, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to Quant Section Pacing Problems in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi there, Just to add, I attached the pacing benchmarks I usually recommend to my students. It might help to check in just a little more often. It''s totally normal to get more behind as you go through a section, so it''s great you''re recognizing this and able to "walk away" from a ...”
January 31, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to RC: Difficult Question from Official GMAT in the Reading Comprehension forum
“Hey Melanie, What was your breakdown for this passage/question? It would help to see that to pinpoint exactly what you may have missed here. Here''s how I''d breakdown the passage on my scratch pad: Topic: wages Scope: how it affects competition in dev. countries 1st chunk: to explain a ...”
January 28, 2015
VivianKerr posted a reply to Need help in tackling the below mentioned RC's in the Reading Comprehension forum
“I actually think note-taking is ESSENTIAL to RC, BUT the kind of notes you should be taking have NOTHING to do with the details in the passage. You might read a passage with 4 dense paragraphs and only see 1 "Detail" question accompany that passage, so why waste your time trying to ...”
January 28, 2015