|Official Guide to the GMAT 13th edition||Official Guide to the GMAT 2016 edition||Official Guide to the GMAT 2017 edition||Official Guide to the GMAT 2018 edition|
|Verbal questions, answers, and answer explanations||Verbal questions, answers, and answer explanations||Verbal questions, answers, and answer explanations||Verbal questions, answers, and answer explanations|
|Quant questions, answers, answer explanations||Quant questions, answers, answer explanations||Quant questions, answers, answer explanations||Quant questions, answers, answer explanations|
This table shows links to questions, answers, and answer explanations for the 13th edition, 2016 edition, 2017 edition, and 2018 edition of the Official Guide to the GMAT. Oh, and if you’re looking for high-quality, effective GMAT tutoring, check out Trevor Klee, Tutor. 750 GMAT score, 5 star ratings on Google and Yelp. Tutoring can be done online or in Boston.
Now, if you’re looking for an effective way of using this content, here’s some advice. First, before you start, here’s a list of what you need to do:
What you should do before starting studying for the GMAT
- Check your desired program to see what their median scores are for the GMAT. Normally, this will be either a total score (400-800) or broken down by Quant (Q) and Verbal (V) subscores. Schools generally will not care about Integrated (IR) or Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) scores, which is why they are not reported.
- Have plans for the rest of your application. You will not get into business school or graduate by GMAT scores alone. You need to have an excellent application otherwise.
- Estimate how far your current score is from your goal score. Your goal score depends on the median scores for your desired program. Your current score can be estimated in the following ways, in order from most to least accurate: take a practice GMAT from mba.com, take the diagnostic test from the Official Guides (email me for this), extrapolate based on previous standardized tests .
Now, the best way to use the questions themselves is as follows. Obviously, do a bunch of questions. For each question, you should approach it in 3 stages.
The stages to best learn the content of a GMAT question
Stage 1: How to do the problem
If you’re at this stage, you are approaching this material for the first time. The key is then to put in the legwork to be able to replicate, independently, a solution to the problem. Once you can do that, take notes in your “permanent” notebook as to how to do the problem. You’re going to want to review this later. The end result is that whenever you are presented with a problem with an identical set up, you are able to find an answer.
Stage 2: How the problem works
Once you have an idea of what process reliably gives you an answer to the problem, you should begin asking yourself if there’s another way you could have solved that problem. Or, more importantly, if you had an incorrect intuition as to how to solve the problem, why your intuition was incorrect, and how it could have been correct. This will require some serious work on your scratch paper as you work your way through the dead ends. The end result is that if someone asked you why you solved a problem in a certain way, you are able to give a coherent answer
(One technique you might want to use here is the Rubber Ducky technique: place a rubber ducky (or stuffed animal) on the edge of your desk. Explain to him/her/it how to solve the problem, so that they could do it themselves. Anticipate any questions they’d have. Sound ridiculous? It is, but it’s also a real technique used by coders: look up “Rubber duck debugging” on Wikipedia. If you can explain what you’re doing to a Rubber Duck, you’re done with step 2.)
Stage 3: Going beyond the problem
If you want to get a 700+ score on the GMAT, you have to be prepared for problems to come in completely unfamiliar forms. You need to be able to recognize the concepts behind the question in whatever form they come in, and address them appropriately. The end result is that you can answer any problem based on the material you learned, even if the problem form is completely new.
You’ll need to spend more time than you think with each question, and come back to it again and again. Make sure you internalize the process, how to do the problem, and how to go beyond it.
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