How I (did not?) beat the GMAT


In this post I want to share my experience of preparation to GMAT test and advice on some “DOs and DON’Ts”. It will only be interesting for those who want to pass it and already know what GMAT is, what it is for, and how it is generally structured. Others will probably derive no benefit from reading this article.

So, as we assumed that you have a basic understanding of how test works (if you do not, I would recommend that you read the Wiki article about it), let us skip all the introductory information about the test and dive right into the preparation, my experience, and advice.

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Full disclosure

I think, it would be fair to start with my own result to manage everybody’s expectations. Who knows, maybe some of you will leave after this part…

I took the test twice and scored exactly the same, 710. Q49 and V38 — first time and Q48 and V39 — second time. It is the 92th percentile. In other words, 92% of those who took the test did worse while 8% of them did better . Ironically, I received 6.0 out of maximum 6.0 for Analytical Writing Assessment, GMAT section I almost did not prepare for.

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Math brainteasers from GMAT, 1

So, I also started preparing for this awesome GMAT exam. And now Saturday and Sunday mornings are devoted to studying which I haven’t been doing for years.So far, I try to learn concepts from Divisibility, Primes, Odds & Evens, Consecutive Integers and other amusing topics.

This is the first and test post in which I’d like to share few exercises that make me break some sweat. Let’s see if anybody is going to be interested. If yes, I might continue the series.

So, how about solving these 5 exercises?


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