- Tuesday, August 18, 2015
The quantitative aptitude section for the GMAT exam tends to test the student’s ability to interpret graphic data, to reason quantitatively and to solve quantitative problems. This section is divided into two
a) Data Sufficiency
b) Problem Solving
Both these sections require knowledge of algebra, basic arithmetic and the concepts of geometry, which are commonly known. You will find that both these sections are intermingled. This section consists of 37 questions with a time limit of 75 minutes. 9 of these are experimental but there is no way you can figure this out, for which you need to make an equal effort in solving all of them. These experimental questions answered are not included in the score.
1. Data Sufficiency
This section can measure the capability of a candidate in analysing a quantitative problem after which the relevant information needs to be identified and determine the point, which has sufficient information for solving a problem. This question does not give a solution to the problem but the required information to solve it. With this Data-Sufficiency question a student can find two statements with some initial information. The candidate needs to decide whether the information given is enough to help them solve the problem. A candidate is given five options, out of which one needs to be chosen.
2. Problem solving questions
These questions on problem solving test the candidate’s mathematical skills and the understanding of mathematics and elementary concepts. You should be aware that you are not tested for Advanced Maths. A student is given five choices out of which he/she needs to pick one.
The Quantitative Aptitude Test
There is no way you can think of underestimating this quantitative section even if you have a maths background , though you require the basic formulas and the basic calculations for this, the GMAT quantitative section requires you to analyse and understand the questions well. You will definitely require a lot of practice and knowledge of how to time yourself for the questions asked.
Required practice for this test
The books and guides designed specifically for GMAT is one way to make sure you get enough practice. You can think of taking the mock tests online also. There is no time to be wasted, if you are not too sure about a question, you can afford to guess the right answer, but remember guess work can work fine only in a couple of questions and not more. You might find answers, which seem good but you will realise them to be deceptive, for which you need to make sure of the question. A calculator is not allowed in the test, it is not advisable to use one while practicing.
More about the Quantitative Aptitude test
Appearing for this test, you will be provided with scratch sheets to do your calculations and working, as said before, you are not allowed a calculator. You should also be aware that this test being computer adaptive you are not able to revisit any question or even skip it. The main areas that are tested here are modern math, elementary geometry, basic algebra and arithmetic statistics and topics like combination and probability. As this GMAT test is designed for aspirants of MBA from the different stream, it does not include maths topics on a specific basis. You are given an option to take a break between the second section and the third section and also the third section and the fourth section. Adopt a step by step procedure while practicing and practice a lot to get the desired scores in this test.
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