Complete Study Plan for GMAT Quant

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    GMAT is a computer adaptive test that evaluates the candidate on the basis of logical reasoning, analytical writing, quantitative and verbal and reading skills. Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) conducts this exam every year to choose the brightest minds required in the global business scenario. GMAT is considered as the most significant examination for admission to all MBA programs across the globe. It not only tests your skill based on GMAT Syllabus but also the mental adaptation to each and every problem.. GMAT has four sections, all of which are scored separately, but two are combined to generate your composite score:

    • Analytical Writing Assessment
    • Integrated Reasoning
    • Quantitative
    • Verbal

    GMAT score has a 22% weightage during your MBA admissions.

    SectionsNumber of QuestionsDurationScore Range
    Analytical WritingAnalysis of Argument (1 essay)30 minutes0-6
    Integrated Reasoning Section12 questions30 minutes1-8
    Quantitative Section31 questions62 minutes6-51
    Verbal Section36 questions65 minutes6-51

    GMAT Quant Overview

    The quantitative section of the GMAT or the GMAT Quant section, comprises 31 questions, with a time limit of 62 minutes. This section measures your aptitude for mathematical reasoning, your ability towards solving quantitative problems, and your ability to interpret graphs. 

    • Algebra and Geometry
    • Arithmetic

    It consists of 2 question types:

    1. Problem Solving Type Questions: In order to solve these problems, you have to select one out of the five given answer choices.
    2. Data Sufficiency Type Questions: These types of questions are a measurement of your ability to analyze a problem that is quantitative, recognize the relevant data, and determine at what point there is sufficient data to solve the question. 

    GMAT Quantitative Reasoning

    1. Problem Solving

    These questions are drawn in a way that identifies how much a candidate will use his logical and analytical reasoning ability to solve those problems of quantitative aptitude.

    1. Data Sufficiency

    These questions will help out the authorities to determine whether a candidate is able to know about the data importance like how much data is needed and which data is important. The candidates will solve these quantitative problems with the ability to identify. 

    There are different categories in which the above two topics are further divided:

    • Geometry
    • Elementary Algebra
    • Arithmetic
    • Ratio Proportions
    • Properties of Integers
    • Permutation and combinations
    • Exponents and roots
    • Linear equations etc.

    GMAT Quant: Preparation Tips

    Review math basics

    Don’t rush through this section – take the time to really relearn the material. For those concepts that will take a little more time to solidify in your brain, create flashcards. 

    Take the Quantitative section of a practice test

    Follow the timing for the real test. Don’t worry too much about the score yet – that’s what the rest of the plan is for. Several online resources provide free practice content.

    Analyze your practice test

    Work on as many questions as you can find. So much of this test involves being familiar with the types of questions and also avoiding common pitfalls. 

    Data Sufficiency questions

    Many people agree that one of the most difficult things about the Quantitative section is the Data Sufficiency portion. You’ve likely never seen questions like these before. While your strategy for the problem-solving questions will be pretty straightforward and similar to strategies used on other standardized tests, Data Sufficiency questions are a different beast. 

    • The answers option for every question is same so memorizing it will help you saving time of not reading each option for each question. If you practice again and again then it will be ingrained in your mind as the time comes for the final exam. 
    • The statements should be evaluated only one at a time to avoid any type of confusion. Check out the first statement, and cover up the second statement if you have to. Now, it’s time to evaluate the second statement.

    The Mother of All Strategies: Plugging in Numbers

    When you see the variable X it’s not just some abstract concept, it’s something that has a constant value. For instance, if you have a problem-solving question that says a TV is on sale for 40% off and you have to pay a 5% sales tax, and the question doesn’t provide a price for the TV, just pick a price. If I say the TV costs $100, then I know it’s on sale for $60 and will cost $63 after tax. That’s pretty easy.

    • Work Backwards (Plugging in Answer Choices): This is similar to the last strategy, but only works on problem-solving questions. If you ever have a question which basically asks “which of the following would be a solution to this problem,” just plug in the answer choices until you find the one that works.


    There will be many places and opportunities where the candidates have to estimate on the GMAT exam and that will be intentional. For instance, if you want to take the 37 percent of any number then it will be difficult but if you want to take 33 percent then it will be easy as it is basically one third. So the answer will be one-third of the number in the question. 

    Use the Distributive Property

    Using this property means to solve the very complex questions by breaking down the numbers into parts that should become easy to solve them. 

    Getting in the Math Mindset

    Well, those are all tips for what you can do on test day, but what can you do to get yourself in the right frame of mind of all of this stuff to start making sense?

    Work Out the Right Side of Your Brain

    The creative approaches mainly work in the GMAT quantitative aptitude section. Because working step to step for each question like digging into questions and applying formulas will lead to waste lots of time and also will not get an answer. Here the use of the right side of the brain will work out. Read literature, listen to music and pick out what your favorite instruments are doing, play logic games like chess or sudoku, improvise some ingredients while cooking dinner, and so on. Do things that take some creativity and are fun. 

    Guide books for Math Questions alternate solutions 

    Since you will be working through official preparation books of GMAT from their guide, so with other guide books you will have an outlook to solving the questions in an alternative way. 

    Step by Step Tips to get a good score in GMAT Quant

    This section will give you strategies to score more than q50 marks and that can be only done with hard work and obviously a study plan. So below we have given you 10 steps to follow and start studying accordingly. 

    1. Keep the time in mind

    A lot of students make the mistake of not planning the amount of allotted time for each question. Don't waste a lot of time on a single question. You're having trouble with a problem, just skip it for a later attempt. Don't give any questions for more than 3 minutes of time. Make a pacing plan. 

    1. Art of Leaving

    It's easier said than done, of course. Don't leave a question as there is a heavy penalty on that. Keep in mind though, that this is an adaptive test, which means if you get a question wrong, the subsequent questions would get easier, and the resultant marks lesser.

    1. Know your take-time

    It means that's how much time you are investing in 1 question that's of a particular type. Also, not all questions are going to take 2 minutes to solve, while not all questions can be solved within 2 minutes. So, you have to make sure that you know how much time you take for each type of question, and solving practice papers help in that.

    1. Practice, practice, practice

    Most of the questions in the test have the difficulty level of basic high school concepts, which means everyone can solve that, provided they have a sufficient amount of time. And therefore, when you practice before the exam, make sure to practice questions of every difficulty level, and that too within a time limit.

    1. Clarify your concepts

    It is very important that every concept should be crystal clear. This can be tested if you are able to solve the previous year’s questions. And if you are getting a score above Q45 consistently, it means that you have mastered the concept.

    1. Keep track of your mistakes

    It is very natural to conduct mistakes while you are solving questions so that is not an important issue but the thing which is important is that you don't commit the same mistake again and especially in the main exam. To avoid that thing you should jot down your mistakes or an error log that you have committed and then try to not repeat it next time. This will ensure you can go through a list anytime you want, and you remember the mistakes and don't commit them again.

    1. Don't only focus on hard questions

    There are many hard questions and advanced topics when you start your preparation. But keeping your focus only towards them will really hamper your score. How do you ask? Well, this is an adaptive test. This means if you get easy or medium-level questions wrong, you won't get to solve hard questions in the first place.

    1. Solve the Problem-Solving Type Questions smartly

    While practice is the ultimate tip for these questions, here are some tips you should keep in mind: When you have answers in the form of numbers, sometimes the best way is to just plug in those numbers, and see which satisfies the condition. Saves time and energy! For the percentage questions, if there are no starting values given, simply take 100. Taking 100 will makes it easy for you not to convert the number into percentage or vice versa again and again. Picking up the numbers in an algebraic type of question helps you so much. Like you are taking a number at the place of x variable as a substitute for solving it. That, more often than not, makes the calculations a whole lot easier. Maintain cautiousness when solving the questions. Check whether a specific strategy will be better rather than conventional math. 

    1. Solve the Data Sufficiency Type Questions efficiently

    Make sure that you don't do the same, by following the below points: Write down 12TEN on your pad. While in the former, either a 'yes' or a 'no' is acceptable, in the later ones, for a statement to be sufficient, it must provide a single numerical question. Make sure you really understand the question. Don't make any assumptions for any not given quantity, it will look easy then also take the range of values to check your answer. 

    1. Keep your handwriting clear

    It also allows you to think clearly, and hence make better decisions during the test. Keep in mind the following tips, and you should be able to ace the Quant section of the GMAT and obtain a Q50+ score. Always remember, that there is no substitute for practice. So, keep practicing, and study smartly. And best of luck!!



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