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Inference Questions on the GMAT

Inference questions on the GMAT appear in two distinctly different sections of the Verbal Section: Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension. Unlike the majority of questions that comprise these sections, inference questions pose a challenge because they must be answered in a fundamentally different way. […]

By | 2017-05-22T07:10:38+00:00 August 17th, 2013|GMAT, GMAT Tips, Test Prep|0 Comments

Combinations and Permutations: The Basics

The Math section of the SAT contains problems pertaining to topics known as combinations and permutations. You may be asked the number of combinations possible in a given situation. For example, let’s say you walk into a restaurant that serves ice cream. You have a choice of five different flavors: chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, mint, and [...]

By | 2017-05-22T07:10:38+00:00 August 8th, 2013|SAT, SAT Tips, Test Prep|0 Comments

Arithmetic and Algebra on the GMAT

It’s often said of the GMAT that creativity is more indispensable to the quantitative section than it is to the verbal section. While this maxim may run counter to expectations, it is indubitably the case that the student able to think about a math problem in a variety of ways will out-perform the student only [...]

By | 2017-05-22T07:10:38+00:00 August 1st, 2013|GMAT, GMAT Tips, Test Prep|0 Comments

SAT Writing: Misplaced Modifiers

Many sentences begin with their subjects. But others start with a descriptive phrase known as a modifier, followed by a comma. Here are a few examples, with each modifier italicized: Jumping up and down incessantly, the little boy annoyed all the passengers on the airplane. […]

By | 2017-05-22T07:10:38+00:00 July 26th, 2013|SAT, SAT Tips, Test Prep|0 Comments

The SAT Essay: Thinking Fast

Many people dread the idea of writing an essay for the SAT. Most students especially fear the essay section’s element of surprise: What’s the essay topic going to be? And how can I come up with ideas when I only have twenty minutes to write? Well, you won’t know the essay topic in advance. But [...]

By | 2017-05-22T07:10:38+00:00 July 19th, 2013|SAT, SAT Tips, Test Prep|0 Comments

Finding the Clues in Sentence Completions

Every sentence completion question has at least one clue. In fact, the writers of these types of SAT problems must put clues into the sentences; otherwise, there would be no way for you, the test-taker, to know word(s) the writers want. Consider the following sentence: My sister Natalie is very _____________. […]

By | 2017-05-22T07:10:38+00:00 July 12th, 2013|SAT, SAT Tips, Test Prep|0 Comments

GMAT Integrated Reasoning Section

Introduced in the summer of 2012, the Integrated Reasoning section (IR) is the newest addition to the GMAT. Unlike the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the test, for which we have years of data pertaining to scoring and methodology, IR is at this juncture a bit of a mystery to teachers, administrators, and students alike. [...]

By | 2017-05-22T07:10:38+00:00 July 11th, 2013|GMAT, GMAT Tips, Test Prep|0 Comments

Number Properties Questions

Number properties questions are more common on the GMAT Quantitative section than most test-takers would like. In all the years I’ve spent teaching and tutoring this test, I’ve seen few questions approached with more apprehension and dread than questions concerning number properties. This is unfortunate principally because these questions are not at all difficult when [...]

By | 2017-05-22T07:10:38+00:00 June 18th, 2013|GMAT, GMAT Tips, Test Prep|0 Comments

Should You Guess on Standardized Tests?

The short answer is “no,” although most people think it is better to guess. Of course, if you just don’t have the first clue as to what the answer may possibly be, you may feel like you have no choice but to take a stab in the dark. However, not answering at all is an [...]

By | 2017-05-22T07:10:39+00:00 March 1st, 2013|SAT, Test Prep|0 Comments