### What the GMAT Really Tests

The GMAT is not a math test. It’s also not a “school skills” test. Sure, you have to know certain facts and rules in order to get a good score. But this test is really testing your *executive reasoning* skills.

You already have executive reasoning skills—use use them every day! Here are some examples: Read more

### New GMAT On Demand Study Program Has Launched!

I’m super excited to announce that our new GMAT On Demand study program, fully updated for the new GMAT Focus exam, is here! The GMAT On Demand program is comprehensive; it covers *everything* you need to know to get a high score on all three sections of the new GMAT exam.

### More Fast Math for the GMAT (Part 7)

*Guess what? You can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person GMAT courses absolutely free—we’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.*

A while back, we started a series on Fast Math for the GMAT—here’s the link if you want to start from the beginning.

In our last installment, I gave you two problems to try. We’ve already discussed the first one; here’s the second one again (from the free problem set on mba.com).

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### More Fast Math for the GMAT (Part 6)

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Welcome to the 6th installment of our Fast Math for the GMAT series!

On these two new problems, we’re going to employ some broader principles than the ones you saw in the earlier installments of this series. I won’t say any more yet—try the two problems from the free problem set available on mba.com and then we’ll talk.

Set your timer for 4 minutes and go! Read more

### FAST Math for the GMAT (Part 5 of 5)

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Welcome to the fifth installment of our Fast Math series. (Miss any earlier ones? Start here.)

Make your life easier on the GMAT: Do less Math. (Yes, with a capital-M. ☺) I use Math-with-a-capital-M to mean formal, textbook math.

Sure, you’re going to have to do some textbook math on the GMAT, but it’s really not a math test. Business schools don’t expect you to have to do paper math in b-school or the real world. Rather, they’re testing how you think about math. And thinking about math in the real world is a lot different than textbook, school-based math.

For one thing, the correct answer on the GMAT is never actually a number or a math term. The correct answer is just (A), (B), (C), (D), or (E). *How* you get to that correct letter doesn’t matter in the slightest.

Okay let’s dive into our 5th Principle for Fast Math!

### FAST Math for the GMAT (Part 4 of 5)

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We’re up to part 4 of our series on Fast Math for the GMAT. If you’re seeing this for the first time, start with part 1 and work your way back here.

Let’s dive right in.

**Principle #4: Estimate…and not just when they tell you to**

### FAST Math for the GMAT (Part 3 of 5)

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Welcome to the third installment of our Fast Math series. (Miss the earlier installments? Start here.)

Here’s the basic premise: I’m always on the lookout for ways to get out of doing tedious paper calculations on the GMAT.

The awesome part: The test writers actually set this up for me! They know we’re not going to have to do a bunch of paper math in b-school or the real world, so they construct problems that allow us to take advantage of all sorts of shortcuts…*if* we’re paying attention.

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### FAST Math for the GMAT (Part 2 of 5)

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Welcome to part 2 of our Fast Math series! In Part 1, I acquainted you with the fact that I’m a lazy math person: I don’t want to do any more than I have to in order to answer the question. And this series shows you how! ☺

**Principle #2: Learn shortcuts for when you do have to do the math.**

You already saw the first example of this in Principle #1:

*Shortcut #1:* When multiplying a string of numbers, pair off the 5’s and 2’s and multiply them first.

What if that last problem in part 1 *hadn’t* had a 20 in it? If you had to multiply 5 and 81…how would you do that? Read more

### FAST Math for the GMAT (Part 1 of 5)

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty lazy when it comes to doing math on paper. Blame constant access to Excel and the calculator on my phone…but I’m completely over doing math on paper.

If you give me a problem that’s going to require half a page of calculations…well, I’m not going to want to do that problem. But on the GMAT Quant section, I don’t get a calculator, so how can I still get a 99th percentile score while staying true to my lazy-math desires?

Let’s do some Fast Math! Read more

### The Last Two Weeks Before Your GMAT

In the final two weeks before your official GMAT, your focus needs to shift. You’re no longer trying to lift your scoring level. Instead, focus on hitting your peak performance on Game Day—like an Olympic athlete who’s trying to peak for the gold-medal match.

Your current scoring level isn’t just a single value. It’s actually a range of values—and a pretty wide one, probably about 30 to 60 points, depending on your scoring level.

On Game Day (the day you take your official test), you could have a great day and hit the top of your range…or you could have a bad day and hit the bottom of your range. So let’s talk about how to hit your peak performance on Game Day!