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Verbal Workout for the GMAT (The Princeton Review) The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review, 2nd Edition Cracking the GMAT, Edition. For some students, taking the GMAT can be one of the biggest obstacles in applying to a full-time. MBA program. Cracking the GMAT – Princeton Review. [PDF] Download Cracking the GMAT with 2 Computer-Adaptive Practice Tests, (Graduate School Test Preparation) (Princeton Review: Cracking the GMAT).
Terms of Service: Divisibility Rules If there is no remainder when integer x is divided by integer y, then x is said to be divisible by y. He still has four empty slots to fill in. Sometimes they just sound weird. Wrong answers are often easier to spot than right answers. The marker they will give you to write in your scratch booklet has tendency to dry up when left uncapped—so during breaks, remember to cap it. Joe Bloggs, the average test-taker, spends most of his time answering questions of medium difficulty.
Doing well on Sentence Correction requires learning both the fundamentals and advanced aspects of English grammar. To be fair, I could see this section being helpful to an absolute beginner.
If there is a section on Parallelism it would be nice to have some practice questions. Ultimately, this points to the fact that this book is teaser.
For the actual Princeton Review class? My guess is they are hoping people purchase their other GMAT guides, those loaded with more questions. Again, The Princeton Review makes everything seem much easier than the test. True, that level of reading can be warranted when a book is trying to impart a specific approach. Sure, I get the main idea of the passage and know to avoid extreme language in the answer choices… but really there is so much more to the GMAT than that.
That is not to say nothing is helpful here. You get math drills, i. Unless you are looking to score about , the math help in this book will not help you attain a competitive score. Nevertheless, many of us are rusty in math, and in that sense, The Princeton Review provides a better primer than Kaplan which already presupposes a decent level of math knowledge.
The usual suspects: There is an entire section on Data Sufficiency, and even a section on advanced Data Sufficiency. Again, same advice: That said, Kaplan does a far better job of introducing this tricky section. It essentially provides a framework to build off. The Princeton Review provides practice problems but not much of a framework. That is not to say that these questions are poorly written. Cracking the GMAT provides a decent introduction.
Indeed, if you are only looking to score about a 4, the templates the Princeton GMAT book provides may help you do so. I would have liked to see some example essays. This post was originally published in June of and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
Most Popular Resources. MGMAT are great for strategies. And for practice questions, the Official Guide is the best source of content. Those reviews are coming soon: Thanks for the reply.
Definitely do not go with Princeton Review, unless you are scoring very low. They work because they are based on the same principles that are used in writing the actual test. Some methods may even seem counterintuitive. Rest assured, however, that many test-takers have used our methods to get great GMAT scores. To get the full benefit of our techniques, you must trust them.
The only way to develop this trust is to practice the techniques and persuade yourself that they work. So far, the council has refused to let anyone including us license actual questions from old tests. This software includes two computer-adaptive tests plus additional practice sets, all of which feature real GMAT questions. By practicing our techniques on real GMAT items, you will be able to prove to yourself that the techniques work and increase your confidence when you actually take the test.
Register your book at PrincetonReview. It consists of the following: This chapter will give you a new way to look at the GMAT to guide your studies in the right direction. Are You a Genius Or an Idiot? If you score on the GMAT, you may think of yourself as a genius and the future manager of a corporate empire.
If you score , you may think of yourself as an idiot and the future manager of … well … nothing. You may think that the GMAT measures your verbal and math abilities. The GMAT is not a test of how smart you are. Nor is it a test of your business acumen or even a predictor of your grades in business school. In fact, you will learn that by studying the very specific knowledge outlined in this book, you can substantially improve your score.
The GMAT as a Job Interview The first axiom of any how-to book on job interviewing is that you must always tell your interviewer what he or she wants to hear. No matter whether this is good job-hunting advice, it happens to be a very useful strategy on the GMAT. The test writers think in predictable ways. You can improve your score by learning to think the way they do and anticipating the kinds of answers that they think are correct.
Very closely. Each year, we publish a new edition of this book to reflect the subtle shifts that happen over time, or, in the case of the introduction of the new Integrated Reasoning section this year, the major changes to the GMAT.
There is no way to put these things in a book. What you will find in this book are some of the techniques and methods that have enabled our students to crack the system—plus a review of the essentials that you cannot afford not to know.
If at all possible, you should take our course. If that is not possible, then use this book. Read each chapter carefully. Some of our ideas may seem strange at first. For example, when we tell you that it is Chapter 3 Cracking the Adaptive Sections: Unlike paper-and-pencil standardized tests that begin with an easy question and then get progressively tougher, the computer-adaptive sections always begin by giving you a medium question.
If you get it right, the computer gives you a slightly harder question. If you get it wrong, the computer gives you a slightly easier question, and so on. The idea is that the computer will zero in on your exact level of ability very quickly, which allows you to answer fewer questions overall and allows the computer to make a more finely honed assessment of your abilities. To answer the question, you use your mouse to click on the circle next to the answer choice you think is correct.
Then you press a button at the bottom of the screen to verify that this is the answer you want to pick. When you start each adaptive section, the computer assumes that your score is average.
So, your starting score for each section is around a As you go through the test, the computer will keep revising its assessment of your score based on your responses. To regard the overwhelming beauty of the Mojave Desert is understanding the great forces of nature that shape our planet.
Hawks in a certain region depend heavily for their diet on a particular variety of field mouse. The killing of field mice by farmers will seriously endanger the survival of hawks in this region. Which of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the conclusion drawn above? The number of mice killed by farmers has increased in recent years. Farmers kill many other types of pests besides field mice without any adverse effect on hawks.
Hawks have been found in other areas besides this region. Killing field mice leaves more food for the remaining mice, who have larger broods the following season. Hawks are also endangered because of pollution and deforestation. The computer happens to select a critical reasoning problem. Jane gets the second question wrong the correct answer is the fourth answer down—what we call choice D , so her score goes down to a 32, and the computer gives her a slightly easier problem. Nuclear weapons being invented, there was wide expectation in the scientific community that all war would end.
Jane has no idea what the correct answer is on this third question, but she guesses choice E and gets it correct. Her score goes up to a You get the idea. At the very beginning of the section, your score moves up or down in larger increments than it does at the end, when GMAC believes it is merely refining whether you deserve, say, a 42 or a The difficulty of an experimental question does not depend on your answer to the previous question. You could get a question right and then immediately see a fairly easy experimental question.
So, if you are answering mostly upper-medium questions and suddenly see a question that seems too easy, there are two possibilities: That means it can be very difficult for you to judge how you are doing on the section. Your best strategy is to simply try your best on every question. Remembering that experimental questions are included throughout the adaptive sections can also help you use your time wisely.
When you get stuck on a question—even one of the first ten questions— remember that it might be experimental. Spending an inordinate amount of time on one question could cause you to rush and make silly mistakes later. Would you really want to do that if the question turned out to be experimental?
Eliminate what you can, guess, and move on in those situations.
GMAC says that somebody who was on track to score in the 91st percentile will drop to the 77th percentile by leaving just five questions unanswered. Answer every question! Why Early Questions Count More Than Later Questions At the beginning of the test, your score moves up or down in larger increments as the computer hones in on what will turn out to be your ultimate score. If you make a mistake early on, the computer will choose a much easier question, and it will take you a while to work back to where you started from.
Similarly, if you get an early problem correct, the computer will then give you a much harder question. However, later in the test, a mistake is less costly—because the computer has decided your general place in the scoring ranks and is merely refining your exact score. While it is not impossible to come back from behind, you can see that it is particularly important that you do well at the beginning of the test.
Answering just a few questions correctly at the beginning will propel your interim score quite high. Pace Yourself Make sure that you get these early questions correct by starting slowly, checking your work on early problems, and then gradually picking up the pace so that you finish all the problems in the section.
You will be pleased to know that it is possible to guess on several questions at the end and still end up with a The charts will tell you how much time you should spend for each block of ten questions based on a practice test score. At the back of this book, you will find a short diagnostic test to determine your current scoring level and then bins filled with questions at various scoring levels.
If you get it right, you get a harder question; if you get it wrong, you get an easier question.
The test assigns you a score after each answer and quickly in theory hones in on your level of ability. The testing company is using you as an unpaid guinea pig to try out new questions. Approximately one-fourth of the questions in each of the adaptive sections are experimental.
The Princeton Review method consists of finding your current bin level through diagnostic tests and then practicing questions from that bin, gradually moving to higher bins as you become more proficient. Chapter 4 Cracking the Adaptive Sections: Intermediate Principles This chapter provides an introduction to one of the key Princeton Review techniques: Process of Elimination. Imagine for a moment that you are a contestant on Deal or No Deal.
But you can bet that there is one thing no one in the audience is going to shout at you: You have to make a choice—and you have to make it now.
One of these choices is much better than the others, but on Deal or No Deal, you have no idea which is which. Business-to- Consumer: This creates an odd situation for the test designers: Still, the idea of using a computer to administer tests was too tempting to give up.
In the end, GMAC decided that you should generously be willing to make the sacrifice in the name of progress. So whether you know the answer to a problem or not, you have to answer it in order to move on.
This means that, like it or not, you may have to do some guessing on the GMAT. Try answering the following question: What is the unit of currency in Sweden? Unless you work for an international bank or have traveled in Scandinavia, there is no reason why you should know what the unit of currency in Sweden is.
Not necessarily. GMAT questions are written in multiple-choice format. One of the five choices has to be the answer. You just have to find it. As a requisite for awarding a degree 2.
As a requirement for employment, for licensing or certification to perform a job, or for job-related rewards raises, promotions, etc. As an achievement test Source: You may not have known the right answer, but you certainly knew enough to eliminate the wrong answers. Wrong answers are often easier to spot than right answers. Sometimes they just sound weird.
While it is rare to be able to eliminate all four of the incorrect answer choices on the GMAT, you will almost always be able to eliminate at least one of them—and frequently two or more—by using Process of Elimination. We will refer to POE in every single chapter of this book. It is one of the most important and fundamental tools you will use to increase your score.
Try another example: Which of the following countries uses the peso as its unit of currency? What should you do? Heads or Tails A Chilean might flip a peso. You have a fifty-fifty chance of getting this question right, which is much better than if you had guessed at random. And because the GMAT forces you to guess anyway, it makes sense to guess intelligently. Your professor was probably more interested in how you got the answer, whether you wrote an elegant equation, or if you used the right formula.
If your equation was correct but you messed up your addition at the end, did you get the entire question wrong? Most college professors give partial credit for an answer like that. It seems only fitting that you should also be able to benefit from the flip side of this situation: So, What Are the Appropriate Uses? Selection of applicants for graduate study in management 2. Selection of applicants for financial aid on the basis of academic potential 3.
Counseling and guidance Source: Graduate Management Admission Council The testing center provides each tester with a blank ten-page booklet and a fine-tipped black marker for scratch work.
The pages are laminated and printed with a faint grid pattern useful for drawing math diagrams.
In our course, we encourage our students to divide up each page into boxes and label each box with five answer choices as shown on the next page. Each letter corresponds to an answer. The first answer choice is equivalent to A, the second to B, and so on. Throughout this book, you will see us using the scratch booklet to keep track of the answer choices that have already been eliminated.
By making this part of the ritual of how you take the GMAT, you will be able to prevent careless errors and make your guesses count. Summary o Because of the way the GMAT is designed, you will be forced to answer questions whether or not you know the correct answer. Chapter 5 Cracking the Adaptive Sections: Advanced Principles In this chapter, you will make a new friend named Joe Bloggs.
You will also learn how to use the way the GMAT is constructed to radically increase your score. The people who write the computer-adaptive section of the GMAT think that this part of the test is wonderful—and not just because they wrote it, or because it makes them a lot of money. They like it because it ensures that the only problems a test-taker gets to see are problems at, and slightly above and below, her level of ability.
One of the things they always hated about the paper-and-pencil test was that a student scoring could guess the correct answer to a level question. That may not seem like a problem to you, but consider the following situation. Suppose an average student takes the GMAT. So he picks it. And he gets it right. The test writers get nightmares just thinking about this situation. That average student was supposed to get But by guessing the correct answer to one last problem, he may have gotten So the test writers came up with a wonderful solution: On difficult questions, answer choices that seem right to the average student are almost always wrong.
After all, the questions keep getting harder as you get questions right. In other words, you play a hunch.
The average person picks the answer that seems right on every problem. Sometimes these hunches are correct; sometimes they are not. The answers that seem right to the average person actually are right on the easy questions.
The answers that seem right to the average person on these questions are invariably wrong. Question Difficulty GMAT questions are rated based on how many people get them wrong not the question content. Joe Bloggs is just the average prospective business school student. Joe gets Joe tends to answer questions quickly because he just picks answers that seem right.
The problem only emerges later when you reread some of these questions and realize you missed something. The quick, obvious answer was wrong! Go reread the question! Joe Bloggs, the average test-taker, spends most of his time answering questions of medium difficulty. But whenever he gets several questions correct in a row, the computer gives him a more difficult question. Joe approaches the GMAT just as the test writers expect.
Whether the question is hard or easy, he always chooses the answer that seems to be correct. By approximately what percent would the output now have to be decreased in order to restore the original output? This question is from an upper medium difficulty bin.
You will learn how to do this type of problem percentage decrease in the first math chapter. He got it wrong. Because GMAC set a trap for him. In fact, this question was rated upper medium because the trap answer made it so easy to get the question wrong!
The answer seemed perfectly obvious. Joe Bloggs picked the middle choice—what we call C. Please note that the first answer choice is called A, the second B, etc. The test writers led Joe away from the correct answer by giving him an answer that seemed right. In fact, the correct answer is B. But the test writers wanted him to get it wrong, so they supplied the trap answer.
B-School Lingo Sure, by writing different answer choices. It seems right to Joe because all the other answers seem obviously wrong. Suppose you started your own company, with three partners: You have an important business decision to make, and each of your partners gives you his or her advice. It always worked for me. Hell no! Joe Bloggs is our textbook example of how not to take a test.
He knows the answers to the easy questions, but so do you. But Joe might turn out to be a pretty helpful partner, after all. Anytime that you get an answer with very little work, consider that you might be about to pick a Joe Bloggs answer.
At the very least, reread the question stem before selecting your answer. If you know from your practice tests that you generally do well on the section, you probably want to eliminate that easy answer. The class of was the first in more than a decade that was required to submit GMAT scores.
Remember what we said about Joe Bloggs: His hunches are often correct on easy questions. His hunches are sometimes correct and sometimes incorrect on medium questions. His hunches are always wrong on difficult questions. The Joe Bloggs principle will help you: Use POE to eliminate incorrect answer choices. Avoid careless mistakes. Based on your scores on practice tests, you will have a good sense of what bins the test writers will be drawing from during the real test.
If those bins are from the upper medium or difficult problems, then you can expect to see Joe Bloggs answers in some of these questions—and you will know that they are almost certainly wrong. On the other hand, if you know that you are drawing questions from the easy and early medium questions, then you will also know that the Joe Bloggs answer you spot could well be correct.
Summary o Almost everyone approaches the GMAT by choosing the answer that seems correct, all things considered. He earns an average score on the GMAT. On easy GMAT questions, the answers that seem correct to him are usually correct.
On medium questions, his answers are sometimes correct and sometimes not. On hard questions, the answers that seem correct to him are always wrong. What is taking the actual test really like? What do you do if something goes wrong? This chapter will answer these and other practical questions.
You will be given a list of dates, times, and testing centers that are located near you. One of the actual advantages of the GMAT is that you get to schedule the time of the exam.
If you are not a morning person, ask for an afternoon time slot. Keep in mind that certain slots get filled quickly, so be sure to call ahead of time. Those who schedule an exam in certain countries will incur taxes. Tax rate information is available at www. Note that checks or money orders payable in U.
When you are taking a practice test, turn off your telephone, and try to strictly observe the time limits of the test sections, and even the time limits of the breaks in between sections.
To mimic the experience of working with a scratch booklet, buy a spiral notebook filled with grid paper. If you know when you will be taking the real GMAT, try to schedule your practice tests around the same time of day.
If you are the sort of person who likes to have a mental picture of what a new experience will be like, you might even consider visiting the test center ahead of time. This serves two purposes: On the Days Before the Test Try to keep to your regular routine. Staying up late to study the last few nights before the test is counterproductive.
The last day or so should be devoted to any topics that still give you trouble. On the Night Before the Test Get together the things you will need to bring with you for the test: Snacks and water are not allowed in the testing room, but they can be placed in your locker and consumed during a break. An onscreen calculator is provided for the Integrated Reasoning section.
Once you have gathered everything you need, take the night off. Go to a movie. There is no point in last-minute cramming. You are as ready as you are going to be. What to Bring to the Test Center 1. A government-issued ID 2. A snack 3. If you are taking the test in the afternoon, make sure you get some lunch, and, again, do a few GMAT problems.
Bring a snack to the test center. At the Testing Center Unlike testing sessions you may have attended in the past, where hundreds of people were lined up to take the same test, you may well be the only person at your testing center taking the GMAT. The station consists of a desk with a computer monitor, a keyboard, a mouse, a scratch booklet, and a black, fine-tipped marker. The marker they will give you to write in your scratch booklet has tendency to dry up when left uncapped—so during breaks, remember to cap it.
If you need another marker or another scratch booklet during the test, simply raise your hand, and a proctor will bring it. Use your practice tests to learn to fit your scratch work into one scratch booklet. Is there enough light? Is your desk sturdy? There will almost certainly be other people in the same room at other computer stations taking other computer-adaptive tests. You might be seated next to someone taking the licensing exam for architects or a test for school nurses, or even a test for golf pros.
None of the people in the room will have necessarily started at the same time. The testing center employee will show you how to begin the test, but the computer itself will be your proctor from then on. It will tell you how much time you have left in a section, when your time is up, and when to go on to the next section. The test center employees will be available if you have a question.
They will also monitor the room for security purposes. The process sounds less human than it really is. Our students have generally found the test center employees to be quite nice.
Admissions Insight No. Timeline January—May: Start essays; follow up with recommenders; update resume September: Fine-tune essay; make sure recommenders meet deadlines October: Begin to submit applications; send thank-you notes to recommenders Here are the main interface items you will see on the screen: End Exam—By clicking on this button, you can end the test at any moment. Time—The time you have left to complete the section is displayed in the upper right of the screen.
You can hide the time by clicking on it, and you can make it reappear by clicking on the icon in its place. During the last few minutes of the test, the time is automatically displayed and you cannot hide it. Question Number—The question number that you are on is also displayed in the upper right, and it works just like the time display: You can hide it by clicking on it or make it reappear by clicking on the icon.
During the last few minutes of the test, the question number is automatically displayed and cannot be hidden. Help—During the test this button provides test and section directions and information about using the software.
Everyone knows that sinking feeling of not knowing how to do a test problem, but before you start panicking, there are a few things to bear in mind about the GMAT. First of all, as any Princeton Review graduate will tell you, seeing hard questions on the adaptive math and verbal sections of the GMAT is a good sign. Second, if you have gone through this book and taken the practice tests, then chances are good that if you reread the question and think about it for a few seconds, you may get an idea of how to start it and starting is half the battle.
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If you run out of time without having answered all the questions in one of the adaptive sections, the computer just moves you on to the next section. As we said earlier, for adaptive sections, the computer keeps an updated estimate of your score as you move through the section. So, you could get a score on the adaptive sections by answering only one math and one verbal question. Of course, that score would be pretty low! For the Integrated Reasoning section, you also cannot skip a question and move onto the next question.
For questions that have multiple parts, you also need to answer every part of the question before you move onto the next question. Like the adaptive sections, you can run out of time, however, and leave questions unanswered. Unfortunately, GMAC had not released the details of how the Integrated Reasoning section is scored when this book was written.