Face-to-face quantitative GMAT course

Mathematical GMAT topics

We discuss different mathematical topics in each session. You receive a detailed course manual about what you need to prepare for each session. Has it been a while since you had to use your mathematical skills? Are you insecure about your current knowledge? We strongly advise our participants to make sure you have solid basic mathematics skills before following the Quantitative course. To check how your level is, make our pre-test here.

GMAT training: 4 sessions of 3 hours

Our GMAT course consists of 4 evening sessions. We cover all quantitative GMAT topics and focus on strategic issues. We teach you important mathematical shortcuts and practice representative GMAT questions in class. The aim of our course is to teach you the quickest solving method for each type of GMAT question. Our meetings are very interactive and we encourage you to ask lots of questions.

Mix of GMAT theory, strategy & practice

Our GMAT course is built on our experience with teaching over 1500 students and professionals since 2009. The course consists of a balanced mix of theory, strategy, shortcuts and practicing GMAT questions. We particularly focus on nasty pitfalls and common mistakes. For each GMAT topic, we combine the theory with solving and discussing representative GMAT questions within 2 minutes.

Content of the sessions:

GMAT question types: Problem Solving & Data Sufficiency

Around two thirds of the GMAT questions are in the Problem Solving format, while one third of the questions are in the Data Sufficiency format. Such questions require a special approach as you can often solve them more efficiently through qualitative and logic reasoning than through tedious calculations. We start session 1 by teaching you important Data Sufficiency pitfalls.

Number properties topics

✓ Divisibility & primes
✓ Odds & evens
✓ Positives & negatives
✓ Combinatorics
✓ Probability

Algebra topics

✓ Linear equations
✓ Exponents
✓ Roots
✓ Quadratic equations
✓ Formulas
✓ Inequalities

Fractions/Decimals/Percents topics

✓ Digits & decimals
✓ Fractions
✓ Percents
✓ Ratios

Geometry topics

✓ Polygons
✓ Triangles & diagonals
✓ Circles & cylinders
✓ Lines & angles
✓ Coordinate plane

GMAT strategy

Our course integrates important elements of GMAT test taking strategy. However, we want to emphasize that you will never hit a high GMAT score by just knowing some “tricks”. Although smart mathematical shortcuts are critical for a decent GMAT score, your substantial theoretical knowledge of the GMAT concepts is the fundament. Five examples of strategic GMAT elements are:

5 strategic shortcuts

The triangles in the GMAT are very often one of the three so-called “standard triangles”, such as the 3-4-5 triangle. It is more efficient to memorize those standard triangles than applying the Pythagorean theorem. You will save approximately half a minute per triangle question, which adds up to creating time to answer another question correctly at the end of your test.

GMAT questions with inequalities (“bigger than” or “smaller than”) usually contain two inequalities that need to be compared with each other. In high school, you probably have been taught to split them into several cases.

However, this takes valuable time and the chance of making calculation mistakes is quite substantial. It is better to instantly “add the inequalities”: this reduces the information to one inequality. This strategy leads you quickly to the correct answer, saves time and prevents possible mistakes.

So-called Word Problems can be solved in two ways: intuitively or rigorously. Your optimal approach depends on your own “way of thinking” as well as on the topics that you feel most comfortable with.

We deal with different Word Problems to find out which approach works best for you. We find it always very interesting to see that men and woman have the natural tendency to take different approaches with these questions! Generally speaking, woman use handy intuitive shortcuts, while men tend to take the more “mechanical” approach.

Some question types can be answered quickly by applying specific algorithms or formulas. For example, so-called “group problems” are solved best by Venn diagrams, while problems with cars and planes travelling in different or opposite directions are solved best by the “total-relative-speed formulas”.

Computer Adaptive Test (CAT)

The GMAT is a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT), which means that questions get more difficult when you answer more questions correctly. The first six questions count more towards your final score than later questions. It is therefore important to double check your answers to these questions and spend a bit more time on them than later questions.

Scoring algoritm

Unanswered questions are punished more fiercely than questions answered incorrectly. Therefore, if you are running out of time it is important to make educated guesses and click through to the end of your test.

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