Things to Know About Acing the GMAT Quant Section and the Exam in General

The quantitative section in your GMAT exam is assigned 75 minutes within which test takers are expected to answer 37 questions. Here, your skills in problem solving and capability to quantitatively reason are put to test. Here are a few more things you should be knowing about the GMAT quant section so that you can ace the test.

Over and Above your GMAT Quant Scores, it is your Overall GMAT Score that Matters Most

Your GMAT score is typically made out of several parts, each one of it covering a section within your GMAT syllabus. However, what really matters the most is your overall score. This will range anywhere between 200 and 800 in 10-point increments and is determined by taking into account your quantitative scores as well as the scores of your verbal section. Both these sections are graded independently, and you will receive a score that ranges between 0 and 60 here.

In addition to this, you also have the integrated reasoning section and the analytic writing assessment section to score in. Remember that your GMAT score is valid for five years.\

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You will be Penalized for Unanswered Questions

When solving your quantitative section or your verbal section for that matter, there are a few things to keep in mind –

  1. You will earn a higher score for being able to answer more difficult questions correctly.
  2. Whether you are correct or incorrect, you will earn a higher score for attempting the more challenging questions
  3. If you choose not to attempt a question, your score will go down by a greater amount than when you attempt it but opt for an incorrect answer.

This means that even if you feel the need to make an educated guess, you may want to try to work on being able to attempt all 37 questions in your quantitative section within the allotted 75 minutes.

Nothing Substitutes for Practice in Quant

Studies show that only 21% of the GMAT test takers invest over 100 hours in preparing for the GMAT. With so many great sources to master your quantitative section, you should be spending sufficient time practicing questions of all levels of difficulty so that you can ace the exam. Practice tests, new strategies in each type of quantitative section and look up additional online resources to do well in this section.

There is absolutely no substitute to practice when it comes to wanting to ace the Quant.

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