Things To Know About GMAT Geometry: Getting To The Shape Of Things

GMAT Geometry is an integral and yet unique part of Quant section. You are likely to come across 6 Geometry questions, which is about 15% of the section. However the thing to note is that if you don’t have the right strategy, these questions can take quite long to solve and end up being worth a lot more than that 15%.

Right at the onset you need to know the basics of Geometry and that brings us to shapes. Regular triangles, isosceles triangles, equilateral triangles, two special triangles, circles, polygons, quadrilaterals, 3D Solids; you name it. Then of course there is the Pythagorean Theorem and all the rules you need to remember.

How to prep for GMAT Geometry

Just thinking of all the shapes and theorems can have you running around in circles and make you breathless. But remember, you can master the Geometry questions in the section by following a few tips. The questions, accompanied by diagrams, might seem different but you don’t have to treat them so. A few simple strategies can help you ace them.

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Rules have to be memorized

Unfortunately there is no way around it because you just cannot fake your way through these questions. Once you have memorized the rules you will find that these questions are actually easy points for the taking.

Practice applying the rules

When you have them memorized, you will also see that if you have encountered a triangle, there are only so many rules you can apply. If you are finding the going tough, use the power of elimination to arrive at the technique that might be needed to solve the problem.

Re-draw diagrams

Looking at the diagram on the test is very different from drawing it on the scratch paper yourself. It will give you clarity about the shape and points like measure of a certain angle for example.

Figure out connections

Often questions will have more than one figure, like a circle and a triangle. If there is more than one figure, there is going to be a connection. The radius of the circle could be the height of one triangle. Whatever the connection might be, it could answer the question.

Think out of the box

While most Geometry questions will be very obviously geometry related, others are not. A harder problem is one that goes beyond boundaries and you could fall into a trap if you limit yourself by thinking only on Geometry lines.

These simple tips can help you get your GMAT Geometry score in shape.

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