## How Not to Infer an Inference

The last time we talked about reading comprehension, we focused on questions that are really asking why, as opposed to asking what. Another type of question word that we need to make sure we understand correctly is the word inferred. Inferred, along with its tricky …

## Just What is the Role of Those Sentences Anyways?

If you have already been practicing Critical Reasoning questions on the GMAT, you have likely worked a lot on assumption, strengthen, weaken, and inference questions. While those are the question types that you are likely to encounter with the most frequency on the GMAT, there …

## Do You Ever Stop to Wonder Why?

Reading comprehension is often a test-taker’s least favorite part of the GMAT. The passages are dense and boring, and reading on a computer screen can be uncomfortable. These factors make it tempting to gloss over passages. And this may be just fine, because different people …

## Working with Factors and Divisibility

One of the many GMAT math concepts that we learn in grammar school but probably don’t use very often in real life is how to work with factors. Factors are numbers that go into other numbers evenly. For example, 3 and 4 are factors of …

## How to Match the Answers to the Text in Reading Comp

As you are probably used to hearing me say by now, every reading comprehension answer has to be clearly supported by information in the text. Even when a question is written as a hypothetical scenario, there will be evidence in the passage that supports the …

## How to Avoid More Data Sufficiency Traps

Several months ago I wrote a post about not jumping to conclusions on data sufficiency questions. Sometimes, you will need to do more math on these questions than you think is necessary in order to avoid selecting a trap answer. Today’s post will be a …

## Fill in the Gap

Assumption questions can be quite tricky on the GMAT because the answer choices are often answers to other critical reasoning question types, such as inference questions and weaken questions. The arguments that are given for assumption questions include the premises (the facts) and the conclusion …

## Percents: More than Calculating Tips

Even if you have already learned how to accurately and quickly calculate a tip using mental math, you may still be struggling with percentage questions on the GMAT. Today we will look at three questions that test percents in different ways.   Let’s start with …

## Don’t Repeat or Say Again what You’ve Already Said

You don’t have to read the grammar bible to do well on GMAT sentence correction. Most questions test the same small handful of grammar rules such as parallelism, agreement, verb form, and logical predication. But every now and then, the test writers will throw …

## Time is Ticking Away

If you have read my book, 30 Day GMAT Success, you already know that spending more time on the earlier questions is an important component of the strategy for earning a high score. You also know that reading comprehension takes longer than the other types of …