GMAT Quantitative Section

The second section on the GMAT is the Quantitative (Math) section, which is multiple choice. You have 75 minutes in which to complete 37 questions.

Many people are worried about the Quantitative section, especially if they haven’t studied Maths for a long time. The actual content covered is not especially difficult, comprising arithmetic, algebra, and geometry - all of which are at a high school level. There is no trigonometry or calculus on the GMAT. However, you cannot use a calculator - so it is wise to practice your mental arithmetic!

The real key to the Quantitative section is learning the question types, which are likely to be different to ones you may have seen before on other tests. These consist of Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency.

GMAT Problem Solving Questions

Problem Solving is a classic question type on standardised tests. You are presented with a question and given five possible answer choices. Some questions will contain diagrams which may be drawn to scale—meaning you can "eyeball" them to estimate measurements and size relationships. Others won't. Regardless, all the questions will indicate clearly which is the case.

GMAT Data Sufficiency Questions

Data Sufficiency problems consist of a question and two statements of data. Your task is to determine whether the two statements provide sufficient data with which to answer the question.

You will be given directions on how to answer Data Sufficiency questions - it is vital you read and understand these! Your success with these questions will require a clear understanding of both the directions and also how to eliminate answers efficiently, which will come with strategic, guided practice.