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GMAT Tip of the Week for the week of November 26th

This week’s GMAT tip* concerns GMAT Data Sufficiency questions, and specifically the proper mindset you need to adopt to effectively evaluate each statement in isolation and avoid a common trap on these types of questions. To learn how to master this mindset, watch this video:

GMAT Tip of the Week: The proper methodology for tackling GMAT Data Sufficiency questions, as explained in detail in our “GMAT Data Sufficiency – Part 1” lessons, is to evaluate each of the two statements in isolation before ever considering how they might or might not work together. In theory, this makes sense. In practice, however, it can be difficult to “un-see” what you’ve already seen in Statement #1 when trying to evaluate Statement #2 completely in isolation.

Yet, this is exactly what you must train yourself to do.

How? Consider a common understanding from the legal world. In a court of law, the Judge is able to objectively strike from his consideration any piece of evidence that is wrongly admitted or that legally cannot be factored into his/her decision-making. The Jury on the other hand, once they’ve seen that incriminating piece of evidence not matter how wrongfully it might have been admitted, isn’t so easily able to “un-see” that evidence. It’s your job on the GMAT to be more like the Judge than the Jury. When evaluating Statement #2, do everything you can to forget what you’ve just seen in Statement #1. Only after evaluating each statement in isolation should you proceed to considering them together (as in the example in the video above).

Learning this important GMAT data sufficiency mindset will help you to avoid careless errors and get more right answers on the GMAT quantitative section…in short, to help you dominate the GMAT!

* Each week, one of the GMAT experts at Dominate the GMAT shares a valuable GMAT test-taking tip, strategy, trick, or content item. These tips are designed to augment your GMAT study program and provide you with additional information that will help you improve your GMAT score.