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Want to Crack 700 on the GMAT?

This week’s GMAT tip* looks at one of the keys to getting a really high score on the GMAT. Specifically, you not only need to know how to solve the harder 700+ level GMAT questions, but you also need to know how to solve them faster. Watch this short video as I illustrate what I’m talking about while solving a sample GMAT problem solving question:

GMAT Tip of the Week: It stands to reason that if you want to crack 700 on the GMAT, you need to know how to solve the harder, 700-level questions the GMAT might throw at you on both the verbal and quantitative sections. That’s true. However, it’s one thing to be able to solve those types of question, but it’s another thing entirely to be able to solve them quickly. If I gave you an unlimited amount of time to figure out the following question (below), for example, you might be able to do it. You might even be able to do it in 2-3 minutes. But could you do it in 30 seconds? Or faster? (watch the video above for the answer explanation).

GMAT Geometry Sample Question

Question**
The shaded portion of the rectangular lot shown above represents a flower bed. If the area of the bed is 24 square yards and x = y + 2, then z equals

(A) √13
(B) 2√13
(C) 6
(D) 8
(E) 10

** From the GMAT Review Official Guide, 13th Ed.

Time is precious on the GMAT, obviously, and you’ll be more likely to get a high score if you’re able to save time whenever you can. Specifically, you need to develop the habit of intentionally using logic and looking for shortcuts on both GMAT math and verbal questions to not only get more right answers, but to arrive at those answers more quickly. It’s not always easy to do, but then again, that’s why not everyone is able to crack 700 on the GMAT. With a little bit of practice, however, you can be in a better position to do so yourself…and 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.