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GMAT Tip: The Two Minute Rule

GMAT Tip: The Two Minute Rule
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The GMAT Tip of the Week is a weekly column that includes advice on taking the Graduate Management Admission Test, which is required for admission to most business schools. Every week an instructor from a top test prep company will share suggestions for improving your GMAT score. This week’s tip comes from Sean Selinger, founder of 800Score.

GMAT math questions can all be solved in two minutes or less. The GMAT doesn’t have a built-in calculator and doesn’t want to measure how good you are at basic math calculations. It wants to measure your math intuition. If it looks as if you need to do five minutes of calculations to solve the question, you are likely missing a shortcut. You should probably try to reduce or eliminate the need for exhaustive calculations.