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Visualization in GMAT Quant (Playing YOUR Game)

Visualization in GMAT Quant (Playing YOUR Game)

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Visualization in Gmat quant

Visualization in GMAT Quant (Playing YOUR Game)

Athlete’s follow the mantra “always play your game” — every good coach will tell you exactly that, regardless of who your opponent is.

 

It’s because your opponents succeed by dictating the cadence of the game and making you play their game. So how does this insight apply to the GMAT?

 

How is the GMAT like sports?

 

Think about it. You’ve seen the GMAT questions. Are they anything like other tests you’ve taken? Sure the GMAT core subject matter is familiar but the wording is trickier and the format is completely new (hello data sufficiency questions!). Whether it’s word problems, algebra or probability, GMAT questions are designed to make you miss some pieces of information, be confused by others and generally be overwhelmed by the pace of the test.

 

Sound familiar? It should if you’ve played competitive sports. Keep one thing in mind. There’s an opponent you’re facing on the GMAT : the test writers and the CAT testing system. Both of which are designed to keep you off your game and moving the ground under you.

 

Your best defense on the GMAT is great process within each question.  It lets you keep playing your game while the GMAT test writers try to mess with you.

 

The GMAT test writers are the wily opponent you always feared. Many questions (GMAT word problems in particular) are written to make you “play their game”. Your best defense is visualization — turning words into tables, flow diagrams or other visual forms.

 

Going back to a GMAT question means going back to playing “their game”

 

Every time you go back to the original question to find numbers or confirm something, the GMAT test writers suck you back into playing their game.  So don’t go back unless you absolutely have to. The way you avoid it is by capturing as much information as possible in a new simpler (visual) format right at the beginning.

 

For whatever reason, visuals help to make complex analysis simpler because our brains work better with visual representations. Just a map works better than text directions when you’re navigating a new route.  The same logic applies on the GMAT — at it can significantly impact your score.

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