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GMAT Official Guide 2021 Bundle, Books + Online Question Bank

GMAT Official Guide 2021 Bundle, Books + Online Question Bank PDF

Author: GMAC

Publisher: Wiley


Publish Date: June 30, 2020

ISBN-10: 1119689651

Pages: 1760

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

What Is the Content of the Exam Like?

The GMAT exam measures higher-order analytical skills encompassing several types of reasoning. The Analytical Writing Assessment asks you to analyze the reasoning behind an argument and respond in writing; the Integrated Reasoning section asks you to interpret and synthesize information from multiple sources and in different formats to make reasoned conclusions; the Qyantitative Reasoning section asks you to reason quantitatively using basic arithmetic, algebra, and geometry; and the Verbal Reasoning section asks you to read and comprehend written material and to reason and evaluate arguments.
Test questions may address a variety of subjects, but all of the information you need to answer the questions will be included on the exam, with no outside knowledge of the subject matter necessary. The GMAT exam is not a test of business knowledge, English vocabulary, or advanced computational skills. You will need to read and write in English and have basic math and English skills to perform well on the test, but its difficulty comes from analytical and critical thinking abilities.
The questions in this book are organized by question type and from easiest to most difficult, but keep in mind that when you take the test, you may see different types of questions in any order within each section.

Analytical Writing Assessment Section

The GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) section consists of one 30-minute writing task: Analysis of an Argument. The AWA measures your ability to think critically, communicate your ideas, and formulate an appropriate and constructive critique. You will type your essay on a computer keyboard.
For test-taking tips and sample essay responses, see chapter 10.

Integrated Reasoning Section

The GMAT Integrated Reasoning section highlights the relevant skills that business managers in today’s data-driven world need in order to analyze sophisticated streams of data and solve complex problems. It measures your ability to understand and evaluate multiple sources and types of information-graphic, numeric, and verbal-as they relate to one another. This section will require you to use both quantitative and verbal reasoning to solve complex problems and solve multiple problems in relation to one another.
Four types of questions are used in the Integrated Reasoning section:

• Multi-Source Reasoning
• Table Analysis
• Graphics Interpretation
• Two-Part Analysis

Integrated Reasoning questions may require quantitative or verbal reasoning skills, or a combination of both. You will have to interpret graphics and sort tables to extract meaning from data, but advanced statistical knowledge and spreadsheet manipulation skills are not necessary. You will have access to an on-screen calculator with basic functions for the Integrated Reasoning section, but note that the calculator is not available on the Qyantitative Reasoning section.

To review the Integrated Reasoning question types and test-taking tips, see chapter 9. For practice questions of each format, with full answer explanations, visit using your unique access code found in the inside front cover of the book.

Quantitative Reasoning Section

The GMAT Qyantitative Reasoning section measures your ability to reason quantitatively, solve quantitative problems, and interpret graphic data.
Two types of multiple-choice questions are used in the Qyantitative Reasoning section:

• Problem Solving
• Data Sufficiency

Both are intermingled throughout the Qyantitative Reasoning section, and require basic knowledge of arithmetic, elementary algebra, and commonly known concepts of geometry.
To review the basic mathematical concepts that you will need to answer Qyantitative Reasoning questions, see the math review in chapter 3. For test-taking tips specific to the question types in the Qyantitative Reasoning section, practice questions, and answer explanations, see chapters 4 and 5.

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