# GMAT Khan Academy: a guide to basic GMAT Quant

We are hit over the head over and over again about how the GMAT is not a content test and how you only need the most basic quant skills to do perfectly well on the GMAT. That’s true. And in fact most of the essential GMAT math skills you probably learned by the time you were 14 years old. But, the fact is that it’s been a long time since high school and you may not have done a heck of a lot of quant in the past 10 years.

Where does that leave you in terms of the GMAT?

Honestly, you are in the same boat as a lot of other people. Many of my tutoring students are not very confident about their GMAT Quant fundamentals and therefore not confident about their GMAT Quant in general. This article on building GMAT confidence my be a helpful starter or something to file away for a couple of weeks from now.

## What can you do to boost those GMAT Quant fundamentals?

Two words: Khan Academy. Yes, Khan was the megalomaniac nemesis of Captain Kirk in Star Trek but the Khan academy is an organization dedicated to producing online teaching content for FREE. If you are unsure about a basic math skill look it up on Khan academy and watch the associated video lessons.

These lessons are great for getting you up to speed. For this purpose, the Khan academy is a great companion in your GMAT studying. It may take a while to get through all of this fundamental GMAT Quant content. That’s OK. Set goals. Make a GMAT study schedule. Focus on developing good GMAT study habits.

## The GMAT Khan Academy: Limitations

Yes, Khan academy also has GMAT explanations. And yes they can get you on the right track. However, just like the explanations in the Official Guide, the explanations by the Khan Academy don’t always explain GMAT questions in the most efficient way.
Once you get to the point at which your basics are solid enough that you are approaching real GMAT questions you may want to look to a more specialized GMAT site. The GMAT forums: GMAT Club, Beat the GMAT, and Manhattan GMAT have some excellent explanations. You have to look around a bit and sort through some of the muck but hey: they are free!