GMAT Question of the Day Strategies
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Welcome to GMAT Question of the Day! Before you get started I thought that I might make a few suggestions on how to approach these daily GMAT questions. Also – consider working through the GMAT Sample Questions before starting question of the day as the GMAT sample questions have even more in depth explanations which will help you tackle the questions of the day.
Practice as you want to perform
1. Treat these questions as real GMAT practice. Try to solve them within 2 minutes (or so). Start training your inner sense of timing so that when you are taking the real test you know when you have to move on to the next question. Here is a more detailed break down of good GMAT study habits and GMAT Timing. These are both things that you want to get figured out early on – especially the study habits.
Thorough review does Not have to be an Exhausting review
2. Spend as much time as you need to review the question. This is the place to sit and contemplate. Still, try to keep your review of a single question to a max of 10 minutes. After that you might want to take a break and look at something else. Or just have a cup of tea and read the Economist. There’s no need to spin your wheels and burn yourself out on one of these questions. At this point you might just go ahead and ask for some assistance in the comments section. This will save you a lot of time and potentially help someone else who is having the same issue. Here is an article on reviewing impossible GMAT questions that might be helpful.
Be honest about Weaknesses
3. If you’re finding that a certain category of question of the day is consistently stumping you then it’s time to take a deeper look at that subject. You probably don’t have a good strategy for organizing the question type. Where can you find a good strategy? Great question. Not an easy one to answer. You can certainly start on the forums: GMAT Club, Beat the GMAT, and Manhattan GMAT Forum. You may have to wade through some slime but there is good information there. You can also find my GMAT QA here at Poets and Quants.
Q of the Day Conclusion
Have fun with these GMAT Questions of the day – make them a part of your ritual. Maybe you can do a question every morning with your cup of coffee and then if it’s a subject that you need to improve upon you can do a bit of reading on some strategy during your lunch break. Use these as learning tools. Over 3 months you’ll have done about 60 of these questions and probably covered every major GMAT topic. If you have honestly solved every one of these questions and followed up by reinforcing all of your weaknesses you will have taken a big step towards your GMAT and MBA goals.
One last GMAT Question of the Day tip
Here are a few links to some of other GMAT forums that do a GMAT question of the day. I avoid any non-official verbal questions but I think you can find some solid Quant practice from these sites.
Beat the GMAT also does a Question of the Day but you need to sign up for their newsletter in order to get your hands on the goods.