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The quantitative section of the GMAT consists of 37 multiple choice questions. The number of correct answers, number of questions answered, and the level of difficulty of answered questions are all factors taken into account when determining the score for the quantitative section, which ranges from 0 to 60. The quantitative score and the verbal score are used to calculate a final GMAT score.

The quantitative section of the GMAT is designed to measure the test taker's ability to comprehend, solve, and analyze quantitative problems. A good grasp of basic mathematical concepts, including geometry, algebra, and arithmetic, and strong general math skills are necessary to do well on this section of the GMAT. Test takers may also be asked to analyze information that is presented in the form of a graph and recognize important and/or essential information that is needed to solve a specific problem. In general, there are two types of questions that may be asked in the GMAT quantitative section.

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Problem Solving**

These types of questions involve applying basic mathematical skills. Unlike the verbal section, test takers will need prior knowledge of specific mathematical topics to do well on this section of the test. Therefore, studying for this section prior to entering the test room is absolutely essential. The types of questions that may be asked in this section can vary significantly, so it is important to brush up on all concepts that may be addressed on the test. These include, but are not limited to, exponents, geometry, commonly used mathematical symbols, percents and ratios, fractions, square roots, and averages. The test may ask individuals to calculate the value for x in an algebraic equation, or it may ask them to calculate the area of a triangle.

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Data Sufficiency**

For data sufficiency questions, test takers are asked to identify information that is essential to answer a question. These questions require a basic understanding of mathematical concepts, as well as the ability to distinguish between important and unnecessary information. Data sufficiency questions all have the same format. A question will be asked. For example, you may be told that a lawyer received a 10% commission for a case, then asked to calculate the amount of the judgment. Two statements will follow the question. One may indicate, for example, how much the lawyer received, while the other may indicate his average commission. The test taker must then determine which information is required to answer the question.

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