While the concepts tested on the GMAT Quantitative section are not terribly difficult, the test-writers do their best to throw you off your game.

The more you prepare for the GMAT, the less likely you’ll be to fall for one of their tricks. With a little hard work, you can watch that quant score skyrocket.

**5 Ways To Prepare For GMAT Quantitative Questions**

**1. Review math basics**

The main math concepts tested on the GMAT are relatively simple—arithmetic, algebra, ratio, statistics and probability —but you probably haven’t studied these topics since high school. Your GMAT prep will get nowhere if you don’t first review basic concepts in these areas.

There are 21 problem solving questions in the the GMAT Quantitative Reasoning section.

All of your major GMAT study guides, including the official GMAT test prep materials, should include a section on review. Don’t rush through this section—take the time to really relearn the material. Although it’s been a while, you’ll likely refresh your memory quickly.

For those concepts that will take a little more time to solidify in your brain, create flashcards. Don’t be afraid to pull out those flashcards on the bus, in the grocery line, or whenever you have a few extra minutes.

**2. Take the quantitative section of a practice exam**

Taking a practice test will allow you to get an idea of where you are starting from and how much further you have to go. Follow the timing for the real test. Don’t worry too much about the score yet—that’s what the rest of the plan is for. Several online resources provide free practice content.

**3. Analyze your practice exam**

Review the results of your practice exam very carefully. Note the questions that you answered incorrectly and study the explanations of the correct answers. Make flashcards for the concepts tested on those questions. Create a spreadsheet indicating the questions that you answered incorrectly, as well as their respective topics and sub-topics.

In fact, creating a spreadsheet will help prepare you for business school as well!

**4. Identify your area of greatest weakness and attack it**

If you are having trouble with statistics, you need to focus on this. Work on as many questions like this as you can find.

Use your spreadsheet to go back to problems that you previously answered incorrectly and do them again. You can then move on to another weakness and do the same thing: lather, rinse, repeat.

**5. Continue to take more GMAT practice exams and analyze your quantitative reasoning results**

Obviously, there are many mathematical topics that you need to understand in order to score well on the quant section of the GMAT—but taking GMAT practice tests is just as important in order to achieve this.

So much of this test involves being familiar with the types of questions and also avoiding common pitfalls. You can only master this if you practice, practice, practice! You should plan on taking at least six practice tests before the exam, at a pace of at least one per week.

*Author Maureen Spain is a professional GMAT tutor and contributing writer for **Varsity Tutors**. **This article was first published in February 2014 and updated in October 2024. *

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