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GMAT For Dummies, 7th Edition

Book Description

Score higher on the GMAT

If the thought of the GMAT gives you the jitters, this trusted test-prep guide is here to wash your worries away! Covering everything you can expect to encounter on exam day, GMAT For Dummies gives you the practical, time-tested guidance you need to conquer your fears, maximize your score, and get into the business school of your dreams.

Designed to measure your mastery of verbal, mathematical, analytical, and writing skills, the GMAT serves as the gatekeeper of world-class graduate degrees in business, finance, management, accountancy, and economy. With this book and companion website as your guide, you'll find all the helpful tips and tricks you need to brush up on each section of the exam, chart your progress, and focus your study on the areas where you need more help.

  • Includes a plain-English explanation of the test's format
  • Provides reviews of foundational concepts for every section
  • Offers complete explanations of every question type
  • Includes two full-length practice tests in the book, plus three more online

Even if the big day is just around the corner, GMAT For Dummies makes it faster and easier than ever to outsmart the competition and get on the road to acquiring that coveted MBA!

Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Introduction
      1. About This Book
      2. Foolish Assumptions
      3. Icons Used in This Book
      4. Beyond the Book
      5. Where to Go from Here
    3. Part 1: Getting Started with the GMAT
      1. Chapter 1: Getting the Lowdown on the GMAT
        1. Knowing Why the GMAT Is Important
        2. Timing It Perfectly: When to Take the GMAT (And What to Bring)
        3. Forming First Impressions: The Format of the GMAT
        4. Knowing Where You Stand: Scoring Considerations
        5. Repeating the Process: Retaking the GMAT
      2. Chapter 2: Maximizing Your Score on the GMAT
        1. Discovering Strategies for Successful Guessing
        2. Winning the Race against the Clock
        3. Getting Rid of Wrong Answers
        4. Playing It Smart: A Few Things You Shouldn’t Do When Taking the Test
        5. Tackling a Case of Nerves with Relaxation Techniques
        6. Devising a Plan of Attack
      3. Chapter 3: Mastering Business-School Admissions
        1. Choosing a Business School
        2. Lining Up Your Ducks — Applying to Business Schools
        3. Crafting Effective Business-School Essays
    4. Part 2: Vanquishing the Verbal Section
      1. Chapter 4: Applying What You Learned (We Hope) in Grammar Class: Sentence Correction
        1. Building a Solid Foundation: Grammar Basics
        2. Pointing Out Mistakes: Common Sentence-Correction Errors
        3. Implementing an Approach to Sentence-Correction Questions
        4. Sentence-Correction Practice Problems with Answer Explanations
      2. Chapter 5: Not as Enticing as a Bestseller: Reading Comprehension
        1. Judging by Appearances: What Reading-Comprehension Questions Look Like
        2. Approaching Reading Passages
        3. Sticking to the Subject: Types of Passages
        4. Approaching Reading-Comprehension Questions
        5. Reading-Comprehension Practice Questions with Answer Explanations
      3. Chapter 6: Let’s Think This Through Logically: Critical Reasoning
        1. Focusing on “Critical” Concepts: An Overview
        2. Making a Case: Essentials of Informal Logic
        3. Thinking Inside the Box: Question Types
        4. Stalking Your Prey: How to Approach Each Question Type
        5. Critical-Reasoning Practice Questions and Answer Explanations
      4. Chapter 7: Bringing It Together: A Mini Practice Verbal Section
        1. Working Through Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions
        2. Understanding What’s Right with Answer Explanations
    5. Part 3: Acing the Analytical-Writing Section
      1. Chapter 8: Analyze This: What to Expect from the Analy tical Writing Assessment
        1. Fitting in the AWA with the Rest of the GMAT
        2. Calling 411: Your AWA Writing Tools
        3. Analyzing an Argument
        4. Racking Up the Points: How the GMAT Scores Your Essay
      2. Chapter 9: Present Per fect Paragraphs: How to Write a GMAT Essay
        1. Avoiding Grammar, Punctuation, and Mechanics Errors
        2. Building a Better Essay: Ten Steps to a Higher Score
      3. Chapter 10: Deconstructing Sample GMAT Essays
        1. Defining GMAT AWA Scores
        2. Taking a Look at Sample Essays
      4. Chapter 11: Sampling a Series of Writing Prompts
        1. Sample Prompt #1
        2. Sample Prompt #2
        3. Sample Prompt #3
        4. Sample Prompt #4
    6. Part 4: Conquering the Quantitative Section
      1. Chapter 12: Getting Back to Basics: Numbers and Operations
        1. Just Your Type: Kinds of Numbers
        2. It’s Not Brain Surgery: Basic Operations
        3. Using Little Numbers for Big Values: Bases and Exponents
        4. Checking Out the Ancestry: Roots
        5. Order of Operations: Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally
        6. Splitting Up: Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages
        7. Making Comparisons: Ratios and Proportions
        8. Playing the Numbers: Scientific Notation
      2. Chapter 13: Considering All the Variables: Algebra
        1. Defining the Elements: Algebraic Terms
        2. Maintaining an Orderly Fashion: Algebraic Operations
        3. Extracting Information: Factoring Polynomials
        4. Minding Your Ps and Qs: Functions
        5. Putting On Your Thinking Cap: Problem-Solving
      3. Chapter 14: Getting the Angle on Geometry: Planes and Solids
        1. Fishing for the Answers: Lines and Angles
        2. Trusting Triangles
        3. Playing Four Square: Quadrilaterals
        4. Showing Their Good Sides: Other Polygons
        5. Eating Up Pieces of Pi: Circles
        6. Getting a Little Depth Perception: Three-Dimensional Geometry
      4. Chapter 15: Keeping in Step: Coordinate Geometry
        1. Taking Flight: The Coordinate Plane
        2. Slip-Sliding Away: Slope and Linear Equations
        3. Fully Functioning: Graphing Functions
      5. Chapter 16: Manipulating Numbers: Statistics and Sets
        1. Joining a Clique: Groups
        2. Setting Up Sets
        3. Making Arrangements: Permutations and Combinations
        4. Meeting in the Middle: Mean, Median, and Mode
        5. Straying from Home: Range and Standard Deviation
        6. Predicting the Future: Probability
      6. Chapter 17: It’s All in the Presentation: GMAT Quantitative Question Types
        1. Enough’s Enough: Data-Sufficiency Questions
        2. Taking a Look at Data-Sufficiency Practice Problems
        3. Houston, We Have a Problem: Problem-Solving Questions
        4. Trying Out Some Problem-Solving Practice Problems
      7. Chapter 18: All Together Now: A Mini Practice Quantitative Section
        1. Tackling GMAT Math Practice Questions
        2. Checking Out the Answer Explanations
    7. Part 5: Excelling on the Integrated-Reasoning Section
      1. Chapter 19: Best of Both Worlds: The Integrated-Reasoning Section
        1. Understanding What the IR Section Is All About
        2. Figuring Out How the IR Section Is Scored
        3. Making the Most of Your Time
        4. Approaching Each Question Type
      2. Chapter 20: Deciphering Data in Charts and Graphs
        1. Approaching Integrated-Reasoning Data in Five Easy Steps
        2. Translating Information in Tables
        3. Making Comparisons with Bar Graphs
        4. Evaluating Line Graphs
        5. Clarifying Circle Graphs (Also Known as Pie Charts)
        6. Extracting Data from Venn Diagrams
    8. Part 6: Practice Makes Perfect
      1. Chapter 21: GMAT Practice Test
        1. Answer Sheet
        2. Section 1: Analytical Writing Assessment
        3. Section 2: Integrated Reasoning
        4. Section 3: Quantitative
        5. Section 4: Verbal
      2. Chapter 22: Practice Test Answers and Explanations
        1. Section 1: Analytical Writing Assessment
        2. Section 2: Integrated Reasoning
        3. Section 3: Quantitative
        4. Section 4: Verbal
        5. Answers at a Glance
    9. Part 7: The Part of Tens
      1. Chapter 23: Ten Question Types You’ve Got a Good Shot At
        1. Main-Theme Reading Questions
        2. Specific-Information Reading Questions
        3. Sentence Corrections
        4. Exception Questions for Reading Passages
        5. Strengthening or Weakening Critical Arguments
        6. Data-Sufficiency Math Questions
        7. Math Problem-Solving with Figures
        8. Math Problems Involving Basic Operations
        9. Substitution Math Problems
        10. Graph- and Table-Analysis Questions
      2. Chapter 24: Ten Writing Errors to Avoid
        1. Composing Complicated Sentences
        2. Presenting Your Text in Passive Voice
        3. Wasting Time with Unfamiliar Words
        4. Using Unclear (Or Zero) Transitions
        5. Going Overboard with Generic Terms
        6. Writing in Informal English
        7. Giving a Laundry List of Examples
        8. Succumbing to Sentence Fragments
        9. Announcing a Position without Explanation
        10. Putting Aside Proofreading
      3. Chapter 25: Ten Ways to Increase Your Chances of Getting into Business School
        1. Accumulate a Little Work Experience
        2. Ace the Interview
        3. Apply Early
        4. Apply While You’re Upwardly Mobile
        5. Capitalize on What Makes You Unique
        6. Demonstrate Interest
        7. Focus on Fit
        8. Get the Right Recommendations
        9. Study for the GMAT
        10. Write a Memorable Admissions Essay
    10. About the Authors
    11. Connect with Dummies
    12. End User License Agreement