GMAT Process of Elimination

GMAT Problem Solving Process of Elimination - OppositesIn this article, we will see how to use process of elimination techniques for problem solving and spot opposites in answer choices. This technique can be used mostly in questions categorized under Number Properties, and Ratio & Proportions. Let us look at an example to understand how POE Opposite technique can be applied.

Q) A competitive exam scores answers with +1 point for one correct answer and -2 for one wrong answer. The scores of the 10 students who took the exam were 10, 4, 6,-2,-4,
-6, 12, -1, -5, and -8. What is the least class median to exam score ratio?

A) -0.625
B) -0.525
C) -0.425
D)  0.525
E)   0.625


From the answer choices, it is clear that the crucial point that differentiates the answers is the nature of the median score – whether it is positive or negative. If you apply the Process of Elimination – Range...

GMAT Process of Elimination - Data RangeWhat worries GMAT test takers in Problem Solving is the lengthy calculations, and translation of statements to equations. Lot of students prefers the use of calculators. If you have started solving a few GMAT PS questions, you might have realized that solving some of the toughest GMAT 800 questions does not require even solving them in a traditional manner. Process of Elimination is an often-neglected technique when it comes to solving time consuming and tricky GMAT Problem solving questions.

In this article, we will cover how to classify answer choices into groups, and guess the probable range of the answer based on the facts provided in the question. In order to be successful with this strategy, find out how many answers are close to each other in value. Group them together, and then start with data substitution.

Let us look at an example:

Q) Tim and Phil together can complete the flooring on 2nd floor in 6 days. When Phil was on leave, Tim completed a similar flooring job in 18 days. How long will...

GMAT Data Sufficiency Process of EliminationOnce GMAT test takers have learned about the fundamental concepts tested in the exam, focus should be on saving time for each question. In GMAT, each question should be answered in just under two minutes. Data sufficiency follows a format where a question is followed by two statements, labeled as (1) and (2), and five answer choices in the format:

a) Statement (1) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (2) alone is not sufficient to answer the question asked.

b) Statement (2) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (1) alone is not sufficient to answer the question asked.

c) BOTH statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are sufficient to answer the question asked, but NEITHER statement ALONE is sufficient to answer the question asked.

d) EACH statement ALONE is sufficient to answer the question asked.

e) Statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are NOT sufficient to answer the question asked, and additional data specific to the problem are needed.

Process of Elimination techniques will allow you to complete the GMAT DS questions in less than one and half minutes.

Let us consider a few scenarios:

Statement 1 is insufficient:

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