Interpreting unfamiliar symbols in GMAT questions

GMAT is very competitive, and is considered pretty difficult to crack. Deciphering, understanding and then solving ambiguous and complex questions within a few minutes is one reason why succeeding in the GMAT is difficult. Another problem that many face is in the maintenance and perseverance of their concentration. It is extremely difficult for candidates to maintain their concentration for the long period of the examination. The last obstacle, and probably the least of a candidate’s worry, is that the examination requires a fee to be paid. The first two elements of the GMAT are interlinked. The examination questions are tricky, and require intense attention and concentration. It all depends on the questions before the candidate and the intricacy of it.

The issue does not lie in the implementation of simple mathematical operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. These operations have been used by all candidates for decades. They are hence well acquainted with the operations. The issue arises in the rare instances that GMAT gives an individual to work with new symbols. The math sums are framed with new symbols that are alien in concept, and are hence difficult to configure.


Symbols from foreign langues such as Greek are introduced in a typical GMAT question. Sometimes, the symbols may also be non-mathematical shapes and symbols. What follows is a brief description of the symbol. The specified symbol and it’s meaning is applicable only to one questions and it’s meaning can change for another question. The primary strategy of of GMAT is to tire the candidate with tedious mental procedure to follow. All of this often disenges most students right off the track. Often, there are multiple operations that are interconnected and must be executed in a certain format to get the final answer. Intimidating as these foreign symbols are, once figured out, it is probably one of the most basic operations. Or at the very least, very much in the leue of the student.

A pointer that students must remember in the context of these kind of sums is that they should be executed in the correct order. It is a very good habit to practice and imbibe. A shuffle or mistake in the order of execution can lead to gigantic variations in the answer. Many times, there is a catch in the multiple choice answers for just this sort of occurrence. The answer list will probably have the wrong version along with the real correct answer. Due to this, the often life saving elimination method doesn’t work. A potential method of overcoming this is back solving to verify. Many students tend to get lost in the deciphering of the notation. Understanding the symbol and applying it methodically without any errors is absolutely vital. Solving such questions for preparation will definitely help.



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