kurama20 wrote:It's called a year of high school algebra.
WTF? So you think taking a year of high school algebra prepares you to score a 700+ on the gmat? Are you guys serious? Have you all ever actually even looked at gmat questions? There's a reason why it's the 93%....and it isn't because most people taking it haven't had high school algreba. The subject level of the math tested on the gmat is all below trigonometry. However, the level of proficiency one must have at said level of math is quite high. It's like someone said earlier, gmat math is like lg but you need to have knowledge of mathematics. To apply that knowledge at the level needed to score that high on the gmat you're going to need to have an absolute mastery of mathematics under trig. A lot people on here must think they just ask you to add, subtract, divide, and solve y=mx +b equations on the gmat or something. It uses those concepts, but it requires a much higher level of reasoning ability than just understanding those concepts.And the difficulty level of the GMAT quantitative isn't that high
If you are saying that you have to study the types of questions on the GMAT to score high on that tests and a high school grad can't run in there and take the test without having ever seen it before, I absolutely agree. It is a standardized test, and half of standardized tests is knowing what the test wants. You should still have all the skills necessary to do the problems, you will just have to do a little bit of practicing the GMAT to understand the format of the problems. If you'll look at what I quoted when I said the part about high school algebra, The poster was talking about building math skills over time, which is totally inaccurate because there are no mathematical concepts that are on the GMAT that a college grad hasn't at least been exposed to. All that needs to be studied is applying the math concepts that you already know to the types of questions on the GMAT.