Strategies for taking GAT


This page describes how to maximize the score of GAT by avoiding the common practices which may lead towards low score.

1- Pace yourself.

Consult the clock  timer periodically. Work as carefully as possible, but do not spend valuable time checking answers or pondering problems that you find difficult. You should keep in mind that getting a good score depends entirely upon good management of time during the GAT exam.

2. Use the erasable notepad provided.

Working a problem out may help you avoid errors in solving the problem. If diagrams or figures are not presented, it may help if you draw your own. Two papers will be provided for solving problems.

3. Read each question carefully to determine what is being asked.

For word problems, take one step at a time, reading each sentence carefully and translating the information into equations or other useful mathematical representations. Do not try to jump over a single line because it may contain answer to the question or may help in understanding the entire question.

4. Scan the answer choices before attempting to answer a question.

Scanning the answers can prevent you from putting answers in a form that is not given (e.g., finding the answer in decimal form, such as 0.25, when the choices are given in fractional form, such as 1 ). Also, if the question requires approximations, a short cut could serve well (e.g., you may be able to approximate 48 percent of a number by using half).

5- Do not waste valuable time solving a problem.

You only need to determine whether sufficient information is given to solve it. If you do not know  make your best guess and move on to the next question.

6. Consider each statement separately.

First, decide whether each statement alone gives sufficient information to solve the problem. Be sure to disregard the information given in statement (1) when you evaluate the information given in statement (2). If either, or both, of the statements give(s) sufficient information to solve the problem, select the answer corresponding to the description of which statement(s) give(s) sufficient information to solve the problem.

7. Judge the statements in tandem if neither statement is sufficient by itself.

It is possible that the two statements together do not provide sufficient information. Once you decide, select the answer corresponding to the description of whether the statements together give sufficient information to solve the problem.

8- Recheck the left over questions: 

In the end when there is very short time do not leave the left over questions blank and try to solve the questions although you guess then but do put their answers in the answer sheet.

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