Mind Map | 3 Principles to 3x your Velocity on GMAT Data Insights

Frequently Asked Questions

What are "velocity principles" and how do I use them in my GMAT prep?

“Velocity principles” are behavioral principles which, if followed properly, will enable you to solve GMAT problems faster. Math formulae, basic English vocabulary and English grammar are accessible to all and easy to learn. The place where GMAT test-takers struggle the most is in following the right behaviors when answering questions. These velocity principles are designed to direct your awareness towards specific behaviors which will help you accelerate the rate at which you solve GMAT problems.

Velocity principles must be used in tandem with accuracy principles. But you should also know that certain velocity principles directly conflict accuracy principles. In such cases, your goal should be to first master the accuracy principles. Then “relax” the accuracy principles and emphasize more on applying the velocity principles. As you start to focus on solving GMAT problems faster, you will realize that your accuracy drops. This is expected. Your goal should be to develop the judgment required to optimize the trade-off between accuracy and velocity to maximize your GMAT score.

Print it out and keep it in front of your as you solve GMAT questions. Pick each principle at a time and try to apply it across a set of 5-10 questions. Once you begin to feel comfortable with a principle, pick the next one and try to “layer” it on. The ultimate goal is to master all the principles and make them a part of your natural behavior when solving GMAT problems.

No, this is not an exhaustive list. The mind map is just intended to represent a subset of the principles that Alex recommends. Even though this is not exhaustive, it should help you make significant progress in your GMAT prep. If you need additional help, follow my videos on YouTube.


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