Your goal when taking the GMAT is to pick the right answers on a multiple-choice exam. You are not being graded on style. It doesn’t matter if you find the answer following the usual routine. In fact, the fastest way to an answer often does not involve using a traditional method, but rather a method geared specifically to the GMAT.

Each question may have several possible approaches, so you need to develop an ability to recognize a fast and effective way to solve different question types. Once you have chosen a technique, run the numbers and follow your plan. If it is taking too long, see if you can find shortcuts on the math or change your technique. Go back to Step 1 and reread the question and answers, if necessary.

1. Plow

2. Don’t Do That Math!

3. Backsolving

4. Plug-In

5. Ballpark

6. Experiment

7. Pattern

**5) Eliminate Choices**

Picking the correct answer choice may not require a complete solution to the problem. Eliminating all the wrong answers is the same as finding the right answer.

If you don’t know an answer, you CANNOT skip the question and return to it later. But don’t just guess a random answer, make an educated guess.

Use the process of elimination to decrease the number of possible answers choices, even if you can’t find the exact answer. Use logic to rule out wrong answers. With every answer choice you can eliminate, you increase your odds of guessing correctly.

You have to guess aggressively on the GMAT. When a question is clearly too tough, make an educated guess and move on. Don’t get stuck on one problem. Take the time you would have wasted on that problem and use it on a question you know how to solve.

The techniques in the next section will give you tools you can use to eliminate wrong answer choices.

**How to Eliminate Choices**

**The examples below illustrate The 5 Steps. **