# Strategy for the EA Quantitative Reasoning Section

## EA Quantitative Reasoning Section: Developing an Approach

The Quantitative Reasoning section of the EA utilizes math skills to test your reasoning and critical thinking skills. This may be an intimidating prospect, but the good news is that the math you are expected to know is generally at a high school level. While this should be encouraging, be advised that this section is harder than it may seem. The math itself may be simple, but sometimes the format of the questions can throw test takers off. It is essential to have a plan to attack the Quant section so that on exam day, you can really demonstrate your critical thinking and reasoning skills, as well as your math skills.

The goal of the EA Quantitative Reasoning Section is to measure your ability to reason quantitatively, interpret graphic information, analyze and implement data given in a problem, and solve quantitative problems. For this section, you will need to not only have a good grasp of basic math concepts, you will also need to understand when to use which concepts. These questions can sometimes seem deceptively simple because the math itself is not difficult, but it takes close and focused reading to comprehend exactly what you should be calculating.

The key to feeling confident about taking the EA is preparation. If you have an organized approach to the Quantitative Reasoning section, you will be able to showcase your problem solving and critical reasoning skills for the MBA programs you are interested in.

While the Quant Section of the EA will utilize the math you have learned in school, it will not always present the questions in the way you are used to. We are generally trained to solve a problem for a variable, but the EA is not always asking you to solve for x. Read the question carefully so that you are sure of what you are being asked to do…otherwise, you could easily sink six minutes into a problem that does not even help you obtain the correct answer! For example, remember that when you are presented with Data Sufficiency questions, you are not even solving a problem—the aim is to show whether you know when you have enough information to solve it. While this might seem like a very slight difference, it is also the difference between receiving credit for a correct answer and receiving no credit for an incorrect answer.

Pace Yourself

You will have 30 minutes to complete 14 questions on the Quantitative Reasoning section. While this averages to just over 2 minutes per question, you should not expect each question to take you the same amount of time. Often times, the questions with the most text utilize the simplest math, so do not be discouraged…rather than taking time to form an opinion about a question, simply evaluate the problem, identify what type of problem it is, select an approach, and apply the approach.

Pacing yourself is also important because your score is based on an algorithm which is computer adaptive. This means the test is evaluating you as you go, rather than evaluating you at the end of the test. If you are not able to finish all of the questions, it can throw off the algorithm and negatively affect your final score. Spend a reasonable amount of time trying to solve the problem, but be ready to move on if needed. This is where applying techniques such as process-of-elimination and making informed guesses can be especially helpful, as you do not want to become stuck or overwhelmed and miss the chance to complete problems you are more than capable of finding solutions to.