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For the uninitiated, click on the respective words to know more about the movies here: Inception, Inglourious Basterds

For an engineer from India, Quant is like the movie Inception whereas he should think of Inglourious Basterds for the Verbal section. Here is how:

Quant : Inception 

Now if you’ve watched this movie, you know that Leonardo and his friends try to plant an idea in the mind of some xyz person. They ultimately doze off to sleep and navigate to three levels of dreams (already knowing that the deeper they venture they harder it is for them to come back). Everyone except Leonardo ventures to three levels of dreaming (i.e. dream within a dream within a dream) while Leonardo, the expert, takes a leap into the 4th level as well (dream within a dream within a dream within a dream). I think this much intro is enough to get my point across but you can watch the movie for more details 🙂

GMAT quant for an Indian engineer is like Inception. He always knows that he can fare well in the quant section of the test. Whether he actually screws it up is another story, but there is always a line of confidence that quant can be tackled. That’s why many engineers spend those precious extra seconds to solve a 750 level quant problem on the test when an instructor might have advised them to make a guess and move on. This courage gives them that extra push and they ultimately crack that tough problem. The confidence acts as a booster and they probably will get the next one right too.

Just like the movie Inception, when they knows it’s getting dangerous but they still venture into 3 levels of dreams, a person might find himself devoting 3 plus minutes on a tough problem (thinking that he is going to crack this one). Even if they are lost in the dream, they manage to come back! Similarly is the case with quant. People will devise some short cut (hack) to solve the question.

In the end, they are just comfortable with Quant.

Verbal : Inglourious Basterds

Now comes Verbal. Before that a few lines about the movie – The movie focuses on the two main characters: Colonel Hans Landa, a German who was a specialist in finding out hiding Jews and giving orders to ____ them, and Lt. Aldo Raine, an American who led the Jewish-American guerrilla soldiers and paid back the other force in kind. For more details, please watch the movie 🙂

And how is verbal related to the movie? Each question in the verbal section hides some critical aspect – the aspect you MUST find out (for inference questions and assumptions questions), the aspect that lets you state the intent of the passage (in primary purpose type questions) and the aspects that helps you form an opinion (for evaluate type questions). You need to dig deep into the meaning of the passage and understand it. Here you don the hat of Colonel Hans Landa.

And when you understand what’s being asked or you’ve formed your opinion, or caught hold of the tone of the passage etc, you don the hat of Lt. Aldo Raine. You need to brutally execute the question. And hear bugles of victory in your head 😛

PS: I do not intend to hurt the sentiments of any particular group of people though the issue taken up in the verbal section of the post. I’ve just stated how do I refer to the movies from GMAT perspective. No offense to anyone.