A year ago, after the holiday hustle and bustle died down, I started studying for the GMAT – The Graduate Management Admissions Test. For many graduate level business programs, the GMAT is required or suggested for acceptance. Some programs require a certain score so be willing to devote many hours of studying to get a score that will allow you in the program you want. It is a lengthy exam that covers your writing, quantitative, and verbal ability.
Here are a few tips I will share from my experience with the GMAT:
- Click here for the official website. Read over this site to learn everything about how the test is structured, what you can expect on test day, and any other questions you may have. This is where you register for the exam. When you register, you will get a couple of practice exams.
- Determine when you should take the exam. It takes a couple of weeks for your schools to receive your scores so factor that into when you take your exam. Give yourself plenty of time to study. Take the exam early to allow yourself the option of retaking it.
- Set a date as a goal for when to take the exam, then plan how many hours per week you should study leading up to the exam.
- Begin studying by taking a practice exam. There are many books you can purchase or find a library or websites online that have practice exams. Taking a practice exam at the beginning gives you some basis of what you will need to focus your studying on. If you are better at math, focus on the verbal, or vice versa. Taking a practice exam will also give you a feel for how long you will have to answer questions.
- Set aside time each day/week to study. Find a quiet place with no distractions to study. This website was very helpful to me.
- Stay positive. Go into test day with a positive attitude. Get a good breakfast, get there early, have all the required documents and identification, and be ready to beat the GMAT!
The GMAT is adding an integrated reasoning section in June 2012. So read up on the changes and determine if you want to take the new version or not. The main advice I have for those looking to take the GMAT in the near future is to know what to expect on test day. Review how the exam is structured, how much time you have and what type of questions you will expect to see. Good luck!