Steps to Prepare for GMAT

GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) what I call the “3-4-5” test because of it being three areas you will test in, it is about four hours long and the scores are generally good for about five years (3-4-5 test). Keeping these numbers in mind will hopefully remind you that it is a serious test and one you have to really be prepared for.

The test consists of five parts and there is no set score although the average for top schools seems to rank between the upper 600s to the low 700s. Let’s look at each part of the test and what each one entails.
In this article, I will give a brief description of each section of GMAT exam followed by some tips and advice to get you ready for the test and obtain the highest possible score.  This is  a short guidline only. In order to make sure you get the best results, it is extremely important to acquaint yourself with each and avery single aspect of the test. Read, and re-read  all the related materials unless every single part of the whole test is like parts of a clear image imprinted on your mind.

I. Analytical Writing Assessment
2 Essays
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Argument —>person must analyze an argument sharing valid reasons persuading the reader
why it is so
Issue—–>person must analyze an issue sharing how to solve the issues at hand

II. Quantitative Section ————-> Problem Solving —————–> Data Sufficiency

This section usually consists of about 37 questions and you are given 75 minutes to complete. It
is multiple choice but you want to take your time and work out the problems before answering.

III. Problem Solving ———-> Arithmetic —–>Basic Algebra —-> Elementary Geometry
Data Sufficiency——-> Reasoning Ability

Unlike the quantitative section here you will need to do the calculations using paper and pencil
or a calculator to make sure you correctly solve problems under the categories listed above.

IV. Verbal Section ——> Sentence Correction—> Critical Reasoning —-> Reading
Comprehension

This section consists of 41 multiple choice questions and you are given 75 minutes to complete.
Here you will be correcting sentences, reading for understanding/comprehension as well as a
little critical reasoning.

Now that you know what the test consists of and how long it will take you to complete it let us look at some test taking tips:

  1.   Don’t cram everything in a night. Study way in advance up to near time of the test, not the day of the test.
  2. A few days prior to testing, exercise to release any pre-anxieties you may be having.
  3. The day of the test be sure to eat but avoid heavy foods – you want to be alert not sleepy
  4. Show up at least 5 minutes before the test to give yourself time to relax, put your things down
  5. and/or together.
  6. Try to use the restroom before entering the testing area.

As with any test you want to study what you know to be on the test such as sentence correction, critical reasoning, etc. and brush up on those skills prior to taking the test itself. Use the different search engines to run free sample problems and complete them, check them, and write down needed formulas to study. Use the dictionary to really see what “quantitative”, “analytical” and “verbal” reasoning means. Take for example “arithmetic” you will find in the dictionary that this is where you have integers, rational numbers, real numbers or complex numbers under addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. But what if you didn’t know what integers were or rational numbers. It helps to know what it is you are working with so you can be well prepared for GMAT or any test.

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