GMAT Prep Homepage
As the most important element of your MBA application, the GMAT has to be your top priority.
I'm amazed by the lack of effort the average MBA applicant puts into preparing for the GMAT exam. It's crazy. This test will have an enormous impact on the rest of an applicant's life, and yet most people invest very little time and appallingly little effort in it. They believe the "innate ability" fable that accompanies most standardized tests and feel they can improve only so much.
You need to take the test seriously and study the curriculum for as long as it takes to achieve your target score. Many of my students study with me for a full year, and some study longer.
What To Do with Our GMAT Section
First, read our responses to 20 common questions that people ask about the GMAT. You can find the link at the bottom of this page.
Next, read through our explanation of the five question types that appear on the GMAT. There are three verbal areas (sentence correction, critical reasoning, and reading comprehension) and two math areas (problem solving and data sufficiency).
Then read our commentary on non-standard accommodations. You may qualify for extra time on your exam. Many of our students have.
Finally, link through to the official test site to download the GMAT information bulletin, find a test center in your area, schedule an exam or contact GMAT customer service.
Scheduling Your Test
Reserve a time slot as early as possible! Seats are often at a premium, especially as application deadlines approach. And remember the 31-day rule. If you decide to retake the exam you'll need to wait 31 days from your previous test to do so.
I've never understood why the contractor that runs the test centers can't simply install more computer terminals in order to relieve the overcrowding. That seems easy enough, but when you're a monopoly, customer service isn't usually your first priority.Next: 20 Questions About the GMAT >
75 minutes of math; 75 minutes of verbal; 2 essays
That's all that stands between you and 21 months in Palo Alto.
- GMAT Homepage
- 20 Questions About the GMAT
- GMAT Strategy
- GMAT Structure
- Sentence Correction
- Critical Reasoning
- Reading Comprehension
- Problem Solving
- Data Sufficiency
- GMAT Non-Standard Test Accommodations
Links to the official GMAT Web site.
First download the GMAT Information Bulletin, then schedule your exam.
Some Advice: OK, I'm clearly biased because I teach the GMAT exam, but take a GMAT prep class. If nothing else, sitting in a classroom with other test takers will motivate you to study harder.