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GMAT Preparation Best Practices

10 Best Practices to Prepare for the GMAT Exam

You’ve made the decision to take the GMAT exam. Congratulations! You are ready to showcase your most relevant skills, and show that you are serious about business school.

Pursuing a graduate business degree is a rewarding experience. The GMAT exam is part of that process. We are here to help you understand everything you need for your best results.

Follow these best practices from test-takers who have taken the GMAT exam:

  1. Start your GMAT exam process at least six months before your test results are due. Most test takers report a minimum eight-week study timeline is ideal if you are somewhat familiar with the underlying GMAT exam content. But, you are the best judge of how much time you need to prepare.
  2. Review and study one section of the test at a time.
  3. Review basic math skills.
  4. Practice pacing, because time management is critical to completing the GMAT exam.
  5. Review the types of questions in the Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Verbal, and Quantitative Reasoning sections.
  6. Use the free GMAT Official Practice Starter Kit and Exams 1 & 2 to help you become familiar with the format used – and questions asked – in the actual exam, including two free computer-adaptive GMAT exams.
  7. Expand your preparation with more questions by using GMAT Official Practice Exams 3, 4, 5 & 6.
  8. Practice with real GMAT questions, answers, and explanations using the GMAT Official Guide.
  9. Review the GMAT Official Guide Verbal Review or the GMAT Official Guide Quantitative Review.
  10. Target your preparation for a specific section of the exam, using GMAT Official AWA Practice, GMAT Official IR Practice, and GMAT Official Quantitative Practice diagnostic and adaptive prep for quantitative reasoning.

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The GMAT exam helps you stand out during the admissions process. Take the one business school exam that elevates you from the rest of the pack.

If test centers are closed in your area due to the COVID-19 pandemic, consider taking the GMAT Online Exam, an interim, proctored exam that you can take in the comfort of your home.