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:
- 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.
- Review and study one section of the test at a time.
- Review basic math skills.
- Practice pacing, because time management is critical to completing the GMAT exam.
- Review the types of questions in the Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Verbal, and Quantitative Reasoning sections.
- 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.
- Expand your preparation with more questions by using GMAT® Official Practice Exams 3, 4, 5 & 6.
- Practice with real GMAT questions, answers, and explanations using the GMAT® Official Guide.
- Review the GMAT® Official Guide Verbal Review or the GMAT® Official Guide Quantitative Review.
- Target your preparation for a specific section of the exam, using GMAT Write® AWA prep, the IR Prep Tool, and GMAT Focus® diagnostic and adaptive prep for Quant.
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