The GMAT Prep Timeline

Preparing for the GMAT exam takes time and effort, but with a sound study plan, you can get the score you want.

GMAT Test Preparation Timeline

Being a little nervous about taking the GMAT exam is normal. Smart test takers approach the test with a solid plan and execute on that plan. They get the most out of practice tests and resources, understand how they learn, and stay positive throughout the process. Just remind yourself that you have what it takes! Like any important goal, preparation and hard work pay off. 

The following steps will help you plan a course toward your best GMAT. 

Step Action
1. Determine When You Plan to Attend a Graduate Business Program
2. Register for the GMAT Exam and Develop a Study Plan
3. Establish Your Skills Baseline by Taking a Practice Exam
  • Practice the different question types and take the first of your two free practice exams. 
  • View performance and time management metrics on practice exams to focus your preparation. 
  • Consider purchasing the GMAT Focus Online Quantitative Diagnostic Tool to identify your quantitative strengths and areas of challenge.
4. Start Studying
  • Design a study plan that works with your lifestyle and results in you becoming comfortable with the test questions, timing, and pace. 
  • Begin your study plan with the GMAT® Official Guide – print or ebook version. 
  • Consider simulating the actual GMAT testing environment by using a timer and by eliminating water, snacks, music, and technology during your practice tests. 
  • Review your progress and plan to work on your weak areas. 
  • Visit the store for additional study materials based on your needs. 
  • Practice, practice, practice!
5. Assess Your Progress and Continue Studying
  • Take the second of your two free practice exams. How was the pacing? Did you improve your weak areas and maintain your strengths? Use these results to further direct your studies. 
  • Consider purchasing the GMAT® Official Practice Exams 3 & 4, which includes two new full-length practice tests or GMAT® Official Practice Questions, which includes 404 additional practice questions.
6. Plan for Your Test Day

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