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The Journey to Your GMAT

Your life is crazed. We get it. That's why we've got a GMAT prep plan for undergrads – there are only three steps. This approach helps you get it done and arrive on test day with confidence.

You should take the test now because your studying and test-taking abilities are at their absolute peak. And remember, your score is good for 5 years, giving you plenty of time to consider your business school plans.

Step 1: Register

  • Register for the GMAT exam here. Give it your best shot and allow at least 6 to 8 weeks to prep
  • Download the GMAT Handbook. It's got everything you need to know before test day.
  • Accommodations are available for test taker with disabilities. Learn more.

Step 2: Set a Goal

  • Set a personal GMAT score goal. Scores range from 200 to 800. The national average is about 550; the most highly selective schools typically look for scores above 700; and then there’s everything in between.
  • Target a score range that meets your aspirations. Read more about score ranges.
  • Set your goal by finding the score ranges of those schools where you think you might want to apply. Here are score ranges for some schools for the class of 2018.

Step 3: Study

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EXAM. Familiarize yourself with the exam format, question types, and section timing. Check out the GMAT At-a-Glance. Hey, the test is 30 minutes shorter now!

TRY FREE TEST PREP. Get the FREE GMAT Official Starter Kit + Practice Exams 1 & 2. Take a practice test to get a baseline score and identify areas requiring more practice. Take a second practice test 3 to 4 weeks before your test date to gauge your progress.

TREAT EXAM PREP LIKE A CLASS. Block out 1 to 3 hours of study time, 3 to 5 times a week, for the 6 to 8 weeks of prep. 40 to 80 hours of study time is the recommended commitment. Read more about planning your study time. 

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. Leverage resources on campus. Check-in with the Reference Librarian to see what tools they offer. Struggling with algebra? Find a math major to help you. Study best in groups? Create a study group. Want more guides and tools? We’ve got them.

YOU’RE TRAINING FOR A BIG EVENT! Get lots of sleep. Stay hydrated. Eat right. Build in study breaks. Give yourself a one-week breather between studying and taking the GMAT exam – your brain will thank you on test day.

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