Taking the stress out of the GMAT

Jan 21, 2010
Tags: GMAT Appointment, GMAT Prep, GMAT Test Center, Official GMAT, Prepare for the GMAT, Study Tips for the GMAT

A very happy new year to all of you!

As a child growing up in India, I learnt classical piano. My teacher made me take examinations with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (www.abrsm.org) to evaluate how I’d progressed with our lessons. These exams involved performing scales, sheet music, and aural tests for an examiner from London. To help me overcome the stress of playing the piano in front of a complete stranger, to achieve a grade, my teacher would take me to the examination hall a week in advance of my exam, and make me practice my pieces on the grand piano that had been dedicated for all the exams being held that year. The purpose of the exercise was to give me a sense of what the examination experience was like—and it worked! I didn’t fail a single exam that I appeared for.

We understand that preparing for and taking the GMAT exam can be stressful, given the stakes involved. To help alleviate some of that stress we have created a video of the testing center experience that will answer some commonly asked questions (“What should I bring to the test center?”, “What does the testing station look like?”, “How many programs can I select to send my scores for free?”, etc).

Remember, you can also use our free test-preparation software to acclimate yourself to the pace and structure of the GMAT: GMATPrep software (login required)

 — Ashok Sarathy, Vice President, GMAT Program

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