Why the GMAT Matters

Jan 23, 2014
Tags: GMAT Prep, Official GMAT, Study Tips for the GMAT

A recent piece in Quartz suggests that business schools could be ranked by the average GMAT exam scores of their students. It’s an interesting list. The piece also referenced a study by the author that found within a select group of Fortune 500 CEOs, those who attended MBA programs with higher average GMAT exam scores were significantly more likely to earn more in their careers.

GMAC research shows — and we’ve been saying for years — that the GMAT exam’s proven  ability to predict success in MBA programs is one of the strongest arguments for taking the exam and for taking the time needed to prepare to do your personal best. So, while we’ll leave it to others to discuss claims regarding higher compensation, the bottom line is this: The GMAT matters. And for test takers, that means that taking the time to prepare is a proven way to achieve your best score, demonstrate your true capabilities, and take the best first step toward a career with impact.

Proper preparation is key, and that means studying smart to become GMAT strong. Here are two tips to help you do your best: 

  • Have a plan, practice with purpose, know how you learn, and have a positive mindset. Plenty of additional tips and advice are available, as well as GMAC’s own free GMATPrep software.
  • Check out the wide variety of other official test-prep products in the mba.com storeIntegrated Reasoning, the newest section of the test, measures skills more and more employers are seeking these days, and is an opportunity to set yourself apart from the crowd. So make sure you take the time to learn how the section, unique to the GMAT exam, works.

For 60 years, the GMAT exam has mattered, both for getting into the school of your choice and for embarking on the career that matters to you. Today, it matters even more. We’re here to help you do your best.  And for even more great advice and guidance, read more on the Official GMAT blog and get advice from our school admissions experts