Tips from GMAT Experts

In order to eliminate surprises on test day, here are a few recommendations around GMAT preparation and practice, time dedication and the test itself that may help you in your approach towards the GMAT!

Preparation and Practice:

  • By practicing for the GMAT, you are building greater awareness of exam content, decision-making abilities and the critical thinking skills required to be successful on the test.
  • Ensure you’re making the best use of practice tests by analyzing each response and trying to think like the test maker. Ask yourself why the right answer was right, why the wrong answer was wrong and why the wrong answer was tempting. Re-practice the questions you got wrong until you have a solid understanding of why.
  • Pay attention to key words in each question.
  • Be consistent in your studying by simulating the real test experience when you study. This includes: timed breaks, wearing what you’ll wear to the test center and studying when your mind is fresh and in a quiet environment with no distractions.
  • Focus on your section scores rather than the total score, and determine where you may be able to improve.


Time Dedication:

  • Setting goals for the GMAT should come early in your preparation.
  • Think about how much time you are able to dedicate prior to writing the exam. Evaluate the time investment required and don’t expect to hammer out studying for the exam in just a few days.
  • GMAT recommends studying for approximately 100 hours in the span of 2 to 3 months. In North America, the median study time test takers dedicate towards the GMAT is between 30-40 hours.
  • If you’ve been out of school for a long time, work up to long-term retention – make sure you have the experience necessary to excel in the exam.


The Test:

  • You must select the schools you will be sending the scores to before taking the exam in the test centre. Once your test is complete, you can choose to keep your scores or cancel them. If you choose to keep your scores, they will automatically be sent to those schools and if you cancel, the schools will never receive them.
  • Remember, you have the option to cancel your scores after the test is complete. While this is probably not your ideal choice, it’s better to re-take the test than send out below average scores.
  • If you don’t know the answer, never randomly guess. Instead, use process of elimination as there are usually two answers that you can eliminate immediately.
  • Check out the GMAT Test Center Checklist for advice on what to bring and what to leave behind.
  • Bring proper identification, be confident and well-rested. Know the instructions before you start the exam, as the clock begins once the instructions appear, and you don’t want to waste previous time that you could be spending on answering questions.

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