The GMAT is a standardized test that measures a student's aptitude in mathematics, verbal skills, and analytical writing skills for use in admission into a graduate management program.
The exam takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes, including two optional breaks. It consists of four sections:
The highest possible GMAT score is 800 points. The current "average" score is about a 568. A "good" score is between 650 and 690. "Excellent" is above 700 The "best" scores are above 740.
The good news is that, coupled with a well-rounded application, a GMAT score of around 600 can be competitive enough to get into some very good schools (including Stanford and Harvard as seen in the chart above from GMATblog.com). This is definitely achievable with strong preparation and practice.
Understanding a few sets of basic concepts in each subject area is key to scoring well on the GMAT exam. That's where we come in!
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Here are some tips to get started:
1. Take a sample test.
A sample test is a shortened version of the exam that includes one of each type of question from each section of the test.
This allows students to assess how comfortable they are with each type of question, and where they need the most help.
2. Get a test prep book or online materials.
Practice materials are extremely useful in preparing for the GMAT exam. Spend as much time as you can reviewing sample problems and taking practice tests that include answers and explanations. There are tons of free resources available online.
Practicing between tutoring sessions and self-teaching is key to success.
3. Take a full-length practice test.
Take a full-length official practice test (proctored by yourself or someone else if possible), so that you can get a feel for completing problems with limited time. You can take all four sections at once (with optional breaks), or one at a time.
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Here are three links to free GMAT practice tests and sample problems:
1. Test GMAT Mini Quiz
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