Why should you take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)?
The GMAT is the first important step towards completing your MBA application and getting your degree. More than 5,000 graduate management programs and nearly 2,000 business schools around the world rely on the GMAT exam as the most reliable predictor of your success in their programs.
The GMAT measures the specific skills that you need to succeed in business school, and it measures your ability to plan, study and prepare for an exam.
Why should you register early and prepare well in advance of the test?
Preparation for the exam will improve your score – in some cases, significantly. Ideally, you should allow no less than 6-8 weeks of daily preparation (minimum of 1 hour of study) before taking the test.
The founders of ALB all used the Free GMAT Prep tool, which you can download when you register at www.mba.com. This tool is a great way to assess the areas where you need to study most, and evaluate your progress as you move through your preparation materials.
The GMAT study guides can be used for more intense preparation. Studying the guides will help you get your best score on the exam, and also be more prepared for coursework once you start your classes.
When you register early and fill out your profile on www.mba.com, you can also opt in to be “matched” with schools who are looking for exactly what you have to offer. The earlier your register, the more opportunity there is for business schools to connect with you, invite you to events, and share information about scholarships that you may not have heard about before.
How to prepare for the GMAT?
The GMAT is the most common admissions exam utilized by Business Schools and is designed to measure many different skills, one of them being your commitment to study and preparation.
Most GMAT test takers start preparing about 3 to 6 months before the actual test date. You should allow a minimum of 6-8 weeks for preparation, being sure to make the time to study daily. Think about how you can best prepare, given your discipline, motivation, and personal preference:
- Self study
- One-on-one tutoring
- Study groups
- Prep courses
However you choose to prepare, focus on building these kinds of skills:
- Test-taking skills – standardized test/computer adaptive
- Math, English, grammar, and writing skills
If you choose to prepare independently, be sure to make use of the available resources as you study. The creators of the GMAT offer Free GMATPrep Test Preparation Software.
Additionally, many use the Official Guide for GMAT Review. Published by the creators of the GMAT, the Official Guide includes over 800 questions from past GMAT exams, and will give you a good idea of what to expect on test day.
Additional information about the GMAT exam and how to prepare can be found by visiting the official GMAT website, www.mba.com.