Your GMAT score can be the deciding factor of whether or not you get into your first-choice school. In fact, out the 250 admissions officers who responded to the 2008 Kaplan Business School Survey, 55% said that the GMAT was the most important component of the business school application.  Are worries about the GMAT keeping you up at night? Here are some GMAT Tips so you can score well on the GMAT without sacrificing other parts of your application.


Here are some tips on how to prepare yourself for the GMAT:

  • Start preparing for the GMAT as soon as possible. Make sure you get at least four weeks of studying in before taking the GMAT.
  • Tailor your course of study to your own habits. What will best prepare you? What can you do to make sure you stay on track? For example, if you are a procrastinator, a GMAT prep course may be a good idea since it will keep you on a schedule.
  • Familiarize yourself with the format of the GMAT and the types of questions you'll be asked. Learn about the GMAT's computer-adaptive structure and how it will affect you as a test taker. Knowing what to expect decreases the likelihood of score-lowering test anxiety.
  • Only review one GMAT section at a time.
  • Download GMATPrep software from MBA.com in order to get an idea for the format of the GMAT.
  • Look at sample questions for each section of the GMAT.
  • Prioritize fixing your weaknesses over going over sections where you're already strong.
  • If you don't have a quantative background or it's been a while since you've studied math, you may want to brush up on your basic math skills.
  • Take practice tests. That way, you can learn how to manage your time while taking the GMAT. The results of the practice tests will also alert you to the areas you need to work on.

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Written by Nicole Willson

Nicole is the SEO manager of TopMBA.com, as well as a contributing author. She holds a BA in history and sociology, and a master's in library science. Aside from her work for QS, Nicole is a long-time contributing editor and administrator for WikiHow.

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