According to the GMAC, the organization that administers the GMAT, the test is highly correlated to success in business school. Why would this be the case? Obviously, business school is going to involve little if any geometry. Timed meticulous editing of poorly-crafted run-on sentences is unlikely to come up on final exams. Obsessing over data sufficiency of positives and negatives (can it be zero?) will end on test day. The reason that these things are good predictors of success is because the qualities necessary to thrive on the test have very little to do with rote memorization of algebraic formulas but everything to do with problem solving, cumulative preparation, and peak performance. All three of these are necessary skills for success in business school.Read More
Pure Algebra is not the most efficient way to solve every problem!Read More
So you got your score back, and you’re not thrilled. What now?Read More
Focus on weaknesses, but capitalize on strengths
The GMAT has no shortage of intimidating problem types. For many test takers, Data Sufficiency and Critical Reasoning alone are enough to induce heart palpitations. Understandably, many students focus on these very intricate, complicated question types - and rightfully so! It is no easy feat to break down a complicated argument or to determine precisely how much information is required to solve a complicated math problem.Read More
Whether you’re applying to college, graduate school, law school, medical school, or even some jobs, standardized tests are often part of the process. They can be intimidating, long, arduous, and confusing, but with some practice, you’ll learn how to overcome any test-taking anxiety and stay focused. Here are a few tips and tricks for going into a test calm and prepared.Read More
Last week, the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) announced a big change to the format of the exam -- effective July 11, test-takers will be able to exercise some optionality over the order in which they’ll take the sections.Read More
If you’re thinking about taking the GMAT and going to business school, chances are you’ve already taken hundreds of written tests throughout your career. Some of them were probably standardized tests like the SAT or ACT, and others might have been in your high school and college classes. Most likely, those tests involved sitting down and answering a set list of questions that your teacher or professor created beforehand; everyone in the class got the same set of questions, and scores were determined based on the share of questions each student answered correctly.
The GMAT is different. Not only is it on a computer, but also it’s adaptive, meaning it adapts the questions you receive based on how it perceives your ability. If you are answering easy questions correctly, for example, the computer will start feeding you harder questions to see if you can handle them. Conversely, if you’re answering very hard questions incorrectly, you may start to see easier questions come up.
Beating the adaptive system requires building a strategy that fits your strengths and weaknesses. It also means figuring out when to guess.Read More
This week, one of our Master level tutors shares the most commonly forgotten test taking strategy: know the testing policy. Greg's anecdote sheds light on the responsibility of the student and the tutor to learn the policies of the test, and understand what motivates test policy changes.Read More
The GMAT: Why Test Strategy Matters
Test day is the culmination of your efforts, where you reap the rewards of all the nights and weekends you spent studying. Finally, you can put the GMAT exam behind you and focus on your essays knowing that you have positioned yourself to succeed. Unfortunately for some, everything doesn’t always go as planned, and instead of hitting their goal score they fall short. For many people, this is as a result of test day factors, not due to lack of studying. This guide will help you eliminate internal and external influences that may prevent you from achieving your best score.Read More
The GMAT can be a hard test to conquer. One of the main reasons for this is that the GMAT math is probably the most challenging out of all the standardized tests.
Lucky for you, the GMAT test writers are nice. They provide students with an abundance of materials. If you don't believe me, go onto the official website and see. There are official books, supplementary books, questions packs, four different official tests, IR section banks, and more questions packs.
They really want you, the test taker, to know what's coming! And that, in my opinion, is the most considerate thing a test maker can do. Don’t let the plethora of resources intimidate you - it's a good thing! Much better to have more practice than less, though it can seem overwhelming at times. So many questions! So many chances to get things wrong! And sometimes it can be discouraging when ten questions in a row don’t go according to plan. As you begin to study for the GMAT, the task at hand can seem far too overwhelming. Stick to these three essential tips, though, and you'll get much closer to acing the test!Read More