GMAT Overview



Preparation is key to your overall success on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). In past blog posts, we’ve discussed where the GMAT started, along with predictions of future changes. Now, for those considering attending business school, here’s a brief overview of the GMAT based on the above infographic.

The GMAT is a 3 & a ½ hour long computer based test. The test contains 4 timed sections including the Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical Writing Assessment, and Integrated Reasoning. As of June 2012, the most recent modification to the GMAT has been the Integrated Reasoning section. This section was added to test the interpretation of graphics, tables, and other data sources.

Achieving the highest score possible on the GMAT all comes down to outlining a well-calculated study plan. Students are encouraged to start studying 3-6 months prior to taking the GMAT. Several websites provide study tips or offer services to assist with plan creation. Before sitting down to compose your study plan, start by familiarizing yourself with the test’s structure and principles.

As previously mentioned, preparation is key to your GMAT success. Utilize all available resources, such as online forums and local study groups, to obtain the highest possible score. Good luck!

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