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While nothing can replace good, old-fashioned studying, it can also be helpful to have some tricks up your sleeve on the GMAT. Here we're going to cover some useful GMAT prep shortcuts to help sharpen your skills for the big day! Process of Elimination The first GMAT prep shortcut we recommend is using the process of elimination first to establish which answers are out. Usually, you can eliminate one to two answers early on in your problem-solving. With every answer you remove, you increase your chances of getting it […]
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Sentence correction on the GMAT can be challenging. One reason is that many people are not skilled at writing in a grammatically sound way. Additionally, very few people talk in a grammatically sound way. Body language, colloquialism, and a dozen other factors help us to communicate clearly, if not grammatically. This leads many GMAT test takers to rely on what "sounds right" to solve the questions in the sentence correction portion of the GMAT. While this may work sometimes, it is not a sound strategy for those hoping to score […]
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There's a lot more than you might think about becoming a competitive business school candidate . As the standard business degree, employers are often looking for the depth of knowledge that comes along with an MBA. Additionally, they also weigh education as a factor in highly-competitive raises. Since business school training has become more highly emphasized in the workplace, competition for coveted MBA spots is even more cut-throat. More competition means higher standards, which means you need to be as prepared as possible. Here, we're highlighting some fundamental ways to […]
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If you are preparing to apply to business school, you know that there are numerous opportunities for assistance. Your options range from interview coaches to private tutors to books by experts. In reality, however, you are working with limited resources. You need to be sure that the supports you choose will give you the best boost for your investment. And that’s where online GMAT courses come in. The past ten years have seen a great increase in the popularity of GMAT prep online, and there are great reasons for its […]
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The GMAT exam requires preparation. You need to plan your GMAT preparation in order to maximize your results. We have written before about How Long You Should Study for the GMAT. The bottom line is that you should allow several months to study. During those months you need to study frequently and regularly. Of course, you already have a busy and full life. Here are some tips for integrating your GMAT preparation into the rest of your busy life.   Schedule Your GMAT Preparation   GMAT […]
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Your GMAT score is crucial for your MBA program application. Proper preparation is necessary for you to score your best. Doing well on the GMAT involves understanding the content, but it also involves understanding the GMAT itself. We’ve written before about the first steps for getting ready for the GMAT . You need to understand how much time you have to prepare and set aside enough time for proper preparation. Once you have the time blocked out on your schedule, you need to select a GMAT prep course. Your GMAT […]
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There are plenty of ways to prepare for a big test. Obviously you will study the material, but you may also practice focus and relaxation exercises, eat intentionally, and make sure you get lots of sleep. One aspect of GMAT preparation you may have overlooked is the GMAT costs. There are several financial costs associated with the exam, and depending on your particular situation you may need to budget for them. Here is a list of the various costs associated with your GMAT appointment so you can plan ahead. […]
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We’ve written before about retaking the GMAT , and how to know if it’s the right choice for you. While retaking the exam isn’t an uncommon choice, it doesn’t guarantee a better score. In fact, sometimes the whole endeavor can feel like a waste - weeks of work and $250 is a lot to invest for only a 20-point gain! So here are some important things to remember if you choose to take the GMAT a second time. Do Something New Neglecting this is one of the biggest […]
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You’ve decided the GMAT is the right test for you. Maybe you’ve even registered for the test. So now what? If you are just beginning your GMAT prep journey, it can be daunting to decide where and how to begin your studies. We’ve written before about beginning strategically with Quant. But there are also more general steps to take as you prepare for the marathon of GMAT preparation. Here’s how to get started so you maintain your momentum and reach your goals. Count Backwards for Your Timeline The […]
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Want to know the best way to make time fly faster than you knew possible? Take the GMAT! While 62 and 65 minutes (for Quant and Verbal respectively) may sound like plenty of time, you’ll be amazed at how fleeting that precious time becomes. The conventional advice to keep your test on track is to take 1.5 minutes for every Verbal question and 2 minutes for each problem in Quant. But in reality, every question requires its own timing, and you need to develop a good sense for keeping things […]
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There are plenty of posts written about how many hours you should devote to GMAT prep. However, if you decide to make up a chart with 100 or 125 hours on it, crossing it off as you go, you may be surprised that at the end you’re not scoring much better. That’s because it isn’t only the quantity of practice that ensures success. If you spend your GMAT prep hours efficiently, you can boost your score and meet your goals. But that efficiency requires a plan. Here are specific ways […]
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It’s one thing to organize and plan your GMAT study schedule. It’s another entirely to stick to it. Sheer determination alone won’t get you across the finish line to confidently taking the GMAT exam. Instead, your GMAT prep should be tailored just to you. Your strengths, your schedule, and your needs should all play a role in preparing you for the test day. As you work to keep your GMAT prep on schedule, here are some tips to help you stay on track and meet your goals. Pace Yourself […]
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In June of 2017, GMAC announced the GMAT Select Sections Order . This means that GMAT test takers can now choose the order in which they complete the exam. This is a big change from the former uniform order, and while it is definitely positive, it can bring some uncertainty with it. Here are some tips on how to use the GMAT Select Sections Order and what it means for you. The Options While you now have a say in the order of your GMAT sections, your choice […]
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Here’s a common question: How much time should you spend studying for the GMAT exam? Many experts say things like “a minimum of 100 hours.” Others say to generally allow 2-3 months. It’s true that research shows a correlation between more study hours and a higher score . At the same time, extra time spent studying does not guarantee you will score as high as you hope. Realistically, GMAT test prep looks different for each test-taker. Here are a few key questions that will help you establish a solid timeline. […]
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GMAT prep can be mind-blogging. There is an overwhelming amount of information to learn in an ever-dwindling period of time. Even events intended for relaxation can just be a reminder that you should be studying. There is also the feeling of oppression that comes with the knowledge that within the next few months you will be consumed entirely with studying. During the GMAT prep, it can be hard to buckle down and stick to a prep plan. Here are some GMAT prep tips for when you have lost motivation. Think About […]
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GMAT test preparation involves making sure you have the basic skills you need, understand the question formats, and know how to pace yourself. EMPOWERgmat built a program centered on official GMAT material as a key part of any study strategy you choose. It gives you the actual experience of taking the exam. Our program includes several updated features, including tools to help you review your responses, analyze your scores, and customize practice sessions. We have designed a program to keep you on track with studying and completely prepared for the […]
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Completing a certain number of study hours does not guarantee a particular GMAT score. If you're looking for a top GMAT score, you're of course going to need to put in the time. Studying for the GMAT is a serious time commitment, usually requiring a least two to three months of preparation. Most aspiring MBAs know what to study, but are unsure of how to make the appropriate time commitment to study.  An older GMAT survey of MBA.com registrants showed a strong relationship between the hours spent on preparation […]
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There are a variety of online resources available when it comes to preparing for the GMAT. The best GMAT prep course online is the one that offers a package that is best for YOU. The reviews on the courses may be outstanding, but if the program doesn’t work for you or mesh with your learning style, what's the point? The GMAT prep course you choose should be flexible and customizable, adapting to your progress as you continue the program. Online GMAT prep courses can either follow a set schedule […]
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We’re now just beginning the first full week of 2017 and this is a time of year when many people look to define their goals for the coming 12 months. The start of any year can be seen as representative of the potential for new opportunities, journeys and challenges and it can provide you with a great ‘leaping off’ point for some career-defining (and future-defining) work. Since you’re reading this article, you’re almost certainly considering Business School as part of that future. You might even be in the process of […]
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The GMAT is a predictable, standardized Test, so Test Takers have the potential to properly learn the content that will appear on the Exam. Over the Course of their studies, many GMATers improve their scores to a high-enough level that they feel comfortable scheduling their Official GMAT appointments. Without fail though, a certain percentage of those same Test Takers score at a significantly lower level on Test Day (relative to how they were scoring on their practice CATs). Their shock at earning a lower score almost always ends in the […]
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Any time a looming application deadline approaches, you’re more likely to see a group of Test Takers scrambling to jam as much extra study time into their schedules as possible. While putting in that extra study might seem like a logical idea (especially as far as earning that Official GMAT Score before the deadline is concerned) the reality is that quantity of study is not the same as quality of study (and/or efficiency of study). If you’ve been studying a certain way for some time and you haven’t achieved your […]
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We are currently right in the middle of “GMAT Season” – that busy time of year (after most of the Round 1 deadlines have passed) when many GMATers are still studying for their Tests while working on their applications for Round 2 AND juggling their lives, career, family, holidays, etc. Finding the proper time for all of those areas can be challenging, so staying organized is essential. To that end, planning ahead is a big part of successfully achieving all of your goals during this time of year. By extension, […]
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Studying for the GMAT can be a challenging endeavor for many Test Takers. Arguably, one of the most common score goals for Test Takers (if not THE most common score goal) is 700+, but only about 10% of those same people can actually achieve that goal. One of the interesting aspects of scoring at that level though is that while you don’t have to be a ‘genius’, you do have to be able to figure out WHY you’re not getting questions correct... and then do specific work to fix those […]
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Recently, someone who is currently studying for the GMAT asked for my insights into why so many GMATers seem to experience a big drop in their Verbal Scaled Scores between their practice CATs and Test Day. The discussion was detailed and included some insightful follow-up questions. Below is the relevant content of that discussion.  Test Taker X: I wanted to ask you about the recent trend of very low verbal scores on the real exam. I have seen an increased number of topics on this - in which test […]
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By GMAT Club Verified Reviewer bgbeidas How I aced the GMAT (760 Q49 V46) Man have I been looking forward to writing this post and thereby signaling the end of my GMAT journey. Before I launch into the juicy deets (study materials, practice CAT scores, etc), I think it would be worthwhile to provide you all with some background info on me. Also, please pardon the woeful tennis pun in the title. Four months of maniacal studying really took its toll. Retired professional tennis player (less impressive […]
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