Advice on preparing for the GMAT
General thoughts: The GMAT is now offered exclusively, in most areas, in the computer-based form. This is very different from a “normal” paper-and-pencil format, and calls for serious, intensive preparation. Reading books about the exam, or trying questions in written form, will not be adequate. Many students who have excellent academic records stumble on the GMAT because of its unfamiliar format. A chief characteristic of the exam is that once you have completed a section, you may not go back to it, even if you have time. This makes good time management an essential factor for success, and mandates extensive practice with the computer format.
Here are some things you can do to prepare.
- Check out the Web site for the Graduate Management Admission Council. Under the heading “THE GMAT” on the first page there are two links you should follow: “Format & Content” and “Preparation.” The former tells you about the type and content of the questions on the exam. The latter will lead you to where you can download their free practice software (“POWERPREP 3.0”).
- Some interesting advice is available on the Peterson’s Web site. Note that the download feature shown on that site is not available. In lieu of that, they offer a full-length practice computer-adaptive test.
- Check with the UTA Division of Continuing Education about their GMAT prep courses. They offer two, one for verbal and one for quant. Their telephone number is 817-272-2581. If you are not in the DFW area, check out your local colleges (both 2-year and 4-year) to see if they have comparable courses.
- Purchase a GMAT preparation book from a bookstore (and use it). Be sure that it comes with a CD with practice tests that you can run on your PC.