How to Prepare for the GMAT
With the overabundance of resources available to help study for the GMAT, it can be confusing
and overwhelming to begin to prepare for the exam. However, despite which service you use to
study for the exam, there are several important practices you can follow that will help ensure a
high score on the GMAT.
1. Become comfortable with the structure of the exam.
Remember that the GMAT is a three part exam with an Analytical Writing Assessment, a
Quantitative section, and a Verbal section. Test takers have three and a half hours to take the
exam. Keep in mind that, unlike many exams, the multiple-choice question components of the
GMAT take place on a computer, so it is crucial to familiarize yourself with how these questions
will be presented.
2. Give yourself enough time to study - but not too much.
Most high-scorers on the GMAT claim that the perfect amount of time to allocate to studying
for the exam is about two to three months. Anything more will be overkill and will create too
much stress and anxiety, and anything less won’t allow enough time to master all the types of
problems on the exam. Once you decide which test you would like to take, set a realistic
schedule for yourself and allow for at least 10 to 15 hours a week of focused studying. Try to
spread this across every day of the week.
3. Know your strengths and allocate your study time accordingly.
After several practice questions, you may find that you do well on a certain section and struggle
on another section. It is important to focus on your weaker section without entirely neglecting
the section with which you are more comfortable. Many students find that devoting too much
energy to one specific section caused them to ultimately lose points in the sections to which
they devoted less time. Even if you need to spend more time honing in one section of the test,
do not become overconfident about your abilities in the other subjects.
4. Use practice tests.