Is Business School Right For You?
Nealeigh Mitchell l ManagerLink
Step 7: Take The GMAT
The dreaded GMAT! It’s usually the first hurdle in applying, the biggest factor in whittling down schools, and quite possibly the scariest part of the business school application process. The good news is that it’s one of the few things you can improve!
Pressure to ace the exam has increased as mean scores have hit a high note. While your score is only one component of the application and should not be overly stressed, it certainly is a key factor in determining whether you’ll get a seat in class.
What’s It For?
Schools use the score to help evaluate an applicant’s analytical writing, technical and verbal abilities. It’s really the sole objective measure in the application process. If your score falls below a school’s middle 80 percent range of scores, you better have an outstanding resume or recommendation. If it’s lower, dust yourself off and try again.
The test is administered year round but you should take the test in last spring or early summer. The three and a half hour test is designed to measure your verbal and quantitative skills. The verbal section consists of reading comprehension, grammar, and logic questions. The quantitative test basic algebra, geometry, and arithmetic. The analytic writing assessment consists of two thirty-minute essays.
Prepare, prepare, prepare
Consider taking GMAT courses – Yes they can be costly but they’ll brush up your test-taking skills and help you understand what’s behind the questions. This boosts your scores. Remember, not all prep course are created equal. Teacher quality, sample exams, class size, and support all make a world of difference.
Start early – There’s nothing more stressful than having to complete applications while cramming for the test. You should start prepping at least five months before you intend to start the app process.