The GMAT is one part of an MBA application and is used in conjunction with your GPA (Grade Point Average). If your GMAT score is 30 points lower than your chosen school’s average, it can place you at a disadvantage. This is why we compiled a list of tips to help you exceed their average and put you at a clear advantage.

  1. Practice and pace yourself
This goes without saying but there’s a reason behind the popular saying practice makes perfect. Those who have taken the exam recommend practicing a month before exam; we say start practising as soon as possible. This helps you discover your weaknesses and it gives you time to improve on it. Remember – 600 is the unofficial minimum requirement from most business schools.

  1. Tidy up your maths skills

    The quantitative part of the GMAT test is the section that tests your maths skills. . Expect to be tested on basic arithmetic, geometry and problem-solving. The test is normally split into two sections – problem-solving and data sufficiency, and you won’t be able to use a calculator.  Revisiting subjects like algebra will go a long way.

  1. Practice writing a GMAT essay

    The GMAT essay is designed to test how you write analytically. This means you have to keep your answer simple. The markers don’t want to read complicated prose; they want a simple straight forward essay with good ideas. Forget your day-to-day business language and go back to writing as simply as possible – this test is not about buzzwords but about how you convey your ideas.

  1. Prepare yourself to finish the exam at all costs

    Answering a question incorrectly will cost you points but not as much points as failing to complete the exam. The scoring penalty for not completing any section of the GMAT is huge and can cost you dearly. You have to work on your time management skills and allocate enough time for yourself to complete each section.
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