The First Step Towards an MBA: The GMAT

September 02, 2014 |

Have you recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree, only to find yourself in need of more education in order to get the job that you want? Perhaps you have been in the workforce for several years but have determined that a master’s degree in business is what you need in order to succeed in your career. Regardless of your situation or place in life, many people find themselves at a crossroads and have decided that going back to school is the best path to take. Getting your MBA is a great way to make yourself more marketable and better versed in the field of business, but how do you get started? Here at Daniels College of Business, we want you to succeed, and so we have outlined some success tips for taking the GMAT, which is the test you need to take in order to begin schooling for your MBA.

What Is the GMAT?

GMAT stands for Graduate Management Admission Test, and it is the standardized test that all Masters of Business programs use to determine a candidate’s aptitude and eligibility for entering into their program. Different business schools require different standards of achievement on the GMAT, and so you will want to look into the requirements before you begin studying. For more information on our admission requirements, you can visit the following link:

GMAT Success Tips

The GMAT is a tough test, and in order to receive the highest score possible, you must become disciplined in your study habits and resolved in your efforts. No matter what the achievement standards are, you can benefit from the following success tips:

Know the test: Do your research so that you know exactly what to expect from the GMAT test. Purchase a GMAT test prep book that includes several practice tests. Overall, the GMAT standardized test is a three-hour test comprised of around one hour of analytical writing, and then the rest of the time is split between quantitative and verbal test questions.

Work on pacing: Since the GMAT is a timed test, you will have to work quickly in order to finish it on time. A large portion of the GMAT is reading passages, so make sure you practice pacing your reading. Time yourself to make sure you are reading carefully in the allotted amount of time. Pacing can be the difference between success and failure when it comes to getting a great GMAT test score.

Practice, practice, practice: In addition to study time, you need to spend the time taking practice tests. Even those that know the material well will not get a good score unless they practice taking the GMAT test. These practice tests will give you a baseline for your proficiency, and will help you to gauge when you are ready for the real thing.


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