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Resources for GMAT and GRE preparation

For many applicants, a GMAT or GRE score is an important supporting factor in their candidacy. These exams require dedicated preparation to ensure optimal performance. Luckily, there are many resources available to those preparing to sit for these tests.

  1. Prep courses: There are a plethora of prep courses designed specifically to help prospective graduate students maximize their exam performance. These range from small, live courses run over a scheduled period to self-paced courses offered through major exam prep organizations. Many of these courses supply the study materials you would need to find on your own otherwise.
  2. Tutors: If you feel that you need more individual guidance, you might choose to hire a GMAT or GRE tutor. A tutor will work with you one-on-one to leverage your strengths and target your areas of improvement, allowing you to focus your time effectively. A tutor may also explain things in a more personalized way to ensure you understand the material in the context of the exam’s structure, which is an important aspect of testing strategy.
  3. Practice exams: Taking multiple practice GMAT or GRE exams should give you a good sense of your strengths and weaknesses. Each exam type offers different analytical tools to understand your performance on overall test sections, individual subject skills and response pace. We recommend sitting for practice sessions in environments that approximate the actual exam room, as these factors substantially influence performance.
  4. Prep books: For those studying on their own, there are many GMAT and GRE prep books dedicated to exam practice materials. Helpful study guides will segment the test sections by necessary skills and question types, offering diagrammed practice questions. Prep materials range from free e-books available online to sophisticated packages with guaranteed minimum scores.
  5. Forums and Blogs: In general, there is a lot of collective wisdom online. Candidates will find materials from individuals who have already taken the exam to resources from the exam providers themselves. Always ensure you are referencing reputable sources, but take full advantage of the experiences of those who have gone before you. You’ll find flashcard bundles, study tips and tricks, advice for navigating testing accommodations and more at your fingertips.

Update: As of fall 2021 the Daniels College of Business is a GMAT/GRE-optional institution, meaning each candidate must determine whether one of these exams will support their candidacy and merit. Scores from these standardized tests should be submitted with your application if you feel that they will strengthen your application.