GMAT Preparation Overview
Do you have a child who is going to college soon? Perhaps he/she is in his/her third year of high school and is thinking of getting a head start on applying to colleges. Every single college he applies to gives a stipulation that the student pass the GMAT. Your child is in high school right now and has not taken the GMAT.
So what can you do? First, you need to know why your child has to take that test. As soon as you understand what the test is and what it is about, you can better help your son or daughter prepare for and pass the GMAT. First thing you need to know is what it is. Here are factors you should consider when planning for the GMAT:
· GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test): In order to get into any school, especially the bigger named schools, you need a high GMAT score.
· Preparing for the GMAT: In order to pass the GMAT you have to prepare for it. There are two options: online or classroom instruction. You should spend at least 50 hours studying to thoroughly prepare for the test. As stated previously, there are two options to study:
– Online – This is an inexpensive way to learn what is needed to pass the test. You just log on, go to your study materials, and follow instructions.
– Classroom – Classroom instruction is more expensive. Plus, it takes a lot more time and involvement. However, it does provide the right amount of support and you get to talk to a live instructor who can provide you with all the motivation you need to succeed.
Take a Free Sample: After you have studied the course material and feel you are ready to take the test, go to any web site that offers a sample test you can take just to practice with. This way you can tell your weak areas that need improving.
Studying Online vs. Offline
In order to decide if you should take the course material online or offline here is a breakdown of what the course material is like for each type. This way you can decide for yourself which way to go:
· Online Course: If you decided to look into taking an online course, here is what to expect:
– You get five practice tests.
– You also to write essays.
– You have immediate access to your course materials.
– You do get an online prep guide to help you along the way.
– The technology allows you to pace yourself so you absorb all the materials.
– You also get a guide that teaches you how to write college admission essays.
– You have 24-hour email support.
Classroom Course: If you decided you rather look into going to a classroom, here is what to expect and what you’ll receive:
– You’ll get classroom and one-on-one tutoring.
– 1300 pages of materials to study from.
– 12 practice tests to learn from.
– 42 hours of classroom instruction.
– 21 hours of phone tutoring support.
The Way GMAT Works
Now you know a little bit about the GMAT and how to prepare, it would be a good idea to understand what the GMAT test represents and how it works. The GMAT is a computerized test. It is also referred to as a CAT (computer-adaptive test). Basically the way it works, as you take the test, the computer will select from millions of questions in its database, based on how you answer the previous question. For every question you answer right, you’ll get a more difficult one. If you should get a question wrong, the next question will be easier to answer. This kind of test does have its pros and cons.
· Pros: Here is a list of the pros or benefits of taking the GMAT:
– The test focuses on your score range thereby creating a more accurate score for you.
– You can cancel the score immediately after the test, even before you see your own score. If you do this, you’ll have immediate access to your math and verbal scores.
– You will take the test in a private area where you will have complete silence and no disruptions.
– You decide when to take the test.
· Cons: Here is a list of cons or negatives of taking the GMAT:
– The format is difficult.
– You will stare at a screen for hours on end. If your eyes get tired you can’t give up. You have to stay there until you are done.
– Your timing has to be precise and can be difficult at time.
– You are not allowed to skip questions.
– You can’t write on a booklet nor re-write the questions on a piece of scrap paper.
The GMAT CAT Test
If you want to know exactly what will be on the GMAT CAT test, here is a look at what you can expect.
The GMAT CAT test consists of two multiple-choice sections (quantitative and verbal), and an essay section (Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA).
· The quantitative section covers 37 questions and takes 75 minutes to complete. You can get a score between 0 and 60.
· The verbal section covers 41 questions and takes 75 minutes. You can get a score between 0 and 60.
After you complete the test, you’ll receive an overall score in the range of 200 to 800. This score is a combination of your math and verbal scores.
The Analytical Writing Assessment section will give you a score in the range of 1 to 6. This section checks to see how you are able to write a short analytical essay under a timer. This test is what business schools, or schools of higher learning who request the GMAT, look at in evaluating your writing skills. This section has two 30-minute essay questions. One essay is called “Analysis of Issue,” and the other one is called “Analysis of Argument.” The first one you state your opinion on a given issue. The second one is where you analyze the reasoning in an argument that is given. You need two different strategies to answer each question. The writing has to be very concise and structured.
Preparing for the GMAT
Once you know all about the GMAT, what is means, how it works, etc., you now need to prepare. Actually preparation is the key to doing anything in this world. The better prepared you are, the better you will be to tackle the subject. Here are some tips on how to properly prepare for the GMAT:
· Invest in at least 50 hours of preparation.
· Be serious about what you are trying to do. Even when you are just trying the practice test, you need to be serious about it. Think of the practice test as the actual test.
· If you stress out taking test, look at the practice test and a real test and stress yourself out at that time. By doing this, when it comes time to take the real test, you won’t be under a lot of stress.
· Prepare well in advance of the final due date.
Practice Tests in GMAT Preparation
The easiest thing to do is download a GMAT sample test and take it to see what it is all about. You can get the verbal, math, and essay guides online as well. Each one can be purchased separately or as a package. If you purchase the guides individually, the cost for each one is about $19.95. Of course, that depends on the site and who you are downloading the guides from.