Useful tips to prepare for your GMAT test
A ‘well-balanced’ GMAT score is an important part of a Full-Time MBA application at any top business school. The exam includes analytical writing assessment, integrated reasoning, quantitative reasoning and verbal reasoning sections.
Firstly, what do we mean by a well-balanced score? The admissions panel or committee reviewing an application will want to see a good balance between the verbal and quantitative score, in addition to a competitive overall score. A candidate with an unbalanced score may be asked to re-take the test or demonstrate within the application or through their work experience.
Typically, it can take 2-3 months to prepare for GMAT, although this will depend on your workload and how much time you can dedicate to it. Many of you will still be working full-time whilst you are preparing. It is imperative to practice a little bit every day and to set aside weekends for exam condition testing the nearer you get to your test day.
We would suggest starting off with a visit to mba.com to familiarise yourself with the content of the exam. The GMAT Official Guide (OG) and the GMAT official exam prep software for full-length exams are preparation must-dos. Other popular websites used include Kaplan and Veritas Prep YouTube channels. There are many resources out there, you just need to find the right one that fits in with your style of learning, if one doesn’t click with you, try another!
Preparing well for GMAT is a good investment of your time, not only can it have an impact on your chances of being accepted on to the Full-time MBA programme but can also influence scholarship or financial award decisions. Here at Bayes Business School, we offer an academic distinction scholarship, which is open to all candidates who have achieved a well-balanced GMAT of 700 and above.
It’s worth bearing in mind, that some organisations particularly industries such as consulting, will also be looking for high GMAT scores. If your post MBA plan is to work in one of those industries, putting the work in now will support your future career goals.
We realise that securing the required GMAT score can feel like another hurdle in the admissions process. What is interesting is when we talk to current students about GMAT, now they look back at the preparation time and test as an invaluable way of refreshing skills and getting back into the mindset of studying before starting their MBA. It will be worth it in the end!
Why not start your prep today by trying the GMAT mini quiz on our website?