Preparation is key to achieving the GMAT score you need
Make sure you understand the format, question types and scoring of the test before you take it, so you have a strategy for success. Our partners, Manhattan Prep, offer a range of GMAT coaching services and test prep. Or, come along to our next on campus information session, where the Manhattan Prep team run a session about GMAT basics and preparation, showing you how the test works.
The new GMAT Exam feature gives test takers the opportunity to choose the order in which they complete sections of the GMAT. As a result Manhattan Prep have announced their practice tests will also allow for this feature. Students can experience totally realistic conditions and choose the section order within practice tests. You can decide if you want to start with your strength or if you are worried about one section get that out of the way first.
Get ready for the test in a way that suits your learning style
There are a wide range of ways that you can prepare for the GMAT, including books of practice questions, online resources, apps, private tuition or preparation classes. What’s most important is finding the right approach for you.
Should you study in a class or on your own?
Rina Goldfield from Manhattan Prep discusses whether you should study in a class or on your own:
What are the most common mistakes?
In this video, Jonathan Schneider from Manhattan Prep shares the most common mistakes:
Take the test early
Your GMAT results are valid for 5 years, so you can take the test well in advance of actually making your application to Business School. By having a good score in place early on, you can reduce the stress of preparing for the test at a later date and put yourself in a stronger position to get into your target school. Research from the Graduate Management Admissions Council shows that candidates actually achieve the best GMAT results when they take the test during their undergraduate degree – so it’s never too early to start preparing for your MBA!
My advice? Practice, practice and practice. The more practice questions you do, the more comfortable you get with the format of questions and the topics they cover.
Manage your time effectively
Time management is important as you prepare for your test – particularly if you’re balancing your revision with professional and family commitments – but don’t forget to think about how you manage your time during the test. You have around two minutes per question for quantitative reasoning, and even less than that for verbal reasoning – and you will lose significant marks if you rush the later questions or fail to complete the test altogether. Make sure you practice your timing as well as the different question types.