The GMAT, or Graduate Management Admissions Test, is a standardized test required for most applicants to business schools nationwide, including the Broad MBA program. This test is a proven indicator of students’ success in a business and management educational program, so performing well is extremely important in the admissions process. The GMAT may seem daunting, but by familiarizing yourself with the testing format and preparing ahead of time your chances of success can greatly improve.
Just like a career in business, the GMAT tests abilities far beyond math. The GMAT will require you to use your verbal, writing, and logic skills as well as mathematics. Over the three and a half hour testing period, test-takers complete three distinct sections. A thirty minute analytical writing section tests the ability to analyze an issue in essay format. The second half hour is devoted to integrated reasoning, twelve questions that test your ability to interpret graphics, analyze tables, and perform other reasoning tasks. Seventy-five minutes are allocated to a quantitative section composed of thirty-seven questions focusing on data sufficiency and problem solving. The final seventy-five minutes are spent answering forty-one verbal questions, encompassing skills such as reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and sentence correction.
The best way to prepare for the GMAT is to practice taking the test in an environment similar to that of the actual examination. We have provided practice testing resources below, and it is best to utilize these in an environment free of distractions and without taking breaks until you have completed a section. This will also help you to practice the timing of the test, as GMAT test-takers experience a large scoring penalty by not finishing the test in the allotted time period.
An important thing to understand about the GMAT is the unique computer-adaptive format of the test. GMAT test-takers are presented with one question at a time. You may not proceed without answering the question, and you may not return to a question once answered. The test questions you are given are determined in part by how well you perform on preceding questions. The algorithm begins with questions of medium difficulty, and decides whether to give you less or more difficult questions dependent on whether you answered correctly. For this reason, giving the first several questions of the test adequate time and attention is crucial. Online practice for the GMAT is the easiest way to gain familiarity with the computer-adaptive format.
After you take the GMAT, you will receive a score report with your scores for each section of the test, as well as a total score. The total score ranges from 200 to 800. It is difficult to identify what constitutes a “good” score on the GMAT, as most business schools do not have cutoffs for admission. Instead, they consider all aspects of an applicant, including GMAT score, admissions essay, undergraduate GPA, work experience, recommendations, and more. The average GMAT score for Broad MBA students is 640. While the GMAT is undoubtedly an important indicator of a student’s ability to succeed in an MBA program, it is important to note that a high GMAT score alone will not guarantee your admission. Likewise, a GMAT score lower than your goal does not guarantee rejection from an MBA program.
To avoid stress in the admissions process, start preparing for the GMAT now and take the test as soon as possible. Should you not perform well the first time you take the GMAT, it will take time to register for the test again and to have your new scores sent to the MSU admissions office. In order to meet program application deadlines, we recommend getting a jump start on the process by taking the GMAT at the first available opportunity.
We understand the preparation and effort required to get a great score on the GMAT. We’ve listed a few of our favorite resources on the web, including articles, studying tips, and practice questions to help you prepare for the GMAT. We hope you find these resources helpful!
Official GMAT website: http://www.mba.com/
GMAT MBA Prep http://www.gmat-mba-prep.com/ Features a variety of content, including a free 100 page GMAT course, advice from experts, and articles.
GMAT Introduction – http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/gmat-intro
The GMAT Uncovered – http://www.manhattangmat.com/gmat-uncovered.cfm
General Strategies Videos - http://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/general-gmat-strategies
GMAT Hacks – http://www.gmathacks.com/main/category-contents.html Useful advice and articles for planning and taking the GMAT.
Dana’s Quant Math Strategy – http://www.beatthegmat.com/dana-s-quant-strategy-suggestions-t37055.html Interesting article on the number picking strategy.
Advanced GMAT Math Questions – http://www.readyforgmat.com/math/documents/AdvancedGMATMathQuestions-version2.pdf Small set of math questions prepared by readyforGMAT.com.
Difficult GMAT Math Problems – http://www.beatthegmat.com/difficult-gmat-math-problems-t78.html Must be logged in to view.
Probability and Combination Problems – http://www.beatthegmat.com/probability-and-combination-problems-t6206.html Must be logged in to view.
Quadratic Equations and Functions – http://www.beatthegmat.com/quadratic-equations-and-functions-t83.html Must be logged in to view.
Formula for Compound and Simple Interest – http://www.riskglossary.com/link/compounding.htm
Formula for Total Percentage Change – http://www.beatthegmat.com/formula-for-the-total-percentage-change-t6735.html
Formual to Calculate Total Average Speed – http://www.beatthegmat.com/two-methods-to-calculate-total-average-speed-t6749.html
Data Sufficiency Videos - http://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gmat-data-sufficiency
Identifying Prime Numbers – http://www.learner.org/courses/learningmath/number/session6/part_b/prime_number.html
Permutations and Combinations – http://www.themathpage.com/aPreCalc/permutations-combinations.htm#perm%20
Highest Common Factor and Lowest Common Multiple – http://www.jamit.com.au/htmlFolder/FRAC1004.html
10th Grade Math Questions – http://www.mathsteacher.com.au/year10.htm Similar questions to what’s on the GMAT.
GMAT Vocabulary Builder – http://www.soundkeepers.com/GMAT/ Comes in a useful flashcard format as well.
Litesee Verbal Tests – http://litesee.com/gmat.htm
Reading Comprehension Overview – http://www.admissionsconsultants.com/gmat/exam.asp
Knewton GMAT Reading Comprehension – http://www.knewton.com/gmat/free/reading-comprehension/
Reading Comprehension Videos - http://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gmat-reading-comprehension
Reading Comprehension Practice Questions – http://www.kaptest.co.uk/gmat/reading-comprehnsion-practice-questions
Critical Reasoning Beginners Guide – http://www.gmathacks.com/critical-reasoning/gmat-critical-reasoning-beginners-guide.html
Critical Reasoning Tests and Information – http://www.majortests.com/gmat/critical_reasoning.php
Critical Reasoning Practice Questions – http://www.platinumgmat.com/practice_gmat_questions/critical_reasoning_questions
Grammar Slammer – http://englishplus.com/grammar/contents.htm
Sentence Correction Flashcards – http://www.beatthegmat.com/waqa-s-sc-flashcards-t5515.html
GMAT Sentence Correction Questions – http://www.syvum.com/cgi/online/mult.cgi/gmat/gmat_words_1a.tdf?0
Integrated Reasoning Overview – http://www.veritasprep.com/gmat/integrated-reasoning/
2013-2014 Strategy for Integrated Reasoning – http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/2013/02/15/the-2013-2014-strategy-for-integrated-reasoning
Integrated Reasoning Speed Strategy Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRBl7jO0kac
Veritas Prep Sample Questions – http://www.veritasprep.com/gmat/integrated-reasoning-sample-questions/
MBA Sample Questions – http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/nex-gen/integrated-reasoning-question-formats.aspx
GMAT Pill Sample Questions – http://www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-test/gmat-integrated-reasoning
GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment Information – http://www.west.net/~stewart/gmat/awa-essays.htm All information on the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA).
Analysis of an Argument Questions – http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/test-structure-and-overview/~/media/Files/mba/NEWTheGMAT/AnalysisofanArgument100606.ashx Sample of Analysis of an Argument questions.
Analytical Writing Videos - http://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gmat-analytical-writing-assessment
Analysis of an Issue questions – http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/test-structure-and-overview/~/media/Files/mba/NEWTheGMAT/AnalysisofanIssue100606.ashx Sample of Analysis of an Issue questions.
GMAT Essay Strategies – http://www.west.net/~stewart/gmat/essay-strategies.htm
Free Practice Materials
Manhattan GMAT Flash Cards – http://www.manhattangmat.com/gmat-flashcards.cfm
Manhattan Test & Uncovered Book – http://www.manhattangmat.com/StoreItemShow.cfm?ItemID=158&catid=4
Veritas Prep Practice Test – http://www.veritasprep.com/gmat/free-gmat-practice-test/
MBA.com Preparation Materials – http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/prepare-for-the-gmat
GMAT Prep Software – http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/download-free-test-preparation-software.aspx