Jaws707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 708 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 920 times:
Recently I signed up to take the GMAT test, with the intention of enrolling in an MBA program eventually. I purchased the Kaplan test prep book a few weeks ago and have been practicing the problems, which dont seem too difficult. So I thought I would ask people on here who have taken the test, how difficult did you find it to be? Also is a calculator allowed for the math section?
Saxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2382 posts, RR: 42
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 905 times:
Been there, done that. The GMAT is the spawn of the devil.
It isn't that it's difficult. I think the verbal section is the hardest to study for--it helped that language skills are already one of my strengths. The math covers mostly algebra and geometry, and there's nothing that hard there, either. That said, I somehow managed to hose myself on this test the last time I took it. I was able to score high enough to get into B-school for my MBA (I didn't study at all that time, as I didn't need a particularly high score--I just literally walked in and took the thing cold), but I'm trying to get a PhD now and I've got to get my score over 710-720 to get into any of the schools I'm applying to. When I re-took the test this past December, I actually scored *lower* than I did the previous time around... and this time, I studied for the damn thing. I don't think I've ever been so frustrated in my entire life.
Anyhow, one problem I found when I re-took the test was that I tended to get hung up on a particular problem and waste too much time. I also realized--after I'd confirmed my answer on something--that I'd fallen for one of the well-publicized math traps. But all this was made worse by shooting myself in the foot before I even started by not getting enough sleep from nervousness and having a 9am appointment--I am NOT a morning person, and that was just stupid planning on my part.
So... that was my experience. I'm getting geared up to take it again, and I'll probably try to get an appointment sometime in the next month or so. Do get the GMAT prep software and take the practice tests--they'll help you learn how to pace yourself. Good luck!
Texan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4280 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 899 times:
Quoting Jaws707 (Thread starter): Recently I signed up to take the GMAT test, with the intention of enrolling in an MBA program eventually. I purchased the Kaplan test prep book a few weeks ago and have been practicing the problems, which dont seem too difficult. So I thought I would ask people on here who have taken the test, how difficult did you find it to be? Also is a calculator allowed for the math section?
Quantitative reasoning kicked my ass on the real thing. The verbal part, I like it very much. QR...I fart in it's general direction.
I did the Kaplan books and all that as well. Did decently but decided I really did not want to go to business grad school after all A calculator will not really help you, as the main part is figuring out what in the hell the questions are asking and which of the below equations would help you solve the equation. By the way, doing well on the quantitative reasoning section gives abso-freaking-lutely no indication of how you will do in business school. In fact, being in a strong business and financial environment since graduating, I have never had a question similar to the ones on the GMAT asked of me.
Hope that helps, and good luck!
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DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7784 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 895 times:
I've done plenty of coaching and prep work for my students who are taking the GMAT and GRE. Basically I am going to mirror Leanne's advice here.
There is nothing all that difficult about the content of the test. If you half paid attention throughout school you should know the stuff. The tricky part is getting used to how the questions are setup and how the test is formatted. The fact that it is a linear, computer-adaptive test is what throws most people who haven't read up on it.
Quoting Saxdiva (Reply 1): Do get the GMAT prep software and take the practice tests
Yes, yes, yes.... and only do full practice tests that are computer based (can be found online @ http://www.mba.com/mba/TaketheGMAT/T...MATPrepTestPreparationSoftware.htm ). Unless you live in sub-saharan Africa it is almost impossible to get a paper-based test. You need to be familiar with the real test format before stepping into the testing center. I see no point wasting time with paper practice tests.
My general suggestions are as follows. First I would read up on how the test is setup, how it is scored, what content areas are covered. The book you picked up should cover this. Also go to MBA.com and read the stuff on the GMAT there.
Second. Take the first practice test from the PowerPrep software and try to replicate the testing environment as much as possible. No calculators (the math doesn't need a calc anyways), a couple of sheets of plain paper, and a few sharp pencils.... no music, no distractions. This will give you a decent baseline for where you are at and will tell you where to focus your study efforts.
Third. I would focus on particular content areas where you need help. Most any of the prep books will do. I use the Cambridge Test Prep GMAT book. It isn't cheap ($65 for the book plus add'l materials and software), but it has so much practice material. Much, much, MUCH more than any of the $25 Kaplan or Princeton Review books. I would also find some friends to work with as well. Team up to work through difficult material.
Fourth. Once you've done your prep work do a final practice prior to taking the test, like a week or two.
and keep to a regular schedule when you do this. Like an hour a night over 2 months should give you plenty of time to get ready.
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