What is the GMAT?
The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a standardized test that is required for admission to
programs. In some cases, it may also satisfy standardized test requirements for certain non-MBA graduate
programs. Along with one’s work experience and college GPA, the GMAT plays a large role in an MBA
applicant’s likelihood of acceptance.
How is the test structured?
With the exception of the Analytical Writing section, the entirety of the test is multiple
An important aspect of the test is that it is “computer-adaptive,” meaning that questions you answer
correctly at the beginning of a test section directly affect the questions you are asked later on. Adept
test-takers will receive more difficult questions as the GMAT progresses, and difficulty of questions
answered affects the overall score.
The sections of the test are the following:
Analytical Writing: 30 minute essay response explaining an argument and analyzing its validity.
Integrated Reasoning: 12 questions in 30 minutes of evaluating data and making comparative analysis on
points in graphs, charts or any visual aid.
Quantitative Reasoning: 31 questions in 62 minutes of answering topics of Algebra, Geometry, Calculus
abstract problem solving.
Verbal Reasoning: 35 questions in 65 minutes of drawing information from reading passages and correcting
errors in sentences.
When can I take the test?
Registering and taking the test is easy. The GMAT is administered year-round, and applicants can make
appointments to take it at their convenience. A maximum of five tests are permitted per year per
Applicants can retake a GMAT no fewer than 16 days after their last test date.
How and when should I prepare?
Applying to MBA programs is time consuming if done correctly, as it is important to establish
with the admissions department of the schools you are interested in as early as possible. MBA admissions
puts significantly more emphasis on an applicant’s conveyed interest in the school. Applicants for MBA
programs will find themselves applying to fewer schools than their JD or MD counterparts for this
Most schools recommend applicants have a GMAT score to submit by August before admissions begin in the
At Foley Prep, we strongly encourage MBA applicants to have a score they feel comfortable sending to
schools as early as possible, ideally before the beginning of the summer.
Doing so not only
for a buffer in the event you need more time to prepare for a retake after receiving a
score, but it also allows the applicant to make a more informed decision about what schools they should
target before the admissions process begins.
How can Foley Prep help you?
Attempting to create a plan or process for studying the GMAT often feels overwhelming, as the test is
exhaustive in its attempt to test the fundamentals of math and English that MBA programs expect
to know before applying. Foley Prep has a cohort of full-time tutors who are experts in every subject of
test, and are also well-informed and experienced on the application process of MBA admissions.
What a Foley Prep tutor provides is not only a quicker, less stressful method of learning the material
the test, but our years of expertise allow us to discern what topics are most important to derive the
highest point increase. Not just going through a generic list of each topic presented on the test,
instead targeting the concepts that have the largest impact on your score. Furthermore, there are
techniques and strategies that transcend the content-based nature of the test, which our tutors have
spent years learning and perfecting across all standardized tests.
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