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Most business schools require you to take the GMAT or Graduate Management Admission Test. The GMAT is now a three-and-a-half-hour computer adaptive test (CAT) with multiple-choice math and verbal sections. It also features an analytical writing assessment section, which is comprised of two essays on business-related topics. It's the kind of test you hate to take and schools love to require.

Why is the GMAT required? B-schools believe it measures your verbal and quantitative skills and predicts success in the MBA program. Some think this is a bunch of hooey, but most schools weigh your GMAT scores heavily in the admissions decision. If nothing else, it gives the school a quantitative tool to compare you with other applicants.

Most people feel they have no control over the GMAT. They dread it as the potential bomb in their application. But you have more control than you think. You can take a test-preparation course to review the math and verbal material, learn test-taking strategies, and build your confidence. Test-prep courses can be highly effective. The Princeton Review offers what we think is the best GMAT course available. Another option is to take a look at Kaplan GMAT prep courses.

GMAT Test CenterHow many times should you take the GMAT? More than once, if you didn't ace it on the first try. But watch out: Multiple scores that fall in the same range make you look unprepared. Don't take the test more than once if you don't expect a decent increase, and don't even think of taking it the first time without serious preparation. Two tries is best. Three, if there were unusual circumstances or if you really need another shot at it. If you take it more than three times, the admissions committee will think you have an unhealthy obsession with filling in dots. A final note: if you submit more than once score, most schools will take the highest.

If you don't have math course on your college transcript or numbers-oriented work experience, it's especially important to get a solid score on the quantitative section. There's a lot of math between you and the MBA.

GMAT Basics

GMAT ScoresHere, you will learn about what is GMAT, the average GMAT score, and the difference between GMAT and GRE. We also cover introduction to Problem Solving, Data Proficiency, Reading Comprehension, Sentence Correction, and Critical Reasoning.

GMAT Study Guides

GMAT Official GuideThis site covers GMAT test taking strategies, including GMAT Math, GMAT Verbal, and GMAT Analytical Writing. In each section, you will find sample questions, how to answer and answers with explanations.

GMAT Preparation

We offer a full sample verbal test - 6 sentence completion questions, 8 reading comprehension questions, 7 analogy questions, and 9 antonym questions: GMAT Practice Tests (Sample Reading Comprehension Questions, Sample GMAT Sentence Correction Questions, and Sample GMAT Critical Reasoning Questions). 

Also check out our sample essay for GMAT AWA Issue Questions, and GMAT AWA Argument Questions

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