Preparing for the GMAT

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Person checking box on test**GMAT scores last for five years, so be sure that you plan on applying for graduate school before the five year deadline otherwise you must retake the exam**

If you have never heard about the GMAT test and would like to know more about it click the link to find out: What is the GMAT?

So you know what the GMAT test is, but how do you prepare for it?

  1. Register for the GMAT

First off, you need to go to and register for an account along with signing up for a testing facility and date for the exam. Make sure you choose a date for the exam that you are confident you can execute because there are rescheduling and cancellation fees. Also, scheduling your test center is pretty convenient since the University of North Georgia has a registered testing center in the Stewart.

  1. Develop a Study Plan

Secondly, you need to develop a study plan. On the same site (, there are resources like handbooks, baseline tests, performance reports, and practice test materials that help you get familiar with the test format. Studying with these official materials will give you a better chance at having a higher score on the exam, because you can familiarize yourself with the testing format.

  1. Study Materials

Next, start studying the materials as often as you can and as far out from the exam that you can. When you are acquainted with the material and layout of the exam, it relieves a little more stress from the actual test day. In addition, from studying the test formats, you will be able to gauge your own pace within the allotted time for each section of the exam.

  1. Prepare for the Exam Day

Lastly, plan for your test day to the best of your ability. We came up with a few helpful tips for taking the test and how to prepare for the actual test day:

  • The GMAT exam includes four sections: analytical writing assessment, integrated reasoning, quantitative, and verbal. The test is taken in a designated exam facility on a computer, and as you progress through the test the more questions answered correctly, the harder the test becomes. However, the more questions that are answered incorrectly the easier the questions become. So don’t let up on studying the harder concepts and be encouraged if the questions get harder because it means you are doing well.
  • Students will have roughly 4 hours to take the test with 30 minutes breaks. It’s a good idea to pack a bottle of water or snacks to replenish you mind and body (be sure to check your test facility’s food and beverage policies).
  • Don’t forget to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep the night before to ensure an alert mind.
  • Don’t rush, but take your time according to how you studied the test format.
  • Lastly, just don’t forget to breathe. You are able to solve comprehensive problems correctly when you have a calm intuition.