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5 Study Tips For The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

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Apr 11, 2019

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is the most widely used exam for MBA admissions all over the world. If you’re planning to study in one of the best business schools abroad, you definitely need a high GMAT rating for your application! But the question is—how?

Studying for the GMAT can be challenging because the exam is an admission for a master’s degree! Level up your study routine by studying smart!

Be well-prepared for the GMAT with this complete study guide!

What is the coverage of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)?

The GMAT consists of four sections: Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Verbal Reasoning.

Test Goal Time to complete
Analytical Writing Assessment measures your ability to think critically and to communicate your ideas 30 minutes
Integrated Reasoning measures your ability to analyze data and evaluate information presented in multiple formats 30 minutes
Quantitative Reasoning measures your ability to analyze data and draw conclusions using reasoning skills 62 minutes
Verbal Reasoning measures your ability to read and understand written material, to evaluate arguments and to correct written material to conform to standard written English 65 minutes

How can I study for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)?

1. Take a GMAT diagnostic exam.

Know yourself first by answering a GMAT diagnostic test; You can find many free diagnostic tests online! This is the best way to measure your stock knowledge and performance in the four test sections of the GMAT: Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Verbal Reasoning.

The results of your diagnostic test will help you determine your strengths and weaknesses in the GMAT. Did you struggle in the essay part? Did you answer the quantitative reasoning like a pro?  You’ll get to know the specific subject areas you need to work on to achieve your target grade in the GMAT!

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What’s your target grade in the GMAT? Maybe 500? Or how about 700? Set a specific, measurable goal!

2. Create an attainable study plan.

You’ll probably be working full-time while pursuing your MBA studies. Preparing for the GMAT won’t be easy, but with proper discipline and time management, you can make it through!

The smartest way to prepare for the GMAT is to create an attainable study plan. Your study plan should be tailor-made for your busy schedule. You don’t want to set unrealistic goals only to get frustrated later on. So follow a study plan that you know will work for you. Set your study sessions during weekends or in between work schedules to achieve productive results.

3. Practice, practice, practice.

Practice makes progress. Today, there are so many review materials you can find in bookstores and online. This is your chance to polish your skills in writing, problem-solving, and critical thinking! Got a low GMAT grade in the diagnostic test? Practice until you’ve mastered the techniques on how to write an effective essay and solve complex situational problems!

4. Time yourself while you take practice tests.

Time is a heavy factor when taking important exams like the GMAT. But keep calm! To overcome time pressure on the exam day, time yourself during practice tests and imagine it’s the actual exam. This technique will teach you how to effectively manage your time while under pressure!

Take note of the following time limits per GMAT test section:

Test Time to complete
Analytical Writing Assessment 30 minutes
Integrated Reasoning 30 minutes
Quantitative Reasoning 62 minutes
Verbal Reasoning 65 minutes
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5. Take a mock test for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

Finally, it’s time for the mock test. The mock test will be a comprehensive review test that is like an actual GMAT exam. This test will determine how well you’ve improved after your review sessions! Compare the grade you got in the mock test with your score in the diagnostic exam. Remember, your greatest competitor is yourself so keep aiming for your personal best!


The road to your MBA degree will be riddled with challenges. But difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. Start your journey strong by acing the GMAT. We’re excited to see you among the country’s future business leaders!

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Winona Rica L. Sigue

Winona is an accounting student at the University of Santo Tomas. She contributes articles for Edukasyon.ph. Her artistic pursuits inspire her to paint and watch theatre plays. She embraces a minimalist lifestyle.

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