Taking the GMAT Exam: How to Succeed

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a standardized test designed to assess analytical writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills. It is widely used by business schools for admission into various graduate management programs, including MBA programs. If you’re planning to take the GMAT, there are some important things to know.

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Things to Know: About the GMAT Exam

I have over the past few months been preparing to take the GMAT. I have learnt so much, and in this post, I share some GMAT exam basics – what worked for me, and what you can utilise. Here are some essential tips and things to know when preparing for and taking the GMAT:


  • Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA): Assesses the ability to analyze an argument and communicate ideas effectively in written form.
  • Integrated Reasoning (IR): Measures the ability to analyze and synthesize data from different sources.
  • Quantitative Section: Evaluates mathematical and problem-solving skills.
  • Verbal Section: Tests reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and sentence correction skills.


Total scores range from 200 to 800, combining scores from the quantitative, verbal sections, and IR sections.

Test Format

Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) format, where the difficulty of questions adapts based on the test-taker’s performance.


Approximately 3.5 hours, including breaks. The AWA and IR sections are scored separately.

Remember that effective preparation is key to success on the GMAT. Create a study plan, practice regularly, and stay focused on improving your weaknesses. Additionally, consider seeking professional guidance or using GMAT prep courses to enhance your preparation further.

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Previously: Things to Know – Applying for Postgraduate Programmes: Msc/MA/MBA/PHD.

As someone who has built several startups and studied entrepreneurship at postgrad level, the question for me has been ‘would an MBA be of value to me?

To ensure I am well-informed as I am making this decision, I attended not one, but two MBA Tours (February and July) as were hosted by GMAC (the Graduate Management Admissions Council) in NYC.

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In this video, I share the key aspects of the GMAT, as well as tips for success when taking the exam (as per my research).

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Understand the Test Format: Familiarize yourself with the GMAT format, question types, and time constraints.

Create a Study Plan: Develop a structured study plan that covers all sections of the GMAT. Allocate more time to weaker areas.

Take Practice Exams: Practice with official GMAT practice exams to simulate test conditions and identify areas for improvement.

Focus on Weaknesses: Identify and prioritize your weak areas. Spend more time on improving skills in those specific areas.

Time Management: Practice time management during your study sessions and on practice exams to ensure you complete each section within the allotted time.

Review Mistakes: Analyze mistakes made during practice and understand the underlying concepts. Regularly review and reinforce your understanding.

Vocabulary Enhancement: Improve your vocabulary, especially for the verbal section. Read widely and practice critical reading skills.

Math Skills Refinement: Brush up on fundamental math skills and learn time-saving techniques for solving quantitative problems.

Integrated Reasoning Practice: Familiarize yourself with the different question types in the Integrated Reasoning section and practice interpreting data.

Essay Writing Skills: Develop and practice your essay writing skills for the Analytical Writing Assessment.

Stay Calm and Confident: Manage stress and anxiety by practicing relaxation techniques. Stay confident in your preparation.

Official GMAT Prep Materials: Utilize official GMAT prep materials, including the Official Guide for GMAT Review and GMATPrep software.

Consider Professional Help: If needed, consider professional test preparation services, tutors, or GMAT prep courses.

Remember that success on the GMAT requires a combination of content knowledge, strategic test-taking skills, and effective time management. Consistent and focused preparation is key to achieving your desired score.

Coming Up: GMAT Official Prep

The GMAT Official Prep is a valuable resource provided by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) to help you prepare for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

I have over the past few months been preparing to take the GMAT. I have learnt so much, and in this post, I share some insights on the GMAT Official Prep – what worked for me, and what you can utilise.

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