Post # 1
Just wondering if anyone has any advice? How long did you study? Im applying to grad school and take the GMAT in October. I hate standardized tests and I’m a little nervous about it, so any advice is appreciated!! 🙂
Post # 3
I took the GMAT back almost 7 years ago. I didn’t really study that much and the proctors had a raging fight behind the glass during the math portion but I still did pretty well. I think I studied off and on for a few weeks but nothing serious. I’m not very good at standardized tests normally so I’m not sure if the GMAT wasn’t that hard or what.
Post # 4
I didn’t, but I was with my SO when he was prepping for it. He actually took it twice. After the first time, he thought he could get a better score and ended up studying for months by going through the books and practice tests and also meeting with someone who’d done well on it. I think he definitely focused on the practice tests and did them with timers to simulate the feel of the actual test. He graduated in Dec. from grad school, so I’d say it all worked out! 🙂
Post # 5
I studied for 4 months and got a 720. Ended up getting interviewed at every single school other than Dartmouth. Dinged at Wharton, waitlisted at Booth…I got into all the other ones and ended up going to the one I connected to the most emotionally.
I did not have to study for the verbal as I am (well, was) an attorney. However I had completed my quantitative education at 18 because I tested out of all the quant courses for my undergrad degree. So I had a lot of work to make up on for math. Just to give you an example, I had forgotten the definition of an integer when I started.
Feel free to shoot me any questions about the GMAT or business school. My favourite books were Manhattan Prep.
Post # 6
I only studied for about 2 weeks. How much you study will depend on your baseline vs. what score you need to attend the school of your choice. Find out what you need to score, then take the one of the free practice tests you have access to once you register online with GMAC (they issue the GMAT). Then, you’ll have a better idea of how much ground you need to cover.
Post # 7
My FI just took it and didn’t do so well, but he’s applying to executive MBA programs so the averages are much low. It’s similar to the GRE, which I took and did pretty well on. Just study as much as you can and try to stay calm!
Post # 8
Thank you everyone! I need to start studying more, just gets hard to motivate myself after I get home from work. With the places I am applying I would be happy with a 600-650. If I got anywhere in the 700’s I’d probably pass out. HA. Math is not my strong suit so thats what I am most concerned about.
Post # 9
@Miss_Moose: I took the GMAT 2 years ago – I studied maybe 4 hours to touch up on a few math skills. I had every intention of actually studying for it – but that didn’t happen. I scored somewhere in the high 400s (480+??). How embarrassing! lol. However, the score I needed for the school I was at was like a 300 (which is basically just showing up) so that’s why I didn’t study/take it seriously. I continued into grad school at the same school I did my undergrad – the admission requirements for my program combined the GMAT score with my cumulative undergrad GPA. My GPA was high enough that I didn’t have to score high on the GMAT at all – and regardless I would be admitted.
I’m sorry I’m no help – you’re probably wondering why I even bothered to share my story. Lol. Just wanted to let you know that studying is a MUST if you plan to be a competitive grad school candidate.