Congratulations on your decision to go to Graduate School.  This decision will change the rest of your life. An MBA will be your ticket to a good, high paying job.

Now you have to get accepted into your school of choice. In order to apply, you are going to have to take the GMAT Exam.

Don’t panic. There is plenty of help out there for you. Use this blog as a guide to learn about the GMAT structure and general strategies. Use the practice material to focus in on your specific needs, improving on your weaknesses. You can also hire a WorldWise tutor to help you prepare for the GMAT and apply to Graduate School.


GMAT Structure:

The GMAT is broken into four sections:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA):
    • 1 topic
    • 30 minutes
  • Integrated Reasoning (IR):
    • 12 questions
      • Multi-Source Reasoning
      • Graphics Interpretation
      • Two-Part Analysis
      • Table Analysis
    • 30 minutes
  • Quantitative:
    • 37 questions
      • Data Sufficiency
      • Problem Solving
    • 75 minutes
  • Verbal:
    • 41 questions
      • Reading Comprehension
      • Critical Reasoning
      • Sentence Correction
    • 75 minutes


GMAT Strategy:

The GMAT is a computer adaptive test (CAT) which actually adapts to your performance as you’re taking the test. Understanding how the CAT works and knowing a few strategies specific to this particular format can have a direct, positive impact on your score.

When you begin the GMAT, the computer assumes you have an average score and gives you a question of medium difficulty. As you get answers correct, the computer serves up more difficult questions and increases its estimate of your ability. And vice versa, as you answer incorrectly, the computer serves up easier questions and decreases its estimate of your ability. Your score is determined by an algorithm that calculates your ability level based not just on what you got right or wrong; but also on the difficulty level of the questions you answered.

Because each answer directly affects the next question, the CAT does not allow you to go back to questions you’ve already answered. On the GMAT CAT, you see only one question at a time. You won’t see the next question until you’ve provided an answer to the one in front of you. Once you’ve confirmed your answer, that’s it.

Since you can’t revisit previous questions, if you don’t know an answer, guess. Try to guess strategically by eliminating wrong answer choices, etc. But since there is a penalty for each unanswered question, it’s even better to guess randomly than to leave a question unanswered.


GMAT Practice:


Guides with Practice Questions (All Sections):

Learning Express’s GMAT Exam Success

Study Guide Zone GMAT Study Guide

GMAT Pill E-Book



Practice Tests/Questions (All Sections):

Kaplan GMAT Practice Questions 

TestPrepReview GMAT Test Directory

GMAT Mini Test



WorldWise Tutoring’s AWA Guide

Analysis of Argument Questions 

Analysis of an Issue Questions 






ExamRace Quantitative Aptitude Sample Questions 

ExamRace Quantitative Aptitude Practice 

ExamRace Quantitative Aptitude 1 

ExamRace Quantitative Aptitude 2 

UMN GMAT Math Skills Assessment 

UIS GMAT Quantitative Handout 

GMAT Club Math Book 

PlatinumGMAT Difficult Problem Solving Questions 

GraduatesHotline GMAT Quantitative Aptitude 1 

GraduatesHotline GMAT Quantitative Aptitude 2 

GraduatesHotline GMAT Quantitative Aptitude 3 

McGraw-Hill’s GMAT Math 

TestPrepPractice GMAT Quantitative


Data Sufficiency:

Veritas Prep Data Sufficiency


Problem Solving:

ExamRace Basic Mathematics


Math formulas:

Aristotle GMAT Concepts & Formulae


Algebra (Absolute Value, Distance, Exponential Equations, Inequalities, Interest, Linear Equations, Order of Operations, Quadratic Equations, Ratios, Proportions, Simplifying Expressions, System of Equations, Work):


Arithmetic (Combinatorics, Fractions, Percents, Profit, Number Properties, Operations, Permutations, Probability, Set Theory, Sequences, Series, Statistics):


Geometry (Angles, Area, Circles, Coordinate Geometry, Lines, Perimeter, Pythagorean Theorem, Quadrilaterals, Triangles):



ITypeUSA Verbal Test 

ExamRace Verbal Sample Questions 

GMAT Verbal Test


Reading Comprehension:

GMAT Reading Test


Critical Reasoning:


Sentence Correction:

Manhattan Review Sentence Correction Guide 

1000 Real GMAT Sentence Correction Questions



Manhattan Review GMAT Vocabulary List 

GMAT Vocabulary List