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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

http://www.beatthegmat.com

http://www.gmatfree.com/main-page/

Practice Tests/Questions (All Sections):

Kaplan GMAT Practice Questions

TestPrepReview GMAT Test Directory

GMAT Mini Test

http://online.4gmat.com/learn/GMAT-Diagnostic-Test

http://www.testpreppractice.net/GMAT/free-gmat-downloads/dtest.exe

http://www.examrace.com/GMAT/GMAT-Sample-Tests/

ANALYTICAL WRITING ASSESSMENT:

WorldWise Tutoring’s AWA Guide

Analysis of Argument Questions

Analysis of an Issue Questions

INTEGRATED REASONING:

GMATPill-IR-EBook

https://magoosh.com/gmat/category/integrated-reasoning/

QUANTITATIVE:

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

http://mba.graduateshotline.com/gmat_quantitative_test.html#.WD3PbbROKhA

http://mba.graduateshotline.com/gmat_quantitative_test2.html#.WD3PfrROKhA

https://magoosh.com/gmat/category/quantitative/

https://gmat.magoosh.com/flashcards/math/decks

http://www.free-test-online.com/gmat-test

http://free-quiz.4gmat.com/quizzes/math_quiz_1/

http://free-quiz.4gmat.com/quizzes/math_quiz_2/

http://free-quiz.4gmat.com/quizzes/math_quiz_3/

http://free-quiz.4gmat.com/quizzes/math_quiz_4/

http://free-quiz.4gmat.com/quizzes/math_quiz_5/

http://free-quiz.4gmat.com/quizzes/math_quiz_17/

Data Sufficiency:

Veritas Prep Data Sufficiency

http://www.examrace.com/GMAT/GMAT-Sample-Tests/GMAT-Data-Sufficiency.html

http://www.platinumgmat.com/practice_gmat_questions/data_sufficiency_questions

http://www.questionbank.4gmat.com/mba_prep_sample_questions/data_sufficiency/

Problem Solving:

ExamRace Basic Mathematics

http://www.examrace.com/GMAT/GMAT-Sample-Tests/GMAT-Problem-Solving.html

http://www.platinumgmat.com/practice_gmat_questions/problem_solving_questions

Math formulas:

Aristotle GMAT Concepts & Formulae

http://www.platinumgmat.com/gmat_study_guide/math_formulas

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-math-equations/

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

http://www.questionbank.4gmat.com/mba_prep_sample_questions/speed_time_distance/

http://www.questionbank.4gmat.com/mba_prep_sample_questions/inequalities/

http://www.questionbank.4gmat.com/mba_prep_sample_questions/simple_compound_interest/

http://www.platinumgmat.com/gmat_study_guide/algebra

http://www.questionbank.4gmat.com/mba_prep_sample_questions/algebra/

http://www.questionbank.4gmat.com/mba_prep_sample_questions/quadratic_equation/

http://www.questionbank.4gmat.com/mba_prep_sample_questions/ratio_proportion/

http://www.questionbank.4gmat.com/mba_prep_sample_questions/work_time_pipes_cisterns/

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

http://www.platinumgmat.com/gmat_study_guide/arithmetic

http://www.questionbank.4gmat.com/mba_prep_sample_questions/percentages/

http://www.questionbank.4gmat.com/mba_prep_sample_questions/profit_loss/

http://www.questionbank.4gmat.com/mba_prep_sample_questions/number_systems/

http://www.questionbank.4gmat.com/mba_prep_sample_questions/permutation_combination_probability/

http://www.questionbank.4gmat.com/mba_prep_sample_questions/set_theory/

http://www.questionbank.4gmat.com/mba_prep_sample_questions/ap_gp/

http://www.questionbank.4gmat.com/mba_prep_sample_questions/averages/

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

http://www.platinumgmat.com/gmat_study_guide/geometry

http://www.questionbank.4gmat.com/mba_prep_sample_questions/geometry/

http://www.questionbank.4gmat.com/mba_prep_sample_questions/mensuration/

VERBAL:

ITypeUSA Verbal Test

ExamRace Verbal Sample Questions

GMAT Verbal Test

https://magoosh.com/gmat/category/verbal/

Reading Comprehension:

GMAT Reading Test

http://www.eduers.com/gmat/samplereadingcomprehension.htm

http://www.examrace.com/GMAT/GMAT-Sample-Tests/GMAT-Reading-Comprehension.html

http://www.majortests.com/gmat/reading_comprehension.php

http://www.platinumgmat.com/practice_gmat_questions/reading_comprehension_questions

Critical Reasoning:

http://www.eduers.com/gmat/samplecriticalreasoning.htm

http://www.examrace.com/GMAT/GMAT-Sample-Tests/GMAT-Critical-Reasoning.html

http://www.majortests.com/gmat/critical_reasoning.php

http://www.platinumgmat.com/practice_gmat_questions/critical_reasoning_questions

Sentence Correction:

Manhattan Review Sentence Correction Guide

1000 Real GMAT Sentence Correction Questions

http://www.eduers.com/gmat/samplesentencecorrection.htm

http://www.examrace.com/GMAT/GMAT-Sample-Tests/GMAT-Sentence-Correction.html

http://www.majortests.com/gmat/sentence_correction.php

http://www.platinumgmat.com/practice_gmat_questions/sentence_correction_questions

http://free-quiz.4gmat.com/quizzes/sentence_correction_quiz_1/

http://questionbank.4gmat.com/GMAT_verbal_practice/Sentence_Correction/

Vocabulary:

Manhattan Review GMAT Vocabulary List

GMAT Vocabulary List

Idioms:

https://gmat.magoosh.com/flashcards/idioms/decks

http://www.platinumgmat.com/about_gmat/sc_gmat_idiom_list