For MBA applicants, the dreaded GMAT is often the biggest obstacle on the long road to business school. And while most schools now accept the GRE, admissions staff still see the GMAT as a founding pillar of any successful MBA application.
At Chicago Booth, the student average GMAT score is 726 (out of a maximum 800). At Hong Kong’s HKUST, 710. To be admitted by the top tier schools, it helps to get a 700+ GMAT.
We spoke to seven high-achieving MBAs from seven top business schools to find out how.
Charles Sudborough, London Business School, GMAT: 740
To score high in the GMAT requires hard work, focus and honesty with your weak areas. If you don't need to prepare for it, count yourself in the genius category!
Efficiency is key. Work out what you’re bad at in the first week by taking a diagnostic test and then focus on the weak points.
I only used the official textbooks. They offer over 1000 questions so it's hard to run out. If you can get 90% of those right, in the time allowed per question, you'll nail the GMAT.
Michael Stewart, Cass Business School, GMAT: 720
Here are three pieces of advice for future MBA applicants taking the GMAT:
1. Know your preferred learning style, and find a resource that fits.
There is such an abundance of GMAT study resources available that it can be overwhelming. Think about times you have had exam success in your past and mirror those experiences in your GMAT prep. I enjoyed the interactive nature of the Economist GMAT Tutor. The online platform felt very similar to the actual GMAT, which helped calm my nerves and boost my confidence on exam day.
2. Watch the clock.
There’s a fine line between being mindful of the clock in an exam, and letting it stress you out. But whatever you do, don’t ignore it! The GMAT is the most time-sensitive exam I have come across, so make sure you keep this in mind. Be strict with your time-per-question during your prep and simulate exam day conditions during your practice tests.
3. Minimize exam day stress.
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