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What's The Best Way To Start Your GMAT Test Prep?

Ron Purewal, Stanford graduate and veteran GMAT tester, answers your Applicant Question of the Week

Thu Apr 25 2019



It's time for another Applicant Question of the Week at BusinessBecause!

Every week, we give you the opportunity to ask one of our chosen admissions experts anything you want to know about getting into business school. One question each week is chosen for our expert to answer.

This week, our question comes from an anonymous user.

Their question is answered by Ron Purewal, Stanford graduate and veteran GMAT tester.

Applicant Question of the Week:

Dear BusinessBecause,

What steps do I need to take to begin my GMAT test prep? 

The Answer:

It comes down largely to background skills. What do you need to know before you start studying for the GMAT test? What don’t you need to know?


For quant, you’ll have to dust off your basics from school, up to first-year high-school algebra and geometry. That’s it; you’ll never need — or even get the chance to use — anything more ‘advanced’, such as trigonometry, calculus, or formal proof.

Particularly important are arithmetic (no calculators!), basic algebra, fractions, percents, ratios,...

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