Introduction to the GMAT
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Students of this course will leave with an understanding of what's on the GMAT, how to study for it, and test-taking strategies. Each video is to the point but is packed with important information that will help you get comfortable with the exam, how to prepare, and it's structure.
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|Section 1: Introduction to the GMAT|
This lesson covers the basics you need to know about the GMAT. See the following lessons for more on each topic.
What kind of math does the GMAT test, what format does it appear in, and how difficult does it get? This lesson answers these questions.
Learn what appears on the GMAT Verbal section and how to prepare for it. For more prep tips, check out this blog post.
The AWA and IR Sections
It is important to understand how the GMAT calculates your score, and what this means for you as a test-taker. Fact: The GMAT uses Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT). This means, first of all, that each question you answer right or wrong determines what questions you will see later in the GMAT.
For more information, check out this blog post.
When you take a GMAT, you get a whole collection of scores: (a) an AWA score (1-6); (b) an Integrated Reasoning score (1-8), (c) a raw Quant score, and (d) a raw Verbal score. These last two (and not the first two) contribute to the overall 200-800 GMAT score. To read more, check out this blog post.
Suppose you have some block of time (one month, three months, etc.) to study & prepare for the GMAT. Of course, there’s lots of hard content to learn. The question arises between these two contrasting approaches:
1) APPROACH #1: Learn everything thing thoroughly, practicing without time constraints until you are comfortable, and only then pick up the pace and practice with time constraints. In this approach, maybe the last 50% or 30% of your total preparation time will involve working with full time-constraints like those you will have on test day.
2) APPROACH #2: Practice within test-like time constraints essentially from the beginning of your practice. In this approach, over 95% of your practice will involve working with full time-constraints like those you will have on test day.
Which test is right for you and your target school?
There are plenty of ways to study for the GMAT, what's the most efficient? Here are some helpful schedules as discussed in the lesson.
Preparing for the exam experience so you can nail it on test day. More details here.