GMAT Tutoring & Test Preparation
Given your goal is to further your career by attending business school, the GMAT is probably the most important exam of your life. The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a standardized test that allows business schools to compare your knowledge to that of other applicants. It is a prerequisite for admission, meaning all students must take it. Because the GMAT is a standardized exam, your performance is only as good as other students perform in comparison. Therefore your performance on the GMAT has a huge impact on your admissions competitiveness, as well as your financial aid options. If you aspire to attend the best business school possible, then you must take your GMAT preparation seriously.
The test consists of four sections, administered in the following order:
- Analytical Writing Assessment
- Integrated Reasoning
The Analytical Writing Assessment is a 30-minute essay assignment in which you must analyze and critique a written argument. The Integrated Reasoning section presents you with data in various formats, such as charts, tables, and graphs, as asks you to analyze or utilize that data for the means of some solution. The Quantitative section tests your ability to interpret data and use math skills to solve quantitative problems; you will also have to decide whether there is adequate information provided to solve the problem. Finally, the verbal section forces you to evaluate various essays and to correct the formatting and grammar thereof; essay topics range from social sciences, to physical sciences, to business. The entire exam is 3 ½ to 4 hours in duration with optional breaks. Your scores on individual sections will be considered in addition to your total score, so any weak areas will be exposed. Don’t rely on your strengths in one area to make up for weaknesses in another.
Personalized Studying Strategies
With such a broad and comprehensive test, you need to strategically approach your preparation. Begin with an GMAT practice test, preferably one provided by the Graduate Management Admission Council. This will serve as a diagnostic baseline. The section in which you scored the lowest should be your first priority. The question then becomes, if you had difficulty with one or more section, do you feel confident in your ability to improve those weak areas? Preparation books are certainly helpful, but they cannot assess the specific skills you need to improve. They’re written to provide preparation for everyone. However no two students are exactly the same in needs nor in learning style.
A TutorNerds expert can specifically tailor your GMAT preparation in order to efficiently and effectively produce results. Our GMAT tutors can outline an organized approach to the GMAT that fits with your needs as well as your schedule. Together, you will work through the concepts covered by the GMAT in order to ensure you have a solid understanding of the material from the start. From there, you will cover hundreds, even thousands, of GMAT questions. This will provide an opportunity for your tutor to explain typical types of questions and test-taking strategies while at the same time increasing your knowledge. This combination of total immersion with learning strategies designed specifically for you creates the optimal test preparation environment.
The GMAT is a very significant building block of your application to business school. It’s one thing to work with a test prep book, or even a GMAT class. But to really optimize your admissions potential, you need to work with an expert who understands how the GMAT fits into your entire application. Given your goals, what score is necessary? And how close are you to achieving that score? Are your goals realistic? TutorNerds GMAT tutors and consultants will be able to provide you with the answers you need to put together a strong application. He or she will help you establish a list of goals with deadlines. Most importantly, you will have a supportive expert to provide feedback along the way.
GMAT preparation is certainly intensive given the volume of material covered by the exam. But students consistently show increased scores with adequate preparation. We recommend students begin their preparation 12 to 24 weeks prior to their exam. We offer a free consultation with one of out business school admissions experts if you have any questions.
Benefits of TutorNerds GMAT Test Prep
- One-on-one Instruction from Experts
- Personalized Approach
- Convenient Scheduling
- Distraction-free Learning
- Holistic Admissions Approach
Give TutorNerds a call today to begin your business school application preparation with a GMAT expert and your application process with our Business School Admissions Consultants.