13 Most Common GMAT Mistakes and How to Avoid Them


Everybody’s afraid of making mistakes on the GMAT, and it’s hard to know sometimes exactly where you’re getting tripped up in your prep or on the exam. But you can be a step ahead of the game if you avoid the most common traps for test-takers.

In this article, I’ll go over the most common mistakes in GMAT prep, strategy, and specific sections, so you can weed out any errors you might be making now and avoid them in the future. Continue reading “13 Most Common GMAT Mistakes and How to Avoid Them”

GMAT Prep Timeline: From Registration to Exam Day


You’re applying to business school and you know you need to take the GMAT. But deciding to take the exam is just the beginning. When do you start studying? What should you be doing at each step along the way?

In this article, I’ll walk you through the ideal GMAT prep timeline, step by step, from registering for the test to taking the exam. I’ll also cover the  reasons why you might want to adjust your GMAT study timeline, so you can be confident that you have a solid plan leading up to test day. Continue reading “GMAT Prep Timeline: From Registration to Exam Day”

The Best GMAT Diagnostic Test + 13 Tips to Plan Your Prep

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So you’re ready to start studying for the GMAT! Great…but how do you start? The best way to kick off your exam prep is with a GMAT diagnostic test, which will help you see where your score is starting off, how much you need to improve, what kinds of prep resources you’ll need, and how to craft the perfect study plan for yourself.

In this article, I’ll go over where to find the best free GMAT diagnostic test, how to analyze your test results, and tips for customizing an effective study plan just for you.

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Free GMAT Prep: 12 Practice Tests, Questions, and Apps


Applying to the GMAT can be expensive. There are fees for just about everything, and the costs can quickly add up. GMAT prep can be especially costly, whether you’re investing in prep courses, software, tutoring, or even books. If you’re concerned with keeping your expenses low, studying for the GMAT can seem daunting.

The good news is that there are many high quality GMAT resources available that are free or low cost. In this guide, I’ll take you through the very best free GMAT prep resources, from practice tests to apps, and offer suggestions for ways to save money while you study.

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Khan Academy GMAT Prep: 3 Tips for How It Can Help You


You may have heard of Khan Academy as a free resource offering standardized test prep. But can you use Khan Academy for GMAT prep? What can it help you with?

In this article, I’ll go over the different Khan Academy GMAT prep materials, how to use them, and what Khan Academy can and can’t do for your GMAT study plan. Continue reading “Khan Academy GMAT Prep: 3 Tips for How It Can Help You”

Retaking the GMAT: Should You Do It?

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So you’ve taken the GMAT! You spent hours and hours studying, you woke up at the crack of dawn on test day and got to the test center early, you remembered all of your formulas, and you mastered the obscure grammar rules. But you still didn’t get the score you hoped for. Should you retake the exam?

Many students think about retaking the GMAT exam, but have questions about the process: Can you retake the GMAT? Should you retake the GMAT? What do schools think about students who have retaken the GMAT?

In this guide, I’ll explain the GMAT retake policy and discuss whether or not it’s a good idea to take the exam more than once. By the end, you’ll have a clear idea of whether or not retaking the GMAT is the best choice for you.

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Can You Get a GMAT Fee Waiver?


If you’re concerned about finances as you’re applying to business school, affording the GMAT fee can be a serious challenge. After all, the GMAT is expensive: It costs $250 to take the exam, and you’ll have to pay the full fee every time if you want to take the test more than once.

Unfortunately, GMAC doesn’t offer GMAT fee waivers directly to applicants, but you do have options for getting your GMAT fee waived or reduced. In this article, I’m going to talk about your options for GMAT fee waivers, how to get them, who qualifies, and other money saving tips to make your GMAT prep more affordable and accessible.

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4 Key Rules for GMAT Probability Questions

Does it seem like you're rolling the dice every time you answer a probability question? Read on for some simple tips that will help you feel more confident.

If Hayley studies for five hours a day for 30 days leading up to the GMAT, what’s the probability that she’ll meet her goal GMAT score?

While you won’t see a question exactly like that on the GMAT, you’ll encounter a number of probability questions on the quantitative section of the GMAT. Many GMAT test-takers are intimidated by probability questions, but if that’s you, don’t worry! In this guide, I’ll teach you everything you need to know to conquer probability on the GMAT.

First, I’ll walk you through the four essential GMAT probability rules you’ll need to answer every probability question. Then, I’ll offer several other tips for acing probability questions. Next, I’ll walk you through four sample GMAT probability questions with explanations. Finally, I’ll give you some tips on practicing for probability questions. What’s the probability that you’ll ace  probability GMAT questions after reading this guide? Pretty high, I’d say.

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GMAT Score Report: Everything You Need to Know


In this guide, I’ll cover everything you need to know about your GMAT score report: what’s on it, what it means, and how schools use it in their MBA admissions decisions. I’ll cover what’s actually on a GMAT score report, both official and unofficial, show you a GMAT official score report sample, and walk you through some of the most frequently asked questions about GMAT score reports.

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What Is on the GMAT? Expert Guide to GMAT Subjects


If you’re applying to business school, you’re probably going to have to take the GMAT, or the Graduate Management Admissions Test. Preparing for the GMAT requires a lot of time and effort, but you can’t create a successful study plan without knowing exactly what topics it tests you on.

So if you’re just beginning your GMAT prep, you’re probably wondering: what are the major GMAT subjects? What skills does the GMAT test, and what’s the basic format of the exam? What kinds of questions will I see? What topics should I be studying, and do I have to memorize anything? In short: what is on the GMAT?

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