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Answers to 7 Common GMAT Prep Questions

When people are just beginning their GMAT prep journey, they tend to have a lot of questions.  Our GMAT tutors have heard them all. Here are our answers to 6 common GREP prep questions.

1. What is covered on the GMAT? 

The first question many people have is, what is actually covered on the GMAT? What topics, concepts, facts, etc., do I need to know? In short, the GMAT is approximately 3.5 hours long and consists of four flexible sections: Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, and Analytical Writing Assessment.  To more fully answer this question, watch the below video.


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2. Is it better to take a GMAT course or work with a private GMAT tutor?

The best option depends on your budget, availability, and learning style. A GMAT course may be the best option for those who need structure and don't tend to perform particularly strong or weak on standardized tests. Private tutoring may be the better option for those who need more personalized attention and have a flexible schedule, and/or who fear they may score far below average or are seeking 

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3. How long does it take to study for the GMAT?

The amount of time it takes to study for the GMAT will vary depending on the individual, but typically it is recommended that you allow yourself at least 2-3 months of dedicated study time. Your GMAT study  plan should include regular practice tests, review of all subject areas, and use of additional learning material. More on that below.

4. How do I build a good GMAT study plan?

A good GMAT study plan should follow the below steps:

A.    Start by assessing your baseline knowledge: take a practice GMAT exam to get an idea of your current level of knowledge. 
B.    Identify your weaknesses: use the results of your practice exam to identify which areas you need to focus on. 
C.    Set realistic goals: break your GMAT study plan into smaller, achievable goals. 
D.    Create a study schedule: set aside dedicated time each day or week to work on specific GMAT topics. 
E.    Utilize resources: use a variety of resources such as GMAT study guides, practice questions, and online video tutorials to increase your knowledge and understanding. 
F.    Track your progress: keep track of your progress to see which areas you need to work on more and where you’re making improvements. 
G.    Take practice exams: periodically take practice exams to monitor your progress and assess your readiness for the actual exam. 
H.    Take a break: make sure to take regular breaks from studying to keep your energy and motivation up.

5. How much math do I need to know for GMAT?

The GMAT does not require any specific math skills, but it does test a wide range of mathematical concepts. You should have a strong foundation in basic arithmetic, algebra, and geometry. Additionally, you should be comfortable with basic statistics and probability, as well as data analysis. Finally, you should be familiar with basic quantitative reasoning and problem-solving skills.

6. Is the GMAT like an IQ test?

No, the GMAT is not an IQ test. It is a test you can prepare for. It will assess your knowledge of quantitative and verbal reasoning, and, most importantly, your ability to think critically. By practicing and preparing, you can increase your GMAT score dramatically.

7. What are the most important GMAT test taking strategies?

When it comes to GMAT test-taking strategies, some are important on a macro-level, as they help you throughout your preparation process. Others operate on a more micro level and can be employed on test day to help you get as many correct answers as possible.

  • Set a timeline and create a study plan: The GMAT is a difficult test and requires a lot of preparation and dedication. Make sure to give yourself enough time to study and create a study plan that works for you. 
  • Understand the format: The GMAT consists of four sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Integrated Reasoning, and Analytical Writing Assessment. Knowing the format and structure of the test will help you to prepare effectively. 
  • Focus on your weak areas: Identify your weak areas and focus on them. Make sure that you understand the concepts, as well as the types of questions that can be asked
  • Practice, practice, practice: Take as many practice tests as possible. This will help you to get familiar with the type of questions and the time limits for each section
  • Use scratch paper: Write down your calculations and thoughts to help you stay organized and save time
  • Read the questions carefully: Read the questions carefully and make sure that you understand what is being asked before you answer.
  • Manage your time: Time management is essential for success on the GMAT. Make sure to budget your time for each section and move on if you get stuck.
  • Always use the process of elimination. Don't just guess blindly if you know 2 of 4 answers are obviously wrong. Choose from between the 2 answers that could still be right to maximize your changes of getting the answer right.
  • Take breaks: Take breaks during the test to give yourself some time to relax and refocus.
  • Review your answers: Make sure to double-check your answers and review your work before submitting.


You probably have many more questions! For further information about MyGuru's proven GMAT tutoring approach, visit the GMAT prep page on our website. To learn more about the GMAT and grad school admissions in general, visit our GMAT admissions blog. Happy studying.

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