How to Study for the GMATs


When it comes to studying for the GMAT exam, there are no magic formulas, no secrets, no tricks—just planning, preparation, and consistency. Every month, thousands of people around the world have accepted their fate to take this standardized adaptive exam in hopes to walk out with a competitive score of 700 or above. Because of its return on investment, it is imperative that you understand how to effectively prepare and study for this test.

When studying for the GMATs, you must first and foremost understand that this preparation will require an overall commitment on your time, and possibly your money. Because of this, try and block off three to four months with 15 to 20 hours of studying per week before your scheduled test date. This will allow you to learn the necessary skills and foundation for the exam so that you can effectively perform on test day.

As for the exam, it is important you understand the type of problems you will see on the test. While there are only two sections, quantitative and verbal, these sections will cover five types of questions:

  • Problem solving
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Sentence Correction
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Reading Comprehension

Within those specific sections, they will have their own sub questions tailored towards the difficulty and complexity of the exam. Now to succeed on the GMATs, it is immensely helpful to recognize the questions not merely as vehicles for assessment, but as the assessment themselves. Learning the strengths, weaknesses, flaws, and tricks of each individual questing will allow you to gain a stronger arsenal come test day.

To help you with this, I would highly advise you consider taking a GMAT prep class such as Veritas or Manhattan GMAT. These prep classes will help you understand your own skill and ability level, what areas you are good at, what areas you still need to master, how to work and perfect your timing, and how to analyzing your exam. Be mindful that those who do better on the GMAT exam tend to spend more time studying for it, on average. But there is no cause–and-effect process at work here. Studying 107 hours does not guarantee that you will score in the 600 range. Instead, understand and internalize the problems. Even if you get them write, look back at the strategies and begin incorporating new methods such as plugging in answers, backwards solving, etc. into your tool box.

Good luck and happy studying.

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About Sabah Mikha

Sabah Mikha laid the foundation for his career in financial services at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he gained expertise through a combination of hands-on experience and relevant coursework. Sabah is a business economics major who achieved Dean’s Honors for his academic performance, he chose to enhance his studies with a role at Washington Mutual Bank. For nearly two years, he maintained his commitments as a full-time student with his role as Operations Supervisor at Washington Mutual’s Santa Barbara branch, where he managed a team of financial representatives and tellers, ensured compliance with bank policies and federal regulations, and audited crucial documents. Besides fulfilling his myriad professional duties as a financial professional, Sabah Mikha, a Los Angeles resident, performs a wide range of charitable acts and supports a number of worthy causes that benefit the underprivileged locally and internationally. Sabah Mikha regularly contributes to Habitat for Humanity International, an organization that dedicates its resources to building safe, decent, and affordable housing for low-income families. He also participates in a number of outfits that benefit cancer research, such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, an organization that advocates for US women with ovarian cancer and seeks to increase funding for research into the areas of life-saving treatments, improved health care and early detection tests. Sabah Mikha actively participates in the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Cancer Program at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and completed its 5K Run & Friendship Walk on November 13, 2011 to raise funds for ovarian cancer awareness and research. In the prior year Sabah Mikha’s team raised over $3,000.

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