GMAT Part II: 5 Tips for Preparing for the Exam

As a service to our applicants, Neeley offers a free GMAT prep course, which provides an overview of what to expect on the exam. The course is also an opportunity to expose applicants to the TCU experience, the MBA program and the Neeley School of Business facilities.

Thomas Davis (TCU MBA ’04), former TCU accounting instructor, teaches TCU’s GMAT prep course. Davis was key in the development of the course and has taught the GMAT class since its inception in 2004. As you’re preparing to take the GMAT exam and apply to an MBA program, Davis has this advice:

  1. Take a prep course. The best way to prepare for the GMAT is to take a prep course such as the free course offered to Neeley applicants. A prep course provides you the opportunity to refine your skills and learn study habits that will prove valuable when the time comes to take your exam.
  2. Timing is everything. “Timing is the most important factor of the GMAT,” says Davis. “If you’ve mastered the GMAT timing [by taking timed practice exams] and you have a reasonable handle on the content, you will perform better than someone who has mastered the content but only has a reasonable handle on the timing.”
  3. Multiple-choice score matters most. The GMAT score, ranging from 200 to 800, reflects the verbal and quantitative multiple choice sections only. The integrated reasoning and analytical writing assessment are scored separately. “These separate scores are important, but the main score is far more important, thus anyone studying for the GMAT should spend the majority of his or her study time on verbal and quantitative multiple choice,” Davis says. 
  4. Take a full-length timed practice exam. Practice exams are free at “If you haven’t taken a full-length timed practice exam, don’t take the real exam,” says Davis. “The first time you take the GMAT is practice; you can practice for free or you can practice for $250 (the exam fee); I strongly recommend the first option.”
  5. Focus on your weaknesses—but not too much. It’s wise to know the test areas in which you are weakest, but if you spend all of your prep time focusing on these areas alone, you may find yourself unprepared in other areas on the test. Try to complete a set number of prep questions in each category daily and then complete additional questions in the category in which you need the most practice.

Though the GMAT is not the only means by which your acceptance into an MBA program is based, it merits your attention and effort. Neeley School of Business faculty spent significant time developing the GMAT prep course to benefit MBA applicants. Take advantage of a free opportunity to prepare for the exam and a better chance of acceptance into TCU’s esteemed MBA program.

Learn more about the exam in GMAT Part I: Importance of the Exam on TCU VOICES.

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