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Preparing for the GMAT as an Undergrad

January 27, 2015

by Kaitlyn Lannan

Most people who are interested in going to business school don’t take the GMAT test until 2 or 3 months before they apply to business school after getting several years of work experience, but it’s never too early to start preparing!

The GMAT, which stands for Graduate Management Admission Test, is a standardized test required for most business schools, so the earlier you start preparing, the better. Just like the SAT and the ACT, the more practice you get, the better the end result will be. Use these tips to get your best score possible!

1. Talk to your friends.

Ask around to see if any of your acquaintances are planning to take the GMAT soon, or if they have taken it already. Friends can be great study partners and good first-hand sources of information about the test.

2. Buy a study book.

There are tons of GMAT prep books on the market, and your college’s bookstore probably has some in stock. Setting a small amount of time aside each day to work on a few pages adds up quickly, and will help you to be better prepared on the day of the test.

3. Consider enrolling in a preparation class.

Preparing for the exam in a formal setting cam help you to get familiar with the test material in a more personalized way. If you can’t fit weekly classes into your schedule, consider trying to find a tutor that is a current business school student at your college’s business school.

4. Schedule a date to take the test while you are still in school.

GMAT scores are valid for 5 years, so you can actually take the test while still an undergraduate. Your test-taking skills are sharper now than they will be a few years after graduation, so take the test now and you can always take it again if you don’t like your score.

Taking and preparing for the GMAT as early as possible is the best way to guarantee yourself a great score. Good luck on the test!

Kaitlyn Lannan is a junior at Northwestern University. She is majoring in economics and communication studies and plans on attending business school in the future. Her dream job is becoming the Chief Marketing Officer at a Fortune 500 company. You can find Kaitlyn on Twitter at @KaitlynLannan.

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