Access to graduate school depends greatly on how well you do on standardized tests, mainly the GMAT or GRE.
Both tests consist of 3 sections:
- Verbal section: tests your logical verbal reasoning
- Quantitative section: tests the sharpness of your analytical skills
- Writing/Essays: tests your capacity to think and write critically about a given topic
While GMAT focuses more on your business-related topics and tends to be more quant-heavy, GRE, on the other hand, covers a variety of topics (from arts to biology) and tends to be more verbal-heavy.
Both tests are valid for 5 years
- Start early: preparing for these exams can be tricky, especially for applicants from non-American universities. Start as early as possible and dedicate at least 1-2 months to study.
- Learn how to beat the test: getting high scores is also about having a clear strategy.
- Practice on full tests: as the exam date gets closer, make sure you take at least two full practice tests in similar conditions to those of the test center.
- GMAT website: interactive video lessons, webinars, and practice full tests.
- Manhattan series: for verbal/quant review resources (the application is free to install with 2 practice tests, additional tests may be purchased at 50 USD per 2 tests).
- GMAT Club: is a community to exchange information, experiences, and resources.
- Magoosh.com: online test preparation for on-the-go practice.
- Veritas Prep Videos: contain useful strategy tips (interactive platform)
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