Fall applications to business school are just around the corner. Are you ready to take the GMAT? Here are three study tips to help any Montreal student achieve success on the exam.
1: Start Studying Early
It’s the rare student who achieves a top GMAT score without some kind of preparation. The process begins when you take a GMAT practice test in Montreal through an accredited test prep centre that can assess your skill and help you set out a game plan. It’s important to get a feel for the exam and what kind of questions will be asked. While the GMAT has a reputation for asking challenging math questions, the test also asks you to answer reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and sentence completion questions. An essay section at the beginning of the test asks you to demonstrate your ability to write a coherent written argument.
If you know you have better general skills in one area than another, you might want to set up an appointment with a qualified instructor who can talk over your strengths and weaknesses with you and come up with a game plan. Armed with this information, you’ll have a realistic understanding of what you need to study and how long it will take to reach your score goal.
2: Define Your Score Goal
Business schools use the GMAT to gauge how well you’ll do in their business programs, but each school has a different threshold. Top-tier business schools in Canada and the US will typically be looking for scores over 700, with most incoming students scoring in the 720-760 range.
You may have a specific score in mind, or it may emerge as you start preparing for your GMAT in Montreal. The right instructor can make a difference – someone who’s achieved a score in the top 2-3 percentile on the test can give you the tools to achieve similar success.
There are several course options offered by better test preparation services, ranging from small classes to tutoring one-on-one. All of these can be scheduled for the weekend, so you can rest easy knowing you’ll have minimal need to prepare during the work week. What’s more, these classes dive deep into the content over up to 100 hours of instruction, giving you the most complete preparation possible.
3: Prepare The Other Parts Of Your Application
In addition to your score goal, as you begin to prepare for the GMAT itself you’ll want to think about the other components of your application. Most schools require a similar range of materials in addition to your GMAT score: a personal statement; a resume; letters of recommendation; and your transcripts from your undergraduate career (and other master’s programs if you have them).
Events and webinars can also serve to demystify the test while preparing for your GMAT. Quantum Test Prep has many events at some of Canada’s premier business schools, like the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. These information sessions can familiarize you with the structure of the GMAT and sections of the test that may feel unfamiliar, like integrated reasoning. Trial classes provide an interactive opportunity to engage with the Quantum Test Prep approach and curriculum.
When the time comes to take the exam, you’ll feel confident knowing that you have all the right tools in your arsenal.