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09
Aug 2022

GMAT Integrated Reasoning Section

The GMAT Integrated Reasoning section is designed to test your ability to analyze and solve problems using multiple sources of information. This part of the GMAT tests your ability to reason by using both verbal and numerical abilities. You will be asked to interpret data from tables, charts, and graphs, draw conclusions from given information and solve problems based on two or more sets of data. 

The GMAT Integrated Reasoning Section is not a test of your knowledge in any particular content area. Rather, it measures your ability to analyze complex problems with many contributing factors included within them.

What is the Structure of the GMAT Integrated Reasoning Section?

The GMAT Integrated Reasoning Section is made up of 12 questions to be completed in 30 minutes. 

What is the Scoring on the GMAT Integrated Reasoning Section?

The GMAT Integrated Reasoning Section is scored on a scale from 1 to 8 in single-digit intervals. You will receive a separate score for the GMAT Integrated Reasoning Section, which will be reported separately from your Verbal and Quantitative scores. The GMAT Integrated Reasoning score will not affect your total score (200-800), but schools will be able to see it. 

What are the different types of questions in the GMAT Integrated Reasoning Section?  

There are four types of questions in the GMAT Integrated Reasoning Section: 

Multi-Source Reasoning, Table Analysis, Graphics Interpretation, and Two-Part Analysis. 

Multi-Source Reasoning

Multi-Source Reasoning is an important measure of your ability to examine data from multiple sources and analyze each source carefully in order to answer questions. Some will ask that you recognize discrepancies among different pieces, while others may call for drawing conclusions or determining if certain information should be considered relevant.

There are two formats for Multi-Source Reasoning questions:

Multiple-choice questions: Read the question carefully and make sure you understand what is being asked and choose the best answer out of the five choices.

Multiple-dichotomous choice questions: You will be provided with three sentences, numeral values, or algebraic expressions and you will need to decide if it meets certain conditions. For example, you will need to determine if a statement is true or if an algebraic expression is consistent with the sources or if it can solve the problem presented. 

Multi-Source Reasoning Question Strategies:

  • Based on the facts supplied, choose the answer options with the most support.
  • Analyze each source of information thoroughly, since the questions need a thorough knowledge of the facts offered.
  • Examine the questions carefully to ensure that you understand what is being asked.
  • Expect to be unfamiliar with the content covered.

Table Analysis

Table Analysis  assesses your ability to sort and evaluate a table of data to identify whether the information is useful or meets particular criteria. A brief statement describing the table or offering further information may be included. The question then asks you to choose one of three sentences, statements, numerical values, or algebraic expressions and indicate whether or not each one fits a certain requirement.

To analyze a table you might need to:

  • Find the mean, median, and/or range.
  • Determine probabilities and/or proportions.
  • Compare entries and find colorations between them. 

For example, you might be asked to:

  • If a statement is true, according to the provided table.
  • If a numerical value is consistent with the information in the table.

Table Analysis Question Strategies:

  • Take your time reading the question.
  • To identify the data analysis necessary, carefully read each word, statement, numerical value, or algebraic expression.
  • Examine the table and related text to see what kind of information is offered.
  • On the basis of the conditions stated, carefully evaluate each phrase, statement, numerical value, or algebraic expression.

Graphics Interpretation

Graphics Interpretation  measures the ability to interpret information displayed in graphs or other graph images to identify relationships and draw conclusions.

To read graphs, determine what information is represented on each axis. This can be done by carefully examining any labels or scales that may appear with the axes and title of the graph itself; it’s also important to take note if there are accompanying text strings below these items which provide additional insights. Determine the appropriate values on the horizontal and vertical axes to determine the value of a data point on the graph.

Graphics Interpretation Question Strategies:

  • Carefully read any associated content. If there is more text, it may help to clarify.
  • Examine the options in the dropdown menu before beginning any work.
  • Select the one that best completes the sentence.

Two-Part Analysis

Two-Part Analysis is designed to measure your ability in solving complex problems that can be quantitative, verbal, or some combination of both. Also your ability to make relationships between two entities. 

You might be asked to:

  • Compute the amounts of two distinct components in a combination 
  • Determine something that would be lost and/or something that would be gained in a tradeoff
  • Determine the maximum number of two distinct items that may be purchased within a certain budget.
  • Determine a first and second act that, when taken simultaneously, would bring a corporation into compliance with a new rule.

Two-Part Analysis Question Strategies:

  • Do not select an answer until you have thoroughly reviewed all of the available options.
  • Determine if tasks are dependent or independent of one another.
  • Remember that one answer choice can be the right answer for both columns.

There is no one right way to approach these questions, but it is important to be sure to carefully read the questions and identify what is being asked. To score well on this section, you will need to practice identifying relationships and drawing conclusions from data. . Expect to be unfamiliar with the content covered.

Are there any questions that you still have about the GMAT Integrated Reasoning section? Register now for a free consultation with one of our top tutors. With some practice, you will be able to approach the GMAT Integrated Reasoning section with confidence 

Contributor: Cynthia Addoumieh

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Posted on
02
Aug 2022

How to Start Preparing for the GMAT From Scratch

One of the most crucial decisions to make before beginning to prepare for the GMAT is to decide when is the ideal time to start preparing for the exam. You do not want to begin your prep too early and risk forgetting all that you have learned by the time your test date rolls around, yet on the other hand, you also do not want to leave your prep to the last minute and avoid giving yourself the appropriate amount of time to grasp the concepts needed to excel on the exam. Answering this question is not as straightforward and easy as it might sound. Taking the following factors into consideration will help you arrive at a better decision: your current English and Math skill set, your target GMAT score, the amount of time you can prep per week, and other similar questions. Nevertheless, with a sensible preparation strategy, one should be able to score well on the GMAT after about 3 months of dedicated preparation. 

University Requirements

Most business schools consider the GMAT as a crucial data point in the admissions process. But your GMAT score goal depends on what universities you want to gain acceptance into since every university has its own GMAT score requirement. So, it is best to begin your GMAT journey by researching the schools or programs that you wish to apply to and check out their average GMAT score for recently admitted candidates. From there, you can begin to gather some information regarding their application deadlines as this will provide you with a better idea of when to schedule your exam and how to adjust your study plan accordingly. 

GMAT Study Plan Strategies

We are great believers in one size doesn’t fit it all approach when it comes to prep, so instead of suggesting a fixed timeline you can follow while preparing for your GMAT, we thought of something else. You decide to start your prep with whichever section you like, for each section we have provided some recommendations, strategies, and tips you can incorporate in your GMAT study plan.

Time and Stress Management 

Before we get to the suggestions there are some significant factors to consider before and during your GMAT test preparation and these include time and stress management. A good start is reading a handful of blogs and articles that suggest many tips and strategies that can help you improve your time and stress management skills. If you want to learn more about how to master stress, how a private GMAT Tutoring can assist you with that, and more click Here.

GMAT Basics

Become Familiar With the GMAT Format and Content

Prepare yourself for what you are about to encounter during the next 3 months and on the day of your GMAT exam. All you need to know about the GMAT, its structure, sections, timing, scoring, and more can be found Here

Solve Some Problems

After you familiarize yourself with the GMAT structure you can move on to solving a few problems from each section. This will give you a general idea of how questions are formulated, what concepts you need to brush up on or start learning, how long it takes for you to solve them etc.

Take a Diagnostics Test

Whether you have begun your GMAT prep or are still at the starting line, you should take a diagnostic test towards the start of your prep so that you can track your progress. As the name itself suggests, the point of this test is to diagnose, based on your Quantitative, Verbal, and Integrated Reasoning scores, your strengths and weaknesses. Something to keep in mind; you should take the exam under the same exact conditions as the actual GMAT exam. This is an excellent representation of how the GMAT exam is conducted. To take the GMAT practice exam click Here

Tip

Take the diagnostics test only after you have worked on some problems and you have become familiar with the GMAT format. Taking the diagnostics test without having solved any types of questions before isn’t going to be of much help. Since you probably haven’t been exposed to a format like that before, your diagnostics test score isn’t going to be very high and this might lead to you feeling more stressed (and you SHOULDN’T).

Analyze Your Results

Constantly analyzing your results during your GMAT prep is essential. While you are in the process of reviewing the results of your diagnostics test, it would be helpful to ask yourself some questions to better understand the difficulties you encountered. Take note of any patterns when analyzing the solutions of some questions you got wrong or maybe you weren’t totally confident about. What section/s did you find most challenging? Which types of questions within each section were you struggling most with? Also, don’t forget to ask yourself questions about the “bigger picture” like: Were you able to finish every section? Did you feel anxious? How did you feel at the end of the test?

This will help you decide which section and/or types of questions you should concentrate your efforts into improving, and whether you need to work on your time or stress management. 

Tip

When looking at all the questions (even the ones you got right), don’t only analyze the answer, think about what you could have done differently. In this way, you train your brain to think more critically and solve problems more efficiently, making your GMAT prep much more effective. This is applicable to all the sections. 

Quant Section

Familiarize Yourself With the GMAT Quant Section

Read up about the types of quantitative questions and content that you are most likely to come across during your 3 months of preparation, mock tests, and your GMAT test.

Review GMAT Math

Before diving deeper into preparing for this section, take some time to brush up on some of the formulas, definitions, and topics of the Math section. Make sure to not only memorize or write down the formulas but to understand why those work. So, next time you encounter a problem that requires a formula to be solved, you will be surprised how much easier it will be for you to recall the formula.

Learn the Underlying Concepts Related to Each Topic

In this section, you will come across some specific wording that can be fundamental to finding the solution to the problems. In order to avoid getting stuck during the exam and wasting your precious time, learning about the most frequently used concepts will be helpful. 

Tip

Don’t focus on only one type of question. This might sound unreasonable since we often are used to hearing that it’s more effective to concentrate on one area at a time. However, our instructors say that blocked practice is not the way you should prepare for the GMAT test. Instead, they suggest that you should aim for an interleaved practice and/or work. Alternating between the types of questions while preparing has shown to lead to enhanced long-term retention and improved capacity to transfer learned knowledge. 

Verbal Section 

Make yourself acquainted with the GMAT verbal section

A great way to start working with the verbal section is to become familiar with the overall structure of this section. To learn more about this section, how it is scored, and some insights about its subsections click Here.

Learn how to Tackle Each Type of Question

There are three types of questions in the verbal section and their purpose is to test certain skills. This means that for each of them you have to use a particular approach. Reading articles about strategies you can use to solve these types of questions can be of great help. Another practical thing to do is read about articles related to common mistakes made in the section and how to avoid them.

Read Reading Comprehension-like Articles

Besides reading articles related to tips and common mistakes, reading Reading Comprehension-like writing is an excellent way to familiarize yourself with the style and content of Reading Comprehension passages. Articles from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Financial Times, Scientific American, and Businessweek are the best way to begin to interact with the text. You will notice that during your GMAT test, you will navigate the different sections of passages more easily. 

Integrated Reasoning Section

Become Familiar With the GMAT Integrated Reasoning Section

Get informed about how long this section lasts, what is its total number of questions, and what types of questions you will encounter. Then you can move on to learn more about its purpose and what makes this section different from the others. 

Brush up on Your Graph Reading Skills

For the most part, this section depends on the same math, verbal, and critical reasoning skills that you will need for the other sections of the GMAT. Keeping in mind that the inclusion of diverse graphs is what gives this section its uniqueness. Spend some time getting comfortable with interpreting data from various sources.

Enhance Your Knowledge of All Four Types of Questions

As you might have noticed a pattern already, reading about common mistakes, strategies, tactics, etc. for each type of question and putting them into practice is what you can do when reviewing every section of the GMAT exam.

AWA Section 

Get acquainted with the GMAT AWA section. This is the step that, as you have seen so far, applies to every section. You can’t anticipate doing well on a task without knowing what is expected from you. An introductory article regarding the AWA section can be read  here

Review sample AWA templates. This is something that might come in handy when you need to format your essays. With some modification, these templates can be used on test day. 

Don’t spend a lot of time on AWA. Since this section is not as important as the others as it doesn’t contribute to the all-important 800 score, try to not overwork yourself with this section. Writing an essay or two per week will help you get used to the structure you will use on your GMAT essay and will suffice. 

Review and Relax

During the last week don’t put a lot of pressure on yourself. Instead, try to take care of your mind and body as much as you can. One last brief review focused primarily on the sections or type of questions you struggled most with will be enough.  Finally, the most important tip, don’t forget to enjoy your GMAT preparation journey.

Bonus tip. Don’t take a lot of mock and practice tests; no one learns best under pressure. This might also sound like a counterintuitive tip to suggest but it’s the truth. Here is an article that explains why practice tests shouldn’t be overused during your GMAT prep.

 

Contributor: Uerda Muca

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27
Jul 2022

Is the GMAT Unfair to Non-Native Speakers?

The GMAT is the most important test when it comes to MBA admissions and we have extensively written and talked about it in our blog. As Apex is a global brand, we have worked with clients from different parts of the world with various backgrounds and levels of English language skills. The exam requires a decent level of English fluency as test takers must not only get through the verbal sections of the exam, but understand the quantitative questions which can also have challenging language aimed to confuse the reader.

Is the GMAT Intentionally Harder for Non-Native Speakers? 

Despite non-native speakers experiencing a more difficult time with the GMAT than native speakers, the test is not designed to intentionally be difficult for non-native English speakers. The GMAT is not testing English language skills – unlike some of the other standardized tests e.g. the GRE – but rather it tests logic, understanding and decision making skills. 

Think of it like this: if you’re from Spain and you have lived there your entire life, only hearing Spanish every day, you would have a much easier time taking a standardized exam in Spanish than an American who has been studying it for years as a second language. The same thing goes for the GMAT. A non-native English speaker has a harder time taking the GMAT than a native speaker.

However, there are ways to ensure that non native speakers excel on the GMAT test. The way you’ve learned English (if you’re a non native speaker) affects the way we approach working with you on the verbal. Experience has shown that with the right tutoring, strategy and techniques, non-native speakers have scored above 700 on the GMAT too. Several practices could be really helpful with that and we will provide some examples and guidance. 

What Can be Done?

Reading full English articles, papers from reliable resources or academic journals such as the NY Times, Scientific American, Financial Times, will enrich your vocabulary and understanding of complex written text. 

Understanding words from context is equally as important when it comes to sentence formation. You might see words in a sentence which you don’t really understand. Getting stuck on these means losing valuable time. This is specifically important when it comes to the GMAT verbal section rather than the quant.

Instead, try to practice by finding out words you don’t know the meaning of, guessing what it means and then actually checking to confirm if you were right or not.

Listening to English speech is just as important as reading. Podcasts are a great source to listen to conversational English and get used to the way sentences flow. 

The more that you read or hear, the more your English language skills will improve over time without you even realizing it. Try to make these daily habits as consistency will result in better retention and faster growth in your English language skills. It’s about exposing yourself to this language and embracing its unfamiliarity in order to better understand it.

Writing is just as important when it comes to vocabulary and sentence formation. Practice writing GMAT questions and seek help whenever you can.

While everything mentioned above is essential, avoid focusing on the GMAT score. Score as high as you can and move on. It is not worth losing valuable time while taking the GMAT because of a few trick questions.

All things considered, personalized GMAT tutoring is highly effective for non-native speakers who need guidance. It helps our instructors address everyone’s specific needs and in this case, the fact that English is a second language will not be a barrier to getting a top score.

Can Apex Help? 

Yes, we can. Apex GMAT works very closely with all of our clients, offering exclusive one on one GMAT instruction, to offer them the best tutoring experience they can get. If one of the things they need to address is the fact that they’re not native speakers, we take care of that too. 

In most cases, whoever learns English this way, has to study the grammar and language rules and tends to be better than native English speakers who learnt the language just by listening to it and who form sentences because ‘it sounds right’. This is not always correct. 

The GMAT is actually created specifically for native English speakers and a lot of the test itself is meant to trick native English speakers. So coming at it from a non-native speaking background can actually help you skip over all of the little traps that are set up for native speakers.

We will make sure to address the weaknesses that a client might have as a non native speaker, specifically focusing on the verbal section. Even better, we will teach them how to use the fact that English is a second language as an advantage. 

 

To start off, feel free to schedule a consultation call with one of our top GMAT instructors to talk about your GMAT prep challenges and how you can overcome them. 

 

Contributor: Fatma Xhafa

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26
Jul 2022

EA Prep Tips: How to Study Like an Expert

The Executive Assessment exam has become more and more popular among the MBA applicants lately. Many business schools require the exam, and for some of them it is optional. However, in both cases, a good score will make you more competitive and increase your chances to be accepted to your dream school. In this article, we have prepared a few EA prep tips for you that will help you prepare for the exam more effectively. 

Learn Time Management

Time is very valuable especially when it comes to preparing for an exam or any other important day. Hence, it is very important that you use it wisely and effectively. When you start preparing for your exam, make sure you are aware of your weaknesses so that you spend relatively more time on those and improve your skills. Another tip is to always keep track of your time as you practice to understand the time it takes to complete a specific question or a practice test. It is very crucial to manage your time to achieve the best results in the most optimal way. Obviously, not only is time management an important factor for your EA prep, but it is also important on exam day. Make sure you don’t let your stress affect your overall time management and you allocate appropriate time to each question.

Defeat Your Procrastination

If you find yourself procrastinating all the time, you’re not alone! This is very common among students and not only. However, you should be able to control and not let it prevent you from preparing for your exam and getting the results that you want. Set deadlines and milestones for yourself and make sure to follow them! Whenever you are about to postpone taking a practice test or reviewing a topic, ask yourself why you’re doing that. Is it something more important than your goal of being accepted to your dream school you always wanted? Most often, the answer will be no, and there is nothing else you need to push yourself and keep working hard and improving your overall performance. 

Take Practice Tests

You will never know if you’re making any progress if you don’t take practice tests! After you’ve spent enough time reviewing and studying the EA topics, take practice tests to assess your current skills and weaknesses. However, it is equally important not to overdo this. There is no need to take too many practice tests, as they won’t show any progress. Take them after you have completed a specific group of topics. Another thing to always keep in mind is that you should not expect any question you see in those practice exams on the real one. Although the questions will be similar, they will not be the same, so there is no need for you to try to memorize anything, but rather you need to master the skills necessary to solve the problems.

Take Breaks!

The last thing on our EA prep tips list we want you to consider is breaks! So far, we have only discussed what you need to do when preparing for your EA test. However, you need to know that it is equally important to take breaks. If you keep studying all day and night, it will later on affect your overall performance and will lead to lack of energy. Hence, make sure you take breaks often and do things that make you feel relaxed/happy. Listen to your favorite songs or watch the latest movie you’ve heard about to refresh your mind!

Conclusion

To conclude, we presented a few EA prep tips to you with the hope to help you make your preparation process better and more efficient. First, you need to learn how to manage your time wisely and get the most out of it. Secondly, you should not let your procrastination affect your overall performance and EA schedule and make sure you are consistent in your EA prep. Third, you need to take practice tests at the right time to assess your skills and readiness for the exam. Finally, you need to rest appropriately and refresh your mind by doing things you like. We hope your tips will help you to prepare for the EA in the most effective way!

Regardless of where you are in your EA journey, we here at ApexGMAT are here to help. We offer 30-minute complimentary consultation calls with all interested EA  studiers. You can contact us here! 

 

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19
Jul 2022

The Beginner’s Guide to EA Prep

Performing well on the Executive Assessment exam is not the easiest task to do. For those who have just started preparing for the exam, it is very important to start off their journey in the right way in order to make the preparation process fun and end up with a good score. Our purpose today is to help you create a beginner’s EA prep guide for yourself!

1. Research the Exam

The first step you need to take when forming an EA prep guide for yourself is know all the important information about the exam. Take your time to research it fully, making sure you become familiar with the sections, what each of them is about, as well as how the exam is graded. Not only will this help you feel confident about the exam overall, but it will also reveal what sections you need to focus on and how to form your study schedule. Here is a breakdown of the sections: Integrated Reasoning (12 questions), Verbal Reasoning (14 questions), and Quantitative Reasoning (14 questions). As you can already guess, EA is quite comprehensive, and it will require you to allocate appropriate time to each of the sections and practice accordingly. 

2. Design Your Study Plan

When you begin your EA journey, it is very important that you take the time to design your own study plan and schedule that will reflect your availability, your current skills, as well as the approximate date of your exam. On the Internet you can find different study plans that will help you understand how to prepare for the EA. The search results might not necessarily be bad, but there is a huge chance that there will be at least one aspect within the plan that won’t fit your goals. That’s why you should carefully review and revise all the aspects of your goals and targets in the scope of the exam and create your individual plan.

3. Work on Your Time Management

As any other exam, the EA requires you to be really good at managing your time and using it efficiently. Although you should never rush when it comes to practicing and making sure that you are confident enough about the questions, it is equally important not to spend too much time both while studying and on your exam day. Always track your time when studying and make sure that you’re allocating enough and reasonable time to each of the sections. As you progress, try to track your time and see if you are spending less or more time on specific question types/topics. This will also help you understand if you are improving your performance. When it comes to your exam day, make sure you do not spend too much time on a specific question. Although it is important to be able to answer as many questions as possible, you don’t want to be spending too much time on a single question and ignore the rest.

4. Take Practice Tests

You will never know if you are making progress if you do not take practice tests. When you are done with the very first phase of your preparation, you might want to take a practice test to better understand your strengths and weaknesses and move on accordingly. You need to keep in mind that although the questions are very similar to the ones that will show up on your exam day, they will not be the same. Another thing you want to remind yourself is that taking too many practice tests won’t be helpful. The frequency of taking practice exam depends on one’s study plan, and usually, it should be taken after studying/revising a reasonable amount of material. 

Conclusion

In conclusion, if you’ve just planned to take the EA and are about to start your preparation, it is important to take into consideration a few important steps. You first need to research the exam itself and be sure that you fully understand its procedure, sections, timing, etc. Next, you need to design your very own and individual study plan that will reflect your goals and skills. Another thing you want to do is manage your time wisely and use it effectively. Finally, take practice tests to understand your progress and identify your strengths and weaknesses. Using these steps, you can design your own EA prep guide for yourself that will help you get a stellar score!

Regardless of where you are in your EA journey, we here at ApexGMAT are here to help. We offer 30-minute complimentary consultation calls with all interested EA studiers. You can contact us here! 

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13
Jul 2022

Enhance Your GMAT Strategy in Under 20 Minutes

Whether it has been a couple months or a couple days into your GMAT prep, finding innovative ways to incorporate GMAT prep into your daily routine can be vital to achieving the best score possible. Whether it is during your morning commute, or while getting ready for bed, here are 5 tips which can enhance your GMAT score in under 20 minutes

1. Read, LISTEN, repeat 

Some of the most handy ways to integrate GMAT learning into your everyday schedule is to use your eyes and ears. Pick-up a Newspaper, or start listening to a political podcast. These types of mediums are full of new vocabulary that you may encounter on the GMAT verbal section. If possible, we suggest writing down your new words in a separate notebook, including definition and usage. Keep this list on you, and review and refresh your memory when you get the chance. This type of exercise is great for quick learning, as you can expand your vocabulary while commuting into work or while going on a daily run. 

2. Practice Reviewing

So let’s assume you have listened to a podcast, or read an article. The next best thing, besides writing down any new vocabulary, is to practice rewriting what you have just heard (or read) in your own words. We suggest spending 10 minutes writing a summary of what you just heard or read. Then, review your work and make corrections where necessary. Try to put your newly learned vocabulary into practice during this exercise as well! This little trick is something you can do in under 20 minutes, and will help you put into practice your newly learned vocabulary while strengthening the part of your brain that deals with writing and sentence structure. 

3. Flashcards (for quant!?)

Yes, flashcards may seem cliché when it comes to studying for tests, but they work! In addition to using flashcards to memorize vocabulary, you can also use flashcards to memorize necessary math formulas. Write down tricky math formulas which you may find useful for the exam. While riding the train to work, or while brushing your teeth, flip through the flashcards! 

4. Get a Study Buddy 

Find someone who is also taking the GMAT exam and find time to study with them! Just meeting up for 20 minutes can help you get more comfortable with the exam and ask questions about their GMAT prep. Even if you are not actively studying! Grabbing coffee and complaining about the rigors of studying with a fellow GMAT test-taker. This can be a huge anxiety release (for both of you!). By sharing your studying experiences, you may even pick-up some new tricks yourself. 

5. Focus on Your Mental Health

Take those 20-minute breaks (whether alone or with a buddy). Meditate, breathe, take a walk. These simple breaks can help you succeed in the long run. Being anxious about the upcoming exam is normal. But filling up with stress won’t help you much on the day of the exam. This is why finding opportunities to study that don’t feel like studying can be helpful for your mental health. Listening to podcasts and reading a magazine article can be soothing. If you enjoy doing math, then simply jotting down some practice problems while waiting at a restaurant or before going to bed can all be things which help alleviate your stress while strengthening your GMAT knowledge. 

 

Regardless of where you are in your GMAT journey, we here at ApexGMAT are here to help. We offer 30-minute complimentary consultation calls with all interested GMAT studiers. You can contact us here! 

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12
Jul 2022

Why the GMAT is Still Important for Business Schools

Over the past decade, there has been a trend among universities to make standardized testing optional for both undergraduate and graduate programs. In the US, many undergraduate institutions don’t require scores from tests like the SAT and ACT. Similar trends can be seen in business schools’ admission requirements – taking the GMAT for business school applications is not always mandatory. That is why, for some, it may seem irrelevant to take the GMAT. So, is the GMAT still a good option? The answer is, yes, but it depends on whether you want to put in the extra work, time, and money. However, one thing is for sure, the GMAT can significantly boost your chances of getting into your dream business school. Now what are some different ways that the GMAT appeals to Business schools?

The GMAT Shows You are Determined

Having a GMAT score shows business schools that you are willing to go the extra step. The GMAT is a difficult test, and studying for it is time-consuming. When you show business schools that you were willing to put in the time and effort to take the GMAT, it will always bolster your application. There is no world where having a decent GMAT score on your application will hurt you. 

The GMAT is also a great measure of different skills, such as critical thinking and reasoning, both of which are imperative in business school. It has been used for b-school applications for more than 60 years. Therefore, it is safe to say that business schools both trust and are accustomed to the GMAT. The GMAT is an opportunity to show your skills through a trusted and prestigious platform. 

Better Opportunities with the GMAT

The GMAT can help with two things – getting into a highly ranked school and receiving better financial aid. Since all top b-schools accept the GMAT it can only make your application look better. If you want to get into the best of the best, the GMAT will only help you. Having a GMAT score for your business school application can also help you receive better financial aid. Lastly, if you take the GMAT you have an opportunity to show excellence, especially if you are a good test taker. This is going to be one of your best opportunities to show your skills. 

Even in your application to schools that may not seem to be a reach, a solid GMAT score can help guarantee your admission to these institutions. But even if you are applying to a “safety school”, taking the GMAT can help you get the most benefits out of the application. If you are all but certain of admission, the GMAT can help your application in financial aid or scholarship funds. 

But the GMAT is used not only for MBA but also many business related programs. Such as Master’s programs in management or in public administration. The GMAT can also be considered by job recruiters when looking at different MBA programs, and can even help make you stand out from other job applicants. 

Getting a higher GMAT score will not only make getting into certain schools easier, but many could also offer you higher scholarships and may even give you the option of paying nothing. Even just raising your GMAT score for business school by 20 points could drastically change your application. The GMAT may be a time sink as it is expensive, with tutoring and studying materials, but is well worth the cost in the long run.

What Steps to Take Next 

You have decided that taking the GMAT for business school is right for you. What comes next is to figure out how to prepare for it. It is important to set out a large block of time for preparation for the GMAT. Different methods of studying are always helpful while hiring a tutor is the most effective way to help you achieve an amazing score on the GMAT. With an excellent GMAT score, you will be able to get into your desired business school and, as mentioned previously, may even be able to afford it. The GMAT is daunting but with a tutor as your guide, you will be able to get the most out of the exam. Even if some places will not be requiring the GMAT in the future, the GMAT is one of the best ways to show that you are worthy of the best b-school programs. At Apex we offer a 30-minute free consultation for our world-class tutoring services.

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Jul 2022

Overcoming Focus Issues on the GMAT

We are sure that there have been occasions when you were ready to study but found yourself thinking about everything else besides what you were supposed to do. Lack of focus is a common problem that each of us has to face and find a way to deal with. GMAT is an examination that requires a lot of concentration as you have to shift from one topic to another for 3 and half hours. Maintaining your focus is not a suggestion but a necessity while preparing for and taking the exam. In this article, we are going to look at some useful tips on how to deal with the lack of focus for the GMAT.

Set Proper Studying Environment

Most of us have a preferred studying environment that is tailored to our needs and requirements and ensures personal comfort. For some of us, this may be studying on the bed with the music on and snacks, and for others, studying in a group with friends at a cafe. However, on exam day, you won’t have these “luxuries.” Instead you will be required to sit at a bare desk for more than 3 hours. Not having your conveniences may affect your concentration negatively and consequently, deteriorate your GMAT performance. 

One way to avoid this is to prepare yourself at home for the exam in similar conditions to the ones on the exam day itself. For example, instead of studying on your bed, choose a chair and table set up. You should also try to minimize your distractions as much as possible- turn off the music, leave your phone away, don’t let people come into the room where you are studying, etc. The more similar your studying environment is to the exam environment, the higher your chances are to be focused and work well when taking the GMAT exam.

Create Your Personalized Study Plan for GMAT Preparation

The key to a successful GMAT performance is efficient preparation, which follows a well-organized study plan with clear timetables and goals. If you plan to take the GMAT, start your preparation by creating a study plan. You may use an online planner tool or even better, talk with a professional who can help you to develop a study strategy for your prep schedule.  

Having a GMAT prep schedule can also help you on the exam day itself. Once you have it, you can put time limits for each section of the exam and determine whether it takes you too long to finish a particular question or section. This could be a sign that you aren’t focused on the exam and that you have to quickly overcome the distractions. If you learn the signs of being distracted, you can practice overcoming your lack of focus on the GMAT. 

Set Up a Routine

Besides having a study plan or prep schedule, you may want to consider creating a day-to-day schedule or routine and organizing your tasks. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to balance between work, studying for the GMAT, social life, and all other responsibilities. This often leads to an irregular schedule of studying, which works against the quality of study time. Your body follows a biological clock, meaning your mind functions best or to its full capacity at particular periods of the day. If you don’t set certain times to study, you can often find yourself more easily distracted and lose your focus for the GMAT by thinking of everything else you have to do during the day.

If you want to utilize your time effectively and study better, create a routine, organize your tasks, and give yourself time to relax. You have to devote a sufficient amount of time for your preparation, separate from your personal or professional commitments’ time. Importantly, you should also give yourself time to rest and procrastinate freely so as not to lose your sanity while preparing for GMAT. Go for a walk, take a nap or watch your favorite series. 

Additional Tip 

Study in bursts. Don’t force yourself to study for 4 hours straight. This won’t be a productive learning session as you and your brain have a limit to how much new knowledge you can handle. Instead, try dividing your study time into 20-25 min chunks, interspersed with 5 min breaks. When you are engaged with intense mental activities such as studying or preparing for the GMAT exam, it is critical to take breaks. This method can help you stay focused since you know that the next break is just around the corner, so you have to get motivated, roll up your sleeves and finish your task.

Conclusion

Preparing for and taking the GMAT exam is a challenging endeavor and maintaining your focus is an essential requirement for success. You should find your own ways to stay focused and create a study plan that is suitable for you and your needs. Here at Apex, we are more than happy to support you on your GMAT journey and assist you in every step of the process. You can sign-up for a 30-minute complimentary consultation call with one of our instructors who can help you develop your personalized GMAT prep schedule!

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Jun 2022

GMAT vs LSAT

Deciding to do a master’s degree is not easy for anyone. Actually, it is a pretty daunting and lengthy process to achieve one. If you’re reading this, chances are you are considering the process. This article, in the form of GMAT vs LSAT breakdown, compares two of the most common standardized tests — the GMAT and the LSAT. 

Firstly, let’s do a short breakdown analysis of each of the exams. 

The GMAT

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a post-graduate entrance exam for those who wish to do an MBA. The test consists of four sections and takes about three hours to complete. The score ranges from 200-800.

Most of the best business schools require a high score on the GMAT. For example, to be able to get into a prestigious business school, it is best to score a 700+. 

The LSAT

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is also a post-graduate entrance exam but specifically made for law school. The LSAT is the only way that you can be admitted to a law school and pursue a degree in it. 

The LSAT has three sections and lasts for three and a half hours. The score for the LSAT ranges from 120 to 180, and most top law schools prefer scores over 170.

The Differences and Similarities of the GMAT and LSAT 

The GMAT includes problem-solving, decision-making, and analytical questions. It tests skills which you will need during your MBA. On the other hand, the LSAT will test you more on reasoning, logic, reading, and writing – great skills needed for future lawyers!  

Both the GMAT and the LSAT have a section on reading comprehension that has more or less similar types of questions. Reading Comprehension is the most basic section for all standardized tests. On top of that, both have analytical and writing sections. The writing section is a single essay in both of the exams that require the test taker to write on a certain topic. The other sections of both tests differ.

As mentioned before, the GMAT is more heavily based on analytical and problem-solving questions, meaning that it also contains a lot of math in its questions. The LSAT, on the other hand, does not include any math. The exam mainly tests the test-takers’ reasoning and verbal skills. However, LSAT does have a section called “Analytical Reasoning” which may feel like math because it is based on logic. The LSAT has a verbal section called “Logical Reasoning Questions” which is similar to GMAT’s “Critical Reasoning” section. The latter is seemingly more difficult.

The differences in the sections are timing and demand. The LSAT is said to have more arguments that specifically want to test your ability. The GMAT, on the other hand, adapts to your performance during the exam and continues the questionnaire that way. The GMAT is more focused on testing quantitative and qualitative skills which are essential for effective functioning in the business world. In comparison, the LSAT has more reading and writing sections since law school is a heavily qualitative field which requires extensive reading and interpreting.  

Conclusion

In conclusion, this article was all about GMAT vs LSAT. When thinking about these two tests, you should first try to understand which degree sounds more suitable and enjoyable to you so that you go into it wholeheartedly. Other than that, it is helpful to know that both the GMAT and the LSAT have similarities in their sections and both of them are post-graduate entrance exams that are a requirement to get into any business or law school.

Regardless of where you are in your GMAT journey, we here at ApexGMAT are here to help. We offer 30-minute complimentary consultation calls with all interested GMAT studiers. You can contact us here! 

 

Contributor: Sarin Sulahian

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Jun 2022

3 Most Common GMAT Mistakes Made During the Exam

The GMAT is a unique type of exam that tests a broad area of knowledge as well as various skills such as time management, working well under pressure, and strategy building. You will be given a relatively short amount of time to answer each question, and you need to be well aware of how you should approach each type of question. You may already feel that many things can go wrong during the exam. While it is normal to make mistakes, being prepared for the exam by knowing  potential exam “traps” will help you deal with any unexpected situations. One of the best ways to prepare for such situations is by learning from others’ mistakes. Thus, we’re going to walk you through some of the most common GMAT mistakes that test-takers make during the exam and give our advice on how to avoid them.

1. Memorized Answers 

A common GMAT mistake that test takers make while preparing for the exam is memorizing the questions and answers from the practice exams rather than understanding and learning from each question. This strategy is pretty useless as the same exact questions from the practice tests will NOT  repeat on the official GMAT exam. Also, this strategy is prone to causing real problems to test takers during the exam since they (most probably) will have a limited array of techniques to use to tackle different question types. 

Keep in mind that you have about 2 min per question. Because of this you should have a strategy and logical method of tackling and solving each question type before the exam takes place. During your GMAT preparation, you should understand the question types and what you are required to do on each of them. The questions from each section have aspects to them which can be tricky to understand at the beginning. If you find yourself struggling to understand  questions and solution paths you can always look for professional help. For example, private GMAT tutors are people who have extensive experience when it comes to taking – and studying for – the GMAT. A proper private GMAT tutor can give you valuable advice on how to avoid common mistakes on the different GMAT sections.

2. Wrong Time Strategy

As the GMAT is a time-constrained exam, having the right time strategy is crucial during the exam. Knowing that they are pressed for time, many students tend to allocate their time wrongly which negatively affects their performance. Having a short amount of time to answer each question means it may be tempting to look for shortcuts to save time. For example, many students try to save some extra time by scanning questions in order to get a rough understanding of what is being asked. In this way, they believe they will have more time to analyze the option choices and  find the right answer faster. Unfortunately, this strategy rarely yields the expected results because students get stuck between 2-3 choices, meaning they will have to re-read the question. Hence, answering just one question will take more time than they had anticipated. 

The remedy for this common GMAT mistake is a combination of a proper timing strategy and a proper approach for solving different types of questions. Instead of looking for ways to solve the question for the least possible time and compromising the accuracy of your answer, try to find the right approach to solve the question. Having the right approach means that you will spend just the right amount of time. While preparing for the GMAT exam, pay enough attention to problem solving methods as well as the time you take to solve each question. 

3. Refusing to Admit You Don’t Know Something

Another common GMAT mistake hides in the students’ inability to admit that they don’t know the answer to a particular question. Instead they attempt to guess the answer. This is, of course, an action of last resort. Nevertheless, it’s naive to think that even if you have studied for hundreds of hours, you will know the answer to every question. Keep in mind, the GMAT exam is not designed for you to answer every single question right. The GMAT test has a computerized adaptive format, meaning it employs a special algorithm to adjust to your level of proficiency as you progress through the questions. It will give you several easy, intermediate, and hard questions, and you have to try to give an answer to all of them.

Instead of agonizing over a few questions and wasting valuable time trying to solve them, you have to take your best educated guess and move on. Otherwise, you are losing your chance of getting other questions correct. It is far more important to get through the entire exam rather than to answer every question correctly. Your score will be calculated collectively from all questions and it won’t be determined only by the questions that you don’t know. Show what you have learned and don’t worry if you can’t answer all the questions.

Conclusion

The GMAT is a challenging exam because it hides many potential traps that can easily mislead test-takers who, under pressure, often make careless mistakes. You should understand that making mistakes is normal and be prepared to make some yourself. Here at Apex, we are more than happy to support you on your GMAT journey and assist you in every step of the process. You can sign-up for a 30-minute complimentary consultation call with one of our instructors who can help you ace your exam and learn strategies to avoid GMAT mistakes!

 

Contributor: Diana Materova

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