GMAT Test Day Checklist
Posted on
19
Oct 2021

GMAT Test Day Checklist: Getting Ready for your Test Day

GMAT Test Day Checklist

The GMAT has strict rules and guidelines for test-takers, that’s why it is important for you to be prepared beforehand to avoid unnecessary fees such as rescheduling one for your test appointment.

In this article, you will find some advice for the time leading up to your test day and the key items that you should bring with you to the testing center.

The Day Before

1. Rest up: find activities that will help reduce your stress and anxiety.

After dedicating a good chunk of your life to preparing for the test, an approaching test day can cause heightened stress levels. So it is important to spend the day before the test doing activities that will help you reduce your anxiety. Resting, eating healthy food, meditating, talking to supportive friends and family members, or even taking a walk will help you clear your mind from the impending test day nerves and will give your brain a well-deserved break before the big day. 

2. Check the location of your test.

Visiting the test center where your GMAT test will take place will help you familiarize yourself, not only with the location but also with the route on your way there. This will help you reduce the unknown come test day and help you prepare part of your day as well as manage your time accordingly on your test day.

Tip: Try to go during the same time as your scheduled appointment!

3. Review the items list and check what you are allowed to bring with you.

The GMAC provides a list of things that you can bring to the test center. Make sure that you review this list carefully. Making sure that you have everything prepared beforehand will reduce the possibility of you forgetting something important. This will help you avoid unnecessary last-minute-panic and lead to a calm process and day leading up to the test.  

4. Appointment confirmation letter.

Make sure you have your appointment confirmation letter or email with yourself at the entrance of the test center as you might be asked to show this letter. Make sure to have the letter and any necessary documents printed the day before so that come test day you can focus on just the test.  

5. Review your notes.

Do not aim to review all the topics you have previously learned the day before the exam. At this point, you should be confident in what you have learned and should really be giving your brain some time to relax. If you do this you will only be making yourself more stressed and can sometimes confuse yourself. However, if you would like to spend some time dedicated to GMAT prep, a light reminder of your collected study highlights will suffice to provide reassurance.

The Day of the Test

1. A valid photo ID.

You must have a valid GMAT-approved photo ID with yourself to be allowed to take your test. Not complying with this rule might lead to termination of your scheduled GMAT appointment. Make sure that it is included in your list of things to collect the day before the test. 

2. Names of the MBA programs.

You will have one chance to submit your GMAT scores to five of your chosen MBA programs right after the exam has ended at no cost. Considering which schools you would like to submit scores to beforehand will result in you not making a rash decision. You will also feel quite tired and drained after the grueling exam and this is not a good time to be making these important decisions. So take some time before the test day to consider your schools and have them ready come test day.  

3. Prescription eyeglasses.

If you wear prescription glasses you will need to provide your prescription when signing in to take the test. Make sure that you have this handy in order to make the process faster as well as to avoid having to cancel your test day. 

4. Sweater.

The temperature in test centers varies, so it is important to be ready for either a hot or cold testing room. This is so you will not be affected by the temperature during your test. Make sure to dress appropriately for the daily temperature but bring an additional sweater with you just in case the room is cold. Remember the test is more than three hours long so having to take it while uncomfortable is going to throw you off your game.  

5. Water and snacks for during the breaks.

You can’t bring your drinks and snacks into the test room. However, you can access them during your breaks. Make sure to have some snacks handy in your locker, such as fruit, protein bar, or trail mix. A healthy snack that will help you boost your energy levels during the long hours of your test.

6. Do your best!

Finally, try to keep in mind how hard you have worked to get to this point. Do your best! If you feel that you can do better after the test, speak to one of our 770+ scoring instructors about what went wrong and we will be happy to help assist in preparing for any further attempts at the GMAT!

Tip: It is usual for candidates to take the test more than once, so do not be discouraged if you need to as well.

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2 Types Of GMAT Prep Videos
Posted on
14
Oct 2021

2 Types Of GMAT Videos That You Should Include In Your Prep

By: Apex GMAT 
Contributor: Altea Sulollari 
Date: October 14, 2021

As everything is shifted online due to the recent global events, students have had to find ways to prepare for the online GMAT exam from the comfort of their own homes. The good news is that they no longer need to sit down and read books and guides to excel at the GMAT. Times have changed and there are now so many handy sources that can help you succeed. And now more than ever, people are including GMAT videos in their preparation strategy and are relying on them as sources for information and different solution paths.

GMAT Prep Videos 

GMAT prep videos are especially important for visual learners who tend to learn better by looking at the information presented to them. Watching videos as part of the learning process has proven to be a good approach that definitely improves the learning experience for most students. Videos are also more time-effective as you get to access and absorb information in a shorter period of time. However, one thing to be mindful of is not to focus only on videos while preparing for the exam, as other mediums can offer just as much information as a video does.

GMAT prep videos can prove to be very helpful if they are utilized in a moderate way and are a great way to give you insights on what to expect on the exam day. They usually come in 2 main types and we will tell you more about how to utilize them in this guide: 

Problem Videos

The first type of GMAT prep video is the problem video. These usually include solved examples and problem-solving strategies. They aim to show you concrete examples and clear illustrations of how best to look at the problem and solve it in an efficient manner. If you are struggling with probability or combinatorics problem types, videos explaining these will aid you in the problem-solving process.

One such example is this video where Mike, our Head of Curriculum, explains in detail the solution path for a Percentage Problem commonly found in the GMAT exam. He goes into detail about the process of coming up with a solution to the problem and discusses every single answer choice in order to give you a better understanding of how to tackle the problem and how to get to the correct answer.

Another GMAT video to look out for is the Strategies video where you’re presented with different strategies and some best practices that you can use to go about a certain type of problem on the GMAT exam. These videos can really come in handy, especially because they are more generalized and you can easily use the approach shown on the video for a lot of problems you come across. Here’s an example of a strategy video, where Mike explains the best ways to approach a Data Sufficiency problem in the GMAT.

GMAT Advice

The second type of GMAT prep video that you can utilize to help you with your preparation are GMAT advice videos.

Generally, experience videos give you a better perspective of what to expect on exam day. Here’s an experience video where you are given more information about the online GMAT and how to go about taking it.

Another type of GMAT advice video to watch out for is the testimonial videos. These include actual test-takers’ testimonials and you’ll get to hear more about other people’s experience with certain aspects/sections of the exam. That way, you can definitely find ones that you can relate to and use to your own advantage. This is David’s testimonial where he discusses working with ApexGMAT and how that improved his score immensely. 

Key Takeaways

It is clear now how essential GMAT prep videos can be when it comes to your preparation. 

But there is one last thing to keep in mind: do NOT use these GMAT videos as your only source to help you with your prep. They can be especially helpful as they cover different topics in a short amount of time, but they can never replace detailed guides and actual practice.

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Taking the GMAT in Macao
Posted on
12
Oct 2021

Taking the GMAT Exam in Macao

Table of Contents:

  1. Who administers the GMAT test?
  2. What does the test center look like?
  3. Where are the test centers located?
  4. Test center holidays
  5. Top MBA programs in the area
  6. Tips
  7. Test Day FAQs

About ¾ of the way through your extensive GMAT prep you should begin to start planning your test day, including scheduling the test, preparing your trip to the test center, and even pre-visiting the test center so that you know exactly where it is. This guide is here to offer you all the required information related to taking the GMAT exam in Macao.

Who administers the GMAT test?

Pearson Professional Centers – administers the GMAT and EA exam on behalf of the GMAC. To find out more about the Pearson Professional test centers visit https://www.pearson.com/us/.

What does the test center look like?

The location will include individual testing areas for each test taker with a separation screen between each test-taker.

Where are the test centers in Macao?

These are the top locations where test-takers generally had the best experience:

Pearson Professional Centers-Hong KongMacao Test Center

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China
Hong Kong
Wan Chai
139 Hennessy Road, Wanchai
Office B, 18/F,
China Overseas Building,9999999

By ferry:

From Makao (1 hour 47 minutes):

  • Horta Costa/ Costa Cabral
  • Ferry Terminal
  • Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal
  • Hong Kong Macau Ferry
  • Sheung Wan Station
  • Wan Chai

Test-takers’ reviews:

This location got a rating of 3.4 from the test-takers.

Test Center Holidays

The most popular times for GMAT preparation and test-taking are during the holiday seasons. Be mindful of dates that you will not be able to take the GMAT or EA at any of the test centers mentioned above. Pearson test centers are closed during the following dates:

  • 1 Jan – New Year’s Day 
  • 21 Mar – Human Rights Day
  • 10 Apr – Good Friday   
  • 13 Apr – Family Day
  • 27 Apr – Freedom Day 
  • 1 May – Workers’ Day
  • 16 Jun – Youth Day
  • 9 Aug – National Women’s Day
  • 10 Aug – Public Holiday
  • 24 Sep – Heritage Day
  • 16 Dec – Day of Reconciliation
  • 25 Dec – Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec – Day of Goodwill

Tips:

  • During the test there will not be complete silence – you will be able to hear noise from other test takers so it is best to prepare for this by studying for the exam in similar scenarios. This can prepare you for any distractions (such as coughing, sneezing, or computer clicking sounds) that might occur while taking your exam.
  • Try to spend some time actually prepping in the lobby of the test center weeks/days in advance of your exam date. Since the place will be familiar to you come test day this can help curb test anxiety should you have any.

Test Day FAQs

Here are the top 5 questions that clients ask us about exam day information:

  • Are you allowed to listen to music while taking the GMAT exam?

You are not allowed to listen to music while taking the GMAT exam and you are not allowed to wear earphones as well.

  • What should I do if I fall sick on the exam day?

If you do not feel well come exam day you will have to make the decision as to whether or not you can take the test and perform at your best. Most people will not be able to do this so it will be best to cancel it. If you do so on the day of the exam you will incur a loss of your full $250 exam fee. If you cancel the exam 7 days in advance you will be charged a penalty of $50. If it is the first time that you will sit the exam and you are up for sitting through a 4 hour test, this may be a good opportunity to experience the test as you have the ability to cancel the score right afterwards if you are unhappy with it. Ultimately, it is best to take the GMAT when you are feeling your best as this will result in your optimum test performance.

  • What can I bring with me to the test center?

You are allowed in the test center with the following:

  • GMAT approved identification
  • Appointment confirmation letter or email you received from Pearson VUE
  • Prescription eyeglasses
  • Light sweater or light non-outerwear jacket
  • Comfort items only if they were pre-approved as an accommodation received in advance

Any additional personal belongings that you bring with you such as your cell phone, bag, snacks, and earphones will need to be stored in one of the provided lockers. You may eat your snack during the breaks. Any cell phone use throughout the test time (including breaks) is prohibited.

The test center will provide you with everything that you need in order to take the test including scratch paper and a pencil.

  • Should I wear a mask during the exam?

At the test centers above they strongly recommend that you wear a face mask or some type of face-covering in the test center and for the duration of your test to protect yourself and others. Test centers do not provide face masks for candidates.

Please note that if you have any flu-like symptoms upon arrival at the test center, you may be requested to reschedule your exam for another time when you are in full health.

  • What can I expect at the test center?

A usual test center is typically quite small. Once you arrive you will have to provide the administrator with the relevant documents and while these are being processed you will be asked to wait in the waiting area. In this area, you can still access all your personal belongings up until you are called into the testing room.

Once in the room, you will be allocated an individual exam station where you will find a computer.

For any questions or comments please reach out to us at www.apexgmat.com.
To speak to an Apex instructor about your GMAT prep, schedule a call HERE.

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5 GMAT Study Habits To Incorporate Now To Avoid Procrastination
Posted on
07
Oct 2021

5 GMAT Study Habits To Incorporate Now To Avoid Procrastination

By: ApexGMAT
Contributor: Dana Coggio
Date: October 7, 2021

You have everything prepared. Your desk is neat and tidy, your books are placed perfectly within reach, your computer is on, and your flashcards are written. Perhaps you have brewed a fresh cup of coffee and have just settled in with every intention to study for the next few hours. But lo and behold, 3 hours later, you find yourself glued to your phone, having wandered down the youtube rabbit hole and watching your fifth 20-minute video on how paint dries! 

You can’t help but be frustrated with what just happened. And it happens more often than people would like to think. Whether it is spending hours cleaning your room or gazing wistfully out the window, procrastination is every student’s worst nightmare and biggest foe. 

When studying for the GMAT, you will encounter opportunities to procrastinate around every corner. So how do you overcome these distractions? We have 5 tips and tricks which you can incorporate into your study schedule to help you avoid GMAT procrastination. Whether you are just starting out, or you are already months deep into your study schedule, these habits can be incorporated now and follow you throughout your GMAT journey and into your professional future. 

1. Acknowledge when you procrastinate

Maybe you are staring out the window because it is a beautiful day, or you are maddeningly vacuuming your home because it’s been needing to get done. Regardless, you’re procrastinating. And the first step in overcoming procrastination is to admit when you are procrastinating. If you find yourself in the middle of a cleaning session, there is no need to stop in the middle of your task. Rather, re-evaluate why you are cleaning. Is it to avoid studying or is it because you’ve been meaning to vacuum for a while.

Regardless, finish what you are doing. Finish vacuuming, finish staring out the window, finish cooking or cleaning. While completing your task, however, begin thinking about your study schedule. What will you be studying and for how long? Once you complete your GMAT procrastination task, sit down and begin studying. You should have spent the last hour(s) mentally preparing for the studying session, and by the time you are ready to begin your body and mind should be fully primed. 

2. Create a list and a reward system 

Yes, this may sound cliche, but lists (and rewards) help! Before sitting down to study, write out what you are planning on doing during the session. Create a list with high-priority and low-priority tasks. Establish a rewards system. What do you crave most when studying? Do you want to take a walk? Clean? Chat with a friend? After completing a high-priority task, reward yourself with a cleaning session, or a quick walk around the block. This will keep you on your toes and create a rhythm which your body adapts to. 

3. Free yourself of perfectionism 

It’s important to expect the best for and from yourself. However, striving for perfectionism on a daily basis can lead to stress and anxiety. Be realistic in what you can accomplish while studying for the GMAT. Not every day will be a perfect study day. But studying every day, whether perfect or not, will bring you one step closer to achieving your GMAT goals. Also, recognize that you may not find the perfect time to study every day. Some days are more full than others. On days where studying is difficult to sit down and accomplish, find time in between the chaos to review old concepts. Whether it is flipping through vocab flashcards or attempting a couple math problems, any form of studying is worth doing (whether perfect or not). 

4. Improve your surroundings

The age of technology is full of distractions. We suggest putting away unnecessary technology. If necessary, put your phone in another room, set it to silent, and close all unnecessary tabs on your computer. If you study better with music, we suggest listening to music which is calm and without lyrics. Lo-Fi study beats, for example, are opportune for the studying brain to zero in and focus on the task at hand. Additionally, make sure your desk and study center is free of clutter. This removes visual distractions and forces you to focus on the studying materials lying directly in front of you. If you live with multiple people, let them know that you have blocked out a certain number of hours for studying and ask them to not distract you during this time. 

5. Forgive yourself

Shoulda, coulda, woulda. We hear this a lot. But what is in the past is already behind you! So don’t fret about trying to fix what has already passed. Instead, train your focus on the task that lies in front of you, and trust that you will make the best decisions for your study schedule going forward. 

Your GMAT score and future business school opportunities are dependent on how hard you are willing to work for it. GMAT procrastination is a normal part of studying. Developing habits now which can help you manage your procrastination will make a world of difference during your GMAT journey.

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Important GMAT Online Updates
Posted on
06
Oct 2021

Important GMAT Online Updates – Beginning October 20, 2021!

By: Apex GMAT
Contributor: Dana Coggio
Date: October 6, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of things, the GMAT™ exam is among them. With the integration of online solutions over the past year and a half, the official Graduate Management Admissions Council has made the decision to make some of these changes permanent. As the GMAT is now permanently available online, the GMAC has decided on implementing important GMAT updates which will offer more cohesion between online and live testing platforms. 

  • Scoring Policy Update 

On October 20th, 2021, online delivered GMAT exams will come with 5 free score reports. Test takers have 48-hours to utilize these score reports. Any additional score reports can be sent for the standard fee. Also, the online platform will continue to offer test takers the flexibility of viewing their score report before deciding to send their scores to the programs of their choice. 

  • More Online GMAT Testing Opportunities! 

The GMAC took test taker feedback to heart. This means they have decided to allow for retesting options across delivery channels. This will help test-takers who may have intended to take the exam at a compromised test center. Additionally, test takers will not have a limited number of online testing options. Rather, their online tests will count towards the total number of GMAT exam attempts – 5 in a rolling 12-month period and a total of 8 in their lifetime

These adjustments offer test-takers:
– Flexibility in their schedule
– More prep and application strategies
– Additional opportunities for performing their best on test day

  • Online Pricing

The last update affects the GMAT Online pricing. Online fees for the GMAT exam (including registration, reschedules, and cancellations) will align with in-person, test center fees located in the same region. 

 

Important to keep in mind is that these GMAT Online Updates take effect on October 20, 2021.

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Why Should You Hire The Most Expensive GMAT Tutor?
Posted on
05
Oct 2021

Why Should You Hire The Most Expensive GMAT Tutor?

By: Apex GMAT  
Date: October 5, 2021

You’ve made up your mind and have decided to hire a GMAT tutor to guide you through the process of preparing for the GMAT exam. Your goal is to get a good enough score to get accepted into your dream MBA program. But how can you decide which GMAT tutor to hire when there are so many different tutors out there? Well, we’ve got the answer for you: hire the most expensive GMAT tutor on the market. Here’s why:

You could argue that “the most expensive,” doesn’t necessarily mean the best, but in our case it actually does. Our clients’ GMAT scores are proof of that. After working with Apex GMAT, Justin managed to go from a 580 to a 710 and landed a place at the University of California’s Haas School of Business. David managed to break through the 700 mark and achieve a score of 750 on the exam, going on to attend Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business for his MBA.

Besides the hundreds of clients that we have worked with to achieve scores within the 700 range, all of our tutors have scored 770 and above on the exam. They have many years of teaching experience both outside of the GMAT and within the GMAT sphere, so they know the test in and out.  With the customized one-on-one tutoring experience that clients get from working with Apex tutors, they are sure to receive a premium service with stellar results. 

In this article, we’ll tell you more about what working with the most expensive GMAT tutors on the market can offer you and 3 reasons why you should hire him/her.

GMAT Tutoring is an Investment!

The first thing to keep in mind is that working with an elite GMAT tutor does not come at an average GMAT tutoring price. Thus, you should not be expecting an average GMAT preparation experience. From the first call with us until your successful GMAT score, admissions to B-school, and beyond, Apex tutors are there to lend a hand. Instead of thinking about your GMAT prep as a stage in the application process,  consider it as an investment in your educational journey.

If you select the correct tutor the first time around, you can actually save money on tutoring, grad school costs through scholarships, and develop relationships with mentors who will be willing to help you at any stage in your academic and professional life. Attending one of the top business schools in the world is a commendable achievement and attaining a great GMAT score can open that door for you. The only thing that will almost guarantee you that awesome score is hiring the best GMAT tutor to help you prepare and we’re here to make that happen for you.

You’ll get a Premium GMAT Tutoring Experience! 

By working with the most expensive tutors you are affording yourself the opportunity to work with experts, whose goal will be to successfully guide you through the process. You’ll also receive a higher level of expertise and personal attention than with a medium-priced service. With the personalized approach that is offered by our tutors, each tutor strives to provide clients with the most efficient and effective preparation for success. By personalizing the service to your strengths and weaknesses, you have the opportunity to improve your skills in a shorter time frame. 

Still not sure why our service is more expensive than others? For a more detailed explanation, watch this video.

How an Expensive GMAT Tutor Can Help you?

Now that you have a better understanding of what the most expensive GMAT tutor offers, here are 3 reasons why you should hire one to help you prepare for the GMAT: 

Overcoming scoring plateaus!

Working with an instructor that has many years of experience means that you are in good hands. They will have a deep understanding of the test and its structure which makes it easy for them to guide their clients to elite 700+ scores, no matter their academic background or starting GMAT score. They have worked with hundreds of clients and they will instantly know what your situation is and how to teach you for success. By using a personalized approach with every single client, they can easily pinpoint your weaknesses and will help you work on improving them. The end results are bound to be better than if you’d study on your own or prepare with a medium-priced service. In this case, the premium service you get definitely justifies the price you pay. 

They will lead the way to the top MBA programs! 

You don’t want a great GMAT score just for the sake of it. The end goal is to land a place at one of the top Business Schools out there, so that’s why nailing the GMAT exam is so essential to your future. That being said, working with instructors that have continuously worked with numerous students towards that same goal is the best way to go about it. These instructors know what each of the top MBA programs is looking for in terms of GMAT scores and how a certain GMAT score can boost your application. They will also have connections to the top programs you’re intending to apply to and will be able to give you advice on how to stand out as an applicant.

A mentor for life!

This experience won’t just provide you with an instructor that will guide you through the GMAT exam. Instead, you’ll get to nurture a relationship with a mentor who will have your back for life, mentoring you through any stage of your academic and professional journey. Use your mentors’ experience to advise you about the best business schools, the right path thereafter, job interview and pay negotiation advice, business advice, and networking for success.

Make sure to check out our top 5 GMAT tutors that operate globally and take pride in their expertise before you decide on which one to hire.

Now that you have a better understanding of the importance that the most expensive GMAT tutor has when it comes to your future, you are ready to make that decision.

Make the smart decision and invest in your future!

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Posted on
30
Sep 2021

Taking the GMAT Exam in Dublin

Table of Contents:

  1. Who administers the GMAT test?
  2. What does the test center look like?
  3. Where are the test centers located?
  4. Test center holidays
  5. Top MBA programs in the area
  6. Tips
  7. Test Day FAQs

About ¾ of the way through your extensive GMAT prep you should begin to start planning your test day, including scheduling the test, preparing your trip to the test center, and even pre-visiting the test center so that you know exactly where it is. This guide is here to offer you all the required information related to taking the GMAT exam in Dublin.

Who administers the GMAT test?

Pearson Professional Centers – administers the GMAT and EA exam on behalf of the GMAC. To find out more about the Pearson Professional test centers visit https://www.pearson.com/us/.

What does the test center look like?

The location will include individual testing areas for each test taker with a separation screen between each test-taker.

Where are the test centers in Dublin?

These are the top locations where test-takers generally had the best experience:

Pearson Professional Centers – Dublin Ireland

GMAT Test Center In Dublin

The Exam Centre Dublin North
Unit 19 Third Floor
J5 Plaza
North Park Business Park
Dublin
D11 PXT0
Ireland
Phone: +353 1 685 4942

By car:

Heading Southbound on M50 Junction 5

  • Exit at Junction 5
  • Take the first right turn into North Park Business Park 
  • Enter J5 Plaza (the first building on your right-hand side)
Test-takers review:

This test center was rated 4.8 by Google reviewers. They mentioned that they had a great experience; the staff was friendly, attentive, helpful, and professional. The location was easily accessible and the facility was spacious. 

Test Center Holidays

The most popular times for GMAT preparation and test-taking are during the holiday seasons. Be mindful of dates that you will not be able to take the GMAT or EA at any of the test centers mentioned above. Pearson test centers are closed during the following dates:

  • 1 Jan – New Year’s Day 
  • 21 Mar – Human Rights Day
  • 10 Apr – Good Friday   
  • 13 Apr – Family Day
  • 27 Apr – Freedom Day 
  • 1 May – Workers’ Day
  • 16 Jun – Youth Day
  • 9 Aug – National Women’s Day
  • 10 Aug – Public Holiday
  • 24 Sep – Heritage Day
  • 16 Dec – Day of Reconciliation
  • 25 Dec – Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec – Day of Goodwill

Top MBA programs in Dublin 

  • University College Dublin – Michael Smurfit
  • Trinity Business School – Trinity College Dublin

Tips:

  • During the test there will not be complete silence – you will be able to hear noise from other test takers so it is best to prepare for this by studying for the exam in similar scenarios. This can prepare you for any distractions (such as coughing, sneezing, or computer clicking sounds) that might occur while taking your exam.
  • Try to spend some time actually prepping in the lobby of the test center weeks/days in advance of your exam date. Since the place will be familiar to you come test day this can help curb test anxiety should you have any.

Test Day FAQs

Here are the top 5 questions that clients ask us about exam day information:

  • Are you allowed to listen to music while taking the GMAT exam?

You are not allowed to listen to music while taking the GMAT exam and you are not allowed to wear earphones as well.

  • What should I do if I fall sick on the exam day?

If you do not feel well come exam day you will have to make the decision as to whether or not you can take the test and perform at your best. Most people will not be able to do this so it will be best to cancel it. If you do so on the day of the exam you will incur a loss of your full $250 exam fee. If you cancel the exam 7 days in advance you will be charged a penalty of $50. If it is the first time that you will sit the exam and you are up for sitting through a 4 hour test, this may be a good opportunity to experience the test as you have the ability to cancel the score right afterwards if you are unhappy with it. Ultimately, it is best to take the GMAT when you are feeling your best as this will result in your optimum test performance.

  • What can I bring with me to the test center?

You are allowed in the test center with the following:

  • GMAT approved identification
  • Appointment confirmation letter or email you received from Pearson VUE
  • Prescription eyeglasses
  • Light sweater or light non-outerwear jacket
  • Comfort items only if they were pre-approved as an accommodation received in advance

Any additional personal belongings that you bring with you such as your cell phone, bag, snacks, and earphones will need to be stored in one of the provided lockers. You may eat your snack during the breaks. Any cell phone use throughout the test time (including breaks) is prohibited.

The test center will provide you with everything that you need in order to take the test including scratch paper and a pencil.

  • Should I wear a mask during the exam?

At the test centers above they strongly recommend that you wear a face mask or some type of face-covering in the test center and for the duration of your test to protect yourself and others. Test centers do not provide face masks for candidates.

Please note that if you have any flu-like symptoms upon arrival at the test center, you may be requested to reschedule your exam for another time when you are in full health.

  • What can I expect at the test center?

A usual test center is typically quite small. Once you arrive you will have to provide the administrator with the relevant documents and while these are being processed you will be asked to wait in the waiting area. In this area, you can still access all your personal belongings up until you are called into the testing room.

Once in the room, you will be allocated an individual exam station where you will find a computer.

For any questions or comments please reach out to us at www.apexgmat.com.
To speak to an Apex instructor about your GMAT prep, schedule a call HERE.

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How to study for your GMAT retake
Posted on
28
Sep 2021

How To Study For Your GMAT Retake – GMAT Preparation Strategies

By: ApexGMAT
Contributor: Dana Coggio
Date: September 28, 2021

You’ve studied countless hours, canceled plans with numerous friends, and even changed your diet and caffeine consumption to fuel your brain as best as possible. And yet, after all that, your final score result is just a 650. Not bad, but also not perfect. This score can get you into most Business School programs, but can it get you into that elite ‘top’ school you are aiming for? If you have the resume and top-notch essay responses to back up your GMAT score, then you may feel comfortable applying to your dream Business School with that score.

But what if you are still unsure? Is it worth spending the hundreds of dollars, and continuing the stringent study plan you had just spent months trudging through to try again? Perhaps a second attempt means you will bump up your score to a 700+, or maybe your second attempt will land you with a score of equal or – gulp – lesser value! After going through the cost-benefit analysis of such an undertaking, you may have decided on the undertaking of retaking the GMAT.

But how do you study for the GMAT the second time to guarantee a higher score? You are not alone in asking this question, and, unfortunately, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ answer or study plan that can guarantee a higher score and make the retake worthwhile financially and timewise. However, there are some things you can begin doing now which can help you embark on your GMAT retake journey.

Book the retake sooner rather than later

Deciding on ‘when’ to retake the GMAT can have a huge effect on your ability to succeed in the test. We suggest booking the retake sooner rather than later. This will help set a definite timeline of how long you must study and how you can expect to structure the coming weeks. Additionally, don’t wait months to retake the GMAT. Once you have decided that you will retake the exam, be sure to schedule it a couple of weeks after the last test you took. While it may seem to be a time crunch, this is because you are not starting from scratch when studying for your retake. You already have a whole host of wealth stuck in your head! It will hang around for a few weeks, requiring only brief reviews and refreshers to keep the knowledge up to date.

Focus on your weaknesses

So, you have taken your first GMAT test. You now know how you test under time pressure, and you can adjust your studying accordingly. Did you find that you struggled with the time constraints? We suggest focusing on different studying methods which will help you feel more comfortable under the time constraints. During the test you may realize that you did not study enough for certain quantitative-type questions, or your GMAT vocabulary was lacking. In this case, spend time before your retake focusing on the areas you found most challenging. By no means does this mean ‘ignoring’ your strengths, rather, spend the most time on your weaknesses, being sure to set aside a few hours a week to review and rehash the parts of the exam you feel most comfortable with.

Consult with your network

Whether you recognize it or not, the people around you are important to your mental health and wellbeing. Because studying for the GMAT is a mentally draining venture, relying on your network can help you get through the most difficult aspects of studying for the GMAT. As you already experienced over the last few months of studying, an effective student may opt for moments of quiet study rather than social events with friends and family. This doesn’t change your second time around taking the test.

However, your friends and family may be disappointed to hear that you are extending your absences from events further to study for your second round. It is important, then, to confer with them. Let them know what you are doing and why. Perhaps someone in your network had a similar experience and they can offer you advice and tips on how to rock your second round. Additionally, do not be shy to let them know how you are feeling and how they can best support you during your studying. This can help alleviate any further stress you may accumulate during the time you sequester away over the books.

Get a private tutor

It may seem obvious but hiring a private tutor who specializes in the GMAT can help push you to the next level. Often, your struggles with the GMAT can be alleviated by the unique perspectives and solution paths a private tutor can give you. Our GMAT tutors at ApexGMAT specialize in working with students who want to achieve an elite score and are looking to develop the skills to do just that. We invite all interested potential clients to sign-up HERE for a complimentary consultation call where we can discuss your GMAT and Business School goals. Our tutors are happy to work with an array of clients. Whether it is their first or fifth time taking the GMAT and whether they have 6 months to prepare or just a few weeks, we can work within your time frame and skill level to help you achieve your goals.

 

Finally, deciding to retake the GMAT means countless more hours of hard work. Deciding whether it is worth it is up to you. However, being prepared for the process of retaking the GMAT can help alleviate the stress of the decision.

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Berlin
Posted on
21
Sep 2021

Taking the GMAT Exam in Berlin

Table of Contents:

  1. Who administers the GMAT test?
  2. What does the test center look like?
  3. Where are the test centers located?
  4. Test center holidays
  5. Top MBA programs in the area
  6. Tips
  7. Test Day FAQs

About ¾ of the way through your extensive GMAT prep you should begin to start planning your test day, including scheduling the test, preparing your trip to the test center, and even pre-visiting the test center so that you know exactly where it is. This guide is here to offer you all the required information related to taking the GMAT exam in Berlin.

Who administers the GMAT test?

The GMAT exam in Berlin is administered in a computer training school.

What does the test center look like?

The location will include individual testing areas for each test taker with a separation screen between each test-taker.

Where are the test centers in Berlin?

These are the top locations where test-takers generally had the best experience:

New Horizons CLC – Puder & Rahn GmbH

Berlin GMAT Test Center

Berliner Str.112A
1.OG/1st. Floor
13189 Berlin
Germany
Phone: +49 30 2063950

 

By car:

From Downtown Berlin (20 minutes):

  • Head northeast on Franz-Mehring-Platz toward Singerstraße
  • Take Mollstraße, Prenzlauer Allee and Neumannstraße to Borkumstraße
  • Turn left onto Borkumstraße
  • Turn right onto Berliner Str.
Test-takers’ review:

This test center was rated 3.3 by Google reviewers. The test takers mentioned that the staff was friendly and helpful, and the location was easy to find. 

Test Center Holidays

The most popular times for GMAT preparation and test-taking are during the holiday seasons. Be mindful of dates that you will not be able to take the GMAT or EA at any of the test centers mentioned above. Pearson test centers are closed during the following dates:

  • 1 Jan – New Year’s Day 
  • 6 Jan – Three King’s Day
  • 24 Feb – Fasching
  • 8 Mar – International Women’s Day
  • 10 Apr – Good Friday
  • 12 Apr – Easter Sunday
  • 13 Apr – Easter Monday 
  • 1 May – May Day 
  • 8 May – Victory in Europe Day
  • 10 May- Mother’s Day
  • 21 May – Ascension Day
  • 21 May – Father’s Day
  • 1 Jun – Whit Monday
  • 11 Jun – Corpus Christi
  • 15 Aug – Assumption Day
  • 20 Sep- World Children’s Day
  • 3 Oct – German Unity Day
  • 31 Oct – Reformation Day
  • 1 Nov – All Saints’ Day
  • 18 Nov – Repentance Day
  • 25 Dec – Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec – St. Stephen’s Day

Top MBA programs in Berlin

  • ESMT Berlin

Tips:

  • During the test there will not be complete silence – you will be able to hear noise from other test takers so it is best to prepare for this by studying for the exam in similar scenarios. This can prepare you for any distractions (such as coughing, sneezing, or computer clicking sounds) that might occur while taking your exam.
  • Try to spend some time actually prepping in the lobby of the test center weeks/days in advance of your exam date. Since the place will be familiar to you come test day this can help curb test anxiety should you have any.

Test Day FAQs

Here are the top 5 questions that clients ask us about exam day information:

  • Are you allowed to listen to music while taking the GMAT exam?

You are not allowed to listen to music while taking the GMAT exam and you are not allowed to wear earphones as well.

  • What should I do if I fall sick on the exam day?

If you do not feel well come exam day you will have to make the decision as to whether or not you can take the test and perform at your best. Most people will not be able to do this so it will be best to cancel it. If you do so on the day of the exam you will incur a loss of your full $250 exam fee. If you cancel the exam 7 days in advance you will be charged a penalty of $50. If it is the first time that you will sit the exam and you are up for sitting through a 4 hour test, this may be a good opportunity to experience the test as you have the ability to cancel the score right afterwards if you are unhappy with it. Ultimately, it is best to take the GMAT when you are feeling your best as this will result in your optimum test performance.

  • What can I bring with me to the test center?

You are allowed in the test center with the following:

  • GMAT approved identification
  • Appointment confirmation letter or email you received from Pearson VUE
  • Prescription eyeglasses
  • Light sweater or light non-outerwear jacket
  • Comfort items only if they were pre-approved as an accommodation received in advance

Any additional personal belongings that you bring with you such as your cell phone, bag, snacks, and earphones will need to be stored in one of the provided lockers. You may eat your snack during the breaks. Any cell phone use throughout the test time (including breaks) is prohibited.

The test center will provide you with everything that you need in order to take the test including scratch paper and a pencil.

  • Should I wear a mask during the exam?

At the test centers above they strongly recommend that you wear a face mask or some type of face-covering in the test center and for the duration of your test to protect yourself and others. Test centers do not provide face masks for candidates.

Please note that if you have any flu-like symptoms upon arrival at the test center, you may be requested to reschedule your exam for another time when you are in full health.

  • What can I expect at the test center?

A usual test center is typically quite small. Once you arrive you will have to provide the administrator with the relevant documents and while these are being processed you will be asked to wait in the waiting area. In this area, you can still access all your personal belongings up until you are called into the testing room.

Once in the room, you will be allocated an individual exam station where you will find a computer.

For any questions or comments please reach out to us at www.apexgmat.com.
To speak to an Apex instructor about your GMAT prep, schedule a call HERE.

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GMAT AWA - 4 Tips To Succeed
Posted on
16
Sep 2021

How-To GMAT AWA: 4 Tips To Succeed & Get a High GMAT AWA Score

By: Apex GMAT
Contributor: Nemrout Safarian
Date: September 16, 2021

What Is The GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) All About?

The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) component of the GMAT assesses your ability to express your thoughts and ideas. All you have to do is critically examine the reasoning of a specific argument. You have 30 minutes to finish the AWA part of the GMAT, by analyzing an argument in the format of a newspaper editorial or a corporate statement. Because of the nature of this debate, you may typically argue for either side, and your choice of backing has little bearing on your final score. You’ll have 30 minutes to read the prompt and write your response. In the end, your essay will be assessed on a scale of 0 to 6 by both a machine and a human; your final GMAT AWA score will be the average of these two scores.

How to Improve Your GMAT AWA Score: 4 Tips

Find Out the Hidden Assumptions

What’s the best way to spot concealed assumptions? There are two key phases to this process. To begin, determine whether or not the argument is valid. If the argument is sound, the conclusion follows from the premises, and the premises have plainly stated the assumptions needed to reach the conclusion, then you can conclude that the argument is a good one. There are no hidden assumptions in this case. However, if the argument is invalid, you should carefully consider what extra premises should be added to make it legitimate. Those are the unspoken expectations. Then you may ask things like: 

1) What do these assumptions mean?
It is really important to fully understand what the assumptions you are given truly represent. In other words, figuring out which motives and “root” of the assumptions will help you come up with more reasonable conclusions.

2) Why would the argument’s proponent agree to such assumptions?
Another important aspect is to ask yourself why a specific assumption is valid,
and how it could possibly be supported. Think of reasonable, well-thought-out reasons and supporting arguments, and make sure you elaborate on them.

3) Is it reasonable to accept these assumptions?
Finally, as mentioned above, the final and most important part is to understand if it is reasonable and meaningful to accept those assumptions in the first place. It doesn’t matter how fancy they sound, or how they can support your main idea – it is all worthless unless it is reasonable to be accepted!

Avoid These Common AWA Mistakes

Ambiguous Language: Without a numerical qualification, the terms much, any, few, many, more, less, and some can be vague. When comparing amount or size, always consider the spectrum of possibilities included in vague terms.

Biased Conclusions: Bias is something you will need to avoid at all costs. Oftentimes, the reason for this is overconfidence. Being confident in what you’re writing is always good. However, being overconfident – that is, claiming things you don’t have sufficient evidence for – will hurt your AWA score. Always remember that on the GMAT, you want to be more balanced and thoughtful, rather than come up with extreme conclusions that can ruin the whole assessment. 

Incoherent Comparisons: Making comparisons in your essay might be tempting, as it seems to support your arguments and convince the reader. However, you need to be cautious when choosing this strategy. The reason for this being that sometimes you will see statements that seem to be very similar, and you may compare them, and use that similarity in your conclusions. Nevertheless, chances are, it is just a “trap” that you need to avoid at all costs. Read the statements carefully and be sure they are reasonable to compare. 

Read What You Have Written!

You need to go over what you have written at least once before you will submit it! Save some time for proofreading your essay for several reasons. First, you will be able to check the spelling and grammar, which is very important. Second, you will be confident that the flow of your essay is well thought out and that the statements flow logically. Finally, you will have the chance to make corrections or add new ideas you believe make your essay much stronger. 

Have a Good Structure for Your Essay

Write a Strong Introduction: You don’t have to start from scratch with each GMAT AWA introduction. Begin by mentioning the source of the passage. After that, concentrate on two primary tasks: summarizing the argument and explaining why it is wrong (or right). Keep it brief and sweet; three sentences should do to establish your key arguments!

Write Your Body Paragraphs: You need to have a clear and thoughtful structure when it comes to your body paragraphs. First of all, you need to understand which part you want to focus on and analyze. One way to do this is by simply summarizing the premise. Later, you will need to identify the flaw and explain why it is a flaw in the first place. One of the best ways to do this is by giving a strong example. Finally, the most fun and important part is to state and explain why exactly that specific section hurts – or supports – the argument. Make sure you are considerate and logical when you’re working on this part. 

Conclude Your Essay: When concluding your argument, keep in mind that you should not spend too much time on the conclusion. The body paragraphs are the most fundamental and important parts of your essay, and they are what determine your grade. Whereas your substantive paragraphs should be full and comprehensive, the conclusion should be succinct and to the point. Wrap things up as soon as possible so you can get back to editing and reworking your essay. Don’t go into too much detail to make things manageable and concise. You just need to summarize the argument’s key flaws. It’s sometimes enough to just state that the argument has serious flaws. Ignore the need to restate all of the key ideas from the body paragraphs. This will just take up additional space and time.

If you enjoyed this article about how to improve your GMAT AWA score, “Master the GMAT AWA section with this comprehensive template” is another insightful and helpful article to read. 

Good luck and remember to believe in yourself!

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