Posted on
06
Jun 2022

GMAT In-Person or Online? Pros and Cons

As you consider your options for taking the GMAT, you probably have considered the question “Which one would work better for me: GMAT in person or GMAT online?” The GMAC has recently announced changes to the GMAT exam, including giving test takers the option to take the exam online.

Which is better for you, GMAT in person or GMAT online? There are pros and cons to both, and it ultimately depends on your personal preference and situation. Here are some key factors to consider when making your decision.

Pros of Taking the GMAT Online 

Flexibility

The best part about taking the GMAT online is that you can take the test from any place that has an internet connection. This is a major plus for people who cannot travel or do not live near a physical GMAT testing center. Also, the online format allows more flexibility in terms of scheduling. You can choose to take the exam at any time that works for you as long as you comply with certain time frames.

Taking the Test in the Same Environment You Studied in 

If you are taking the GMAT exam at home, the setting will be similar to the one you studied and practiced in for this test. Taking the exam in an environment that’s already familiar to you means that your mind will be more comfortable with its surroundings which can reduce anxiety. Studying for the GMAT and taking the exam in the same place will help your mind connect the material you studied with the setting in which you’re taking the test.

Test Anxiety 

For some test takers, the thought of taking a test in person can be very anxiety-provoking. If you are one of these people, then taking the GMAT online may be a better option for you. You can take the GMAT from the comfort of your own home and avoid any potential stress that comes with being in a physical testing location.

Cons of Taking the GMAT Online 

Less Personal Attention

When you take the GMAT online, you do not have direct contact with a proctor. You both will be able to communicate through the chat, and you can ring to live chat with the proctor. Still, this can be a disadvantage if you prefer receiving more personal attention or want your questions to be answered faster, in more detail, or prefer face-to-face explanation. 

Security

Some people may feel less secure about taking an online test, especially if they haven’t taken any online exams before. Make sure you are familiar with the GMAC security procedures for online testing before signing up and the steps you need to complete before starting the exam.

No Scratch Papers  

One thing you cannot do when taking the GMAT online is to take notes physically. But you do have the virtual whiteboard or you can buy your own whiteboard to use during the exam. This can be a disadvantage if you like to have physical copies of all your materials in front of you during the test. Also, proctors are very strict when it comes to what you have around you. You are not allowed to have anything on your table, including pens, calculators, or coffee. Literally, nothing should be around you.

Pros of taking the GMAT in Person  

Environmental Distractions are Eliminated  

If you are someone who is easily distracted by your surroundings, then taking the GMAT in person may be a better choice for you. This setting allows you to have more control and eliminates any potential environmental distractions. You don’t know when you might receive an unexpected mail or notifications on your laptop.

Live Feedback from the Proctor 

Another advantage of taking the GMAT in person is that you can get live feedback from the proctor. If you have any questions or concerns during the test, the proctor can help to address them faster and maybe better than through a chat box online. 

Cons of Taking the GMAT in Person  

Location and Scheduling

The main disadvantage of taking the GMAT in person is that you are limited to location and schedule. You may not be able to find a test center close to you, or the testing times may not work with your schedule.

Cost

The GMAT costs $250, and the cost of taking it in person can add up if you have to travel.

Similarities: GMATin Person or GMAT Online  

Both the online and in-person versions of the GMAT are computerized, so you will get the same questions and experience. Also, both GMAT online and in person will be 3 hours and 7 minutes and you will be given two optional 8-minute breaks, plus you will be able to choose the sequence in which you take the test. Both exams cost US $275. So if you are concerned about potential errors that could occur in a live test environment, rest assured that GMAT in-person and online are equally accurate.

Technology Requirements for the GMAT Online  

In order to take the GMAT online, you must meet certain technical requirements. You will need either a PC or Mac that operates on Windows 8.1 or 10 or Mac OS 10 or above, Windows 7 will not work. You need to have a computer with internet access, a webcam, and a microphone. If you do not have these items or are unable to meet the requirements, you will have to take the GMAT in person.

Which Option is Best for You  

Ultimately, the decision of whether to take the GMAT in person or online comes down to personal preference. If you are comfortable with technology and don’t have a flexible schedule, then the GMAT online option may be better for you. However, if you prefer more personal interaction or want feedback from a proctor, then the GMAT in person option is best. Keep in mind that you always have the option to hire a GMAT private tutor to help guide you with your studies and everything related to the GMAT. No matter which format you choose, make sure to prepare well so that you can score your best on test day.

Contributor: Cynthia Addoumieh

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GMAT Most Asked Questions
Posted on
03
May 2022

GMAT Most Asked Questions 2022

If you’re thinking about taking the GMAT or have already registered for a testing date, you undoubtedly have a ton of questions swirling around in your mind. In this blog post, we’ll answer some of the GMAT FAQs in 2022.

1. What does GMAT stand for?

The GMAT stands for General Management Admission Test. The GMAT is a standardized test that measures your analytical, writing, quantitative, and verbal skills. The GMAT is used by business schools to help decide which applicants to admit into their programs.

2. Who conducts the GMAT exam?

The administrator of the GMAT is the General Management Admission Council (GMAC).

3. Why is the GMAT exam required for MBA?

The exam is considered to be a predictor of academic success for MBA programs and business careers. The GMAT tests reasoning and problem-solving skills, and critical thinking. It is also a measure of verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills.

4. When can I register for the GMAT 2022?

You can register for the GMAT between 6 months to 24 hours before the exam. However, we recommend you register 3 months in advance. 

5. How do I register for the GMAT 2022?

To register online you will need to:

    • Create an account on the mba.com website.
    • Verify your email.
    • Book a date.
    • Pay the application fee of $250.

You can also register through fax, phone, or mailThe registration process can take 15 to 30 minutes. 

6. How much does the GMAT cost?

The GMAT costs $250, approximately 230 euros and 190 pounds. The price may differ by country.

7. Where to take the GMAT?

You can find the nearest testing center on the mba.com website or take the exam online. 

8. Can the GMAT exam be taken online?

Yes, the GMAT exam can be taken online. The GMAC has decided to make the online GMAT a permanent option, after it was introduced at the beginning of the pandemic, along with in-person exams. 

9. When is the GMAT exam held in 2022?

GMAT is available almost all year round. Testing dates are available 6 months in advance. You can book an available slot in the nearest testing center, appointments are usually available 6 days a week in most countries. If you are taking the GMAT online, you can take the exam 7 days a week.

We recommend registering 3 months in advance or no more than 3 weeks ahead.

10. How to reschedule my GMAT exam?

You can reschedule your GMAT online or by phone up to 24 hours prior to the exam. Note that if you cancel by phone, you will be charged an additional fee of $10. A rescheduling fee applies if you decide to reschedule your exam:

    • 14 days to 24 hours prior to the exam: $150
    • 15 to 60 days prior to the exam: $100
    • 60 days prior to the exam: $50

11. How often can I take the GMAT?

You can take the GMAT 5 times in a 12-months period. However, you can’t take it more than once in a 16-day period. However, we recommend not to retake the exam in less than 3 months. It’s unlikely that your score would improve drastically in a short period of time.

12. Are GMAT and GRE similar?

The main difference between GMAT and GRE is that the GMAT is designed specifically for business schools, while the GRE is accepted by a series of master’s programs. The GRE keeps your options open in case you haven’t made up your mind about your master’s degree. However, keep in mind that not all business schools accept GRE. Also, make sure you contact your admissions office and check which exam they prefer.

13. How long should I study for the GMAT?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. The GMAT journey is unique to everyone, and you’re the only one to know what’s right for you. However, on average candidates spend 3-6 months preparing for the GMAT. We recommend a 3-month GMAT study plan, which can be shrunk or stretched according to your schedule.

14. Can GMAT be cracked without a private tutor?

When you start preparing for the GMAT, you need to establish some goals and a study plan. Achieving the score you’re aiming for is not an easy mission. The GMAT prep requires perfect preparation and continuous motivation and dedication. If you find yourself falling behind and you aren’t anywhere near where you planned to be, you might consider hiring a GMAT tutor. Having someone by your side step-by-step can make the prep journey easier on academic and social aspects.

Before hiring a GMAT tutor do your research to find the best tutor for you. At Apex we offer personalized tutoring according to each candidate’s needs. We provide a free complimentary consultation call for your questions about GMAT private tutoring.

15. Can I use a calculator on the GMAT?

You are not allowed to bring in your own calculator. However, you will be provided with a calculator only during the Integrated Reasoning section. During the Quantitative section, you won’t be able to use a calculator, but you will be given a note board and markers to do calculations.

16. Can I skip questions on the GMAT exam?

No, you need to provide an answer before moving to the next questions. The GMAT is a computer-adaptive test (CAT) which means that the questions’ difficulty adapts to your skill level. As you progress, the difficulty of the next question is based on your performance on the previous one. Therefore, you can’t skip a question.

17. Are GMAT questions repeated?

Yes, and no. GMAT questions don’t repeat but the concepts and the patterns do. Often elements of some questions will be reused to formulate a new one, but not the same question.

18. How does the GMAT scoring work?

The way GMAT scoring works can be complicated since it’s a CAT. The GMAT is scored on a scale from 200 to 800, with 800 being a perfect score. Each section of the GMAT is scored individually.

The overall 800-score is done by a confidential algorithm by the GMAC.

19. Are the GMAT results instant?

Right after the exam, you will have an unofficial report with the scores of your Quant, Verbal and Integrated Reasoning section. You have up to two minutes to accept or cancel them. If you don’t make a decision your score will be automatically canceled.

In case you accept the results, you and the schools you have chosen to send the reports to will receive an official report up to 20 days after the exam. The official report will also include the Analytical Assessment score and your GMAT percentile ranking. 

In case you cancel your results, they won’t show up on your score report.

20. What GMAT score do I need?

There is no “passing” score on the GMAT. To know what score you’re aiming for, you need to check the class profile and the admission requirements of the programs you’re looking at. Your score goal may differ depending on your school(s) needs.  

21. Can I cancel my GMAT score?

You can cancel your GMAT score immediately after the exam at no cost. The score can be canceled up to 72 hours after the exam for a fee. If you cancel your score, it will not be shown on your score reports. If you cancel your score and want to reinstate it, you can do so online or by phone for a fee of $50. An additional $10 fee applies if you cancel by phone.

22. For how many years is the GMAT valid?

Your GMAT score is valid for 5 years after you take the exam.

23. Can the GMAT be waived?

Few schools in the US have policies for waving the GMAT, those are usually significant professional work experience, degrees, or high achievements. The applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Other schools accept the GRE instead of the GMAT.

 

If you have questions that we haven’t answered, book a 30-minute complimentary consultation call with one of our top GMAT instructors or check our article on GMAT Test Days FAQs.

 

Contributor: Cynthia Addoumieh

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GMAT Memorization Techniques
Posted on
03
Feb 2022

5 Essential GMAT Memorization Techniques

Find what works for you and stick with it. There is no need to struggle mentally trying to memorize certain techniques when a simpler solution path exists. That is why our tutors at Apex GMAT are professionals in helping our clients learn tips which suit their mental and cognitive abilities. We call this, Cognitive Empathy, and it works by not forcing clients into a ‘one-size-fits-all’ box of GMAT test-prep steps. Rather, we work with our clients by tailoring our approach to their personal needs and capabilities. Here are five GMAT memorization techniques we share with our clients. 

1. Memorize the answer layout

Some question types have the same responses. On the GMAT, answers to the  Data Sufficiency Questions are presented in the same way. These being: 

A) Statement (1) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (2) alone is not sufficient.
B) Statement (2) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (1) alone is not sufficient.
C) Both statements TOGETHER are sufficient, but NEITHER statement ALONE is sufficient.
D) EACH statement ALONE is sufficient.
E) Statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are NOT sufficient.

As a test prepper, you can memorize these statements, given they remain the same throughout the entire GMAT. We suggest memorizing a more simple form of these answer types. For example: 

A) Only Statement 1
B) Only Statement 2
C) Only Both Statements together
D) Either statement
E) Neither statement 

By using this as a memorization technique it will cut down on the time you spend on the test. You won’t need to reread the answer types each time you come in contact with them.  

2. Practice the vocabulary in everyday life

This may sound simple, but trust, this GMAT memorization technique helps! The vocabulary section of the GMAT is tricky, and often people use flashcards to help them memorize terms and concepts. While this is useful, we found that to really engrain the meaning of these words it is best to use them in practice. Decide on a handful of words that you find difficult in their meanings and commit to using them throughout the day or week. This will help you structure the word within a sentence, and learn to use the word properly. Keep a notebook of the most difficult terms and revert back to it as your vocabulary grows! 

3. Use Acronyms and Mnemonics

Struggling with remembering math concepts and equations? The quantitative portion on the GMAT can seem daunting, especially if you are a couple of years out of school and don’t recall some basic math formulas. We understand this, which is why we avoid using math on the GMAT all together! But sometimes, the best path is the most direct. Remember some basic math equations and formulas using the following tricks: 

  • Simple Interest Formula
    • Interest = principal x rate x time 
    • I = prt 
    • Remember the equation as: I am Pretty! 
  • Distance Formula 
    • Distance = rate x time
    • D = rt
    • This equation can be remembered as the word: dirt
  • Linear Equation
    • Y = mx + b 
    • B for begin / M for move 
    • To graph a line, begin at the B-value and move according to the m-value (slope) 
  • Multiplying Binomials 
    • (x – a)(x + b) 
    • Remember FOIL for the order: 
      • First
      • Outside
      • Inside
      • Last 
  • Order of Operations
    • When answering an equation which looks something like this: 7 x (4 / 6) + 2 = remember: PEMDAS or Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally 
    • Parentheses 
    • Exponents 
    • Multiplication
    • Division
    • Addition
    • Subtraction 

4. Apply a visual meaning to things 

While studying, look at what is around you and apply meaning to objects. If you are working on a particular math problem, stare at the radiator in your room. Then, during the exam (if you are taking the GMAT online), look at the radiator if you come in contact with a similar problem. This trick will help your brain in remembering what you learned while studying. If you are taking the GMAT onsite, consider pieces of clothes or jewelry which you will wear during your test. Perhaps fiddle with a ring on your finger while memorizing words, or wear a favorite sweater which you associate with certain mnemonic devices. This is a trick we give our clients, and it ends up helping them during the test! 

5. Apply the knowledge you are learning often

It is one thing to read things out of a textbook and take notes, it is a whole other thing to apply the information you are learning. Doing one or two practice questions won’t automatically make you a whiz at that particular type of problem (even if you got the answers right), but rather practicing in different situations (ie at a restaurant, while riding into work, while cooking dinner), which challenges your brain to think strategically in various situations. This prepares you for the dynamic environment of the testing facility. You can do this both with the quantitative and qualitative portions of the exam. Plus it would look extra cool if you are seen jotting math equations down on a napkin while waiting for your food at a restaurant. 

Final Thoughts

These GMAT memorization techniques may seem straightforward, but they require work. However, hard work does pay off in the long run! The amount of work you put into your studying can dictate where you end up attending school, and thus the job you receive after graduating. While you are not your GMAT, your GMAT score does play a large role in your overall application to your dream school! If you are looking for extra help in preparing for the GMAT, we offer extensive one-on-one GMAT tutoring for high-achieving students. You can schedule a complimentary, 30-minute consultation call with one of our tutors to learn more! 

 

Contributor: Dana Coggio

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The Benefits Of Online GMAT Tutors
Posted on
02
Nov 2021

The Benefits Of Online GMAT Tutors

By: ApexGMAT
Date: October 26, 2021

So you have decided that you want to attend a great MBA program and now you just have to get over the hurdle that is the GMAT. At this point you will have a few choices to make including: when you want to take the test, your score goal, the best MBA program for you, your preparation timeline, and finally, the preparation method. There are a few ways that you can prepare for the GMAT, self-study, group study, classes, in-person tutor, or a GMAT tutor online. In this article, we are going to review why online tutoring is just as effective and maybe even more effective than in-person tutoring. If you are considering working with an online GMAT tutor, check out some of the beneficial sides of this way of learning. 

The reason behind this decision can vary: accessibility, wanting a tutor from a different country, saving time, etc. 

1. GMAT Prep from the Comfort of Your Home

One of the biggest assets of having an online GMAT tutor is that you can do it from the comfort of your home. All you need is a good internet connection, a computer, and a quiet room. This will allow you to save commuting time and enjoy learning in a familiar environment. Make sure that you establish a constant study place in your favorite room or spot in the house. With this, whenever you are in that area you can get in the mood for studying and have your study area just for yourself. If you need a change of scenery, one of your favorite local cafes is also a great place to have a lesson. For many students, this has made the GMAT prep period much more comfortable and convenient. 

2. Efficient Resource Sharing

Thanks to the highly developed technology and various applications it takes just a couple of seconds to share a large number of articles, books, slides, practice GMAT questions, and many more. From Google Drive to Dropbox, all of your GMAT materials are a click away. This allows you to have everything in one place and well organized as well as the ability to access these files anywhere. Spend 10 minutes studying on the train ride home or listening to some videos while on a walk or jog, the possibilities and opportunities to study are endless. 

3. Feedback

To be able to know how you are developing during your GMAT prep period it is important to get and also give feedback to your tutor. With an online GMAT tutor, this can happen through a video call, an email, online massaging, etc. Besides the convenient platforms, it is also important to highlight that the feedback can take different forms: from verbal, to written, to constructive criticism.

In comparison with in-person feedback, online feedback is much quicker – you don’t have to wait for your next session to meet up and you can get your feedback in front of you within seconds!  

4. No Social Pressure

Nowadays a lot of people struggle with social anxiety and thus having an in-person GMAT tutor can be a trigger. Having a tutor physically nearby, watching you solve your GMAT questions can be nerve-racking and no one wants additional pressure while preparing for their GMAT exam. However, with your online GMAT tutor being on the other side of the screen you can feel more confident while focusing on the tasks in front of you.

5. Online Tutoring during a Global Pandemic

Since the global pandemic began our lives have been redefined and restructured in different ways. This also includes the way in which we learn and acquire new skills. Online classes have become the norm in the educational industry and throughout other relevant fields. Preparing for your GMAT exam is no different. This is why online tutors are required more than ever. You can tackle all your GMAT challenges and remain safe.

Most of our clients at Apex GMAT, once they have had their in-person session, continue to work online with our tutors from anywhere in the world. According to their feedback, they realize that there is no difference in the quality of the lesson. Instead, the comfort of their online sessions makes their journey even smoother. 

Is online tutoring cheaper? 

Besides the above-mentioned advantages of GMAT online tutoring, there is one more highly important point to take into account – your budget! Since most of the hired tutors are distance teachers, they do not have to cover additional costs. Hence, this leads to lower fees which make GMAT online tutoring even more convenient. 

Platforms for GMAT Online Tutors

After reading the benefits of working with an online GMAT tutor you might have considered this as a good option for you. So, what’s the next step? Tracking down the best online GMAT tutor to suit your needs and budget!

The first thing you might do is go on Google and look for online tutors. The internet will give you dozens of options. Don’t forget to check their criteria, pricing lists, curriculum, and availability to make sure that you make the right choice. 

A good starting point is to check out our 770+ GMAT tutors at ApexGMAT, who operate online and globally, you can schedule a complimentary call with one of them here.

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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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