About GMAT

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The GMAT is required for admission to most MBA and graduate accounting programs.

Our course will cover all of the math concepts and strategies in detail and teach you the most effective ways of dealing with the three elements of the verbal section. Finally, we will prepare you for the integrated reasoning section (introduced in June 2012).

Course Features

  • An initial diagnostic test
  • 21 hours of instruction in 7 weekly sessions
  • Access to our software library of full-length GMAT practice tests/li>
  • Book of hundreds of GMAT practice test questions published by the test maker
  • Study Halls: hour long, weekly drop-in study sessions with an experienced instructor
  • Class size is limited to 12 students

Course material includes:

Integrated reasoning, sentence correction, reading comprehension, critical reading, analysis of an issue, analysis of an argument, essays, arithmetic, algebra, word problems, geometry, and data sufficiency.

All GMAT students are welcome to schedule appointments for computer-based practice tests at their convenience. We recommend each student complete between 4 and 6 tests. Practice test sessions are included in the price of the course.

If you take an GMAT course with us and don't get the score you want, you are entitled to a one-time repeat of the course, for small repeat and materials fee!

Please note:

  • If you take a condensed GMAT course (offered at a reduced price), and want to retake a full GMAT course you will be asked to pay the difference in course fees.
  • Repeat students are welcome to attend weekly Study Hall sessions for an additional fee of $35 per session.

GMAT - Frequently asked Questions

Sandweiss Test Prep realizes you have many questions before deciding whether to take the GMAT and how test results fit into your academic plan. We've compiled the following frequently asked questions to address your concerns. Please call us if you need further information.

What is the GMAT?

The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a computerized multiple-choice exam required for admission to graduate business programs. The GMAT tests math and language skills and includes an essay section. The multiple-choice portions of the test are computer adaptive--meaning the test reacts to your performance and adjusts question difficulty accordingly. The GMAT is offered year-round at computer-based testing centers.

The GMAT does not test how smart you are, how good a college student you were, or how good an MBA student you will be. The GMAT tests some basic knowledge and reasoning abilities, but most of all it tests how good a test taker you are. An efficient, strategic test-taker will score much better than an otherwise bright, studious person who finds it difficult to enter the unique mindset of the GMAT. That's unfair, but so is business school. So whatever your strengths, it makes sense to maximize your ability to take the test.

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How is the GMAT structured?

The GMAT consists of three sections, an Analytical Writing Assessment (Essay), a Quantitative (Math) section, and a Verbal section, presented in that order.

Analysis of an Argument: Essay - 30 minutes

Analysis of an Issue: Essay - 30 minutes

Quantitative: 37 questions - 75 minutes

Verbal: 41 questions - 75 minutes

Completing the section within the time allotted is critical, as there is a severe point penalty for not finishing.


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What's a good score on the GMAT?

The GMAT is scored on a scale of 200-800, with a median score around 530 (varying from year to year).

A "good" score depends entirely on the schools to which you are applying and your overall strength as a candidate. In addition to GMAT score, business schools consider your work experience, undergraduate performance, references, and application essays.

Very few programs will publish required GMAT scores, but most make available mean scores of their most recent entering class, and often a range of the middle 80% of scores. This latter figure removes the top and bottom 10% of scores, indicating that a score above this range would be very likely to gain acceptance, while scores below this range would have to rely on unusually strong additional factors to gain acceptance.

For instance, the University of Washington business school published the following statistics:

  • Mean GMAT score: 679
  • Middle 80% range: 630 to: 730

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When should I take the GMAT?

The majority of MBA programs require you to start in the fall, so you should plan to take your GMAT test in January or February of the same year. If you are starting your program at a time other than fall, you should plan to take your exam about 6 months before you start. Give yourself at least three months to prepare for the test, but it's never too early to start preparing! Start your preparation today by scheduling a diagnostic test to assess your current test taking skills and receive a recommendation for your preparation.


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How do I register for the GMAT?

The easiest way to register for the GMAT is online at www.mba.com. The current cost of the test is $250. You can also contact test centers directly to schedule a test appointment.

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