GMAT Test Secrets? 8 things you need to know…

which I totally can’t prove about the GMAT test – Part 1

GMAT Test Secrets? 8 things you need to know

Hi boys and girls, I usually focus on things that are factual in my posts, but today I’m doing to do something a little different. The following observations have helped me navigate the GMAT test. Though they’re not facts… but rather unproven opinions of mine. If you’ve been reading my posts, you know I’ve been dancing with the GMAT devil for over a decade now. And, I’ve put together a nugget or two I want to share with you here in a two part post. With a caveat: I cannot prove any of these things beyond a doubt, this is not a scientific study. But, the info here has helped me navigate the vagaries of the test, and will help you too.

Verbal counts a wee bit more

Probably shouldn’t tell you this, but I downloaded a publicly available official source, did some sneaky reverse engineering on the data I found, and super legitimately concluded that verbal has a bit more impact.

Verbal people: can you rest on laurels? No! I said a bit! Also readers of my posts know I’m focused on marginal returns to effort, which in the case of the test, implies you should still be focused on your weakness, but in a tie, focus more on verbal.

Penalized for running out of time

Can’t prove this one, but anecdotally I practice regularly, scoring around 740ish… However when I skip 5 math questions I hit 670, caveats caveats caveats.

Don’t run out of time! If you can’t time properly the  GMAT test punishes you way more than just guessing!

AWA is SUPER important:

  1. Predictor of success the schools know this
  2. The only piece of writing they can be sure is yours

IR might be less important

It’s a new-ish component of the GMAT test and schools are only now starting to gather enough data to evaluate IRR as a precursor to success.

Consultants, and those wanting to get into consulting: this is the closest thing the GMAT offers to the case interview: complex graphs, multi-source data reasoning, and knowing how to put data tables into application, if you’re looking for a career in consulting, you’ll likely have to show proficiency here.

Everyone else: meh, don’t focus on this.

Consider these 4 observations and how they might change your test taking strategy towards the GMAT.  Don’t forget to come back next week for the remaining 4 observations.  Kapstone Academics provides GMAT  tutoring to help students crush their test.  Contact us to improve your score by an average of 70 points.

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