How hard is the gMAT?

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    Feb 15, 2012 6:07 PM GMT
    So I finally got my desktop up and running and I would like to ask, how hard is it to prepare and take the GMAT test? Any MBA folks here who can offer some advice?
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    Feb 15, 2012 7:15 PM GMT
    I'm applying for my mba this year but I've already taken the gmat. About a month of prep if you have lots of time and 2 months if you have a job is enough. Some people swear by prep courses. I preferred to study at my own pace. Both are doable. The manhattan gmat books are the best prep books imo. It's all I used. I say go for it. You keep the score for 5 years so if you don't want to apply now, you can wait. It really wasn't that hard. If you have a good math foundation, even better. Good luck!
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    Feb 15, 2012 7:17 PM GMT
    sixty_six saidI'm applying for my mba this year but I've already taken the gmat. About a month of prep if you have lots of time and 2 months if you have a job is enough. Some people swear by prep courses. I preferred to study at my own pace. Both are doable. The manhattan gmat books are the best prep books imo. It's all I used. I say go for it. You keep the score for 5 years so if you don't want to apply now, you can wait. It really wasn't that hard. If you have a good math foundation, even better. Good luck!


    so...what if I am looking to get a perfect score? My math for business is retarded good for what I need it so Im not worried about that. It is mostly the writing I am worried about.
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    Feb 15, 2012 7:36 PM GMT
    Ehhh.. I dunno if an 800 is possible. I think 790 is the highest you can go and that is extremely rare. 780 is achievable but extremely difficult as well. It's what I aimed for.. missed it slightly icon_mad.gif I guess you're like me. I'm way better at math, so I focused on verbal. Spent 1/3 of my time on quantitative and 2/3 on verbal. They say as long as you're within the 10th-90th percentile range of the program you're aiming for then the gmat doesn't matter. Maybe someone currently doing their mba can confirm if there is truth to this. Personally, I'm just competitive so I wanted to cover all my bases and exceed my target schools' ranges.
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    Feb 15, 2012 10:56 PM GMT
    I didn't study a second. I probably should have. I hadn't taken any math since high school and there was a lot of geometry crap on there (which I hadn't taken since 9th grade). But I still got into the grad school programs I applied for so it worked out.
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    Feb 15, 2012 11:09 PM GMT
    I took both GMAT and GRE to get into grad school years ago. Neither of them was particularly hard in my experience (and I didn't take any prep course). I also took the LSAT to get into law school. I found the LSAT to be harder than GMAT and GRE, even with LSAT prep course, although I scored in the 96th percentile. With adequate preparation, all of these tests are doable.
  • laxdude25

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    Feb 15, 2012 11:19 PM GMT
    The GMAT is absolutely manageable if you give yourself enough time to prep either on your own or in a course. Why be surprised? And you can have a big impact on your score.