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GMAT FAQ

How Should I prepare for the GMAT?

The GMAT is critical for acceptance to prestigious schools. It’s important to put sufficient time and effort into preparation. Your preparation can be in the form of self-study, an online course, or an in-person course (or some combination of the three). The best method is different for each person.

However, be sure that you practice in ways that mirror the actual exam. This means using actual GMAT questions, and taking several practice tests. Additionally, your GMAT prep should get you familiar with the GMAT CAT format. Otherwise, the unfamiliar testing system can slow you down on test day.

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Will there be scrap paper to write on during the GMAT?

No, you are not allowed to write on scrap paper during the GMAT. Instead, proctors will provide 5 drywipe noteboards to write on (and you may request more during the test). This practice is to prevent test questions from being leaked. While studying for the GMAT, it’s a good idea to practice using a whiteboard and a dry erase marker so you’re used to it on test day.

Can I take the GMAT more than once?

Yes, you can. However, schools will see the scores from all of your attempts within the last 5 years. This is why it’s best to prepare sufficiently and take the exam only once.

How long should I prepare for the GMAT?

We recommend studying for at least 1–3 months before you take the GMAT. If you hope to get a top score (90th percentile or higher) plan on studying for 120 hours or more.

How do I register for the GMAT?

You can register online at the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) website.