One-on-One GMAT Tutoring
The GMAT is the preferred test for many graduate business and business-related programs. Prospective students face competition from around the world for admission to business schools, and a higher GMAT score is a great way to provide a competitive edge. A GMAT tutor can help you:
- master key test concepts and relevant knowledge
- learn powerful test-taking strategies
- significantly improve your composite score
About the GMAT
The Graduate Management Assessment Test, or GMAT, is similar to the GRE, with some important distinctions. While the GRE is a more generalized graduate level admissions test, the GMAT is used primarily for the MBA admissions process. The GMAT consists of four sections: verbal, quantitative, integrated reasoning, and an essay section. Test-takers receive a composite score between 200 and 800 based on their verbal and quantitative subscores, a score between 1 and 8 for integrated reasoning performance, and a score between 0 and 6 for the essay section. Each section is timed, and students are heavily penalized for not competing all the questions in a section.
The GMAT is designed to test potential business school graduates’ abilities to solve problems, leverage available resources, and work on a tight deadline. The verbal section of the GMAT involves sentence correction, critical reasoning, and reading comprehension. These elements test a student’s ability to communicate accurately, comprehend arguments and points of view, and understand and apply unfamiliar knowledge, respectively.
Similar to the GRE, the GMAT contains a quantitative section, which tests student aptitude in fundamentals of mathematics, like algebra, arithmetic, percentages, and probability. Unlike the GRE, however, the GMAT prohibits the use of a calculator, forcing students to leverage their understanding of number properties over finding specific solutions.
The integrated reasoning section of the GMAT tests students’ abilities to combine and synthesize data from multiple sources. Integrated reasoning questions involve multiple components, and all components must be correct in order for students to receive credit for a single question. While this does increase the level of difficulty associated with the integrated reasoning questions, this section is not included in the determination of a student’s composite score out of 800.
Finally, the essay section of the GMAT tests students’ abilities to deconstruct a concept and create an argument around it. Students will receive scores out of 6 for their essays. Similar to their integrated reasoning scores, students’ essay scores do not factor into their composite scores out of 800.
The GMAT’s Computer-Adaptive Format
The GMAT is administered on a computer, which presents a variety of challenges over traditional tests. First, during the quantitative and verbal sections, the GMAT adapts continuously to individual student performance. As a result, the more questions a student responds to correctly, the more difficult the test becomes, and vice versa.
Second, the computer format means students cannot physically write on their tests. Although students are provided with erasable markers and laminated grid paper to write on, they cannot make annotations of any kind to the test itself.
Lastly, students only see one question at a time on their screens and are only allowed to answer each question one time. This means any final review of previously answered questions is prohibited.
How to Beat the GRE
Taking the GMAT, as with taking any standardized test, is a learnable skill. Through dedicated preparatory work, you can boost your score in a short period of time. Under the guidance of our experienced tutors, you can learn invaluable test-taking strategies, acquire all the necessary knowledge for the test, and earn the most competitive score you can achieve. The GMAT is a test designed to challenge your abilities and undermine your confidence; tutoring is a great way to navigate the GMAT’s pitfalls and stay confident on test day.
Learn More about Mindfish’s One-on-One GMAT Tutoring Options
We’ve been teaching students how to beat standardized tests for over 15 years. If you have questions about GMAT prep or other graduate admissions tests or would like to learn more about how one-on-one tutoring can help you achieve your goal score on the GMAT, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 720-204-1041.