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High School Student: How Should I Approach the GMAT?

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New post 24 Apr 2017, 02:29
Hey guys,

I am currently a high school senior - or more appropriately an ex-high school senior, since I just recently completed my finals. My primary goal, concerning academics, is to go to a top business school, something along the lines of Booth, LSB, or HBS.

I do know that the GMAT is not the only requisite to get me into these schools, but it cannot be denied that it plays a vital part in the admissions process. Therefore, since I have a few free months before university starts, I thought I may go on and acquaint myself with this test.

So, onto my main question: assuming a first year university level of knowledge in both Mathematics and English (I took a variety of essay based AP courses and Calculus BC along with Statistics, therefore I hope I am not wrong in making this assumption), what is the first thing I should do in terms of prepping for this exam?

Feel free to provide any comments. Any advice on what to do at/before university is also appreciated, even if it may digress from the topic at hand.

Cheers :)
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Hi BoyX,

The idea to 'lock up' a high GMAT score early (well in advance of when you'll eventually apply to Business School) is a smart one. However, you have to think about everything that has to be accounted for in your timeline. Your GMAT score will be valid for 5 years, but it will likely be MORE than 5 years from that point before you apply to Business School. First, you have to work through your Undergrad degree (which for most people is 4 years, give or take). Next, many Business Schools expect applicants to have 2-5 years of quality Work Experience (with leadership roles, etc.). Thus, barring some exceptions, it could very well be 6-9 years before you apply to Business School - and by that time your GMAT score will have 'expired.' This is all meant to say that you might want to plan to lock up your GMAT score sometime later on during your Undergrad years - at a point in which you're pretty sure that you'll apply to Business School within the 5 year window.

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Hi BoyX,

The idea to 'lock up' a high GMAT score early (well in advance of when you'll eventually apply to Business School) is a smart one. However, you have to think about everything that has to be accounted for in your timeline. Your GMAT score will be valid for 5 years, but it will likely be MORE than 5 years from that point before you apply to Business School. First, you have to work through your Undergrad degree (which for most people is 4 years, give or take). Next, many Business Schools expect applicants to have 2-5 years of quality Work Experience (with leadership roles, etc.). Thus, barring some exceptions, it could very well be 6-9 years before you apply to Business School - and by that time your GMAT score will have 'expired.' This is all meant to say that you might want to plan to lock up your GMAT score sometime later on during your Undergrad years - at a point in which you're pretty sure that you'll apply to Business School within the 5 year window.

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Hello mister,

Thank you for your reply.

I have to clarify that I don't mean to complete my GMAT now, though I'd try to prepare for it and maybe take it in around 2 years into my undergrad. My plan is to be able to hit a 700 by the end of this summer (and I assume that is not going to be an easy feat) and then build on it by doing harder problems over the course of those two years. Therefore I was wondering if there something a complete beginner could do? Also is the GMAT highly dependent on what you learn at university?

Another thing to mention is that I was reading about Harvard's 2 + 2 program, so wouldn't having a GMAT at hand early on, in this case, prove to be beneficial?

Once again, I appreciate the reply.

Cheers :)
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Hi BoyX,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores. The key there is 'consistent'; there's little evidence to support the idea that a longer, more drawn-out study routine (over the course of 2 years) would be beneficial, so I wouldn't recommend it - and again, we've worked with 1000s of Test Takers over the years who've hit their score goals in 3 months or so - so purposely planning for a much longer study period doesn't make much sense.

Many of the skills needed to score at a high level on the GMAT are likely ones that you already have - although you will likely need to (re)learn some specific math formulas and grammar rules, as well as train in specific Tactics that are beneficial on Standardized Tests such as the GMAT.

If you're certain that you will be applying to Harvard's 2+2 Program (or something similar) in 3-4 year's time, then studying for the GMAT now would make a certain amount of sense. That's the 'catch' though - if you take the GMAT this year, then those are the ONLY Programs that you'll be able to use your score to apply to. Note that there's likely no risk in waiting a couple of years to study - and if there's any chance that you might end up changing your plans, then you'd have a GMAT score that wouldn't expire until a later date - and that would still allow you to apply to a 2+2 Program (if that's still something that you want to do) OR enter the work force and have the opportunity to apply to any other MBA Programs later on that might interest you.

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