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Time-Saving Keyboard Shortcuts for GMATPrep tests & the Real GMAT Exam

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As you all know, time is of the essence on the GMAT, and any method or strategy that can speed you up by even a few seconds per question is well worth considering.

Many of you might already be familiar with the keyboard shortcuts for the Analytical Writing Assessment portion of the GMAT. However, there are also a few lesser-known keyboard shortcuts that you can use on the multiple-choice portions of the GMATPrep software, as well as on the real GMAT. These keyboard shortcuts should cut down on your “mouse time” by 67%, by only requiring 1 mouse click per question (when you select your answer choice) instead of 3 clicks per question (Select Answer, “Next”, Confirm “Yes”).

In fact, you can avoid clicking your mouse at all by using the "Tab" button to move through your answer choices, and selecting ("clicking") your answer by pressing the space bar before pressing ALT-N and ALT-Y to confirm.

That's 24 fewer clicks on IR, 74 fewer clicks on Quant, and 82 fewer clicks on Verbal: a total of 180 fewer mouse clicks! This should save you at least a few minutes over the course of the test.

A Full List of Keyboard Shortcuts for the GMATPrep tests and the real GMAT (when applicable, both keys must be held down at the same time):


Multiple-Choice Portions of the Test (IR, Quant, Verbal):

1) TAB: scrolls among answer choices from top to bottom.
2) SPACE BAR: "clicks" on the answer choice that you have selected with the tab key.
3) ALT-N: “Next (Question)” = Press these two keys simultaneously after you have selected an answer choice with the mouse.
4) ALT-Y: “Yes” = Confirms your answer once you have selected “Next”, and again saves time by avoiding another mouse click.
5) ALT-N : “No” = Choose this if you’ve changed your mind about your answer and want to re-try the question.

Mac users take note: for GMATPrep on a Mac, use the "Command" button instead of the "Alt" button. However, the real GMAT will always be on a PC which uses the ALT shortcuts, so this will obviously not work on test day.

Bonus shortcut for GMAT Prep - Review Mode only: Simply press the space bar to move on to the next question.

AWA (Essay):

1) CTRL-X : Cut
2) CTRL-C: Copy
3) CTRL-V: Paste
4) CTRL-Z: Undo
5) CTRL-Y: Redo

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