# General GMAT Strategy

## How to break the 700 barrier part 2

Continuing from our last post, additional tactics necessary to break the 700 barrier include: 3) Practice with difficult questions Unlike other students, you will be seeing a lot of the 700+ level questions, so you will need to be prepared to tackle them.  In order to do this, you need to practice with them.  Whatever course [...]

## How to break the 700 barrier part 1

A lot of people set out with a 700+ as their goal score, but the truth is, not everybody can make it.  In fact, the GMAT is scored specifically so that only the top 10% get a 700 or more.   This doesn’t mean you should give up if a 700+ is your goal.  However, [...]

## Two important new developments on the GMAT

GMAC recently announced they will be making some changes to the test that will take effect July 19th, 2015.  Don't worry if you've already started studying and are taking the test after that date, the test itself will not change.  However, there are two new features that will change how test takers report their scores [...]

## What if a GMAT Course isn’t Right for Me?

There are lots of different reasons why a course might not be right for you. For example, you have unconventional needs or you work better doing self study. One thing that should not hold you back from taking a course is the pure cost of the course. Your investment in your GMAT score is a [...]

## 9 Habits of Successful GMAT Students

There are a lot of different components that make up successful GMAT students. It could be hard work or a strong math background or critical reasoning skills.  There are several habits that are prevalent in successful GMAT students, so I thought I would share them with you, so you can work to emulate them. Successful [...]

## Two key steps to scoring 700+ on the GMAT

A lot of people want to know how to break the 700 barrier on the GMAT.  Aside from the obvious ways, like hard work and practice there are two essential things you should be doing if you want to score in the 89th percentile or above on the GMAT. As I've discussed in many of [...]

## The GMAT: What is being tested and how is it scored?

The Analysis of an Argument Section tests your ability to evaluate an argument, think critically and communicate your positions.   You will be provided with an argument and given 30 minutes to write an essay on the merits and flaws of that argument.  A sample question can be found here. The Integrated Reasoning Section tests your [...]

## What can you bring into the GMAT?

During the Integrated Reasoning section and ONLY the Integrated Reasoning section, you are provided with a calculator on your test computer.  The calculations you will have to do on the IR section are much more difficult, so make sure to use that calculator! For the rest of the test, you are not able to use [...]

## How to study for a computer adaptive test like the GMAT

This means that the test changes and adapts as you take it.  In a nutshell,  the more questions you get right, the harder the questions become and the more questions you get wrong, the easier the questions get.  It starts off with a medium level question and then if you get that question wrong it tests [...]

## GMAT Timing: what that means for studying

The GMAT is a computer adaptive, four part test with 2 optional breaks. It looks like this: Analysis of an Argument (30 minutes) Integrated Reasoning (30 minutes) Optional Break (8 minutes) Quantitative Section (75 minutes) Optional Break (8 minutes) Verbal Section (75 minutes) It’s a marathon, not a sprint.  If you are aiming for a [...]