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If you’re preparing to apply for admission to a graduate management program and to pursue a degree such as an MBA, you probably want to take the GMAT. This exam is used to assess the primary skills that indicate your readiness for the classes that lie ahead, and it’s one of the key items admissions committees use to evaluate applicants. Naturally, you’ll want to earn as high a score as possible on this vital exam, and for the most ambitious students, working with a private tutor is often the best way to score as well as possible. At Veritas Prep, we can connect you with an experienced, talented private tutor who knows exactly how to prepare you to achieve your goal score on the GMAT. Since all of our GMAT tutors have achieved 99th-percentile scores and have experience working with students who have gone on to achieve success, you’ll be in excellent hands as you work towards exam day.
While you and your private tutor will be working from the industry-leading Veritas Prep curriculum, there are a few key benefits to personal tutoring that make it a very appealing GMAT prep option for students who are determined to maximize their performance on test day:
- Scheduling that fits your needs. Your Veritas Prep tutor will be able to work around your other commitments, developing a schedule for homework, practice tests, and tutoring session that maximizes your benefit without clashing with the other important parts of your life.
- Customized study plans and homework assignments. While working through the Veritas Prep GMAT curriculum will help students achieve better scores on the exam, spending an equal amount of time on every area of the course and exam does not maximize the return on your time investment. With one of our personal tutors, you’ll be able to collaborate on a personalized study plan, spending more time on key areas for improvement and spending less time on areas in which you are already strong. Additionally, your tutor will be able to provide targeted problem sets for homework assignments as you identify areas of concern. For instance, you may feel that you really need more work to feel comfortable with weighted average and mixture problems, even after completing the Word Problems lesson and homework. Your tutor can provide you with a problem set designed to address your specific weaknesses.
- Personalized practice test reviews and feedback. After taking a practice exam, it’s not enough to look at your overall and section scores to know where to go from there. Your private tutor will be able to look at the questions you faced, consider your line of thinking on the ones you struggled with, and come up with specific areas to address as you continue studying. By dynamically adjusting your study plan to the progress you’ve made, your tutor ensures that you continue to advance by focusing your efforts on the areas where they will pay off most.
- Test-day tactics and strategies that work for you. As you work with your personal tutor from Veritas Prep, they will develop a deep understanding of your learning style, strengths, and weaknesses. By the time exam day starts approaching, your tutor will be able to develop a set of tactics and strategies that give you the best chance of meeting or exceeding your goal score. Many students find that exam day presents unique challenges that they didn’t experience often during their study regimen, including struggling with pacing, not knowing when to let go of a question, and battling pangs of test anxiety. With a Veritas Prep private tutor in your corner, you’ll enter the testing center with a clear game plan to attack the exam.
- An understanding, supportive sounding board. Most students who decide to prepare for and take the GMAT go into the process knowing that it will be mentally grueling. What many don’t know, however, is that it can often present emotional challenges as well. When study sessions start to feel like a slog or a practice test doesn’t go as well as expected, it’s easy to get discouraged and let your motivation and dedication slip. Your private tutor has seen it before (or perhaps gone through it themselves) and understands what you’re going through. They’ll be able to help you work through it because they know what works to get you back on track when things aren't going well.
What is the GMAT?
When a student considers signing up for and taking the GMAT, a common thought is “what, exactly, am I getting myself into?” Before you weigh your options and choose the best study plan for your needs, it’s important to know what the exam has in store for you. Let’s discuss what you can expect to see when you take the GMAT.
The GMAT includes four sections: Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and the Analytical Writing Assessment. It is certainly not a coincidence that the section names have “Reasoning” (or in the case of AWA, “Analytical”) in them. The Veritas Prep GMAT curriculum is rooted in the fact that the GMAT is a reasoning test more so than a general knowledge test, and you should make sure that your study plan keeps that in mind. With proper GMAT preparation, you can master each section both from a content and from a reasoning perspective.
When you take the official GMAT exam, you have the option of choosing the order of those sections, from the following options:
- “The Original”: Analytical Writing, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning
- “Verbal First”: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing
- “Math First”: Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing
Note that your total score (on the scale of 200-800) is determined only by your performance on the Quantitative and Verbal sections; Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing are scored on separate scales and are not factored in to the total score. Consequently, most students select either the “verbal first” or “math first” option, allowing them to take the most important sections while they’re mentally freshest and most alert. Which section to put first is a matter of your own preference, so it is a good idea to try each order during your practice tests so you can see which one suits your abilities and preferences.
The four sections that you'll see on the GMAT are outlined here:
GMAT VERBAL REASONING SECTION: According to the GMAT testmakers themselves (the Graduate Management Admission Council), the Verbal section assesses “your ability to read and comprehend written material, reason and evaluate arguments, and correct material to express ideas effectively in standard written English.” To complete this section, you will have 65 minutes to complete 36 questions of the following three types:
- Critical Reasoning questions assess your ability to analyze and deconstruct arguments. These logic-based questions ask you to read arguments and pick up on logical errors or vulnerabilities contained in them, addressing the potential for alternative explanations and counterarguments. In the Veritas Prep GMAT Critical Reasoning lesson, you will learn how to identify the roles of statements within an argument, deconstruct question stems into quickly identifiable tasks, and break down logical flaws so that you can quickly anticipate and identify correct answers.
- Sentence Correction questions measure your proficiency with written English in two ways: your ability to craft a well-written and grammatically-correct sentence, and your ability to create a sentence that clearly and effectively expresses a logical meaning. While it can help to have a strong background in grammatical rules, Sentence Correction is more about decision making and critical thinking, and students who learn to prioritize meaning-based errors are at a distinct advantage. According to the standard Sentence Correction format, each problem includes a single sentence, with part (or all) of that sentence underlined. The sentence is followed by five answer choices, which each present different versions of the underlined portion. Your mission is to choose the option that is free from grammatical error and that conveys a clear, logical meaning. The Veritas Prep GMAT Sentence Correction lesson will help you develop a highly-effective logical approach to analyzing the sentence and answer choices, and cover all the necessary grammar rules to be successful on these questions.
- Reading Comprehension will look familiar to most test-takers, as most standardized tests include some form of Reading Comprehension question type. The GMAT’s unique flavor of Reading Comprehension includes short, dense passages and questions that assess logical reasoning and the ability to read carefully for specific purposes. The Veritas Prep GMAT Reading Comprehension lesson will cover the STOP strategy to read passages efficiently - avoiding the common trap of spending too much time becoming mired in details and instead reading for organization and purpose, leaving plenty of time to return for the details that you are asked about. The lesson will also break down the four major types of GMAT Reading Comprehension questions - Universal, Specific, Function, and Inference - along with powerful strategies for conquering each.
The Verbal Reasoning section of the GMAT is scored on a scale of 0 to 60 (but scores below 6 and above 51 are rare) in one-point increments, and your score is based on the following factors:
- The number of questions you answer (there is a penalty for not completing every question)
- The number of questions you answer correctly
- The difficulty of the questions you answer (see the discussion of the adaptive nature of the exam below)
GMAT QUANTITATIVE REASONING SECTION: According to the Graduate Management Admission Council (the organization that administers the GMAT), the Quantitative Reasoning section assesses a candidate’s “ability to reason mathematically, solve quantitative problems, and interpret graphic data.” The Quantitative section covers the math you would find in a typical middle school and early high school curriculum; no knowledge of calculus, trigonometry, or college-level math is required. Specifically, you should make sure that you are comfortable with:
- Arithmetic, the foundation of GMAT quantitative content, particularly important because the GMAT does not permit the use of a calculator. Arithmetic concepts tested on the GMAT include integers, decimals, and fractions; the core arithmetic operations (multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction); prime numbers, factors, and multiples; number properties (positive/negative, odd/even, and units digit); and ratios, rates, and percents.
- Algebra is another critical element of the GMAT math suite. Specifically, you should be prepared for algebraic topics such as basic algebraic tools for expressions and equations; exponents and roots; quadratics;; inequalities and absolute values; and functions and sequences.
- Geometry often seems an odd choice for a business test, but astute students can see how well the GMAT uses geometry to assess your ability to leverage information (remember proofs?). With geometry questions, you should be ready to apply your knowledge of lines and angles; triangles, quadrilaterals and other polygons; circles; coordinate geometry; and 3D figures.
- Word Problems and applied math are central to the GMAT quantitative experience. Many an examinee has done the math properly but made a reading mistake, so beware that the GMAT quantitative section is as reliant on Reading Comprehension skills as the Verbal section! GMAT word problems combine mathematical content knowledge with reasoning skills on problems that include Venn diagrams and matrix boxes; weighted averages and mixtures; and work/rate and distance/rate.
- Statistics, Combinatorics, and Probability are analytical skills with direct business implications and accordingly are right at home on the GMAT quantitative section. With statistics, plan to be tested on the core statistical measures of mean, median, mode, range, and standard deviation. Combinatorics will test you on batch counting principles such as the arrangement of items or groups. On probability questions, you’ll solve for probabilities of single or multiple events in dependent or independent scenarios.
To test your knowledge and ability in these areas, the GMAT serves you 31 problems in 62 minutes. The exam uses two different question types, one of which you’re very familiar with and one of which is entirely unique to the GMAT:
- Problem Solving: with these classic multiple-choice math questions, you will face a math problem and five answer choices. While these problems will look familiar, note that the GMAT is a reasoning and critical thinking test, so be ready to use the answer choices as assets to help you unlock the secrets to solving a problem, and be on the lookout for subtle wording that creates tempting trap answers or cleverly hides important clues.
- Data Sufficiency is a question type unique to the GMAT, and on these problems the question format is every bit as tricky as the math itself. Data Sufficiency problems consist of a question followed by two statements. Your task is to determine which combination of those two statements is enough to definitively answer the provided question. This unique question type takes practice, but the Veritas Prep Data Sufficiency lesson will cover insider strategies to help you not just survive these problems, but thrive on them - the Veritas Prep “Think Like the Testmaker” mindset can make Data Sufficiency your greatest strength and your greatest time savings.
The Quantitative Reasoning section is scored on a scale of 0 to 60 like the Verbal section, and again scores below 6 or above 51 are extremely rare.
GMAT INTEGRATED REASONING SECTION: In GMAC’s own words, the Integrated Reasoning section will assess how well a candidate can “integrate data to solve complex problems.” With Integrated Reasoning you will have 30 minutes to solve 12 problems, each of which will ask for multiple answers. There are four varieties of Integrated Reasoning problems:
- Multi-Source Reasoning questions provide you with multiple sources of information, which could be in the form of text, tables, graphs, or a combination of these. Some questions will ask you to draw conclusions from that data, while others will ask you to find a discrepancy or to determine whether an additional piece of information is relevant.
- Table Analysis questions assess your capacity to analyze a large set of information from a data table. Here you’ll be asked to draw conclusions, perform mathematical calculations (or estimates), or determine how data is relevant to a particular question.
- Graphics Interpretation questions are true to their name, presenting data in graphical form such as bar graphs, line graphs, pie charts, and scatter plots - but beware of the less-standard graphs such as cross-sectional diagrams or figures with multiple y-axes. Here you will be asked to draw conclusions and answer questions based on the data displayed graphically.
- Two-Part Analysis questions come in a variety of formats, and are generally taken from the genre of Quantitative or Verbal questions (or a mix of both). These questions assess your ability to construct and solve equations, evaluate lines of reasoning or thinking, and establish relationships between multiple pieces of data.
The Veritas Prep GMAT Integrated Reasoning lesson deconstructs each of these formats and provides strategic guidance for each type.
The Integrated Reasoning section is scored on a scale of 1-8 in one-point increments, based on the number of questions you answer correctly. To get credit for a problem, you must answer all of its parts correctly. Note that this measure does not factor in to your overall GMAT score out 800: the Integrated Reasoning measure remains completely separate.
GMAT ANALYTICAL WRITING ASSESSMENT: This essay section will provide schools with both a score for your writing ability and a writing sample that they can download as part of your application package. For this activity, you will have 30 minutes to analyze an argument and write an essay that critiques it. Importantly, recognize that the given argument is never an airtight argument, so your job will always be to criticize it! In your analysis you will want to address assumptions that the argument makes, ways in which the argument is vulnerable to criticism, and ways to improve or strengthen the argument.
The Veritas Prep AWA lesson will show you how to think of the AWA section as an essay-format Critical Reasoning question. In this lesson you will review how to deconstruct the argument, brainstorm the integral parts of your essay, and fit your brainstorm to a general template so that you can efficiently write an effective essay in 30 minutes.
The AWA is scored on a scale from 0 to 6 in half-point increments, and like the Integrated Reasoning section is a separate measure that does not count toward your overall GMAT score out of 800.
GMAT COMPUTER-ADAPTIVE TESTING: The Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections are administered and scored via a computer-adaptive testing format using Item Response Theory. As you answer each question, the Item Response Theory algorithm determines which question to present you with next based on your performance to date and a “content balancing” system to ensure that everyone sees the same general breakdown of content. Generally speaking, as you get questions right you will be served continually more difficult problems and as you get them wrong, you’ll begin to see easier questions.
Why Choose Veritas Prep?
At Veritas Prep, you’ll learn the skills and concepts required for success on the GMAT, but also much more - actionable strategies to proactively and efficiently navigate challenging GMAT questions and a critical thinking mindset to leverage clues and avoid traps. To help you master the higher-level reasoning skills necessary to maximize your GMAT score, the Veritas Prep curriculum is designed to show you the GMAT through three important lenses:
- Remembering (Skillbuilder): in the Skillbuilder sections at the beginning of each lesson, you’ll review the critical skills from each GMAT concept area. Whether you’re reviewing content or learning it for the first time, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice with drill problems. Think of the Skillbuilder as GMAT “strength and conditioning” - to perform your best on test day, you’ll need to be in “GMAT shape” comfortable with all the necessary content.
- Applying (Skills Meet Strategy): in the lesson and homework sections of each book, the emphasis is on strategy and action items - what do you do with the knowledge you’ve accumulated? If you’ve ever thought “I know all the rules but I just don’t know where to start” this is the dimension that will help you most.
- Creating (Think Like The Testmaker): the GMAT is a logic puzzle, a competition against the testmaker to leverage clues, avoid trap answers, and find efficient ways to cut through the abstraction and clutter to quickly solve problems. With this dimension you’ll learn how the GMAT sets traps, where it leaves clues, and how you can outwit the clever testmaker in your quest to conquer the GMAT.
With a Veritas Prep private GMAT tutor, you’ll go into test day fully prepared for anything the GMAT can throw at you. By combining a solid foundation in the core skills and knowledge required by the GMAT with the ability to apply higher-level reasoning and interpretation skills, you will be able to achieve the highest GMAT score you can. Whether you want to work with a personal tutor for the entire study process or you only need personal attention for a few key areas, Veritas Prep can play a key role in putting your best foot forward on exam day. We are excited to help you strive to meet your potential on the GMAT. Contact us today to talk to an academic advisor and begin top-notch personalized GMAT preparation.