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[2023] 120 GMAT Exam Preparation Resources

We’ve curated a comprehensive list of courses, videos, mobile apps, books and other online resources to help you prepare for the GMAT.

If you’d like to join a graduate management program like an MBA, there’s a good chance you’ll have to take the GMAT, the Graduate Management Admission Test. It’s part of the admissions process of over 2400 business schools worldwide, and it’s taken over 150,000 times each year. Possibly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GMAT numbers declined slightly in 2021.

Recently, we put together a series of articles compiling online resources to help you prepare for exams widely used in academia and beyond:

In this article, we continue to expand that series, this time to cover GMAT.

We compiled a list of online resources, including online courses, practice websites, mobile apps, YouTube videos, vocabulary flashcards, podcasts, and guide books to help you prepare for the GMAT. But first, let us walk you through some useful information about the GMAT exam.

Table of Contents: 

What’s the GMAT

How to Prepare For the GMAT

What’s the GMAT

What’s Inside the GMAT

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test developed and administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). The exam mainly intends to assess analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in English. Like the GRE, GMAT is a computer adaptive test, meaning that your performance on earlier parts of the exam impacts the difficulty of subsequent parts, allowing a more fine-grained evaluation as test-takers work their way through the exam.

GMAT Format and Timing

The GMAT exam consists of four sections: an analytical writing assessment, an integrated reasoning section, a quantitative section, and a verbal section. The order of the sections can vary: you’re allowed to pick between three options, based on your strengths and preferences. The test takes less than 3 hours 30 minutes to complete, including two optional breaks.

Section Number of questions Allotted Time
Analytical Writing Assessment 1 essay 30 minutes
Integrated Reasoning 12 30 minutes
Quantitative 31 62 minutes
Verbal 36 65 minutes

How Are GMAT Scores Calculated

The analytical writing assessment is scored by a human evaluator and by a machine algorithm. In case of disparity between the two scores, another human might evaluate the essay to arrive at the final score. The rest of the exam is scored by a machine.

For the integrated reasoning section, most questions will have multiple parts, and you must answer correctly to all to receive credit for the question — there’s no partial credit.

Both the quantitative and the verbal sections are item-level adaptive, meaning that with each question you answer, the difficulty of the assessment is tweaked. So your scores in these sections will depend not only on how many questions you answered correctly, but also on the difficulty of those questions.

The raw scores are finally converted to a number in the 200–800 range.

Section Score Scale How the Section is Scored
Analytical Writing Assessment 0–6 (0.5-point increments) By human and machine.
Integrated Reasoning 1–8 (1-point increments) By machine. No partial credit.
Quantitative 6–51 (1-point increments) By machine, adaptive.
Verbal 6–51 (in 1-point increments) By machine, adaptive.

What’s the Cost of the GMAT

The GMAT exam registration costs about US$275, though fees can vary slightly depending on your exact location. For example, it costs:

  • US$275 in the US
  • £250 in the United Kingdom
  • US$250 in China

You can check the official website for details and other service fees like rescheduling and cancelling.

Can You Take the GMAT at Home

You can take the GMAT at a test center or online. The GMAT Online exam is the same as the in-person exam: same format, same scoring, same question pool as if you’d taken the exam in a test center. The GMAT Online exam may cost a little more than one taken at a test center.

Some examples:

  • US$300 in the US
  • £275 in the United Kingdom
  • Not available in mainland China

How to Prepare For the GMAT

GMAT Online Courses

GMAT Practice Websites

GMAT YouTube Videos

GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment YouTube Videos

GMAT Integrated Reasoning YouTube Videos

GMAT Verbal Reasoning YouTube Videos

GMAT Quantitative Reasoning YouTube Videos

GMAT Mobile Apps

GMAT Podcasts

GMAT Books

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