GMAT Resources



What if my home university does not offer any courses on taking the GMAT?

This page lists many online resources that QTEM students have found useful. Additionally, should your home institution not provide any group GMAT classes or private lessons, many students tend to go for the Official GMAT Guide (old or new versions do not actually change much), which is a bundle of three books: GMAT Official Guide, Verbal Review, Quantitative Review. This will also give access to online free tests. If you know of a previous QTEM student at your home institution, why not ask them if you can borrow or have their books? If not, search the web for best prices to purchase.

How long do students typically study for the GMAT?

On average, surveyed QTEM students took between two to three months prior their official GMAT exam to prepare, of which they spent between two to three hours per day studying.
Of course, this all depends on each person's availability; some students took a shorter time, taking only three weeks to prepare with a study time of six hours per day.

Are practice tests helpful?

Once prepared, students have found multiple ways to do their practice test and place themselves in a real exam environment where time pressure is key!
If you have purchased the Official GMAT Guide then there is a link to carry out sample questions. If not, the official website also offers free trial tests. Other useful sources used are available under the LINKS section.

What is a common problem encountered when taking the GMAT?

A common problem is time pressure.
Many QTEM students who focused on timing were able to calculate how much time should be spent on each question. Taking practice tests made students aware of their strengths and weaknesses, and the time needed for different questions. They could then focus on the areas and points they struggled most with, and study harder in those areas.

Should I leave questions blank?

When taking the GMAT exam, never leave a question blank as this can create more damage to your score.


"The simulations helped me correct problems and also design my approach to the exam. For example, at the Quant section I needed to get to question 20 with 45 minutes left on the clock; question 10 with 25 minutes left on the clock, and so on."

FEP-U.Porto student

“The most important thing is to become used to the type of the questions on the GMAT and understanding how to approach each question.”

PoliMi student

“Really focus on the topics that are more difficult for you.”

SBS-EM student

“For the first couple of weeks, I timed myself to make sure to answer each question in the time I would get on average.”

HEC Lausanne student

“I first watched videos on YouTube to familiarize myself with certain theories, for example as part of the 'sentence correction' and to better understand the operation of the GMAT test.”

SBS-EM student

“…every mathematical rule you need to know is written in the book, as well as every grammar rule, so I would say don't overlook the theoretical part."

Goethe student

“I basically did every single exercise from the book and highlighted those where I did not find the correct answer, or I did but it took me more than 1 minute. After completing all the exercises, I practiced again the highlighted ones.”

HEC Lausanne student

“I suggest reading the theory first because you can find little tips that will help you solve some problems way faster. If you buy it new you get access to the website where you can design practice sessions yourself.”

SBS-EM student

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