Part 1: Preparing and taking exams

Access to graduate school depends greatly on how well you do on standardized tests, mainly the GMAT or GRE.

Both tests consist of 3 sections:

  1. Verbal section: tests your logical verbal reasoning
  2. Quantitative section: tests the sharpness of your analytical skills
  3. Writing/Essays: tests your capacity to think and write critically about a given topic

While GMAT focuses more on your business-related topics and tends to be more quant-heavy, GRE, on the other hand, covers a variety of topics (from arts to biology) and tends to be more verbal-heavy. 

Both tests are valid for 5 years


  1. Start early: preparing for these exams can be tricky, especially for applicants from non-American universities. Start as early as possible and dedicate at least 1-2 months to study.
  2. Learn how to beat the test: getting high scores is also about having a clear strategy.
  3. Practice on full tests: as the exam date gets closer, make sure you take at least two full practice tests in similar conditions to those of the test center.


  • GMAT website: interactive video lessons, webinars, and practice full tests. 
  • Manhattan series: for verbal/quant review resources (the application is free to install with 2 practice tests, additional tests may be purchased at 50 USD per 2 tests). 
  • GMAT Club: is a community to exchange information, experiences, and resources.
  • online test preparation for on-the-go practice.
  • Veritas Prep Videos: contain useful strategy tips (interactive platform)

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