Myths about the GMAT debunked

One of the entrance tests for business school is the GMAT exam. The GMAT is highly regarded, but also steeped in cliché. Top MBA has debunked all the myths surrounding the test that can open the door to business school.


The GMAT is difficult but it is neither a business nor a math nor an intelligence test: This means it is not necessary to know any business concepts or higher mathematics. Instead the test consists of a series of questions made up of riddles and brainteasers as well as analytical and critical reasoning. The reading comprehension section asks to explain the primary purpose of the prompt as well as to extract and analyse key data.

If this sounds like you needn’t prepare for the GMAT, then this is wrong as well: As the GMAT is different from an IQ test, the exam needs preparation and study as Top MBA writes: “Rarely does anyone ace this exam without preparation, so dedication is the key to success.” A realistic preparation time is 120 to 150 hours which should be spread out over two to three months. Many people who have scored 700 or more have often invested closer to 200 hours of work over four to six months.

As with many tests the GMAT requires some exam strategy. As the test is time-sensitive, it is not an option to get hung up on a particularly difficult question. It is therefore helpful to mimic the test conditions as much as possible. A piece of advice that Top MBA shares is also to study questions slightly higher than your current level to push yourself.