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gmat_arrow What is the GMAT?
gmat_arrow Who administers the GMAT?
gmat_arrow What qualifications do I have to have to be allowed to take the exam?
gmat_arrow How do I register for the GMAT?
gmat_arrow When is the next exam?
gmat_arrow Who grades the exam? How is the exam graded?
gmat_arrow What is the philosophy the GMAT Score course?
gmat_arrow How many hours do I need to budget in order to be ready for the exam?
gmat_arrow When should I begin preparing for the exam?
gmat_arrow What do you do to help me in the weeks before the exam?
gmat_arrow Is this going to be an incredible ordeal?
gmat_arrow How much do my undergraduate courses help me prepare for the exam?
gmat_arrow When is the best time to take the exam?
gmat_arrow What if I score an 800?
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What level of math do I need to succeed on the exam?

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Can I buy GMAT Score’s software separately?

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Can I buy GMAT Score’s eLessons separately?

gmat_arrow Can I buy GMAT Score’s Readings separately?
gmat_arrow When is the deadline for signing up for your course?
gmat_arrow What if I do not score well on the GMAT and I want to repeat the course?
gmat_arrow Are GMAT Score’s materials constantly updated?
gmat_arrow What if I have to miss a few hours of the course or even a day? Can I switch from the 30-day course to the 60-day course?
gmat_arrow Does your course have any video lectures?
gmat_arrow Is the course transferable?
gmat_arrow If I have further questions, who do I contact?
gmat_arrow I heard past students say great things about your course, but they also commented that it was rather rigorous. Is that true?
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Other than the GMAT Score course material, do I need to buy any other books or material to study for the GMAT?

gmat_arrow Other than the software provided, would I need any other software for my course?
gmat_arrow What are the computer system and space requirements for the course?
gmat_arrow How is the course material sent to me?
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gmat_arrow How long does product activation take? Does off-line activation work?
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Do I need an internet connection on the computer that I download the course material on?

gmat_arrow What are the protocols and guidelines for the usage of the Message Center?
   
Question: How do I sign up for the course?

Answer: Please go the course sign-up page. You will be asked to fill out an enrollment form, after which you will be taken to our secure servers to make your payment.

Question: What is the GMAT?

Answer: The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test required by students who want to do their graduate studies in management or business, for example the MBA or DBA. According to the Graduate Management Admission Council, “The GMAT measures basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills. Of the several thousand graduate management programs worldwide, nearly 1,700 use the GMAT, and more than 1,000 require it. The GMAT is designed to help graduate business schools assess applicants' qualifications to study business and management at the graduate level.”


Question: Who administers the GMAT?

Answer: GMAC administers the GMAT, the first and only standardized test specifically designed for graduate business and management programs. GMAC is a nonprofit education association of leading business schools worldwide. The association is dedicated to creating access to and disseminating information about graduate business and management education.


Question: What qualifications do I have to have to be allowed to take the exam?

Answer: There are no qualifications listed for taking the GMAT exam. However, most MBA programs require candidates to have a bachelor's degree from an accredited undergraduate institution.


Question: How do I register for the GMAT?

Answer: Go to. http://snipurl.com/mnmv For telephone appointments, call 1-800-717-4628 (toll-free within the U.S. & Canada only) or 1-952-681-3680, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Central Time. Click here if you live elsewhere.


Question: When is the next exam?

Answer: Since 1997, the exam is offered all year round as a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT), which is different from the older P&P (paper & pencil) format.


Question: Who grades the exam? How is the exam graded?

Answer: The exam is officially graded by GMAC. Total GMAT® scores range from 200 to 800. Two-thirds of test takers score between 400 and 600. The multiple-choice portions of the exam (Verbal, Quantitative, and Total scores) are calculated by the computer software. The Verbal and Quantitative scaled scores range from 0 to 60. The Verbal and Quantitative scores are mutually independent.

Essay writing scores are computed separately from the multiple-choice scores and have no effect on the Verbal, Quantitative, or Total scores. Each of your essays in the AWA section will be given two independent ratings, one of which may be performed by an automated essay scoring engine. ACT Inc. oversees GMAT AWA development and scoring. ACT provides human expert essay scoring, which is combined with Vantage Learning's IntelliMetric platform to ensure the most accurate and reliable scores.

Starting January 2006, Official Score Reports are available online. You must respond to both essays and work on each multiple-choice section of the test in order to obtain an Official Score Report.


Question: What is the philosophy the GMAT Score course?

Answer: The GMAT Score course is obsessively focused on helping you get a high score in the GMAT exam. The GMAT is not a test of intelligence or innate abilities. Rather it is a test that can be tamed by intensive practice, proper test material, grit, determination, endurance, and a positive attitude. Our focus on a specific topic and the amount of time we spend in each topic is in direct proportion to its importance on the exam.

The way to hone skills is by doing. We take you through many simulated tests, and provide you with detailed explanations for questions in these tests. For many tough topics, we provide custom-tailored eLessons that are the most effective tool for enhancing your understanding of these topics. All along the course, from the starting diagnostic exam, to the final exam (and the intervening 38 exams), you are able to chart and record your progress, submit your scores to us, and get help on our tools through a personal dashboard and Message Center.

 


Question:
How many hours do I need to budget in order to be ready for the exam?

Answer: You should budget somewhere between 120 and 150 hours of focused study and materials preparation time.

 


Question:
When should I begin preparing for the exam?

Answer: We believe that you should begin your studies about 3-4 months before the exam. This material does not lend itself to learning a few hours a week.

Success in the GMAT exam depends largely on self-study and practice. As in any other enterprise, focus and intensity are the keys to success.


Question: What do you do to help me in the weeks before the exam?

Answer: We respond to your queries through a customized Message Center that is the nerve center and central console of communications between the course administrators and the students. Each student has her own private Message Center.


Question: Is this going to be an incredible ordeal?

Answer: You can make it one, but it doesn't have to be. GMAT Score’s course is a “program” and if you follow the program step by step and put in the time, you will be fine. Certainly, the exam is no more difficult than the typical standardized test. But for some, it can be tricky. Some reasons you might find the GMAT difficult are: you have been out of school for many years; your first language is not English; you’re prone to making silly mistakes (these mistakes can cost dearly); you’re strong in some areas, but weak in others (expect Murphy’s law to reign supreme on test day); you did not practice enough with timed and scored tests.

Question: How much do my undergraduate courses help me prepare for the exam?

Answer: They won't help that much. You need to get familiar with the type and the format of questions you will see on test day. You need to know tips, tricks, and shortcuts to beat the clock. As an example, the data sufficiency question is a GMAT-specific format that you need to have extensive practice with. With enough practice, you will soon be able to see where the test writers are trying to trick you, and you will be able to weed out incorrect and irrelevant answer options rather quickly. Thus, preparation for the GMAT is a “course by itself”; it has no substitutes. If you try to transfer credits here, you will only be hurting your chances of scoring high.


Question: When is the best time to take the exam?

Answer: At least 1-2 months before you plan to apply to the schools of your choice. Your scores are valid for 5 years.

Starting January 2006, you can only take the exam once in any 31-day period. You can take the exam only 5 times within any 12-month period.


Question: What if I score an 800?

Answer:

  • You cannot retake the test for 5 years.
  • We’ll be so proud that we will refund you the full cost of our course. All we ask is that you write a few words on your prep journey that will benefit your fellow test-takers.

 


Question: What level of math do I need to succeed on the exam?

Answer: Even if you never studied math after high school, you’ll do OK. GMAT does not test you on calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced areas of math. Look at the course content here.

To get an outline of the areas tested on the GMAT, read this.

Question: Can I buy GMAT Score’s software separately?

Answer: Yes. Please go to our Products page on our website.


Question: Can I buy GMAT Score’s eLessons separately?

Answer: Yes. Please go to our Products page on our website.


Question: Can I buy GMAT Score’s Readings separately?

Answer: No.

Question: When is the deadline for signing up for your course?

Answer: We don't have a deadline. We recommend that you sign up at least 1-2 weeks before you plan to start the course. This will give you ample time to receive the Official Guide (11 th ed) by mail. We allow Message Center privileges for 7 days more than your course duration. When you want to sign up for the course, you can request a certain start date for the course by writing to courseadmin@gmatscore.com and we will adjust your Message Center privileges accordingly.


Question: What if I do not score well on the GMAT and I want to repeat the course?

Answer: You can retake the course at half the price. If the course material has been updated since you last took it, we will provide all the updated material to you. If you meet the conditions of our lifetime warranty, you can retake the course for free.


Question: Are GMAT Score’s materials constantly updated?

Answer: All GMAT Score materials are updated regularly.


Question: What if I have to miss a few hours of the course or even a day? Can I switch from the 30-day course to the 60-day course?

Answer: Try to catch up. If you lag behind, try a weekend review where you can make up for lost ground. If you are taking a 30-day course and are constantly lagging behind, consider switching to the 60-day course. Please contact sales@gmatscore.com and arrange to pay the difference between the cost of the two courses (the difference is essentially the added cost of your private Message Center privileges). We will adjust your Message Center privileges accordingly.


Question: Does your course have any video lectures?

Answer: We have a tutorial explaining how to make the best use of our simulated tests. We do not have any video lectures.


Question:
Is the course transferable?

Answer: No.


Question: If I have further questions who do I contact?

Answer: You can call us at (617) 621-7118, fax us at (617) 577-1209 or email us at courseadmin@gmatscore.com


Question: I heard past students say great things about your course, but they also commented that it was rather rigorous. Is that true?

Answer: What you heard is absolutely true. We want you to excel, and to score high you have to go through the rigors of our curriculum.


Question: Other than the GMAT Score course material, do I need to buy any other books or material to study for the GMAT?

Answer: All course registrants residing in the US or Canada will receive by US Postal Service a brand new copy of the Official Guide (OG) for GMAT Review, 11th edition, FREE. To get a price for expedited delivery, please contact sales@gmatscore.com before registering for the course or within 24 hours of your registration. We will usually ship out the OG within 24-48 hours of registration and payment.

There is no need to buy any other commercially-available GMAT practice books and tests: Most of these books and tests have mistakes, typos, and wrong answers; most address topics that are unrelated to what you will see on the actual exam. Our course comes with all you will need to prepare for the GMAT exam.


Question: Other than the software provided, would I need any other software for my course?

Answer: To read some of the material, you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. Please download it from here. Acrobat is a registered trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated.

To be able to view Microsoft Word files, you can download the free Word Viewer for Windows from here. Microsoft®, and Windows® are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

You will also need a modern browser (IE 5.5 or greater) and a Flash plug-in for the browser.

Flash Player plug-in
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or greater

Adobe Reader     Flash Player     IE


Question: What are the computer system and space requirements for the course?

Answer:
You need:

- IBM-compatible computer with 486 processor or higher

- Microsoft Windows 98, Me, 2000, Windows NT 4.0 (SP6a or later), or Windows XP installed and configured on your system

- Internet access for material download, for product activation, and for running all tests and most elessons

- Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or later.

- 90 MHz processor (400 MHz recommended)

- 64 MB RAM (256 MB RAM recommended)

- 100 MB space

- Microsoft compatible mouse or pointing device

- VGA monitor with 256 or more colors (Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher resolution monitor (1024 x 768 for best results), with high color (16 bit) recommended)

IBM is a registered trademark of the International Business Machines Corporation. Internet Explorer®, Microsoft®, and Windows® are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.


Question: How is the course material sent to me?

Answer: All course registrants will receive, by US Postal Service, a brand new copy of the Official Guide (OG) for GMAT Review, 11th edition, FREE.

Our readings, eLessons, readings, and other material can be downloaded via a link that is sent to you by email after your purchase. You will receive your username and unlock code for the products you purchase by email from sales@gmatscore.com Make sure you add this email address to your address book and whitelist, so that it is not sent to your junk mail folder or otherwise deleted.


Question: Do I need any activation, unlock codes, or passwords to use the course material?

Answer: When you first install the course material, you need to activate the products via an Internet connection. You therefore have to be connected to an Internet (if you are behind a firewall, you have to manually allow the activation process to proceed). This anonymous product activation will allow you to install the purchased products on a maximum of one computer.

Once the material is activated, you can use it any number of times without connecting to the Internet.

You will be able to install our material only on the computer on which you activated the products. Please download and install the material on the computer that you plan to use for the GMAT Score course.


Question: How long does product activation take? Does off-line activation work?

Answer: The process of activation takes places instantly, and the material is ready for use immediately. Off-line activation does not work.


Question: Do I need an internet connection on the computer that I download the course material on?

Answer: Yes, you will need an internet connection for activation, and for downloading the material. A basic connection speed of 56Kbps is required, although we highly recommend a high speed connection such as DSL or cable.
You will need a stable internet connection for running tests and most elessons. Your Math, Verbal, and Essay reading (along with many elessons) are in PDF format: they can be read off line and can also be read on portable devices with PDF reading capabilities.


Question: What are the protocols and guidelines for the usage of the Message Center?

The MessageBoard is a very important part of the course. All our students should take advantage of this important study aid.

Customer support through the Message Center requires a minimum protocol to afford the efficient administration of the system.

Please review the following points relating to the Message Center protocol:

  1. Posts to your Message Center should be contemporaneous with your study session (readings, tests, etc.) completed on the date the post is made. You should submit your questions immediately upon completing a study session. This is the same etiquette afforded course administrators in all areas of education. A course administrator does not like to response to questions from days, weeks, or even months ago. Any post that appears to be a compilation of questions over a period of time will be ignored.
  2. All questions must show some understanding of the material requiring clarification and must be in complete, intelligible, and readable sentences.

Example of proper question:

In the GMAT Test No. xx, Verbal, Q No. yy, which is reproduced in its entirety
below:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Donec semper dapibus odio. Praesent eu pede at ipsum egestas lacinia. Phasellus cursus ligula in augue. Donec posuere pellentesque magna. Nam iaculis mauris et nunc. Maecenas imperdiet ante et pede. Aenean commodo nibh eu est. Duis et mauris a eros aliquet molestie. Vestibulum porta tortor aliquam massa adipiscing malesuada. Phasellus quis dolor?

  • Mauris vel ligula. Morbi urna mi, condimentum at, aliquam vel, pellentesque at, felis.
  • Vivamus tristique, sem eget vestibulum porttitor, nunc turpis.
  • Donec purus. Aliquam porta, urna a commodo blandit, urna ante blandit mauris.
  • Praesent placerat purus in orci. Maecenas lectus.
  • Phasellus iaculis ante vitae urna.

The reference answer given is (C). However, I had chosen the answer to be (A), because of [state detailed reasons here; don’t use reasons like “because you like this answer”, or “because you feel it is correct”]. Can you please check and confirm the reference answer?

Example of improper question:

In Test #4, Question #27, why is answer choice (A) correct? Why is (B) not correct?

Example of improper question:

In Math Reading No. 5, Topic xx, please explain answers to questions 3 and 4?

Example of improper question:

I cannot understand the language on Screen 42 of Lesson 419. Could you explain it to me?

Example of improper question:

I have a question from Prep-Course Book (insert name of some outside prep course book, lesson, or lecture) XYZ. Can you explain the answer to me?

Please limit your questions to the GMAT Score curriculum and to the GMAT Score course material.

In many cases, if the question can be quickly answered by reviewing the appropriate sections, we will ask you to do so.

If you are requesting a definition of a common English word, we may ask you to consult a dictionary.

If you are looking to understand to basic mathematical principles, we may ask you to consult some standard math references or math resources on the Internet.

  • All questions should be sequentially numbered 1, 2, etc. for easy reference.
  • You can use a scheme of abbreviation as long as it is readily understandable; do not, however, expect us to try and decipher strange abbreviations. Do not use SMS-lingo and IM-lingo. We are old-fashioned, and we do not understand predictive text and emoticons.
  • Please use proper English grammar, capitalization, punctuation, etc.
  • Even if we have your email address on record, do not expect us to send a reply to both your Message Center and your email address. If you have set your preferences in your Message Center as “Notify On”, then you will be notified when we post anything on your Message Center.
  • Please remember that your queries should be pertinent to the product you have purchased. Please do not ask questions about MBA admissions, essays, financial aid, etc., as we are not admissions consultants. Also, please do not ask about GMAT score requirements for various schools, how schools interpret GMAT scores etc., as this is beyond the scope of our courses.

    Any posts not pertaining to the courses or items you have purchased from GMAT Score will be ignored.
  • Please make sure your content does not contain any executable or HTML.
  • We will not accept submissions containing any crude language, profanity, threats, or insults.
  • If you upload any files and images, they should not infringe upon the rights of any third party.

    Some of the proper uses for this file upload service are:
    1. Providing equations for math questions;
    2. Attaching geometric figures;
    3. Including screen shots.

    We recommend the following software for the purposes mentioned above (these software are not freeware, so you have to purchase them):

    Writing equations: MathType 5.2 for WindowsTM

    Geometric (vector-based) figures: Mayura Draw 4.3 for WindowsTM

    Screen-shots: SnagIt 8 for WindowsTM

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