The GMAT exam changed as of June 2012, so that there is only one writing
activity and a new *Integrated Reasoning* section. Most preparation books
purchased since January 2012 will include materials on the *Integrated
Reasoning *section, but if you are using older materials, you may want to
go to the mba.com site for help with Integrated
Reasoning or update your preparation materials.
Are you ready for a Graduate Business Study?
Step 1: Take the GMAT!
“The GMAT exam is a standardized assessment that helps business schools
assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and
management.” It is a 4-hour test completed at a computer terminal with
*Analytical Writing Assessment
*One 30-minute writing task— Analysis of an Argument. You are asked to
respond to a topic of general interest. You will analyze the reasoning
behind a given argument and write a critique of that argument. No business
knowledge is required, and you are not presenting your own opinion. Learn
*Integrated Reasoning NEW SECTION
*Integrated Reasoning consists of 12 questions which require you to analyze
and synthesize data in different formats and from multiple sources. These
questions are mostly multiple choice and provide you with short scenarios
or contexts in which to interpret some type of data. Learn
Thirty-seven multiple-choice questions using arithmetic, elementary
algebra and commonly known concepts of geometry to solve problems and make
decisions on the information needed in problem solving. Learn
*Forty-one multiple-choice questions covering reading comprehension,
critical reasoning, and sentence correction to conform to standard English.
PREPARATION FOR THE GMAT
The Graduate Management Aptitude Council recommends that you prepare for 4
weeks before taking the GMAT exam. Preparation comes in three areas:
1. Become familiar with the test-taking technology using the
tutorials provided for free: GMATPrep®
2. Become familiar content, question types and expected answer
criteria for the three parts of the exam. There are sample exams included
in the GMATPrep® Software, but you can purchase additional materials
directly at http://www.mba.com/mba/thegmat/prepareforthegmat or at any
bookstore. See the comparison of several resources from about.com at
3. Review / practice your writing, math, verbal, and logic skills
using material identified in above or with a GMAT preparation course.
· You can google “GMAT Test Preparation” to find numerous online
alternatives for GMAT preparation, but the nearest “face-to-face” classes
to UTPB are in Lubbock. **
o *Midland College Test Prep $99-
o *Odessa College Test Prep $99-
o *Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions*: Classroom, Live Online Classroom,
Private Tutoring, and Self-Paced Online Study. Register at
www.kaplangmat.com or 1-800-KAPTEST. Offers free repeat classes if you
aren’t ready the first time you take the course or you aren’t satisfied
with your score.
· If you are a CURRENT UTPB student, you can obtain math tutoring
through Smarthinking.com. Login to Campus Connect using your university id
and PIN number, and click on the link to Smarthinking. You will need to
register through Campus Connect in order to use the UTPB subscription to
Smarthinking tutoring services FOR FREE.
· If you are a CURRENT UTPB student OR a PROSPECTIVE UTPB student,
you can go to the Math & Science Center at Mesa 4180 (432-552-3350) for
math tutoring. Bring your GMAT materials with you and ask for help in
understanding the questions you get wrong.
Nearest testing center to UTPB: Pearson Professional Centers, 3300 North
A Street, Building 4, Suite 228, Midland, TX 79705-5457, 432-685-0033 .
Other testing centers are available in Lubbock, Abilene, Amarillo, and
across the globe.
Schedule your GMAT at http://www.mba.com WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE
For further information on the GMAT, visit its website: http://www.mba.com
Barbara W. Scofield, PhD, CPA
Chair of Graduate Business Studies
Professor of Accounting
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
4901 E. University Dr.
Odessa, TX 79762