Yes, we heard them too–the biggest GMAT myths. Beware!
GMAT is an essential step towards your MBA journey. With loads of information available about this prestigious exam, it’s easy to get caught in the mesh of myths that keeps you from focusing on the reality of the GMAT exam. In this blog, Jamboree debunks the most common GMAT misconceptions and myths.
Myth #1–GMAT math is just like GRE math.
Uhh…No! The math on the GMAT and GRE is essentially different. For instance, the Integrated Reasoning (IR) section on the GMAT exam involves comprehending and analyzing highly technical business reports and thereupon doing advanced math, whereas GRE questions are not usually based on such concepts. A calculator is permitted in solving questions of the GRE’s quant section. On the other hand, a calculator is allowed only for the IR section of the GMAT and not for other questions in the quant section.
Myth #2–The GMAT Quant section is tough!
So, now that you’ve learned that the use of calculators is not allowed for most parts of the quant section, does that make the quant section tough? Not exactly! Things are as tough as you perceive them to be. And your perception is based on how well-acquainted you are with the issue at hand. GMAT tests you on basic math concepts and your abilities to analyze and solve problems. Clearing your concepts and getting a hold of the basics is all you need for a great performance in the quant section.
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Myth #3–GMAT is just like GRE but with questions around business.
GMAT’s association with admissions to b-schools mostly is often confused for it to be oriented around business questions. Instead, GMAT questions are structured to test your common sense and logic rather than mugged-up information. You do not need complex business knowledge to ace the GMAT exam. With proper guidance, practice and preparation, GMAT is a piece of cake! And Jamboree is here to give you the full cake with its GMAT resources, which include classes (online and offline), practice tests, sample questions and much more!
Myth #4–You need a 750+ GMAT score to get into top MBA colleges!
A good GMAT score is important but it is not the only thing that counts when applying to business schools. Other factors such as your LOR, SOPs, work experiences, extracurriculars, community service and academic grades are also taken into consideration. In fact, any score above 700 is considered to be an amazing score and contributes greatly to your other credentials. Your full profile evaluation is done when you apply for admission to the top business schools. GMAT score is an important aspect of your MBA application, but not the only factor.
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Myth #5–GMAT score is important just for admissions.
Think again! GMAT gives you so much more than just a score. It trains your critical thinking, strategizing, reasoning and analytical skills which are going to help you beyond admissions. These skills will prove useful on and off-campus and during classes. A good GMAT score will also help you avail of scholarships. Moreover, several employers are also impressed with a good GMAT score and consider it at the time of hiring. It is therefore evident that the GMAT score goes beyond admissions.
Myths and misinformation can be detrimental to your GMAT prep. There are several resources and options available for the GMAT exam, but only a few are reliable. It is advisable to check with genuine sources only. With scores as high as 780 on their GMAT exam, a number of students have found their way to top business schools with Jamboree. Do not delay your GMAT prep any further, book a free fifteen-minute session with our counselor and get started with your MBA journey.