A YP’s Guide to Beating the GMAT

Sponsored by The UC Davis Graduate School of Management

EDGErs are an ambitious bunch. We often seek demanding yet exciting projects in our 9-to-5 roles and we then take that high-achieving mindset past our day jobs into volunteer opportunities, like serving on a committee or honing in on the perfect board position. And some of us reach even farther than that, looking to academia as a measuring stick of excellence. Some YP’s are moving toward higher education in seeking their next achievement, getting advanced degrees in business, the arts, and science.

If that sounds a lot like you, or if that extra stretch piques your interest, you may want to consider diving deeper into the idea of graduate school. And what better way to test your fortitude than with the GMAT.

The GMAT is an exam that tests four quadrants of knowledge to gain admission to graduate degree programs. The four quadrants are writing, reasoning, math, and verbal comprehension. While some of us are stronger in certain areas than others, we can all stand to learn a thing or two about test prep. Below are some of the ways that our YP’s are taking, and beating, the GMAT.

Invest in the Right Tools

Just as if you were diving into a new project at work, you’ll want to approach the GMAT with all of the right resources. Research test prep companies, tutors, and study groups that will help equip you with the tools you need to succeed. For your convenience, our friends at UC Davis have put together a list of companies that offer discounts on these types of services to young professionals, inching you a little bit further toward success.

Ask Questions

The GMAT is a tool meant to test your aptitude in an array of subjects. And while you may dominate in certain areas, you may learn that you haven’t engaged with much of the criteria on the test in a very long time. It’s in your best interest to ask around about test taking methods, studying tips, and best practices. One of our favorite ways to get an answer is to go directly to the source: The school you’d like to attend. If you’re thinking of applying to UC Davis, call one of their school representatives and schedule time to talk about your personal test-taking situation. They will help you identify your strengths, areas you should study up on, and other important school related information.

Get in the Zone

Say you’re preparing for a big presentation in a few days. The last thing that you would be doing (hopefully) is just winging it. Instead, you would be gathering your notes, practicing your pitch, anticipating follow up questions, and jotting down your best points. Do this, too, when prepping to take the GMAT. Take your practice tests. Record your results. Identify areas for improvement. Get in the mindset of taking a successful test, and you’re halfway there.

As you’re approaching the test, use these best practices to set yourself up for success. Reach out to resources eager to help you succeed, like representatives from UC Davis who are armed with the knowledge to help you put your best foot forward.

Did you know you can get your MBA as a part-time student right here in the heart of Sacramento? Recently ranked as the #1 part-time MBA program in Sacramento and #32 nationally, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management offers different avenues to receive your MBA surrounded by the best faculty and students in Sacramento. Continue the conversation by visiting https://gsm.ucdavis.edu/ and become a part of the next generation of business leaders.

About the Author

Taylor Toledo is an Account Manager with 3fold Communications, specializing in higher education and healthcare marketing. She is also the 2018 Metro EDGE Communications Chair, a proud dog mom, and a not-quite-as-proud Netflix addict.