GMAT 101, and What We Learned

By: Amanda Gryga and Eman Salem, GWWIB Ambassadors

Want to learn more about the GMAT, practice specific questions, or discover tricks that can drastically improve your score? At the GWWIB exclusive GMAT 101 Workshop on October 19th, Manhattan Prep Instructor, Joe Lucero, answered these questions. Lucero, a full time instructor and curriculum developer at the prep company, breaks down the GMAT based on its different sections and computer adaptability.  A single score is valid for up to five years, the test can be taken online six days a week for $250, and can be taken up to five times per year. Since this test has become computerized, the order of difficulty of the questions is not comparable to that of the SAT where questions are ordered based on increasing difficulty, but is often completely random. The test consists of 4 sections; essay (30 minutes), integrated reasoning (30 minutes), quantitative, (75 minutes) and verbal (75 minutes). The quantitative section often confuses students the most because it features two statements and the student must determine whether or not the question can be answered with statement one, statement two, both statements together, or neither statement. The verbal and essay components are somewhat similar to those of the SAT and ACT, and the integrated reasoning portion tests a student's ability to deduce information from a statement or paragraph and apply that information to a follow up question. Some of Lucero's tips for success are to practice the adaptive nature of the test and to know your weaknesses so you can address them. He claims that the key is to not get bogged down by all the math and just ask, "is this solvable?"

If you are interested in taking the GMAT and would like to explore test prep options, Manhattan Prep is one of the top GMAT prep courses--and even features video interactive lessons. Interested students can contact to register for in-person GMAT classes or visit (or call the seven days a week number: 800 576 4628) for more information. Lucero's parting comments were to take the GMAT as soon as possible (because the scores are usable for up to five years) and suggested students take a free GMAT practice test at to gauge their ability to complete this rigorous test.