A7. How did you prepare to take the GMAT?
A few MBAs put in less than a month of studying; these are the natural test-takers.
Most people put in 1-3 months of studying. If they were self-disciplined, they studied on their own. Some chose to take a class. Note that there are classes for people targeting scores above 700, which is widely considered the minimum score to get into a top 20 school.
Note that it's generally believed that the practice tests are significantly harder than the actual test. Also see Benjamin Olds' comment below about canceling scores.
Books recommended by our MBAs:
Course, in person
> 1 month of books, practice tests
The GMAT was the only metric that is universal to every applicant, therefore it is the most important single metric; those 4 hours changed my life forever
2 months of books and practice tests; pay attention to the percentiles on both math and verbal
< 1 month of books, practice tests
Less about practicing content; more about practicing process (how to answer the questions)
Individual tutor + course
Did an online course and got individual tutoring on math; try to stay calm during the test
Course targeted at 700+ scores
Elizabeth De Montigny
If you're trying to get into a top school, take a course with people shooting for top scores