Associate Director of Admissions
The GMAT exam is represented by a total score, and there are also separate scores for the different sections: quantitative, qualitative, integrated reasoning, and AWA. The Admissions Committee will review your total GMAT score, plus the scores for the separate test sections. The GMAT is one aspect of the application that is standardized across the world, and can be an indicator of business school performance.
1) Start studying early! The GMAT exam is required for admission to Rice and most MBA programs in general. Even if you are not yet planning to apply this year, it helps to get started on the GMAT exam as early as possible. Everyone reacts differently to the test, so you may need more time to study than a friend or colleague. Also, make sure you leave enough time to take the test more than once if necessary.
2) Explore your options. How do you study best? If you prefer a structured style of studying, explore GMAT prep course offerings through GMAC, the official website of the GMAT or other test prep services. For working professionals, Rice has also partnered with Princeton Review to offer a one-day GMAT boot camp. If you prefer to study independently, there are many alternative study options that may be found online or at your local bookstore.
3) Set a goal but keep your expectations realistic. As you begin studying set a goal and do not forget to complete online practice tests. While you cannot recreate the testing environment at home, online tests are a great way to study and see what range your score may fall in. When setting a goal it may be helpful to look at the current JGSB Class profile for full time or professional students to review the average GMAT scores for the Class of 2014.