GMAT and GRE Tips

Get to know the tests

It's important to select the right test to best showcase your skillset and abilities. The GMAT and GRE websites provide an overview of each test. We suggest reviewing the sections of each test and sample questions before making your decision.

Scheduling your test

Test dates fill up quickly, so be sure to schedule your test well in advance.

GMAT

To schedule your test, create a free account on the GMAT website. Creating an account will also give you access to free preparation software.

Western New York Testing Facility:

Pearson Professional Centers
Centerpointe Corporate Park
325 Essjay Rd., Suite 104
Williamsville, NY 14221

GMAT Codes
Institutional MBA code - K6RQX67
Buffalo area testing site code: 47075

GRE

To schedule your test, create a free account on the GRE website, which will give you access to free preparation software.

Western New York Testing Facilities:

University at Buffalo North Campus
259 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260

Prometric Testing Center
3800 Delaware Avenue, Suite 106
Tonawanda, NY 14217

GRE Codes
Institution code - 2925
Management Department Code - all programs - 4201

Test Preparation

We suggest a minimum of four weeks of preparation for each of the exams. Successful candidates often note that they took practice tests to assist them in identifying areas that need more preparation along the way.

Since the tests are delivered differently, we have tips for each test below.

GMAT Tips for Test Day

  1. Understand the directions for each question type before you take the test. This will save you valuable time. Test-prep manuals and other tools help you with this.
  2. Take your time with the questions at the beginning of each section. The questions at the beginning of a section affect your score more than those at the end. Once the computer determines your general ability level with these initial questions, you will be able to improve your score dramatically.
  3. Be completely sure of each answer before proceeding. You cannot skip a difficult question and return to it later on this computer adaptive test. Nor can you review responses to questions that you have already answered. If you are totally stumped, eliminate as many answer choices as you can, select the best one, and move on.
  4. Pace yourself. To finish both sections, you need to establish a pace that allows you to spend, on average, just under two minutes per question.
  5. Be prepared to receive a mix of different question types within each section. The computer may select one of several question formats, depending on whether you answered the previous question correctly or incorrectly. So be ready.
  6. Write well and write quickly. Because your essay is graded by computer, be sure to set up a logical structure and write with a clear and direct style. This is not the place to be funny or innovative.

GRE Tips for Test Day

  1. Understand the directions for each question type before you take the test. This will save you valuable time. Test-prep manuals and other tools can help with this.
  2. You have the flexibility to skip questions and then go back and answer them.
  3. The review screen is intended to help you keep track of your progress on the test. Do not spend too much time on the review screen, as this will take away from the time allotted to read and answer questions on the test.
  4. Your Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores will be determined by the number of questions you answer correctly. Nothing is subtracted from a score if you answer a question incorrectly. Therefore, to maximize your scores on these measures, it's best to answer every question.
  5. The testing software has a "mark and review" feature that enables you to mark questions you'd like to revisit during the time provided to work on that section.
  6. Pace yourself. To finish all sections, you need to establish a pace that allows you to spend, on average, just under two minutes per question.
  7. An on-screen calculator is available during the Quantitative Reasoning sections.
  8. Write well and write quickly. Because your essay is graded by computer, be sure to set up a logical structure and write with a clear and direct style. This is not the place to be funny or innovative.

Information was taken from the official GRE website.

If you have any questions, contact us at 716-645-3200 or mgt-pmba@buffalo.edu.