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Steps for GMAT Preparation

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is the most widely used assessment for graduate management admissions and the most reliable predictor of an applicant's ability to succeed academically in graduate business studies.

At the UB School of Management, the GMAT score, undergraduate record, essay and work experience are all used in combination to make an admission decision.

Information for Successful GMAT Preparation

Schedule your GMAT test at least one month prior to the application deadline. Test site spaces fill up quickly.


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

Western New York Testing Facility

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

Preparation Materials

More information about GMAT preparation materials and review classes can be found on our GMAT Preparation Materials webpage.

Six 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 the computerized test. Nor can you review responses to questions that you have already answered. If you are totally stumped, then 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 item.
  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.

If you have any questions, call us at 716-645-3200 or send us an email.