How to Study for the GMAT. Like most tests of this type, the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) purports to measure ability rather than knowledge of any specific content. With that in mind, here are some tips on getting ready for it.

Step 1

Learn about the test. There are three major sections: verbal, quantitative and analytical writing.

Step 2

Practice with sample questions. The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) offers free practice questions on its Web site so that you can become familiar with the test.

Step 3

Develop a strategy as you practice. It's important to know where you are in the test at all times. You will be allowed 75 minutes for the 37 quantitative questions and 75 minutes for the 41 verbal questions. During the 30-minute analytical writing section, you're required to compose two essays.

Step 4

Investigate the variety of test preparation resources available online and at your local bookstore. In addition to books, CDs and audiotapes, test prep courses are offered live and online.

Step 5

Study and practice your heart out until the night before the exam. Then put away the books and get a good night's sleep.