One of the best things you can do to practice GMAT knowledge and skills is to simulate the test at home. To do this, it is important to be familiar with the testing format. First, you need to be aware of the time limitations for each of the exam sections. Your practice GMAT should begin with the Analytical Writing Assessment. For this portion, you will first compose your “Analysis of an Issue” within thirty minutes. Immediately thereafter, you will compose your “Analysis of an Argument” within another thirty minutes. It takes some students a few tries to get used to outlining and writing a full response within the allotted time; don’t be concerned if you need more than one practice GMAT to achieve the proper pace.
After the Analytical Writing Assessment, you will be given the option of taking a brief rest, approximately ten minutes. You can use this time to get a drink of water, stretch your legs, or use the bathroom. Feel free to take a ten-minute break in your practice GMAT at this point. However, in keeping with the rules of the examination, do not use this time to consult any study materials or contact other students.
The next section should be Quantitative Reasoning: 37 data-sufficiency and problem-solving questions to be answered within 75 minutes. It is a good idea to learn about the data-sufficiency question format before beginning your practice GMAT. After you finish the Quantitative Reasoning section, you may take another short break. Then you can move on to the last section of the exam. In the Verbal Reasoning section, you must answer 41 questions of the following types: reading comprehension, sentence correction, and critical reasoning. Again, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with these question formats before beginning your practice GMAT. You should give yourself 75 minutes to complete this final portion of the examination.