Ask Julie: Preparing for the GMAT

Dear Julie: I’ve decided to take the GMAT and I’m really nervous. Do you have any tips on how I can prepare for the test? – Shaking in my Boots

Dear Shaking: There are a couple ways you can prepare for taking the GMAT. First off, you can start by taking practice tests online to see how you score.

There are lots of review books out there that have great test taking strategies in them. You can find a list of Official GMAT Review Guides by visiting While this option can be quite cost effective, they won’t do you any good if you don’t have the discipline to work on them.

While a preparation course can be very expensive, it can also be very effective. If you’ve paid $1,500 or more for a review course, you are likely to say “No” to a happy hour invitation and go to class! This may not be the case if you’ve paid $50 for a review guide.

Julie Dellinger is the Assistant Director Part-Time MBA Admissions & Social Media at the Smith School. She received her B.S. Degree from Shepherd University and has been working in communications and marketing since 1999. Her core expertise is in: marketing, public relations, social media marketing, event planning and graphic design. In her personal time, Julie enjoys running (slowly), blogging, live music, drinking wine, spending time with her husband and son, reading, and watching way too much television. If you have an admissions question, email her at