How To Increase Your GMAT Quant Score

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Many of the top MBA programs are unapologetically quant-driven. Whether you are pursuing a career in consulting, marketing, or finance, a world of big data, statistics, and analytics requires solid quant skills. Earning a strong score on the quant section of the GMAT is a potent way to demonstrate your ability to work with numbers and reason analytically, and to display to MBA programs that you are capable of handling MBA math.

The good news is that if you are willing to properly prepare for the quant section of the GMAT, using the best materials and following a strategic plan of study, you can earn an impressive GMAT quant score. In this article, we will give you a blueprint for GMAT quant success.

Let’s begin by discussing what GMAT quant is and is not.

GMAT Quant: Not Just a Math Test

The first key move in increasing your GMAT quant score is realizing that GMAT quant takes skills that are different from the quant skills that you used in high school or college. The GMAT quant section is not just a math test; it is also a reasoning game. So, increasing your score takes improving skills that relate specifically to the GMAT quant game.

Yes, it’s imperative that you know an array of basic math concepts, such as the difference of squares, 30-60-90 triangle rules, patterns in units digits, patterns in remainders, divisibility, algebraic translations, Venn diagrams, and permutations and combinations, to name just a few. At the same time, you need to far surpass simply understanding those concepts; you must develop strong analytical reasoning skills.

So, must you learn math for GMAT quant? Yes, for sure. Without a solid understanding of the underlying math, it will be difficult to improve your GMAT quant score. Will just learning math be sufficient to earn you a high GMAT quant score? Probably not. The key is to learn how the GMAT uses basic math to create logic-based questions. So, you’ll need to be armed with a combination of math knowledge and analytical reasoning skills to improve your GMAT quant score.

Let’s discuss a bit about what makes GMAT quant questions different from what you’re used to seeing.

GMAT Quant Questions Are Different

Whereas high school or college math tests are challenging because of the complexity of the mathematical concepts that appear on them, GMAT quant is challenging because of the level of thinking required of you. An ordinary math test tests to see whether you understand concepts (and often allows the use of a calculator). However, the GMAT largely assumes that you understand certain concepts and uses those concepts as the basis of reasoning questions.

Furthermore, the GMAT is structured in such a way that you’ll need to be able to answer each quant question in an average of about two minutes. So, your understanding of how to answer GMAT quant questions must be so great that you are able to efficiently attack each question that you see. Being able to answer a question in four minutes does you little good come test day.

Thus, although you may have been able to score at a high level on ordinary math tests just by understanding concepts and punching numbers into a calculator, high-level scoring on GMAT quant requires that you first master the concepts involved and then develop skill in seeing the logic of questions based on those concepts. In other words, mastering concepts is necessary, but not sufficient, for a attaining a higher GMAT quant score; you must also learn to reason soundly and apply advanced analytical thinking skills to answering a wide-range of questions.

Just because the math concepts that appear in GMAT quant questions are relatively simple ones, the types of things that people learn in middle school math, does not mean that GMAT questions are simple. Every GMAT quant question has a unique “GMAT-like” flair to it, a flair that is engineered by the test-maker. So, when preparing for GMAT quant, you must learn to think like the test-maker; you must get used to what make these questions unique. You must learn to understand the “GMAT flair.”

For example, try the following very simple GMAT quant question:

The price of a particular stock has fallen by 50%. By what percent must the price of the stock increase to return to the original price?

A. 50%
B. 75%
C. 100%
D. 150%
E. 200%

Solution:

If you picked A, you fell for a trap answer choice that only looks logical. Presenting an opportunity to make a common mistake in logic makes for a good GMAT question and adds a “GMAT flair” to the question.

One might choose A by concluding that if something decreases by 50% and then increases by 50%, it will be back at its original value. However, this logic is specious.

A simple way to solve this problem is to pick an easy number to use for the original price of the stock, such as \$100. After the 50% decrease, the stock’s value becomes \$50. Thus, the price of the stock must increase by \$50, or increase 100% in value, in order to return to its original price. Answer choice C, 100%, is the correct answer.

As is the case with all GMAT quant questions, seeing a key aspect of what this question presents is necessary for getting the right answer. What you have to see in this question is that going down by 50% results in a numerical change different from that generated by going back up 50%.

Before you continue reading, consider trying your hand at the following ten GMAT quant questions. As you work through them, seek to notice what makes them different from the run-of-the-mill math questions you may be used to seeing. Try to recognize the GMAT flair in each question.

Let’s now discuss the simplicity that exists in GMAT quant questions.

GMAT Quant Questions Are Easier Than They Appear

Too often students look for complicated solutions to GMAT quant questions. This approach is a mistake because most, if not all, GMAT quant questions have rather simple solutions.

One key aspect of GMAT quant questions is that they tend to be designed in a such a way that in each there are one or two key things that you have to see to answer the question efficiently. When you see these key aspects, the questions can become quite easy – far easier than you expected them to be. In fact, it’s often the case that a complex question, one that takes many test-takers three minutes to solve, can be answered correctly in under a minute if a test-taker sees one or two key aspects of the problem.

Consider the following questions, all of which seem difficult until we actually see the simplicity that exists within them:

Target Test Prep Sample Units Digit Pattern Questions

Even when a test-taker is scoring high and therefore seeing relatively challenging questions, many of the questions presented can be solved via the use of not particularly sophisticated methods. That is, the optimal paths to the solutions of many of the questions will be very basic. Simplicity is your goal.

So, as you are working on GMAT quant questions, either in practicing or when taking a test, some key questions to ask yourself are:

“What do I have to see in order to get the right answer?”
“How can I make this question as simple as possible?”
“What is a shortcut to answering this question?”
“What is the question really asking?”

At this point, most students ask, “How do I learn to see what I need to see?” The answer is that you must prepare with GMAT quant materials that teach you how to answer GMAT quant questions accurately and efficiently. Then you need to engage in a ton of systematic, deliberate practice. Through that deliberate study and practice you’ll gain the skills necessary for quickly solving GMAT quant questions.

Let’s examine the importance of proper practice.

Proper Exposure and Practice Are Critical

Another big difference between a traditional math test and GMAT quant is that while there is typically limited variability in the way concepts are presented on a math test, on GMAT quant there are dozens and dozens of potential variations of even the most seemingly simple question types, questions involving even the simplest concepts.

Thus, one mistake that students make when preparing for GMAT quant is that they don’t systematically practice with enough questions in each category. For most people preparing for the GMAT, working on quant questions one type at a time is the most effective method for increasing their quant scores, and mastering answering questions in a category can take answering many such questions.

By working through question categories one at a time, you put yourself in a position to master each category, developing a clear understanding of how questions in a category work and developing skills and approaches that can be used to arrive at correct answers to that type of question. You learn how to decipher the logic of questions in a category and learn multiple approaches for getting to their answers, and thus you become increasingly adept at answering them. You also learn about the pitfalls commonly found in questions in a category. You might make the same type of mistake twice in a row, but you probably won’t make it five times in a row.

Practicing questions by topic means, for example, spending a particular number of days only working on Rate-Time-Distance questions. The goal is to become so skilled at Rate-Time-Distance questions that you can’t get them wrong. What an amazing feeling it would be to walk into the GMAT cool, calm, and confident because you knew that you were well-equipped to handle anything that came your way!

By focusing on categories of questions and becoming expert in each, you drive your GMAT quant section score higher with each category that you master. In a very real sense, if you work in this way, hitting your GMAT quant score goal is pretty much inevitable.

When people don’t spend sufficient time mastering a topic prior to the GMAT, they tend to struggle with questions that look and feel different from the ones with which they practiced. In other words, they tend to get bogged down when they encounter problems that center on familiar concepts but use those concepts in new and unique ways.

You want to be well-prepared for whatever the test throws at you, and one of the best ways to be well-prepared is to practice with a wide spectrum of realistic practice questions.

For example, consider the algebra topic known as the difference of squares. Most people preparing for the GMAT understand that x^2 – y^2 = (x + y)(x – y). However, some don’t engage in enough deliberate practice to be able to recognize and solve questions that center on the difference of squares. If you practice with a sufficient number of questions involving the difference of squares, you can truly master answering questions of that type.

To illustrate this idea, try these practice questions on the difference of squares.

Remember, when you practice with a topic, your goal is not to practice until you get questions right. Your goal is to practice until you can’t get questions wrong.

Now let’s next talk about the importance of mastering foundational quant topics before you do anything else.

Build a Strong Foundation First

Too often, students focus their study efforts on difficult GMAT quant questions, such as those involving relatively complicated probability, combinatorics, and number properties, all while neglecting the basics. Such a strategy is not sound.

Mastering math, especially the math tested on the GMAT, requires that you take a linear, systematic approach to developing your knowledge and skills. If you skip to the hard stuff, it will be challenging for you to develop a strong command of the material. There are a number of reasons for this.

For one, an understanding of the basics, such as how to work with fractions and exponents, is necessary for solving more complicated questions. For instance, as a result of not being well versed in handling calculations involving fractions, you could miss or take too long to answer a probability question.

Meanwhile, the key to hitting your goal score is getting all of the easy and medium questions correct and getting as many of the hard questions correct as possible. You can miss a reasonable number of hard ones. Getting hard ones right drives your score up, but missing them does not drive your score down too much. However, missing medium and, especially, easy questions drives your score lower. Furthermore, if you can’t correctly answer easy and medium level questions, likely you will not see hard questions on the test.

Thus, knowledge of the basics, or the lack thereof, can make or break your GMAT quant score. Yes, you know about, for example, fractions, ratios, and decimals, and those concepts are simple in theory, but are you skilled at solving GMAT quant questions involving those concepts? Questions of certain types may seem easy to you, but how long are you taking to answer them? Often a person doesn’t work on the types of questions that are seemingly easy for him or her, with the result that when questions of those types show up on the test, the person uses a lot of time answering them.

So, it may be that one of the things you have to do to increase your GMAT quant score is get better at handling the most basic types of concepts and questions, and then build upward from there.

Now you may ask, how do I retain all of these concepts and skills as I master new ones? In other words, how do I not forget what I’ve learned?

Regularly Review the Material

There is a lot to know for GMAT quant. If you’re like most students, you’ll learn a great deal of new content, strategies, and techniques. If you don’t regularly review what you’ve learned, you’ll likely forget it. So, you need to review, and there are a number of ways to review efficiently.

For starters, consider taking notes as you are studying. Not only will taking notes give you something to review at a later date, but also it will allow you to become a more active participant in your learning. The simple action of writing down a concept or principle, in your own words, can make you think more about the meaning of that concept, and thus it should stick better in your mind than it would were you to simply read about it. We’ve all been victims of mindless reading: after we’ve read a page or two, we say to ourselves, “I just read two pages and I have no memory whatsoever of anything that I read.” Taking notes as you read can help you avoid this wasteful activity.

After you’ve taken notes, consider making flash cards so you can consistently and quickly review a concept, and better retain the information. Flash cards are recommended because you can use them just about anywhere. If you have ten minutes on the subway, run through your flash cards. If you’re on a flight and you don’t have Internet access, quiz yourself using your flash cards. Some students prefer “old-fashioned” paper flash cards, while others prefer the digital version. Whichever format you choose, just be sure to flip through your flash cards often. And, to challenge yourself even more, shuffle the deck before each use; by reordering the cards each time you review them, you make the material unpredictable. You will have to work a bit harder, but your retention will increase dramatically.

As you dive deeper into your prep, the number of flash cards you’re using will likely grow. So, to help yourself review efficiently, separate your flash cards into piles: one pile for concepts that you have mastered and another pile for concepts you have not mastered. Clearly, you would want to flip through the “not mastered” pile more frequently than the “mastered” pile.

Also, as you work through categories of quant questions, you can include in your preparation routine some time spent answering questions of types that you have already worked on.

Ensuring that the concepts you have learned and the skills you have developed do not fall by the wayside will be critical in driving up your GMAT quant score.

To learn much more about how to retain more of what you study while preparing for the GMAT, take a look at this article on retaining more GMAT knowledge.

Next, let’s discuss the importance of working on your weaknesses.

You Must Embrace Your Weaknesses to Eliminate Them

Students tend to avoid working on GMAT quant question types that are problematic for them. However, these problematic question types represent powerful opportunities for improvement.

One way to increase your quant score is to figure out what types of questions you do not want to see come test day and work on those types until you hope to see them. Can you imagine what working on those question types will do for your score? Become a total expert at answering the types of quant questions you currently dread, and watch your score increase.

By focusing on getting stronger in your less strong areas, you can accomplish multiple things. One of them is getting more right answers to the types of questions on which you have been focusing. Another is freeing up more time to answer other questions, such as those that require more calculations. In other words, getting better at one type of question can give you more time to get right answers to other types. Since each right answer can drive your score up a point or two, getting better at one type has the potential to drive up your quant section score by two or three points, even if you see only one question of that type on the test.

Let’s now discuss a specific skill necessary for answering many types of GMAT quant questions: algebraic translation.

Algebraic Translation: An Essential Skill for GMAT Quant

Clearly, in order to score high on GMAT quant, you have to master many topics. At the same time, there is one topic that is involved in answering questions in many categories: algebraic translation, which is the skill of taking the written words in a GMAT quant problem and translating those words into math.

Often people who are struggling to score higher on GMAT quant experience issues when answering questions of multiple types, such as work questions and interest rate questions, and they don’t see that there is a common theme to the questions and that perhaps the issue is weak algebraic translations skills. To be clear, I am not saying that you shouldn’t work hard to master the fine nuances of work and interest rate questions, for example. What I am saying is that sometimes a core weakness lies in a student’s ability to translate words into math and then effectively and accurately deal with that math.

So, by mastering algebraic translation, you can improve your performance in many areas of GMAT quant. Too often people neglect this skill. Don’t make that mistake. Do whatever you must to master turning words into mathematical expressions and then effectively and accurately dealing with those expressions.

Let’s now explore three levels of GMAT quant problem-solving proficiency that most students pass through.

Three Levels of GMAT Quant Problem-Solving Proficiency

When you are doing practice questions, there are three levels of proficiency you could be seeing for each category.

At Level 1, you understand the logic of GMAT quant questions in a category and know basically how to answer them, but you may not get them right, or you at least don’t get them right consistently. This level of proficiency is a good start.

At Level 2, you consistently get questions in a quant category correct, but you are not fast, taking, on average, well over two minutes per question. This level of proficiency is even better. Getting right answers is key. If you can get right answers consistently, you are well on your way to hitting your GMAT score goal.

At Level 3, you get questions in a category correct consistently, taking around two minutes per question (or sometimes less). When you are at this level of proficiency for a category of GMAT quant question, you are ready to see questions of that type on the test. Now it’s time to work on another question category.

To develop the third level of proficiency, you must allow yourself ample time for deliberate practice. When you first begin practicing, if you try to rush through questions, you’ll find it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to progress to Level 3. When you are practicing, do the questions untimed. Yes, you can be aware of how much time you are taking, but don’t focus on the time. Generally, you need to focus on finding the correct response to each question by mastering the material and learning to use higher-level thinking, rather than on answering questions in two minutes (or any other preset time constraint).

Remember, the best way to gain speed is to know the material very well and develop strong skills. As your knowledge of the material becomes more extensive and your skills get stronger, you can begin holding yourself to more stringent time constraints. For example, perhaps in the first month of your GMAT prep, you don’t worry about the time at all. In the second month, maybe your goal is to answer each quant question in under three minutes. Then in month three, under 2:45. Then in month four, as far under 2:00 as possible.

Here is a useful article on How to Get Faster at Solving GMAT Quant Questions.

Next, let’s discuss the importance of learning to be OK with being uncomfortable.

You Must Become Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

When the going gets tough, many people simply give up because, like most of us, they don’t like feeling uncomfortable. But, to earn a high GMAT quant score, you must come to terms with, and even embrace, the feeling of being uncomfortable; you must learn to embrace hardship as a tool for growth.

Over the years, I have noticed that the students who went on to earn the highest GMAT quant scores were the ones who were willing to not give up on problems during practice. Conversely, the students who gave into their discomfort and gave up on questions after 60 seconds or 1:30, or some other brief time frame, were the ones who, all else equal, saw the least improvement in their GMAT quant scores. You must learn to push through GMAT quant questions even when your brain begins to hurt and you feel frustrated and you’re tired and you’d rather be doing anything other than studying for the GMAT. Perseverance is key.

Learning perseverance is another reason to work on practice questions untimed until your skills improve. There is a psychological component to getting the right answer to a GMAT quant question. You may look at a question and not know how to answer it at first. You may start wondering whether you have what it takes to get the answer. Generally, if you keep at it and go through the fire – the questioning yourself, the feelings of fear, anger, boredom, or whatever else – you will arrive at the answer, but when you are practicing, that process may take more than two or three minutes. So guess what? If you give yourself only two or three minutes, you let yourself off the hook. You don’t learn to go through the fire and come out the other side with the answer. You just go to the explanation and get the answer, but you have not learned one of the most important things, which is how to persist and hack and do whatever you have to do to get the answers to questions that you find challenging.

So, when you are practicing, focus on getting right answers. Of course, it’s better to know how to answer a question elegantly and efficiently. However, even if you don’t know exactly how to solve a question, I want you to hack, calculate, cogitate, and do whatever else you have to do to get a correct answer. Don’t give up unless you are really, truly stuck; stick with the problem. Research suggests that when you think you have done all that you can, you have done about forty percent of what you’re capable of. And even if you don’t get the question right, you will be teaching yourself how to be resilient and how to push on in the face of adversity.

Another thing to keep in mind is that when it comes to GMAT questions, often “the bigger the bark, the smaller the bite.” In other words, quite often, the nastier a GMAT quant problem may look upon first glance, the easier it is to correctly answer. So, do your best not to become intimidated when first reading a question.

Let’s discuss the importance of working carefully to avoid careless mistakes.

You Must Work Carefully and Avoid Careless Mistakes

Careless errors will destroy your score. You must avoid them at all costs. Careless errors have multiple effects. The obvious effect of careless errors is that they can lead to your choosing wrong answers. At the same time, there is an even more insidious effect of careless or silly errors. They suck up time. For example, you may catch a careless error because the answer you come up with does not show up in the answer choices, but even so, you will then have to recalculate or re-answer the question, and re-answering takes time that you could be using to get right answers to other questions. In some cases, you may not even have the time to fix a careless error, and thus you will be forced to guess and move on to the next question. Learning to be more accurate in your work can easily add five points or more to your GMAT quant section score.

One way to avoid careless mistakes is to work slowly and carefully. The more you rush, the more likely you are to make a careless mistake. Of course, you have to work relatively quickly in order to complete the section in the allotted time, but there is a difference between working efficiently and rushing through calculations.

Another approach that you can use to reduce careless errors is to become aware of the types of errors that you make. Do you tend to make errors when adding? Do you forget to answer the question being asked? Do you get so excited when you have gotten through the difficult part of answering a question that you blow the final calculations? Learn what it is that you do that results in your making score-destroying little errors and learn to catch yourself before you do it.

Finally, consider that what seem to be careless errors may in fact be signs that you don’t fully understand how to answer certain types of questions. It’s easy to look at an explanation and think, for instance, “Oh, of course. I should have multiplied rather than divided.” However, at such times, asking yourself why you made the wrong move may reveal that you have some real work to do in order to truly understand what the right moves are in such situations. If you discover such gaps in your understanding, more topic-based training is probably in order.

There is a myriad of additional techniques for improving your accuracy on GMAT Quant that you might find useful.

To score well on GMAT quant, you must understand how the GMAT is scored. Let’s discuss this scoring.

Have An Understanding of How the GMAT is Scored

As you probably know, the GMAT is an adaptive test. Although no one other than the GMAC knows exactly how the GMAT scoring algorithm works, we do know that, in general, as you get questions correct your score rises and you are presented with harder questions. Likewise, as you get questions incorrect, your score decreases and you get easier questions. This model is probably overly simple, but it will work for our purposes.

Thus, long strings of right answers drive your score up, because the more right answers you get in a row, the more hard questions you get, and the harder the question, the more it is worth.

While taking the test, some students operate in such as way that they maximize their chances of earning a lower than expected score.

For example, experiments we have done using the GMAT Prep software from www.mba.com indicate that if you were to get the first 25 questions in the quant section right and miss the last six, you would score 49 or 50 on the section. If you were instead to miss six questions distributed throughout the quant section, your score could be much lower. Why? Because in getting the first 25 questions right, you would get many hard questions right, whereas if you were to get right answers in shorter strings, you would not drive the level of difficulty as high. Now, to be clear, it’s difficult for anyone to correctly answer 25 GMAT quant questions in a row on the test (and definitely don’t overinvest time trying to do so). But the principle still stands: your goal is to get as many questions correct in a row as possible.

In addition, your goal is to not get easy questions wrong, since incorrect answers to easy questions, wherever those questions may fall in the test, will drive your score lower.

This understanding of how the test is scored will help you avoid a number of key mistakes that students often make on the quant section. For example, some students think that guessing just to catch up with the clock is a good strategy. In other words, they think that if they are behind on time, their best move is to randomly guess on a few questions so that they can catch up on time. However, this is actually a poor idea, since guessing randomly will very likely break up your strings of correct answers.

There are much stronger GMAT quant timing strategies that you can deploy to help maximize your score.

Next, let’s examine the importance of not jumping between different study materials when preparing for GMAT quant.

Use One Resource to Prep for GMAT Quant

One mistake that I see students make frequently is using multiple GMAT quant prep resources. Although the content tested on the GMAT is remarkably predictable, there is variability in the way GMAT quant courses teach this material, and there is variability in the material that these courses cover. You don’t want the added confusion of attempting to blend multiple approaches to learning GMAT quant. Instead, you want to find a resource that provides a one-stop shop for mastering GMAT quant; you want to find a course that works for you. If you are switching between courses, you have to ask yourself why. Are the materials you have not effective for your learning style? Are the explanations not clear enough? Is the plan of study not well organized? Are you missing smart analytics that can help you more efficiently home in on your weak points?

If the materials you are using are not working for you, change them! You don’t have to suffer with materials that are not helping you make a positive impact on your score. Find ones that will! Almost all online self-study courses offer some sort of a free or lost-cost trial. Try out something new. Just be sure not to constantly bounce haphazardly from course to course.

Now, let’s discuss the importance of ensuring that you’re getting faster at solving GMAT quant questions.

You Must Time Yourself on GMAT Quant Questions

As we’ve discussed, when you first begin working on GMAT quant, you must go slowly and work progressively; you must get strong in order to get fast. However, as you progress, you must be sure that you begin to more carefully watch the time that it takes you to solve GMAT quant questions.

One mistake that students make is that they never time themselves. The problem with not timing yourself is that you don’t know whether you can solve a problem in a reasonable time – typically about two minutes, on average. Remember, on a test like the GMAT, getting questions correct is a great start, but that will not produce a higher score unless you can also get those questions correct quickly enough.

So, as you progress, be sure to hold yourself to increasingly stringent time settings. By test day, you’ll want to be at, or close to, an average time of two minutes per question. Remember, it does you little good to be able to answer questions in four minutes.

With that in mind, let’s discuss the importance of having a realistic time frame when trying to increase your GMAT quant score.

Set a Reasonable Time Frame for Improving Your GMAT Quant Score

Learning takes time, and if you are not realistic about how long it may take you to improve your GMAT quant score, when your study time comes to a close, you’ll probably find yourself frustrated and far from your goal. The GMAT is a tough test, and the further removed you are from math and analytical reasoning, the more time it will take you to master the material and earn a competitive score.

If I could give you just one tip, it would be to not give up even if the process takes longer than you expected. After all, most students have not studied for the GMAT before, and if you’re like most students, it’s hard for you to gauge how much time and effort will be required of you. It’s easy to underestimate the time commitment required to master GMAT quant. Work hard. Persevere. Don’t give up. Be dedicated. Be tough. Be willing to outwork your peers. See the process through and don’t expect big gains overnight. The process of improving your GMAT quant score may take some time, more time than you were hoping, even. Keep going. You can make it happen!

Here is a great article for gaining a better understanding of how long you may need to study to earn a solid GMAT score.

So, if improving your score may take longer than expected, how do you know when your test date should be? Let’s look at a couple of options for scheduling your GMAT.

To help you maximize your GMAT quant score, you can consider using a “readiness-based” test date instead of a “time-based” test date. A time-based test date is one you set in advance. For example, on May 5, you schedule the GMAT for July 1. The issue with this type of scheduling is that you may not be ready to take the GMAT on July 1. Then what?

Instead, you could use a readiness-based strategy. With such a strategy, you’d wait until you were ready to take the GMAT and earn your target score before scheduling your test date. With that said, be sure that you are putting yourself in a position for success. For instance, if your business school applications are due in September, rather than waiting till June or July to begin studying, begin your prep in December or February. That way you will have ample time to prepare.

How can you tell whether you’re ready to earn your target score? You can use practice tests from www.mba.com. As you approach the end of your GMAT quant preparation, you can begin taking weekly full-length GMAT practice tests. Once these practice tests show that you’re at or above your target GMAT score, you can comfortably schedule your test, feeling confident that you have already demonstrated the ability to reach your goal.