An applicant’s score on GMAT, the Graduate Management Admissions Test, is a critical factor in the admissions process for the world’s most desired business schools.
The test is standardized-meaning the test format and question pattern are predefined. With an organized and efficient approach, a candidate should be able to prepare for GMAT in 3-4 months.
Here are the main steps to take, for an organized GMAT approach.
1. Taking A Diagnostic Test
Taking a full-length test at the beginning of your preparation will help you in two ways-
- It will familiarize you with the test format, question types, and scope of the syllabus,
- It will tell you what your initial level of readiness is. Here is a free GMAT practice test that you can take. Apart from the two benefits, mentioned above, this test will also help you by identifying your five weakest areas in both the verbal and quant sections.
2. Understand The Concepts
One of the most common GMAT preparation mistakes is starting the preparation with the official guide. While the official guide is one of the best GMAT preparation resources, it is primarily focused on practice. The first few (4-6) weeks of your preparations, however, need to be focused on understanding the GMAT concepts. You will need to refer to conceptual study material in order to master these concepts.
3. Do Plenty Of Practice Problems
After you have fully understood the GMAT concepts, you need to do a lot of practice problems. When you first start on the problems, focus on accuracy. Only once you start getting more than 75% of the questions correct should you time yourself. You will have to do several hundred questions to achieve a balance between speed and accuracy, so have patience.
4. Take A Full Length Test Every Week
During the length of your preparation, you should take one full-length a week. By doing so you will be able to keep in touch with all of the sections/concepts of the GMAT. They will also help you develop the stamina that you need to give the 3.5-hour long GMAT and organically develop test taking and time management skills.
5. Understand And Learn From Your Mistakes
Mistakes in your practice questions are great learning opportunities. The scope of the GMAT is defined; if you analyze your mistakes, learn from them, and understand how to avoid them your score will improve. Students approach the full-length tests and exercises with the wrong mindset. Rather than just trying to “score”, try to “learn”, and the high scores will follow.
Bonus: Exam Taking Tips
Ensure that you complete the test, even if you have to mark some answers at random. An incomplete test carries a greater penalty than a few wrong questions. Be very careful in solving the first few questions, due to the adaptive nature of the test, they carry more weight. That having been said, do not spend too long on any question. Remember that you can get the 99th percentile, even with about 20% of the questions incorrect. Do not get caught up in analyzing your performance, as you give the test, only focus on the question on the screen.
The above article has been inspired by the thoughts of Mr. Mayank Srivastava. He is the Founder of Experts’ Global, one of the world’s leading EdTech firms in the field of GMAT prep and MBA admission consulting.
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