GMAT - Tips to nail your Dream score
To ace the GMAT, one of the most coveted examinations, you should, not only know the concepts and the application of those concepts well, but should also know how to structure your preparation. But, before we discuss the preparation tips for you to ace the GMAT, let’s brush up on what GMAT is.
GMAT or the Graduate Management Admission Test is a standardized test conducted by GMAC for admission in graduate programs such as an MBA. GMAT envisions assessing the knowledge and thinking capacity of the candidate in areas that are prerequisites and vital for management and entrepreneurial success. While, each year, more than 200000 candidates take the test, what distinguishes the top scorers from the rest lies in their strategy and preparation.
What importance does GMAT hold?
Not just confined to MBA admission, the GMAT is your initial yet most vital step toward a successful career. Accepted by over 7,000 business and management schools across the globe, the GMAT exam examines and demonstrates your logical, analytical, and management acuity.
GMAT scores not only serve as a benchmark by Business-Schools across the globe to determine admission decisions, but it is the most preferred and trustworthy measure of academic performance in MBA and other graduate studies.
The GMAT structure?
GMAT Exam syllabus is divided into four sections:
Analytical Writing Assessment—measures your ability to think critically and effectively communicate your ideas
Integrated Reasoning—measures your ability to analyze data and evaluate information presented in diverse formats
Quantitative Reasoning—measures your ability to analyze data and draw conclusions using reasoning skills
Verbal Reasoning—measures your ability to read and understand written material, to evaluate arguments and to correct written material to conform to standard written English
In total, the test takes just under 3.5 hours to complete; this is inclusive of the two optional breaks.
Top 8 study tips to nail the GMAT exam
The first 7 are preparation tips while the last one is a tip to remember during the test
- Forget the word ‘Procrastination’
While we all have days of fatigue and exertion, it is of utmost importance to not push everything to ‘tomorrow.’ Experts have attributed ‘discipline’ as a key factor in performing better than the masses.
Getting started is always difficult and requires extra effort, but with will & determination, nothing can keep you away from your goal!
- Know & work on your ability
The first & foremost thing you should do is measure your ability or competence level. Measuring your starting GMAT ability is essential to understand how much preparation time you will need.
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- Chalk out an achievable preparation plan
Once you know your current GMAT ability, it’s time to figure out how much time will it take you to reach your target GMAT score. This will help you to craft a fool-proof study plan and accordingly choose a suitable GMAT date.
- Practice like there’s no tomorrow
Practice taking the adaptive tests often. With a lot of official practice material available, make it a ritual to practice real or similar GMAT questions. Be it mock tests practice questions, reviewing your performance is pivotal in filling up the gap of knowledge. Practicing will also get you in the habit of focusing on time.
- Make achieving your weakest point your strongest goal
Practice gives you a glimpse of your strengths and weaknesses. When you have practiced enough, you will understand your strengths – concentrate on what is keeping you behind. After every practice session, give yourself an aim: every trial test will be better than the previous one. Ask yourself – what is it that you need to work on? Choose the materials that target the weakest points in your skills and target them during preparation.
- Manage your time
Always set a timer while practicing because controlling time is as important as answering correctly. Try to answer 20 questions in 50 minutes, then 20 questions in 45 minutes and keep decreasing the time until you can answer in the minimum possible time.
For instance, while practicing math, make sure you know how to calculate fast mentally – this is one area people hardly pay attention to and it eats up a lot of time. Learn and master mental math as the GMAT uses a set of simple numbers. When it doesn’t, you can usually approximate.
- Practice Reading
Dedicate a couple of hours every day to reading. Reading English business newspapers and magazines will not only improve and enhance your sentence structuring and vocabulary usage, but will greatly increase your attention towards texts. Experts strongly advise to not skim through the exercises. The texts in full have all the necessary information to answer the tasks hence you might miss out on something if you skip it.
- The first ten & the last ten
The greatest fluctuations in your score depend on the first few questions because that’s where the computer will adapt to your pace. These are the make or break ones and you must dedicate yourself sincerely to these questions. However, prioritize your time correctly, and do not leave any questions unanswered – it is not advisable to lose points.
It is noteworthy that the last ten questions are as important as the first ten. Not only would you require giving a correct answer, but also giving it within the allocated time frame. This race against time will be extremely crucial to your GMAT score. Not finishing the test on time or getting a slew of wrong answers at the end will spoil the good work that you may have done earlier.