One of the most popular exams, the Graduation Management Aptitude Test or the GMAT is held round the year. It is a gateway to the top business schools, and not just that, clearing the exam enables you to attain a stronger salary package. So, its time you all gear up for your next GMAT Exam. Roll up your sleeves and give your best shot, as we give out our top 10 GMAT Preparation Tips.
One of the most effective tools to making the most out of your time spent studying is simply organizing it. Follow these simple strategies throughout your practice time and you are good to go!
Choose consistency over intensity
With consistency, we suggest you to have shorter, daily training sessions rather than rigorous and draining practice periods. We know it is nearly impossible to mug up all the GMAT concepts and tricks, but let it not affect your confidence. The best you can do here is to be quick in the quant section. Practice so much before the actual exam, that solving the quant questions take no time.
Prepare a learning diary
This is the best and the easiest way to organize your GMAT Practice sessions. The GMAT Syllabus and concepts and never-ending. Hence, save your time by creating a learning diary. Use it for writing questions that look long to answer, and then analyze the correct answer and concept behind them. Let is somewhere be a list of your weak points. This simple method will make your list shorter with time, making you an expert like no other!
Set an exponential GMAT Prep timetable
It goes without saying that you need to leave enough time and plan effectively during GMAT preparation. Furthermore, I recommend that you take an exponential approach in prep time planning; the closer you get to your test date, the more time you should plan for GMAT preparation. So – if possible – it might be wise to choose a test date that occurs towards the end of a period of holiday, so you have a week or more to focus only on the GMAT before the test.
Start using a laminated drawing board
It is always advisable to start using a laminated drawing board in your practice sessions. This is so because the GMAT Exam Centres often offer these laminated boards for calculations and sketches to the appearing candidates. Let this not be one reason for a bad GMAT Score. Hence, practice as much as you can, to avoid any surprises in the actual GMAT exam.
Attempt previous years’ GMAT Papers
This stands true for any exam you appear for. Attempting the GMAT Previous years’ question and other sample papers is always a good idea. This helps you gain insight about what might come in the actual GMAT Exam. You can get access to these from multiple sources- books, internet, coaching centres etc.
Get familiarized by the GMAT Exam Structure
This simple trick can save you a lot of time and energy. Get to learn about the structure, types of questions and the different sections. Familiarize yourself with each of them, along with the length and order of the GMAT Test. Do keep a check about how much time you take for each section and how many breaks you take in between. This will help you plan your speed during the GMAT Exam Date.
Practice Educated guessing
With ‘educated guessing’, we mean to coming up with the correct answer, while eliminating the wrong one through your guessing skills. This is a helpful strategy especially in the Verbal Section. Once you have the answer choices in your head, rank them in order of suitability, excluding the wrong ones. Save your time by eliminating the most unlikeable answers. Of course, a proper evaluation is better, but sometimes time constraints render this something of a luxury.
Learn what to expect from the new Integrated Reasoning section.
Perhaps the most vital tip for the section is to be familiar with the item formats; there are four different item formats, and you should be comfortable with all of them. Most of the 12 questions require more than one response, and you will have to average about one minute per response.
Know your weaknesses
We all know where we lack. Hence, focus on your weak points, but in a measured way. Time which section is eating your time. A good method can be to set a certain base level of prep questions in each category to do on each day. In the category in which you need to sure up your knowledge, additional questions and time should be planned on top. Therefore, you can improve on weaknesses without risking losing focus on other areas.
Set time milestones
The most common phenomenon is running out of time by the time you reach the end of your GMAT Exam. Often, we do not realize it and forget to even give it a thought. While attempting the questions, you tend to forget the time constraint. One simple solution to avoid this situation is to set and stick to certain milestones. Set time goals for each question, say 15 minutes per question. Practice so much that you are able to finish all the sections smoothly, also saving revision time in the end. This strategy lets you know very early that how quickly you must attempt the remaining questions.
We hope these simple tricks helped you plan and organize your GMAT Practice sessions better. We often forget some basic things and push ourselves for harder goals. Hence, it is essential to master these basic things during your practice sessions first, so that you do not waste your time in the exam. We wish you good luck!