How to Score well in GMAT with 1 month preparation

    Sayantani Barman Sayantani Barman
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    Everyone aims to excel in life and besides a prestigious degree, a post-graduate degree from a top business school opens the door to a plethora of opportunities. For this, a high GMAT score will help you attain admission in a top Business school. Every GMAT test taker aspires to score 700 or more and can be achieved by mastering the concepts and also by learning the efficient application of those concepts. GMAT is an exam based on logic, critical reasoning, and time management and one needs to have a methodical approach to score 700+ on the GMAT. Unlike CAT, the GMAT test takers have the flexibility and can take the exam around the year and the score is valid for five years.

    With a scarcity of time, efficient planning and execution become critical to success. The first thing that comes to your mind, is it possible to ace GMAT in a single month? The answer is, well! If you are hard-pressed for the time you can do it with discipline and strategy. So here we are to help you to prioritize content strategy and pacing as you aim to conquer the GMAT in one month.

    1. Acquaint yourself with the Format of the Exam

    Familiarizing yourself with the structure of the exam and taking the diagnostic test is of utmost importance since it is an extremely challenging standardized test with unique and tricky questions in four sections of the test (verbal, quantitative, integrative reasoning, and analytical writing assessment) it is better to have a clear understanding so that you are not caught unawares and are comfortable when you encounter each section on the test day. Moreover, the diagnostic test will help you to identify your strengths and weaknesses so you can work on it accordingly. We may find some topics that are easier for us and others that are more challenging. The sooner we identify our strengths and weaknesses objectively, the faster we can begin to modify our one-month study plan for the GMAT preparation.

    1. Create a Study Schedule

    With 50 Hours of study in one month, it is recommended to start with the section that is your strength as it will set a good momentum for your preparation and will not take much of your time since you are already better at it.

    Now coming to the section in which you are relatively weaker, that section will require more time to ensure that you understand the concepts well and the process to solve GMAT like questions of this section and spend time focusing on the areas that are really giving you trouble.

    1. Practice and Review

    Taking practice tests and reviewing your mistakes is a great way to build your endurance for test day and aiming for a high score especially if you doing GMAT preparation in one month only. Strategic analysis rule is to 40/60 in which 40% of your time should be spent answering your questions and 60% time should be devoted to analyzing your strategies, reviewing the incorrect answers and understanding it, reading Sentence correction grammar etc a modest way to improve your score with one month of preparation.

    1. Quantitative Focus – 10 Days

    One has to be very thorough with your concepts and have conceptual clarity as it consists of 31 questions which have to be completed in 62 minutes so spend at least 2 hours each every day on topics like Algebra, Geometry, Word Problems and Number Properties and work through the explanation, drills and practice for each section. Work on sectional tests with an equal mix of difficulty level questions. Create and maintain an error log that will help you track and identify why a particular question was answered incorrectly and also help you to take remedial measures. Keep in mind that on an average you have 2 minutes to answer 1 quant question.

    GMAT Quant section measures your ability to reason mathematically, interpret graphic data and solve quantitative problems divided into 2 sections:

    • Algebra & Geometry
    • Arithmetic

    Both the sections consist of 2 Question Types – Problem Solving which measures your ability to use logic and analytical reasoning to solve quantitative problems and Data Sufficiency type questions measure your ability to analyze a quantitative problem, recognize which data is relevant and solve it.

    1. Concentrate on Verbal Focus – 10 days

    Verbal is a refuge for people who are not strong in Quant. Spend at least 2 hours each on topics like Sentence corrections, Critical reasoning in the verbal section becomes it is all the more important if you want to score above 760+ on the GMAT which is a 97 percentile score. Another important topic is the Reading Comprehension which should not be overlooked and the tip to excel is to understand the meaning, examples used in the text and understanding the sentence structure and when you apply this approach of understanding the overall meaning of the passage building your GMAT verbal ability will become easier. Build your grammar fluency with flashcards which will help you in the sentence correction section.

    The only thing you have to keep in mind is that GMAT verbal tests your ability to think logically. Therefore, focus on understanding the meaning of a sentence in a timed manner.

    1. Integrated Reasoning -5 days

    This section one can say is a recent entrant in the GMAT exam with an aim to test high order reasoning skills where one has the ability to analyze data presented in different formats such as tables, charts, and graphs that are important for success both in business school and in real-life business situations. Solving the questions requires a combination of both quantitative and verbal skills hence having got its name Integrated reasoning. This section has around 12 questions with a combination of question type related to :

    • Multi-Source Reasoning
    • Table Analysis
    • Graphics Interpretation
    • Two-Part Analysis

    So one should be prepared for questions of different difficulty levels in a random manner.

    • Be fully engaged with the accompanying textual information and try to analyze and understand the big picture the information is trying to paint
    • Make an attempt to identify possible trends and relationships between the data given in the question, such as spikes, inverse or direct relationships, etc.
    • Go through the required answer choices before proceeding with calculating the answer as they will give you an idea of what calculation needs to be performed and the accuracy required. For e.g. calculating absolute increase vs. percentage increase etc.
    • Carefully study the numbers and don’t confuse the numbers with rates or percentages.
    • Familiarize yourself with the different ways in which data can be presented graphically such as pie-charts, graphs and other types of graphical interpretations.
    • Read the question carefully and pay special attention to the units and any conversions while solving any particular question.
    • Practice hard all mock tests as this is a skill that has to be developed which will help you to quickly identify what information is necessary to answer the question because not all data given with the question is useful. This can only be achieved with practice.
    1. GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment- 2 days

    This section has been introduced to judge the aspirant’s aptitude towards how well they can convey their thoughts in written form as this is one of the important skill which will be required in the business world for communicating on a daily basis. But since the scores of AWA and IR are not counted towards the overall GMAT score one can devote 10% of your time to this section.

    However, some tips regarding the structure of the essay can bear fruit to your hard work.

    • Introduction: The Introduction has to be impressive restating the argument and highlighting the flaws. Now, state your views which you’ll discuss in the next paragraphs.
    • Critically put up arguments and hold your view with an example.
    • The next paragraph can pose a few questions for the argument.
    • Conclusion: State that the argument is flawed because of the above reasons and which reasons could have strengthened the argument.
    1. GMAT Format

    Minor changes have been brought about in the GMAT format which will have a positive impact on the aspirants and definitely a welcome change as the candidates have to spend less time at the examination hall. The Test is shorter by half an hour so now it is reduced from 4 hours to 3.5 hours. The time per question however approximately remains the same for quant you will get 1.62 seconds less and for Verbal around 1.42 seconds less per question except for the fact that the aspirants will get 10 fewer questions to solve. An added advantage is that you can now access and review the tutorial prior to the GMAT exam per your convenience as this is now available online. These ways the aspirants can familiarize themselves with the rules and instructions before the test day and are aware of what to expect at the center.



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