- Friday, October 06, 2017
The Graduate Management Admission Test, or GMAT, is required for students who want to go to business school. Of a maximum score of 800, anything above 730 gives you the chance to be accepted to the best B-schools, while 650-700 will get you into a Tier-II school. It is pretty much a given that you have to ace the exam to get into the crème de la crème of schools. Since a GMAT score is valid for five years, many students sit for the exam a year or so in advance. This tactic offers plenty of time to study and the added advantage of having the time to repeat the test if you are unhappy with the score.
However, despite what you will hear, even preparing seriously just for three months can help you get an excellent score. Here are some tips to help you ace GMAT.
1.) Figure out where you stand. Take a full-length practice (mock) test to understand what your Verbal, Quant and Integrated Reasoning scores are. The mock test will help you identify your work-on areas and also capitalise on your strengths. It is also beneficial to understand the structure of the exam, its sections and the duration, as well as the scoring pattern.
2.) Set a schedule. Whether you have two years or three months, sporadic studying will not help. You need to set a schedule and stick to it. If you do not have the discipline or the time to do it, then the best option is to join prep classes.
3.) Focus on your target score. You know the school you want to get into, so aim for a little higher than the score it accepts.
4.) Don’t lose sight of the whole. It seems obvious to focus on problem areas because that is the most logical thing to do. However, just because your quant skills are excellent, don’t ignore practising quant entirely. Spend more time on your development areas, but keep in mind that all sections are necessary, and devote a certain amount of time to each.
5.) Test yourself regularly. We cannot stress this enough. Take full-length exams frequently, and do so in an environment that is as close to the real thing as possible. Put aside the three hours needed, away from all distractions, and do it in one go.
Finally, be positive. Avoid last minute studying because your mind will not retain anything when you are anxious, and you will only feel stressed. Relax a day before the exam, and take it with a calm, confident frame of mind.
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