By Kh. M. Haris Naveed
If you are finding a way to do GMAT preparation, then you have come to the right place. Today we are going to explain how to prepare yourself for the GMAT test and how to attain high marks. Since many universities accept GMAT test scores, that is why it is necessary to get as high marks as possible.
First of all, we need to understand what the GMAT test is.
GMAT stands for the Graduate Management Admission Test. This is an admission test created by the Graduate Management Admission Council. Many wells know universities accept GMAT test scores for admission of students. Some of these universities are:
- Harvard University.
- Stanford University.
- The University of Chicago.
GMAT is a CAT (Computer Adaptive Test). This test is taken by the students who want to attain an MBA or other business degrees. The GMAT test consists of four main parts. These parts are:
- Analytical Writing.
- Integrated reasoning.
- Verbal skills.
8 Tips for Gmat Test Preparation
Now we will explain how to prepare for GMAT tests.
1. Regularity Over Intensity
GMAT is not a very easy test; it requires a great deal of focus and dedication. Although intensity is very beneficial, regularity in daily practice is of more importance. A good comparison of GMAT can be a marathon.
Daily going through work is more important than cramming at once. You must learn all the tips and tricks as well as be confident in using them. The quantitative section requires such on the spot thinking.
To improve your calculations, it is better to do a calculation with pen and paper rather than using a calculator. The ability to calculate quickly can also be improved if you go to a convenience store and rather then doing calculations on your mobile, try doing it in your mind.
These tricks will keep your mind sharp and also improve your calculation speed.
2. Exam Preparation Time
Preparing for the GMAT test can be very long, except if you are familiar with the content that can appear in the test. In that case, the best time for preparation is 8 weeks, according to a few of the test takers.
If we look at this with common sense, then it is very obvious that every exam requires a good amount of time to prepare and as it gets more difficult, then more amount of time and effort is required.
The GMAT test is held several times a year, so it is wise to take your time for its preparation. Due to the fact that you have only 8 attempts for your lifetime so make sure to make each one count.
Taking a GMAT test is not a walk in the park. That is why you must be aware of your current standing and are able to determine if you are ready to take the test. Only you can determine when to take the GMAT test.
3. One Section at a Time
Since the GMAT test consists of 4 major sections, that are the reason why it is important to focus on only one section at a time. This is because each section requires a great amount of dedication and focus.
To manage your time during the test, it is necessary to keep practicing each of the sections. If you take far more time than you thought to solve a problem, then don’t and keep that particular question in mind.
If you manage to overcome the time management hurdle, then the GMAT test will become easier.
4. Improve Laminated Drawing Board Skill
This is not a very important one but manage your time during the test you must have good writing skills on a laminated drawing board.
This skill is good because there are many examination centers that only provide laminated drawing boards for calculation and sketches. This can be a source of discomfort for the people that are not accustomed to it.
To avoid discomfort and manage the time, it is necessary to practice on a laminated drawing board as much for the GMAT tests.
5. Do Not Depend on Gmat Prep Test Results
GMAT prep test from their GMAT official site has been confirmed by many to be a good source of GMAT preparation. This can be a good way to prepare for the actual GMAT test.
Many sources have cited these prep tests, so these tests are good but never depend on their results. These are only to give you an idea about the actual test. So it is good to practice on them but never depend on the result you achieved in these results. Don’t think that you are ready just because you acquired your desired result in these tests.
6. Repeat Prep Tests
As we have discussed above, GMAT Prep tests are a good way to practice for the actual test. These tests give you a basic understanding of how the actual test will take place.
It is important to keep practicing these tests so that you can achieve high marks in the actual one. The more effort you will put in, the more you will get the result. This can greatly improve your reasoning skills as well as calculation speed.
7. Improve Educated Guessing Skill
If you are having difficulties with a particular question, then it is easier and faster to use educated guesses. You can think of it as a multiple-choice problem, but in this case, we are giving the choices.
When we are making multiple choices, we sometimes don’t know the answer so we pick the most suitable one for the question. In educated guessing, we make up a few answers and then pick the most suitable one by eliminating the others.
By improving this skill, you can easily solve a particular problem in a short amount of time.
8. Practice Your Weak Point
For the GMAT test preparation, it is better to focus on the section that you are weakest on.
There are many things that a person is good or bad at. Some are good at Analytical writing and bad in the quantitative part. It is important to practice on both of the parts but mainly focus on the ones that you are bad at.
There is saying that goes like:
A Chain is as strong as its weakest link.
So the stronger your grasp on practicing your weakest section, the more grasp you have on your GMAT test.
Hopefully, This has given you a good idea for GMAT test preparation and the difficulties you may face while practicing. May these tips help you practice for the test and acquire high marks in the GMAT test.