GMAT Study Plan : From Prep to Performance

Around 250,000 GMAT exams are taken every year by management aspirants from all over the world. A large number of them are taking the test for the first time; hence it’s only natural that there’s a great deal of mystery surrounding it.

The unknown breeds fear, which is why we attempt to uncover the cloak of mystery around your GMAT. Here we will take you through the preparation stage to performing on the big day so that you can secure your admission in top management colleges.

GMAT Study Plan is the road to success

  • Planning early- Creators of the exam believe that you will need to put in at least 100 hours of work for preparation. It’s a good idea to have those spread out over a period of three months.
  • Strengths and Limitations – Since GMAT is a time-based exam, your efficiency is vital. By building on your strengths, you will be able to find the right answers quickly and give more time for the rest of the questions. Plan for your weaknesses; if you are likely to get the questions wrong in a section, don’t waste time mastering it. Guess the answers on exam day.
  • Don’t only focus on hard questions – Mistake commonly made by GMAT takers is that they only emphasize on hard questions and trip over mildly challenging ones, which can be quite diabolical.
  • Study in English, practice on a computer – Even if you are a non-native English speaker and it might seem difficult at the onset, prepare yourself in English. It’s advisable to practice in stimulating real test conditions to be ready for the big day.
  • Right resource material – from GMAT For Dummies, to books and practice tests, make sure you have access to best resources to study smart.

Test day performance is all that counts

  • Time Management – You might be able to answer all the questions correctly, but can you answer them in allotted time is the question. Make sure you keep tabs on time on test day.
  • The number game – You don’t need 90% to get a 90% score. Yes, you heard that right; around 80% on quantitative and verbal sections each can get you to 90 percentile score.
  • Nothing “almost right” about it – For the verbal section, the answers are either correct or incorrect. Don’t get into that sounds “close to right” thinking and waste time.
  • Experimental questions – It’s a given that there are about 8-10 experimental questions in every section. Sometimes guesswork on questions that stump you is the way to save time.

The thought of GMAT might seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.

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