We are all aware of the famous story of Moses, who recorded the Ten commandments given by God at Mount Sinai. The ten commandments essentially showed the people of this world, how to live ethically and by principles. Well, here is an attempt to jot down the Ten Commandments that one should follow while preparing for the GMAT.
Commandment 1: Thou shalt know your question types.
There are 3 types of Questions you will encounter in the GMAT Verbal section; Reading Comprehension, Sentence Correction and Critical Reasoning. Part of the strategy on the GMAT is to be familiar with the types of Questions you will be asked and the inherent challenges you are likely to face. Remember that the last thing to happen to you on the test is to see a question type that you didn’t know to handle.
Commandment 2: Thou shalt use only official material to prepare.
There are multiple sources for the GMAT Verbal Questions on the web. However, it is to be understood that the standard and quality of these questions can vary from one source to the other. Instead of frittering away your valuable time and energy working on Questions that are poorly written, it is best to blindly rely on the official GMAT material that are released by the test makers themselves. Solving just the Official Guide, Verbal Review and the Quant Review will give you access to about 1000 original and retired GMAT questions.
Commandment 3: Thou shalt not worry about Vocabulary on the GMAT.
It is a myth that GMAT tests vocabulary. Knowledge of the basic 101 terms in Economics such as profit, loss and revenue is sufficient for the GMAT. If this doesn’t convince you, then the fact is that the GRE is the test that tests vocabulary and not the GMAT. Hence do not waste time cramming-up word lists.
Commandment 4: Thou shalt know how to solve the most common RC Question.
The most common type of RC question is the one that asks for the primary purpose or the main idea of the passage. It is thus always advisable to be extremely comfortable answering this particular question type on the GMAT.
Commandment 5: Thou shalt know the most common CR question type.
More than half of the Critical Reading Questions that appear are from these common categories – Weaken the argument, Strengthen the argument and Find the assumption questions. It is thus advisable to have the strategy for these question types ready in your forehead.
Commandment 6: Thou shalt understand Grammar; not mug it up.
Grammar is undoubtedly defined as a set of rules and is very frequently compared to Math. However, it doesn’t work the way Math works. You need to understand the usage of each and every rule on Grammar because GMAT doesn’t test you how well you know the rule – it tests you on how well you are able to use it.
Commandment 7: Thou shalt read regularly
Reading is something that most Indian students abhor. It is especially annoying to do on the GMAT because you are very likely to encounter passages about topics that you are not familiar with. Hence it is good to inculcate the habit of reading online, especially about topics that you wouldn’t have read otherwise.
Commandment 8: Thou shalt take regular mock tests.
No matter how much you prepare and study, remember that you are preparing for a test at the end of the day. Taking GMAT mock tests will not only tell you where exactly you are, but they will also tell you how you will have to proceed further. Taking mock tests is like a thermometer – Only if you detect the illness will you be able to solve it better.
Commandment 9: Thou shalt learn from your mistakes.
Learning from your mistakes is the most important aspect of GMAT preparation. There should atleast be three things that you are fixing from Test A to Test B. You will be able to visualize progress only if you are able to consciously fix your pain points.
Commandment 10: Thou shalt keep calm and ace the GMAT.
All this information might be overwhelming to you if you just keep reading them and not use them. Remember that all of the above are tested strategies that have helped 100s of students achieve their dream GMAT score. If they can, why can’t you?
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