Factually GMAT tests you on Quant basics that high-school level. The topics tested on the GMAT Quant are limited and restricted to Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry. While the concepts tested on the Quantitative section of the GMAT are not terribly difficult, the test-writers do their best to throw you off your game. This is simply because we aren’t used to the way GMAT poses questions with the simplest of concepts. Hence, the more you practice, the less likely you’ll be to fall for one of their tricks. With a little hard work, you can watch that Quant score skyrocket. All it requires is a structured study plan and here it is for you.
Step: 01 – Take a diagnostic test.
Taking a diagnostic test is the first and the most primary step that needs to be carried out while preparing for the GMAT. This test, not only tells you where you stand, but also tells you the direction in which you need to proceed in order to reach the destination. It can also act as a great confidence booster if you manage to get a high score on the GMAT. Review the results of your practice test very carefully. Note the questions that you answered incorrectly and study the explanations of the correct answers. Make flashcards for the concepts tested on those questions. Create a spreadsheet indicating the questions that you answered incorrectly, as well as their respective topics and sub-topics.
Step: 02 – Revise your basics.
The main math concepts tested on the GMAT are relatively simple – arithmetic, algebra, geometry – but you probably haven’t studied them since high school. Your GMAT prep will get nowhere if you don’t first review basic concepts in these three areas. All of your major GMAT study guides should include a section on review. Don’t rush through this section – take the time to really relearn the material. Although it’s been a while, you’ll likely refresh your memory quickly. In case you find certain concepts such as Permutations and Probability, hard to remember and understand then make sure spend some extra time on these concepts. You can also make flash cards to learn the formulae fast. If you are having trouble with geometry questions about angles, you need to practice geometry questions about angles. Work on as many questions like this as you can find.
Step: 03 – Start solving easy and medium questions.
You would ideally not know the practical difficulties one may face while solving questions unless you solve them. Hence, once you think your concepts are fairly in place, you should start solving questions from the OG and QR. This will give you a flavor of easy and medium questions and will also give you an idea about your weaknesses, in case there are any.
Step: 04 – Graduate to tougher questions.
Once you have finished solving all the questions in the OG and QR, then you will have to find a set of hard questions and solve them. Solving hard questions will let you know how you will manage the tough questions on the day of the test. If you don’t do this, you will definitely end up being shocked on the day of the test, thereby spoiling your test-day harmony.
Step: 05 – Simulate test environment.
Once you have solved questions in isolation, it is time for you time get your speed and accuracy to 90%. Make sets of 37 questions and aim to complete them in under 70 minutes with a 90% hit-rate. It might take a couple of sets for you to get there, but it is essential that this practice is done while preparing for the test to avoid last day surprises.
Step: 06 – Continue to take more practice tests and analyze them
Obviously, there are many mathematical topics that you need to understand in order to score well on the Quant section of the GMAT – but taking practice tests is just as important in order to achieve this. Much of this test involves being familiar with the types of questions and also avoiding common pitfalls. You can only master this if you practice, practice, and practice! You should plan on taking at least six GMAT Mock tests before the exam, at a pace of at least one per week.
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