How to improve your GMAT score?

Tips To Improve Your GMAT score

Improvements keep the hope alive for one to become a perfectionist. Similarly, securing a 700+ score in GMAT test is considered to be the safest zone for MBA aspirants. Although, your GMAT score alone cannot turn the table and get the aspirants into their desired B-schools. There are a number of different things that the Adcom would look for like letters of recommendations, analytical writing skills, resume, statement of purpose and interview sessions during the admission process.

If you have already attempted the GMAT exam and are not satisfied with the score that you have obtained then you always have the option to retake the exam. GMAT provides the luxury of attempting the exam upto 5 times in a calendar year with a 16 day gap between each attempt. However do ensure that you can correct all your errors so that you don’t repeat the same mistakes in your second attempt of the exam. The admissions committee will be able to view all your previous scores therefore you should be cautious while attempting the exams repeatedly. Otherwise it tends to give the adcom a negative image of your capabilities. They may perceive that you are incapable of allocating the required efforts to score well in the exam.

So if you have secured more than 600 plus in the GMAT exam and you would like to climb the ladder to reach 700+ GMAT scores you can adapt the super cool seven fundas recommended by our talented BYJU’S mentors given below.

1. Practice…practice…& practice

The more you practice, the more you hone your skills in solving comprehensive questions. It gives you the insight to ascertain the problems and what types of approach could help in attaining the correct answer within the limited time. Even the toughest questions can be easily tackled provided you spend enough time practicing the concepts. You could also attempt mock tests which act as a practice exam before you take the main exam. The mocks help you analyze your strengths and weaknesses in every section. It helps you to become familiar with the testing pattern of GMAT (no use of a calculator in the Quant section, Adaptive testing methods, timing allocated for each section etc). Mock exams also give you an approximate score range which you may obtain in the final exam. Since the GMAT exam has a vast syllabus it is necessary to diligently practice and improve on your performance accordingly. You should make sure to work hard on your weaknesses so that you are able to conquer the same in the final exam.

2. Follow the Study-Plan

For cracking the GMAT exam, you should follow the study plan religiously. Be sure that the study plan you’re following is according to your requirements, and there should be an equal distribution of time for each and every subject. However, you must allocate more time to strengthen the weaker nerves in a particular subject or topic. As discussed above the mock tests also help determine the sections you may find difficult. It is wise to spend more time preparing for the same. The study plan also allows you to check the progress you have made so far with your preparation. It plays a vital role when you have limited time to prepare for the exam and it also makes sure that you don’t miss out on any important topics. Majority of the candidates who attempt the GMAT exam are working professionals and hence they will have to juggle responsibilities between their job, preparing for the GMAT and their personal lives as well. In such scenarios a study plan will act as a reliable guide so that your preparatory efforts don’t go astray. It helps you to plan your study in a detailed manner and ensures that you are on the right track with your preparation. Set yourself realistic goals which you should be able to achieve and work accordingly to achieve the same. It also reduces the stress which you may have when you don’t have a systematic plan to follow. You will not accumulate all the topics to study over a limited time period when you have an effective study plan. Regular studies will also help increase your concentration leading to an improved performance in your final exam.

3. Follow GMAT Format

GMAT Official Guide is like the Bible for GMAT aspirants. As it contains all types of questions the way it appears in the GMAT test henceforth giving you a vivid idea about the test format. Studying the Official Guide thoroughly will aid in securing higher marks in the test and makes you more familiar with questions and solving approach. The questions in the Official Guide will be in the same pattern as they will appear in the exam. This is due to the fact that the Guide is from the creators of the exam itself and therefore is the most trustworthy. This also makes you familiar with the type of questions you will encounter in the exam. The exam consists of 4 main sections – Quant, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing and you have the option to select the order in which you want to answer the sections in the exam. However, you will benefit if you attempt a few mocks of the GMAT exam. The GMAT exam format is straightforward and the only point where you have to be cautious is the adaptive testing, although there is no way to overcome this you can only be acquainted with the pattern.

4. Choose the apt Study material

Do not waste time in solving problems from random books or study material. Get valid and authentic study material for preparation. BYJU’S provides you with tab-based study material for GMAT. This provides you with the ease of preparing for the exam in the comfort of your home. The correct study materials play a meaningful role in your preparation for the exam since it equips you with the necessary knowledge to attempt the exam. The suitable GMAT study materials will assist you in grasping the concepts of the syllabus in all the sections in a better manner. Due to the drastic improvement in technology it has become possible for all individuals to gain access to an abundance of materials online. However, not all of them are of good quality and hence you will have to be cautious while selecting the same. Some of the books which you can opt for are – GMAT Algebra Strategy Guide , GMAT Advanced Quant: 250+ Practice Problems & Bonus Online Resources, GMAT Sentence Correction (Manhattan Prep GMAT Strategy Guides), GRE Analytical Writing: Solutions to the Real Essay Topics (Test Prep Series), GMAT Critical Reasoning (Manhattan Prep GMAT Strategy Guides). In addition to the above you can also refer to or utilise the several online based apps or portals which are readily available at just a click away and can be accessed from the comfort of your home.

5. Speeden up your reading skills

Reading comprehension in the verbal section comprises of at least 15-16 questions. So you need to speed up your reading skills to stay ahead while attempting the exam. This does not necessarily mean you have to skim through the text which may lead to you missing out on important details in the passage. You should strike a balance and practice pacing yourself in the RC section. You could also exercise active reading to understand what the author is trying to convey in the passage and the central idea from it as well. Another useful approach which can be adopted is to read the question stem first before you proceed to read the entire paragraph. This way you will be aware of what information you will have to look for while reading the passage. The RC will have varying lengths and is aimed at evaluating your skills to observe and select the relevant information from the passage. It is not a test of your knowledge on the mentioned topic so you need not worry if you have never read about the same previously. You could however practice by reading passages on a regular basis so that you are acquainted to handle the same easily during the final exam.

6. Time management

Time management is the most critical aspect of the GMAT test, cause there is no penalty for the wrong answer, but there is a penalty for not attempting any section. You should be good at time management. Keep in mind that you’re upcoming managers once you get into the desired B-schools after qualifying the GMAT exam. You could attempt the mock tests which would give you a fair idea on how to allocate time to each section of the exam. Although you may be well prepared to manage your time effectively during the exam is an important element which you must consider. You shouldn’t overlook this point as it could play a role in you gaining or losing those precious few marks on your GMAT score.You will have to get accustomed to the entire duration of the exam which takes over 4 hours including the breaks. As mentioned earlier the mock tests will help you in this regard. You will get to know how much time to allocate for each section of the exam so that you don’t find yourself disoriented during the final exam.

7. Toggle your weak nerves

No one is perfect, everyone has some form of weakness when it comes to studies. For example, when some people are good at quant others may be excellent in verbal. So don’t ignore your weakness, instead,focus on them and enhance them. When you self analyse your strengths and weaknesses you tend to get a clear picture of which areas you need to spend more efforts and time. You can also identify the usual errors which you are prone to make so that you can avoid them in your actual exam. Conquering over your weaknesses is an assured way to help you improve your overall score in the exam.

BYJU’S will be glad to help you in your GMAT preparation journey. You can ask for any assistance related to GMAT and MBA from us by calling at 088845 44444, or you can write to us at gmat@byjus.com.

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