Achieving a good score on your GMAT exam is what most students aspire for so that their admissions into the top B-schools of their choice is not hampered. There are several ways by which you can reach your target score of 700 and above provided you contribute the required efforts.
If you are attempting the GMAT exam for the first time then it is recommended that you attempt a mock exam to become aware of the various sections present in the exam and also self evaluate your performance on the same. Practice exams also give you the benefit of getting familiar with the exam pattern, the time which you have to allocate to each section of the exam, the adaptive testing conditions (the difficulty level of the next section depends on your performance in the previous sections), the break patterns etc. The mock exams assist you to judge the approximate scale which you will reach on your final score in the exam. However do remember that they are not always an accurate measure of the exact score you will reach in the final GMAT exam. You could keep a detailed error log of the common mistakes which you keep committing, this will help you to understand the pattern of the errors which you are prone to make. It will also aid you recognize the topics of the exam which you are strongest in so you can accordingly plan your preparation.
Your next main focus will be to come up with a detailed study plan according to the time you have left before the exam. This will help you to systematically track the progress which you have made with your preparation. Although the syllabus for the GMAT exam (for both verbal and quant) comprises of basic high school level concepts you will have to attempt them within a stipulated time period in the final exam and hence it is recommended that you spend adequate time for the preparation. The study plan will need to have realistic goals and targets so that you are able to achieve them. Ensure to stick to the study plan and complete studying on a daily basis. This is certain to assist you to complete learning for the exam within the time period you have. You will also not have the stress of preparing in the last minute or the need to study intensely or burn the midnight oil if you have studied on a regular basis. As you can see from above there are a multifold of advantages to having a detailed study plan. Since most of the candidates are working professionals they will be juggling multiple responsibilities (work, personal lives, preparing for a competitive exam) and therefore will need a guaranteed way so that they can study without missing out on any important topics. This is where the study plan guides them to consistently learn and perform well in the exam.
Now that you have a study plan in place, your next step will be to invest in good study materials. This is very important since there are an abundance of materials available online with the advancement in technology. You have to be cautious while selecting the appropriate materials for each section since not all are of good calibre. If you have opted to study on your own then you must pay more attention to this factor. The first option which you will have to go for are the Official guides for all the sections by GMAC.
- GMAT Official Guide 2019,
- GMAT Official Guide Verbal Review 2019, and
- GMAT Official Guide Quantitative Review 2019
Since these books are from the creators of the GMAT exam itself they will contain questions which are most likely to appear in the exam in the same format. In addition to the Official guides some of the other books which you can use to prepare for the exam are given below:
- GMAT Advanced Quant: 250+ Practice Problems & Bonus Online Resources
- GMAT Algebra Strategy Guide (Manhattan Prep GMAT Strategy Guides)
- GMAT Geometry (Manhattan Prep GMAT Strategy Guides)
- GMAT Sentence Correction (Manhattan Prep GMAT Strategy Guides)
- MBA Admissions Strategy: From Profile Building to Essay Writing
- GRE Analytical Writing: Solutions to the Real Essay Topics (Test Prep Series)
- A Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning
There are many good quality app based learning providers like BYJU’S which will also prove to be extremely beneficial with their innovative studying techniques. You will have mentors who will be available to clarify any doubts which you may have or online forums where you can post your queries as well. Such online learning programs provide you with many instructional videos and other visually appealing modes of study. Individuals learn in a better manner with such stimulating materials available rather than just theoretical textbook methods. You will learn necessary tips and tricks to solve questions of varying difficulties.
Do remember that you will not be allowed to skip any questions in the exam since the difficulty level of the next question depends on your performance in the previous section. Ensure to attempt mock tests on a regular basis so that you can get accustomed to the various testing conditions of the GMAT exam. You can take corrective actions based on the diagnostics which you receive based on your performance in the mocks. If you are lacking in the verbal section then one of the first steps which you will have to follow is to develop a reading habit. Start by reading good quality publications like – The Wall Street journal, The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph etc This will help you to not only improve your vocabulary but also to understand the different writing styles of authors. Another method which you can implement to increase your vocabulary strength is to surround yourself with the new words you have learnt at either your workplace or at your home. For the Analytical writing section, you could read essays which have received a high score in the exam. This will help you to understand how you will have to structure your essay and what are the mandatory points which are usually included. You must be well informed about current affairs so that you are able to answer any topic which is asked in the exam. Finally for the Integrated Reasoning and the Quantitative Aptitude sections you could review the topics which you have studied by making a list of the fundamental concepts/formulas which you can easily refer back to while revising. Check on simple tricks and tips which you can follow to solve the questions from the Quantitative section in a faster manner.
In the end you will have to remain calm and stress free on the date of your exam so that you can successfully complete the exam and score well.
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