Target – To qualify for the GMAT
Aim – 700+ GMAT Scores
Despite the fact that the above statement may seem like an uphill struggle it is still certainly achievable. The only part you need to do first and foremost is to be diligent and unwavering in your efforts while studying. It is understandable that you may be exhausted and fatigued after a long day at work, attending back to back meetings, managing targets and numerous other commitments which keep you occupied 24*7. It comes as no surprise that preparation for GMAT may seem like an unattainable feat.
Fret not, since if you are strong-willed to attempt the GMAT exam then we have just the answer for your needs. With your already packed schedule, it may be a time and energy consuming task to opt for classroom courses. Preparing for the exam at home is a more flexible alternative which would be favorable for you as well. With the recent improvements in technology you also have the option for application based GMAT preparation.
- Choose your exam time wisely
Initially, you will have to decide on one of the crucial elements of preparation for the exam which is: When you would attempt the exam? Which quarter of the year will you have the most time to prepare? When do you want to start applying to the B-schools? These are all the questions which you have to answer before finalizing on the exam date appropriate for you. You must be aware that you have the option to take the GMAT exam all through the year and therefore you need not worry about any deadlines which may be missed. You can apply for the exam on the official website of GMAT.
- Grab the GMAT Syllabus
Go through the detailed GMAT syllabus to view the syllabus for: AWA(Analytical Writing Assessment), Integrated Reasoning (IR), Quantitative Aptitude (QA) Verbal Aptitude (VA) sections. Knowledge of the syllabus will give you a basic idea of how the questions in the exam will appear. The majority of the syllabus for both Quant and Verbal is from middle and high school levels. You will only have to brush up on certain concepts which you may already have good knowledge on.
- Be Familiar with GMAT Exam Pattern
Make yourself familiar with the GMAT exam pattern, marking schemes, GMAC’s adaptive testing techniques and also the rules to be followed on GMAT test day. This will help you to decide on how much time you will have to devote for each topic. The rules and regulations for the GMAT exam are unlikely to change in a day. If you are familiar with the GMAT test day rules, it will help you to prepare accordingly for the test and eventually assist you on the day of the GMAT exam as well. Being familiar with the model of GMAT exam will also help to identify the adaptive test pattern which GMAT follows. (i.e) The difficulty level of the next section in your exam depends on your performance in the previous section. Although there is no particular strategy to overcome this aspect of the exam it is beneficial to be acquainted with the same.
- Pick a 1/2/3/6 Month Study Plan
Pick a GMAT study plan and stick to it. Rather than starting your GMAT preparation randomly, choose a study plan according to the time period available to you. You must make a proper schedule and stick to it. We can’t stress on how important this aspect is since an effective study plan will help you in many ways. It serves as a guide or reference to keep a track of your preparation and how far you have progressed. You can view it periodically so that you don’t deviate from the same. This part of the preparation must never be missed as it is certainly a crucial element.
- Go for Proper Study Materials
You have 2 options in this case – You could purchase GMAT prep books or opt for an e-learning and choose an online course. The conventional way is to obtain the official guides for the various sections in GMAT and commence your preparation for the exam. Although with the current advancement in technology more candidates lean towards visual learning as it is an easier, appealing and time-saving method. You also have the choice to go for an offline GMAT preparation based on various applications available. A leading provider is – BYJU’S which provides offline GMAT preparation tab with recorded videos of each chapter from all the four subjects.
- Master in Basics
Start by brushing up your basics in any subject. For example – to prepare for the GMAT quant Geometry, start with the concepts of the circle, line, segment, area etc. Learn the basic formulas, solve simple geometrical sums and gradually go for the tougher ones. You could opt for the same approach even in the verbal section (i.e) you can start with simple concepts like parts of speech, verb tense, Subject-verb agreement, Modifiers etc. In this section, you will have to undertake sections like Reading Comprehension,Sentence Correction, and Critical Reasoning, therefore it is wise to be strong in your basics which will ensure that you score high marks in this section.
- Practice, Practice, Practice!
Best way to learn anything is to practice what you learn. Don’t be discouraged when you are not able to solve questions or if you take a longer time to solve. The more you practice, the easier you will be able to identify what your weaknesses are. This will, in turn, help you to work on the same so that you can improve in the areas where you are lacking. You will also become more familiar with the various concepts in the Quant section and verbal once you practice the same repeatedly.
- GMAT Mock Tests
Choosing the right set of GMAT mock tests is extremely important. Practicing mock tests help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and fine-tune your test-taking strategies. You can work hard to improve your weaknesses and your problem areas. The mock tests will also assist you in gaining knowledge on how to allocate time to each section of the exam. It prepares you mentally on which scoring range you may finally fall in. The mock tests also mimic the actual exam environment including the breaks in between the sections, the no calculator usage in the Quant section, the usage of rough sheets in the exam etc. When you are comfortable with GMAT’s testing conditions it certainly plays a huge role on the day of the actual exam.
Top GMAT Colleges in India
Here are few management colleges in India which accept GMAT scores for admission towards their MBA programs –
- Indian Institute Of Management – Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Udaipur, Kozhikode, New Delhi, Kanpur, Indore.
- Management Development Institute – Gurgaon
- International Management Institute – Kolkata
- Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) – Jamshedpur
- Jain Institute Of Management & Research – Mumbai
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