GMAT Preparation: Are you on the right track?
Are you dreaming of doing MBA abroad and get an entry to a successful career? Then to apply for top MBA programs abroad, GMAT score is as important as your academics and extracurricular activities. So, let GMAT score not ruin your wish of getting into dream college. Like any other exam, you can also score well in GMAT with a solid and detailed preparation plan. At the same time, keep in mind your goal, prepare well for the same and surely your hard work will pay off! This post will be discussing an action plan which you can practice to achieve high scores which can help you secure admit card from dream college.
How to prepare for GMAT?
Following are the steps in which you can assess you GMAT preparation:
Step 1: Determine when you want to attend an MBA course abroad
This step is very important to prepare a study plan taking into account the time you have got. Some students start their study plan for GMAT before 3 to 5 years, whereas some students start their preparation only 1 month before the test date. Depending on the time you have got between test date and preparation start date, study plan needs to have a number of hours you need to spend on preparation each day. A proper plan can help you to get to know all different types of questions which will be asked during the exam and because of the same, you will be able to score well in the exam. Without a proper plan, like any other exam, students end up in getting too stressed and worried before the exam, which will be affecting their scores.
Step 2: GMAT diagnostic test and study plan
These days, you may get a lot of study material available online. Out of these, diagnostic test plays an important role in study plan preparation. Taking a full length, online practice test can help you to understand which section you are good at and which section you need to improve upon. Based on this information, you need to design your study plan. When you do mock test for the first time, it will help to give you an idea about sections of test and timing given for each section. Make sure to take the test under similar conditions of the real test. This will only help you to make your analysis better. After you analyze strong and weak sections from GMAT mock test, it is the time to make your study plan. Study plan needs to focus more on weaker areas and skills need to be improved. Study plan should have ample time for practicing question papers, as it is important.
Step 3: Practice, Practice, Practice !!
While practicing, you should have a target score in your mind and every time you need to check whether you are able to reach your target score in each section. Also make use of practice tests to check your progress, mistakes, weak areas etc. Learn how you can progress in a better way. It is also important to familiarize with as many different types of questions possible. Practice those questions in a way that when you see a type of question during the exam, you should be knowing the way in which it can be solved. If you have a proper study plan and proper practice accordingly, then you do not need to join a coaching center.
Step 4: Devise plan for exam day!
After you practice lots of questions and mock tests, you will become comfortable with sections of the exam, and the time comes to devise a plan on how you will take your GMAT test. Lots of students find doing quantitative section first, as a way of scoring well. But it is not necessary for everyone to follow the same pattern of attempting sections as it will vary from a student to another. Find out a structure in attempting sections, which can help you utilize time more efficiently.
There are some strategies you may follow while taking the test. They are:
- Read each question carefully to understand what is exactly being asked.
- Time managing is very important. So be careful and do not spend valuable time in thinking over a question which you find difficult.
- Make use of the erasable notepad in noting down important keywords or solving a problem. Check all answer choices before attempting to answer a question.
- It is okay to leave difficult questions. When students tend to spend a lot of time on difficult questions, simple answers can leave unanswered due to the shortage of time. So try to avoid this situation by efficient time management.
GMAT exam is a gateway to your career goals in management field. Always keep a target score in your mind and prepare hard to get that score. As it is said: “aim for the moon, if you miss you may hit a star”, your hard work will surely pay off.
If you are one among those who are preparing for GMAT, hope our post was of some help to you. We wish you all the best for the exam. Kindly do post if you have any feedback, comment or suggestion.