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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Five Steps to Ace Your GMAT

If you want to get into that dream business school for your MBA, you’d have to be able to ace your GMAT first. GMAT, without a doubt, is a very difficult and time-consuming facet of the MBA application process. In order to lessen its difficulty and to be able to use your time wisely while confidently scoring 700+ on your test day, follow these simple steps:

1. Create a Timeline
Plot a three-month schedule of how you will prepare yourself physically, mentally and intellectually for the much awaited test day. Always learn from your mistakes and make your timeline as organized as possible.

2. Do Practice Tests
As the saying goes, “practice makes perfect” so practice away.

3. Track Your Errors
When you do your practice tests, label those entries that you find hard to answer, where you are slow in answering and those that you find easy. This will pinpoint your weaknesses and be able to practice more on them. This could potentially improve your score by 40 points.

4. Organize Your Studies
Follow this order when studying:

Kaplan Premier, Manhattan GMAT, or Princeton Review Study Guides

The layout of the GMAT is explained in these books including the kinds of questions that you will be tackling in each section as well as the general strategies you can use to ace the test. Once you’re done with these books, you may move on to the official GMAT study guides since they include questions from actual GMAT tests.

By this time, you are already aware of your weak spots. Use these guides to narrow down your strengths and weaknesses. Of course your weaknesses will require the most work from you. Use the tracking errors you’ve made so you would know where to spend most of your time studying and perfecting your answers.

5. Do Serious Practice Tests
Practice answering tests under real testing conditions. Try to work on 20-40 problems in each category of the GMAT every week and then, on the weekend, take one timed test under real testing conditions. That is, give yourself 3 hours to take an uninterrupted Computer-Adaptive Test (CAT) with one fifteen minute break following the exact structure of the GMAT.

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Doing these simple steps will help boost your learning in time for the real GMAT test. Do them seriously and religiously. Soon, you’ll be on your way to getting that dream MBA school of yours.

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