Advice on GMAT
Top 10 GMAT Tips
Cracking the GMAT is a dream for many MBA aspirants. You will feel much better if you know that this dream isn’t very difficult to achieve once you have some good advice in the right direction. Any good MBA program, anywhere in the world begins with the test. Only when you get a good score in the test can you think about further choices. “How do achieve a good score?” and “what is this good score?”, these questions continue to baffle new aspirants year after year.
You will find a plethora of articles on the web that give you test advice and suggestions and finally end up confusing you even more. There are only a few major issues that you should be clear on before you take up the task of test preparation. Clarity on these few aspects will be the best advice you can hope to get. These aspects are presented as 10 tips here-
- Self assessment:
This is absolutely essential. Before you do anything else, you should take a test and judge yourself critically on all aspects of it. You can find a variety of mock tests on the official site www.mba.com and also on many other preparation sites. This assessment should be done without any biasing and you are better off getting it done by someone else. You will get a fair idea about your strengths and weaknesses; after this you can start preparing in a constructive way.
- The meaning of a good score:
Remember that scoring 750 doesn’t always mean that you will get an admission into a top MBA program. The scores mentioned on the websites of universities are only a guideline; they are just median scores and not mandatory scores. The fact is that even if you score less than the median score, your application will be accepted and you stand a great chance of getting an admission.
- Where to study:
Many of you may feel that joining an institute isn’t that important for your preparation. This is a definitely a wrong notion. Test preparation just isn’t intuitive. Finally when you are writing the exam it will come down to whether or not you know those little extra things needed to ace the test. No matter how well you prepare, there are always some subtle things and strategies that only a good tutor can give you and these will make a great difference, not only to your preparation but also to your exam.
Look up good institutes on the web and try to gather some feedback on them. After you have decided where to join, don’t look at the cost, just join. A good investment here will definitely increase your chances exponentially.
Always have a fixed schedule for studying, without this you won’t get anywhere. Timing is essential in GMAT. If you are not in the habit, take time out for it now.
- Concepts are important:
Always pay more attention to getting a grip on the concepts rather than solving the problems. Once you are good with concepts you can apply them to hundreds of questions. Remember that shortcuts are only for saving time, you should not depend on them. They are not replacements for concepts..
- Math is easy:
Get this in your head. The quantitative section is only high school-level math and not advanced math, so keep your mindset this way and you will find it much easier. The quantitative section is one where you can score high. The advice here would be to do them cautiously and with confidence, so that you don’t lose any points here.
- Never make early mistakes:
GMAT is a computer adaptive test, which means that the level of difficulty changes with the way you answer. If you answer correctly, you will get a higher level question and if you mark wrongly, you get a lower level question. Therefore if you make mistakes early on you will start getting easier questions and hence lesser points. You just cannot recover from this initial setback and finally your score will end up on the lower side. Even if you have to spend some extra time initially don’t hesitate.
- AWA advice:
This is the section where most of the aspirants find a bit of difficulty. If you are not familiar with analytical writing, then better start early. This section requires a lot of practice. Although it doesn’t test your intelligence in any way, it does test your critical thinking, grammar, logical thinking, clarity of thinking and flow of deriving conclusions from the given material. All these things can be developed only through practice. Even if you are good at writing in English, you better prepare well for this section because it requires some work.
- Don’t forget the guides:
The official guides are an indispensable resource for preparation. Even if have joined an institute, never forget to practice from the guides. They not only give you hundreds of examples and concepts but also provide relevant exam advice, suggestions and tips. Kaplan is another resource that you should not neglect. These books are downloadable from the official site mentioned above.
- Guessing is useful:
One thing about the test is you should never leave questions and to do this you must be having some knowledge on guessing the answer. There are several ways of guessing like substitution, elimination, measurement form the screen, rough ideas etc. If you are a part of a decent coaching program, they will definitely guide you through this situation.
These were some of the most important tips for GMAT. However there are several others that you will discover on your own once you sit down to prepare. All the best!!