The Graduate Management Admission Test i.e. GMAT is the entrance exam for MBA programs. It is an important test and requires careful preparation and practice. Most commonly, practice is a learning process, the act of rehearsing a behavior repeatedly, or engaging in an activity again and again for the purpose of improving, as it says 'Practice makes a man perfect'. Most students need six to twelve months of intensive study and practice for the exam. You should take the GMAT at least three to four months prior to submitting the scores to various colleges; allow time for a retest if required.
Success in the GMAT is dependent on many factors such as academic preparation and commitment to practice. It is a challenging examination and tests a student's verbal reasoning, quantitative abilities, and analytical writing skills under time pressure. Students who have taken practice tests in advance have tremendous advantage over their lesser-prepared counterparts. A practice test is a unique tool for students, specifically designed to test their exam preparation. Your scores depend on your knowledge and familiarity with the exam and the familiarity can only come with regular practice. Students should read all the instructions before attempting a mock test. Attempting a practice test is not enough and students have to spend time to analyze their performance. If the score in this test is very poor students need to brush up the fundamentals again and again.
Importance of practice tests for GMAT
- With the help of practice tests, you can experience sitting at a computer in a high stress situation.
- With the help of adaptive algorithm you will practice answering questions for the CAT.
- You will come to know what to expect from yourself in that three and a half to four hour testing session.
- You will be able to write and express your thoughts more effectively.
- You will experience the real feel of GMAT
- You will learn how to eliminate the wrong choices and choose the correct one.
The two main skills one needs to be good at are English grammar and Mathematics. In analytical writing you have to type essays. If you are not good at typing you need to practice this aspect also. Type it on a computer so that you can increase your typing speed, and learn how to gather your thoughts and express them in a systematic manner. The basic skill is to gather the main points and decide the structure of the essay before you start writing. In Mathematics, you will have to devote time to questions based on algebra, arithmetic, geometry, and data analysis. A practice test includes all the fundamental formulas you have studied so far, problems related to fractions, square roots, problems in angles, percentage problems, and equations.
Generally, there will be two similar options to confuse you and you have to be very attentive while choosing the correct one. However, by taking mock tests regularly you will be able to eliminate the wrong one. You should improve your English as you shall require good vocabulary to be able to perform well in the verbal section. Practice sentence structures, grammatical mistakes and style conventions. Take as many sample tests as you can. The more practice you get the more familiar you will be with the content.
Practice tests are very important especially because of time constraints. They take a lot of time especially if you take a full length exam. You will get plenty of practice questions. You will not be learning through them rather, you will be trying to finish them in time; perhaps you will miss some questions. In the end, go through them again and review. With this you will come to know exactly how it feels to work against time and to skip questions when necessary. Basically, this aspect of preparation is always to learn the key areas and the tricks of the content so that you can possibly finish the GMAT within time.
I strongly recommend that you practice problems till you feel confident that you will not answer any of the problem wrongly. In the beginning you will do a lot of mistakes. This will make you stressed and you may not feel good about the practice test experience. At that time, think that what you are doing is rehearsing the problems and by doing so you are able to know your weak points. With repeated practice you will be familiar with the format, questions and the level of difficulty. The most important aspect of your practice should be to learn as much content as you can apply.
There are various mock tests available in the market or on the net. The practice tests are available as true as GMAT and give a fair knowledge of computer adaptive test. Taking two full length practice tests within the 2-4 weeks time span before your test date will help you a lot. This will give you a real picture of your preparation. Hence, you should spend the rest of your time in practice. This will help you in overcoming your mistakes. The sample tests will provide an opportunity to see all possible question types of all the levels of difficulty. You will come to know the scores immediately and receive an analysis of your strengths and weakness along with a general idea of your preparation.
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