GMAT Strategies





The Best GMAT Strategies for Each Test Section

GMAT is a versatile exam designed to test not only your intelligence but also other skills like analytical ability, knowledge of English and writing expertise. The top most universities in the world base their admissions on GMAT and therefore it is only fair that it should have a certain quality and uniqueness.

Before you start your preparation for GMAT, you should do your research on a lot of aspects like when to prepare, how to prepare, where to prepare etc. This research will give you some great GMAT strategies. If you want to score well in the test, you should score well in each section. Here are some very useful GMAT strategies that will help you in your preparation of each individual section-

Quantitative section

There is a huge misconception that this section has problems on advanced mathematics, but even if you are vaguely familiar with GMAT, you will know that it is nothing more than high school mathematics. So you are better off going into the preparation with that mindset. GMAT only tests you on basic subjects like algebra, probability, geometry etc. in short, the things that you would need in real life. Here are some basic GMAT strategies that will help you with your quant preparation-

  • GMAT is a computer adaptive test, which means that the difficulty levels will vary depending on your answers. So don’t make a mistake early on! If you do, you will not make it back to the high scoring range in time to get a decent overall score.
  • Don’t leave any questions. This will do a lot of damage in the end. If you are not sure, guess!! But do a bit of logical guessing. So pace yourself properly and don’t leave anything blank.
  • Even if you have no idea about the answer, don’t panic! GMAT has several experimental questions. This means that these answers don’t really count on your score. Actually if you are stuck on a difficult question, it just means that you are doing well (you got the difficult question because you did the previous one right, remember?).
  • There are a few questions that you may want to get right even if you don’t know the answer. This calls for some specific GMAT strategies for guessing, some of them are given here-
    • The most obvious answer in the options is to throw the average person off and it almost certainly wrong.
    • If there are variables in the questions, substitute some values and check the options.
    • For fractions or ratios, take a nice sum and check.
    • If there are diagrams, they will generally be drawn to scale, so just measure!
  • Don’t waste your time solving the problem if you don’t have to, just look at the options and verify.

Verbal section

  • Read up all you can about the GMAT verbal section because there are not many GMAT strategies that will help you in this.
  • Be very good with your language and vocabulary, you never know what will show up in the exam.
  • In reading comprehension, read the 1st question before you read the passage. This will give you an idea. Take notes while reading, this will avoid having to read the passage a 2nd time.
  • Don’t waste your time in reading the entire passage if you can’t understand it. Just try to get a brief idea on the context and try to answer the questions by reading the related paragraphs.
  • For critical reasoning, a backward approach is always helpful. Read the question and then look at the passage for the specific answer.
  • In the sentence correction sub-section, the answer should eliminate all the errors, so look for that. The answer itself should not contain any errors and it should not change the meaning of the original sentence.

AWA section

This section requires you to analyze an issue and present an argument on an issue. These should be presented as logically as possible. The topics are of a very general nature so it doesn’t require knowledge of any specific field, only analytical writing skills are required. Here are a few GMAT strategies for this section-

  • Be grammatically correct and don’t use very complicated words.
  • Be logical in your flow of ideas and have a strong format, a proper introduction and conclusion.
  • Be concise in your statements because you will not have much time to give long explanations. Give well developed examples to support your reasoning.
  • In the analysis of an argument you should not present any opinion of your own. You just have to analyze the argument critically, including any points that may weaken it or any wrong assumptions that are made.

These are some GMAT strategies specific to particular sections. For more help on the preparation and test info, visit www.mba.com/the-gmat.aspx . All the best!!




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