Time Taken to Prepare for GMAT
How Long Does it Take to Prepare for GMAT?
The time taken to prepare for the GMAT depends upon your state of willingness, how eager you are to learn and your state of aptness. Your grasp over basics of Math and English grammar will play a major factor in deciding as to how long it takes to prepare for this test. The stronger your base is, the lesser will be the time needed for the test preparation.
To be on the safer side, it is recommended that you should start preparing for the GMAT at least 3 to 4 months prior to the test date. During this preparation time, you should chalk out a timetable and divide your time to prepare for the different sections. You should divide your preparation into two parts- in the initial months your concentration should be on making your basics strong and getting oriented with the test syllabus, preparing for important topics, getting your doubts cleared and in the final months you should concentrate on practice tests so that you get a feel of real test.
So to a large extent the time required for preparation depends upon the number of practice tests that you will attempt as they are a reflection of the real test questions and also they give a general estimate of the scores that you might secure in the real test.
To attempt a test of four hours with utmost concentration is a very tedious task. Concentration is one trait which is usually lacking in most students. Hence it is your level of concentration that will decide the preparation time. To increase your concentration level, you should take up a couple of practice tests, so that you develop the habit of sitting for long hours without letting your concentration to reduce.
The deciding factor on how long it takes to prepare for GMAT is how open you are to accept your mistakes, recognize and work on them and how much you learn from your mistakes and make deliberate efforts to overcome them. You should look upon mistakes as an opportunity to learn and not fret about it. You should learn the techniques to master the various problems that you encounter during the test.
The time required to train yourself for this test thoroughly also depends upon how much practice you undertake. As GMAT is very demanding as well as challenging, you must practice as much as you can. By practicing the various tips, techniques, strategies you will gain satisfaction and confidence. Along with the test content, practice will also make you familiar with the test pattern, what strategies will help you the most for solving problems. It will make you learn the methods to eliminate the wrong choices and recognize the correct answer choice.
While some students take three to four months to prepare, you may take only a couple of weeks to prepare. You need to understand the structure of the GMAT so that the road becomes easy. Use your capabilities to estimate the time you would require to understand the structuring of the test, to recognize your weak points and time required to remove them.
Thus, how long it takes to prepare for the test is influenced by the time that you will put in to study, your performance in mock tests and your level of confidence in your preparation.
In a nutshell, it can be said that to get a good score in the GMAT, it is very important to prepare systematically and not rush with it.
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