Tips on Mastering the GMAT
Master GMAT with the Best Prep Methods
The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is an entrance test to the widely sought after business schools in the US. To master this test, you must be focused because it is a daunting task if you are a beginner and have little idea about the resources available to prepare for the test. In addition to studying smart, using tips and strategies, and simulating practice questions, you must be aware of the right types of mediums available to help you achieve your goal. This article aims at providing you information about the types of resources available to help you ace this exam.
A wide variety of books can be overwhelming for beginners, especially who are not familiar with the prep process. It is important that you buy books carefully. Buying one that has easy practice questions can hamper your preparation because you will not be aware of the more difficult levels. When you plan to buy a prep book, make sure you buy books that are specific to your needs. For example, if you feel that you need more help in understanding the quantitative section, make sure that you buy a book that focuses on the quantitative aspect of GMAT.
Some popular books are:
- Cracking the GMAT by Princeton Review
- Kaplan GMAT by Kaplan
- The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review
- The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review
- Manhattan Sentence Correction
To prepare better, some books have complimentary CDs that include practice questions and tips about cracking GMAT with a good score. Software are helpful given the nature of the examination. You can appear for the test online or take the computer adaptive test (CAT).
Some popular softwares are:
Another practical means to prepare for the test is the Internet. Due to the CAT version, a minimum level or a basic level of computer knowledge is required. You also need to be familiar at glancing at the computer screen at a stretch, which can lead to the tired eye syndrome if done for the first time or on the day of the test.
Using the Internet is an effective way to study because of the variety and depth of information available. The information is updated instantly or at regular intervals. The GMAT website is an efficient source of information because it is maintained regularly: http://www.mba.com/the-gmat.aspx.
Social networking sites also provide tips and test taking strategies. You can post queries online and receive answers from community members. Experts on various subjects often post their observations, blogs, and tips to help students master a particular subject, for example, fractions. Besides covering aspects of the subject area, experts provide their opinion/advice on writing essays, selecting B-schools, personality development, and other inspirational topics.
Most sites include study plans that you can follow and track your progress. You can follow a daily schedule or a weekly schedule and keep track of your topics covered.
However, you must exercise caution when using the Internet to prepare for GMAT; there is a plethora of material available on the web and you must use your judgment to distinguish between the effective and not so effective. You will feel tempted to read through and practice all that is available but in doing so, you must realize that you should avoid futile efforts and wasting precious time on something that will not help you in the long run. For example, while taking up practice tests, you must know whether the test contains explanatory notes. This will help you to understand and track your mistakes and avoid them in future.
Some popular websites for GMAT preparation are:
- GMAT prep now: www.gmatprepnow.com
- Grockit: grockit.com
- Kaplan: www.kaplan.com
- Knewton: www.knewton.com
- Manhattan: www.manhattangmat.com
- Master: www.mastergmat.com
- Princeton Review: http://www.princetonreview.com/business/gmat-test-preparation.aspx
- Veritas Prep: www.veritasprep.com
Although tutorials are expensive, they provide you with the required guidance, especially if you are preparing for GMAT for the first time and are unsure about where to start. You can avail one-on-one sessions with the tutor to have your doubts clarified. You can also form a group with the other students you meet. You can supplement your study material with the material/notes provided in your study classes. Tutorials are especially helpful for those students who hold jobs and have left college long ago because the rhythm of studying is long lost and the concepts, forgotten. Tutorials refresh these skills and put you back on the track to studying. However, tutorials need to be followed by regular practice and studying at an individual level so that the lessons are refreshed.
Last but not the least …..
You need a great deal of diligence and inspiration to attain high scores in this exam. You need to be motivated enough to cover all the topics required, to track your progress, and take further actions thereof. It is good to aim for a particular score and then work towards it. Like the adage “Reach for the moon and even if you miss, you will be among the stars”.