MBA Through The GMAT Scores
How to Achieve High GMAT Scores
The average scores of the GMAT have witnessed an increase over the last few years. In 2011, the average score required for admissions to the top ten business schools in the US was 700. In the early nineties, it was around 610.
- Why High Scores are required-
It should be noted that these scores are not the only decisive factor for admission when an application is considered by a business school. There are instances where applicants with a lower score have secured a place in the business school of their choice. Though few in number, such cases are not uncommon where the applicant has demonstrated high achievements or accomplishments. However, for the majority of the candidates, a high score is vital to a successful application.
- The four GMAT Scores–
In order to understand how to achieve high scores, it is necessary to understand the test pattern and scores. The GMAT consists of three sections – verbal section, quantitative section and analytical writing assessment section. The verbal and quantitative sections consist of multiple choice questions and each question carries a different score depending on its level of difficulty. A candidate who has taken the GMAT will receive four scores as follows:
- Quantitative sub score
- Verbal sub score
- Analytical Writing Assessment sub score
- Overall score
Of these, the Overall score, the combination of the Quantitative and Verbal scores scaled from 200 to 800, is the primary score used for assessing an application by a business school.
- How to achieve a high score-
As mentioned before, the multiple choice questions carry different scores depending on the level of difficulty. The first question has average difficulty level. The next question would be easier or harder depending on the answer to the first one. As the scoring is a graduated one, the ending score largely depends on how well the first few questions have been answered. The computer-adaptive test provides you with an advantage to still secure a high score even if you answer the first few questions incorrectly but are able to consistently answer subsequent questions correctly. However, a good start maximizes your chances of achieving higher scores.
It is important to learn and familiarize yourself with the test pattern and format. If you take time to study the format at the time of the test, you will be losing precious minutes. However, it is advisable to not skip the instructions but read through them quickly to spot any changes or differences. If you miss or interpret the instructions wrongly, your scores would be adversely affected.
It is imperative not to spend too much time on a single question. At times, a question may seem a bit complicated or just too straight-forward. The test is meant to assess your verbal and analytical reasoning skills and, in case, a question seems too easy, it just may be. It is best to not agonize over a question and move on. For multiple choice questions, eliminating the wrong answers first helps to choose the correct answer. Carefully check that all the central conditions are satisfied by the answer before choosing it. Usually, the simplest answer is the correct one.
Practice makes perfect. The old saying goes well with this test preparation just as well. The more practice you get, the better it is and the higher your scores will be. Rely on the official guides and take as many practice tests as possible. There are many free practice tests easily available on the internet. It is also advisable to solve as many old tests as you can.
Last but not the least, learn to relax your mind. You may lose precious points if you are mentally stressed. There is no fixed study content required to be studied for GMAT. Your mathematical and verbal reasoning skills are tested and it is important for you to feel confident in order to achieve high scores.