The GMAT as you might know, is one of the criteria students need to apply for an MBA program. This flexible standardized test can be attempted five times a year. While it may be tempting to schedule to the examination as per one’s professional and personal commitments, it is pertinent to remember that B-Schools require much more from applicants than just a suitable GMAT score.
As such admissions criteria would include completing an online application, providing reference letters from current and previous employers, essays and other documents as well. Most students will apply to as many as four or five B-Schools. This aspect complicates the process as many Colleges have overlapping deadlines. Since the purpose of attempting the GMAT is to get admission into a B-School, we must remember that the actual application will require just as much, if not more, effort than the GMAT.
With that in mind, remember to:
While the “when” is simple, the “how” is not. Given today’s technological advancements, study methods have changed. While this may seem to simplify many aspects of our lives, it also tends to complicate. For instance, many students are overwhelmed with the amount of GMAT preparatory material online. One of the first mistakes students make is in thinking that “quantity” matters. So most will use various sources.
This is a misconception, as the GMAT tests your analytical and Math skills. Students fare better when they have a strong foundation and follow time-saving strategies. Hence, spending months completing practice test after practice test from several sources is a common pitfall. A smarter way to prepare for the GMAT is to religiously follow the syllabus set by GMAC and refer to books and examination material provided by the test-maker. Thereafter, if you have time, you can try additional sources.
However, remind yourself that questions from retired tests are never repeated and that your chances of getting higher scores are not dependent on how many times you practice the exam.
Here are some general tips:
Don’t forget to check out our article about maintaining your focus during the GMAT. This write-up will provide you with suitable advice – steps you should take as soon as you start your preparation to establish correct study habits and maximize your chances of scoring higher.
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