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The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is a test that simply assesses your ability to think and interpret information quickly. The test accurately measures your focus levels by keeping your mind active for a 3.5 hour period. It, therefore, becomes a test of your endurance. With four sections: Verbal, Quants, Integrated Reasoning and the Analytical Writing Assessment, the GMAT efficiently tests your reasoning, language and analytical skills.

  1. Mental Sharpness and Psychology: A big fallacy on the exam day is to constantly be nervous and think about the end result. Students often make the mistake of thinking about their future and forget what they have worked hard for months to garner. Keep your cognitive process clean, and focus on the exam; one question at a time.

  2. Elimination Strategy: Often students are caught up in the search for the right answer, and forget the ever-effective strategy of ‘elimination’. Do remember that discarding the wrong answers quickly can help you optimize time and sometimes proves to be the only way to solve a question. Remember that you might not be able to comprehend every single paragraph or sentence correction question. So, leave your ego behind and eliminate if you have to.

  3. Thorough Reading: A very common student weak point is that of reading- students who do not have the habit of reading, or have developed a capricious attitude towards reading(over the years), tend to quickly find themselves in a pickle when it comes to comprehension. Make sure that you get into the habit of reading every single word carefully. This does not mean that you expend extra time reading unnecessarily, but that consistent practice will help you ‘read faster’. A few answer choices are purposely given to make you drift towards the wrong ones.

  4. Answer everything, do not skip questions: The GMAT’s scoring system is based on an algorithm that heavily penalizes test-takers for skipping questions. Even if you do not know the answer to some question, do not make the mistake of skipping that particular question. Mark any option, take a calculated guess. The GMAT does not allow you to go back to any unanswered question either. You have one shot at every question that is on screen.

  5. Exam pacing: A lot of articles have been written about how to pace your exam, but the key factor that you need to understand is that: ‘Everyone has their own strengths’. Understand the question type in which you need to spend more time; and remember that the first part of your exam is crucial in determining your ‘level’. The first quadrant of the exam is the one in which you need to be precise in terms of your strategy execution. Notice and make sure you amend your weak points well in advance.

A note on the GMAT scoring system: The GMAT scoring system is adaptive, which means that it rewards you for the right answer, but increases the difficulty level of the next question. Similarly, the algorithm penalizes you for the wrong answer, decreasing the difficulty level if you make a mistake. The exam is split into four quadrants, and your strategy must revolve around being consistent across the four quadrants. You cannot slack off in any quadrant; the first and the last quadrants are crucial in determining your final score.

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