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Are you a student, a working professional or someone just studying for entrance exams? Whatever the answer to the above question is, the inevitable fact is that one must be very efficient in their preparation-time management. A key aspect that is ignored by a lot of test-takers is the fact that consistent effort is required to score well on the GMAT. The test takers come from different backgrounds, but prudence in the amount of time you spend every day will enable you to ‘work-smartly’ and ultimately, reach your desired score.

A few tips that are applicable across the different categories of students:

  1. The modular system of practice: A big mistake committed by most students is that they try and learn everything together. You should be able to understand where you stand in terms of your grammar and language levels, and your mathematical skill level. Learn specific concepts every day, and accumulate them, while trying to correct what you have learnt previously. Your homework must be completed within the given timeframe. Deviating from the given schedule will hinder not only your preparation but also the faculty’s plan.

    Prefer a system of quality learning, rather than quantity learning.

  2. Technique-practice and enhancement: Absorbing the multitude of formulas, and the different concepts of tackling the verbal section is not an easy task. The GMAT demands a high level of concentration, which can only be achieved through practising and being thorough with the different techniques. The exam is a test of both speed and accuracy; which can only be achieved through persistence.

    Learn the techniques, implement them, and then master them.

  3. Take a break: The rigorous nature of the exam can make you falter, and deviate from the technique that is supposed to be used. You might end up making more mistakes than usual. Mental fatigue can bog you down and make you ‘not-believe’ in yourself. Whenever your mind asks for it:

    Take a break, unwind, refresh and restart.

  4. The calculated guess: The GMAT is based on a series of questions intended to test your ability to think on your feet. At times, it is almost impossible to comprehend everything that you read in a particular reading comprehension passage, or in a critical reasoning question within the given span of time. After you practice consistently, guessing an answer becomes much easier. The mind is trained to identify patterns in questions, and this enables is to correctly eliminate the wrong answer choices.

    Consistent practice leads to calculated correct guesses.

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