Preparing for the GMAT is no easy task since it is one of the most competitive exams for students who wish to pursue their MBA degree, in India or abroad. Your scores in the exam will determine your admissions into the university of your choice. Hence, it is important to spend adequate time on preparation to reach your target score. Let us now see a few important strategies to help you prepare for the exam.
GMAT Preparation Strategy
The GMAT exam consists of 4 sections — Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Analytical Writing, and Integrated Reasoning. The total time duration to answer questions of these sections is 3 hours and 30 minutes, including two optional eight minute breaks. Besides, an important point to remember is that the GMAT is a computer-adaptive test, which means your performance in the previous section will determine the difficulty level of the next section. To be able to answer all the questions from each section in such a short span of time and to be able to cope with this adaptive nature of the exam, you will need a lot of preparation. So, here we have provided a few tips to help in your GMAT preparation.
- Create a good study plan that covers all the topics of the GMAT syllabus. There are many benefits that a study plan offers such as tracking your preparation progress, ensuring you don’t miss out on any important topics, etc.
- Look for credible study resources since there are a lot of materials available on the internet. These resources will aid you in different aspects of your exam preparation.
- Practice solving sample problems and go through solved sample question papers so that you are familiar with the pattern of questions asked in the exam.
- Attempt mock tests regularly as this will familiarize you with the computer-adaptive nature of the exam. The mock tests also help you learn how to manage your time effectively so that you can complete the exam within the stipulated time. Additionally, mock tests will give you an estimate of the score you are likely to achieve with your current level of preparation.
One important thing to keep in mind before you create a good study plan and start your GMAT preparation is the amount of time you have before your exam date. Your exam date, as you might already know, has to be selected at the time of registration. Here are some things to keep in mind while selecting your GMAT exam date.
Registering for the GMAT and Selecting the Exam Date
Registering for the exam and scheduling the exam date is a straightforward process. You must first create an account on the official website, mba.com, next you will have to fill in all your basic information like your name, address, contact information, date of birth, etc. You will now have to select your preferred location for taking the exam. Then you will need to select the exam date and schedule your exam. The exam dates are available throughout the year and hence, you don’t need to worry about availability issues.
You must choose a date keeping in mind the deadlines for admissions at the universities you are applying to. Also, have a rough idea of the preparation time you will require to complete studying the entire syllabus of the exam when selecting the date. More so, consider reattempts as well in case you might need to take one if you are not satisfied with your performance and score.
We hope you have been able to get some idea of how to go about your preparation and register and select your exam dates. Good Luck!