How to prepare for GMAT exam

How to prepare for GMAT exam

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer-based standardized test to evaluate the student’s skills in quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, integrated reasoning and analytical writing. The purpose of this exam is to get admission in business schools all over the world. The test score of GMAT will range from 400 to 800. These scores are valid only for 5 years.
First, let us discuss general tips on how to prepare for the GMAT exam and then we shall discuss topic wise tips on how to clear the GMAT exam.

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How to prepare for GMAT exam

General tips to crack GMAT exam:

    1. The only success to crack GMAT is to practice a lot. Practice till the date of examination.
    2. When you are confident enough, then go for free mock tests to analyze your weak areas. The more mock tests you attempt the more confident you’ll become.
    3. A candidate has to be well aware of computer adaptive structure because a question is displayed on the screen which is of the difficulty level, if the candidate attempts correctly then it will move to next difficulty level otherwise it drops down the level. So the candidate has to prepare all level of questions.
    4. In this type of assessment, the candidate has to be very careful because the first couple of questions decide the candidate range.

Note: The correct answer to the difficulty level question gives more score than to the easier one.

  1. One must read the question carefully because the students who undergo multiple mock tests; answers the question without reading. It is advised not to do such things.
  2. If you got stuck on a question don’t waste much of your time just skip to another question but avoid guessing.
  3. Try to attempt all the questions in time this is only possible by practicing various level of questions and attempting free online mock test series.

Topic wise tips to prepare for the GMAT exam:

I. Gather the study material:

  1. The first and foremost thing is to gather the study material. It depends on the individual interest whether to prepare through online material or books.
  2. For suppose if a candidate is going through online they need to check the reviews and comments on that particular website. If a candidate wants to learn from guide they need to check whether it is updated one or not.
  3. Each individual has to perform a SWOT analysis and needs to spend equal time on all the topics and the extra time has to spent on weak areas.

II. Quantitative Section:

  1. The main objective of this section is to test your math skills in several areas such as arithmetic, algebra and geometry.
  2. Select the topics which you are weak and spend a lot of time. Increase your speed and accuracy will solving the problems.
  3. Try to concentrate on the shortcut tricks to solve the problems and save time.
  4. If you got stuck while solving the problem just skip and move on to the next question.

III. Verbal Section:

  1. The verbal section is to test three basic areas: reading comprehension, critical reasoning and sentence correction.
  2. To score well in this topic watch English movies, read newspapers, articles and business magazines. While you are reading you may encounter different terms, try to understand the meaning of it and improve your reading skills.
  • The reading comprehension passage questions are interpretive and require some inference on your part which is of 350 words in length.
  • Critical reasoning questions evaluate the ability to make an argument and evaluate the argument of others.
  • Sentence questions evaluate the grammatical mistakes which need to be corrected.

IV. Analytical Writing Section: This section doesn’t add to the numerical score (between 200 to 800); instead, a score ranging from one to six is attached to your scores. Most of the B-Schools will check the candidate analytical writing score whether to select the application or not.

  1. Read the complete passage and analyze the written argument.
  2. In this case, you are simply expected to write the critique of the argument which is given to you; and don’t write your personal views.
  3. Give relevant suggestions to the argument so that it sounds good.
  4. While analyzing this section you need to be smart and quick. The time given for this section is 30 minutes.

V. Integrated Reasoning Section:

The type of questions which are asked in this section is table analysis, graphics interpretation, two-part analysis and multi-source reasoning to assess the multiple sources of data and to make a well reasoned and logical conclusion.

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