You are graduating from college and are thinking about applying for grad school. Well, that also means getting ready to take the GMAT! The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is one of the most important parts of any business school application, and the standardized test most used by business schools across the country. It is therefore important you prepare and start revising your verbal, mathematical and writing skills well in advance.
We at peertransfer have created a list with a few tips on how to master your GMAT.
Just as preparing for the GRE, you should make sure to
- Find out your current skill level
- Create a study plan
- Choose your study material
- Practice Tests
- and keep a balanced life and stay healthy and fit
Now here are 5 things you should avoid when studying for the GMAT:
1. It’s not about getting it right, it’s about truly understanding it
Hacking through lots and lots of problems is not enough. You need to make sure you actually study the problems. After you get the answer right, you should spend a decent amount of time reviewing problem and asking yourself whether you identified the topic being tested. Did you answer the question in the most efficient way? Could you have taken a different approach? Is this problem or any of the concepts similar to other problems you have come across? Try to find a theme or lesson in each question and learn how to apply them to the next problems you do.
2. More isn’t always More
Some of us believe that taking many practice tests (one/day for 6 weeks) will prepare you to for the actual test. However, taking too many tests will not help you learn the material you need to know for the GMAT. They will help you build stamina, get used to the timing and measure your progress. What you should focus on is your weakest areas. Spend time practicing those and understanding them.
3. Procrastination and Last minute cramming
Almost of all of us have been there at some point during college, pull an all-nighter to study for that exam. When you are trying to remember a year’s worth of American history, it may have worked, but it’s not going to work this time. When preparing for the GMAT, it is better to give yourself a good 12 weeks, doing 1-2 hours per day. Alternate between the verbal and quantitative, take breaks and make sure to review your work. If you don’t pace yourself and study for too long, you may get bored, fed up and it will be harder to return to it the next day.
4. Don’t forget about time
Make sure to make time your friend, so it doesn’t turn into your enemy when taking the GMAT. You only have a certain amount of time to answer your verbal and quantitative questions, hence it is vital to have a strategy for allocating your minutes. The most important rule is to always time your practice. Give yourself a specific amount of time to complete a certain amount of problems. This will give you a good feel for how long you can spend on harder questions versus easier ones. The goal is to find the most efficient way to complete the question.
5. Do not focus on the things you are good at
It is naturally motivating when you get a set of problems right in a specific amount of time. So pat yourself on the back when that happens. However, it is now time to get back to the areas you are not so good at, because working on stuff you are already good at isn’t going to help you improve on the more difficult parts. It may not be as much fun now, but when you successfully conquer the GMAT, it will have been well worth it!
Let us know if you have any further questions on preparing for the GMAT and/or share your tips and tricks in the comments below!