It is almost an unwritten rule that the top international MBA programs expect excellent GMAT scores from applicants around the world. As every GMAT applicant already knows, this is not easy. GMAT stands for Graduate Management Admission Test which is a way to get absorbed into MBA programs across 21,000 business schools and 7,100 courses.
Once you have looked up the basics that you need to know about the GMAT exam, preparation time kicks in. In order to help you boost your overall GMAT score, here is a list of strategies that you can follow:
Take a mock GMAT test, without revising, preparing, or reading. Analyze your score in each of the 4 sections. Further, break it down into particular sections to see where you have scored low. This will give you a clear picture of your weak points in a particular section. Follow the same method to discover your strengths. Make a list of the strengths and weaknesses in order of the ease or difficulty of sections for you. Plan your preparation timetable, giving maximum time on the difficult sections and lesser time for the easier topics. It is a popular myth that the GMAT Vocabulary section is a difficult one to score high in, but it is not true. Referring to previous years’ papers will give you a clear picture of the types of questions that are expected.
Take as many mock tests as you can. Make sure to stick to the time for each of them. It’s not only important to pick the right answers, but also to keep up with the time limit. During the mock test, you will realize the type of questions that take up more than the expected time. You can work on more questions of this type to solve them quicker. The questions that take up less time means that you are at ease with those types of questions.
Whenever you solve questions as a part of the preparation or during mock tests, keep a detailed log of the errors that you make in each section. Compare the errors of the previous tests to this one. Your preparation is going the right way if you begin eliminating those errors. Ensure that you don’t repeat previously made errors. This way, you have a better chance of boosting your score by eliminating errors that result in a low score.
Some of the terms that you have to understand include: assumption, evidence, logical flaw, inference, paradox, etc. You can familiarise yourself by attempting more questions that use such terms. If you are confused, look up the meanings and write them down. When you understand the small technicalities of the question, you will be able to answer it with more accuracy. Refer to some popular GMAT Books to understand these concepts.
Analyze the most commonly used methods of reasoning that are used in GMAT papers. Though, there may be multiple reasoning methods that end up in the right answer. Logical reasoning questions in the form of positive or negative statements, assertions, reasons, etc. are intimidatingly similar to each other. Once you understand the reasoning method that the question is pointing to, you will be able to choose the right answer with ease.
Thus, by implementing and following the above simple yet effective strategies, you will be able to boost your GMAT score with ease.
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