Factors that can impact your GMAT Score

You’ve realised that an MBA is a next step in your career which will act as a stepping stone and decided to take the GMAT to pursue your studies abroad in your dream university.

The GMAT is a 3.5-hour long computer adaptive test offered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) at approved testing centers around the world. GMAT is structured as follows:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment Section (30 minutes) – Essay on analysis of an argument
  • Integrated Reasoning Section (30 minutes) – 12 multiple-choice questions
  • Quantitative Section (62 minutes) – 31 multiple-choice questions
  • Verbal Section (65 minutes) – 36 multiple-choice questions

Even after mastering the quant, verbal and reasoning concepts and practicing for hours you are not able to ace your scores.

Top 6 Factors Affecting Your GMAT Score

1. Inadequate planning

Proper planning is required during the starting phase of preparation. Align your preparation strategy keeping in mind the time left for the exam and focus areas of improvement. Choose your areas of improvement by regularly evaluating the sections where you are scoring low. Devise some extra hours of practice on your focus areas but don’t lose track on your areas of strength.

2. Lack of proper guidance

With the competition rising, getting in your dream B School is getting tougher. The requirement of tutor/mentor is gaining importance if you want to get above 99 percentile marks. Mentor will guide you throughout the preparation phase giving you key feedback and help in your decision-making process.

3. External environment

Multiple research has shown that external environmental factors impact focusing capabilities causing the performance to deteriorate. Noise and lighting factors at your place of study and examination center can impact your scores in a positive or negative manner depending upon your comfort level. Take all necessary steps to ensure you have a proper ambiance during your study time.

4. Lack of rest/sleep

Depriving yourself of regular rest/sleep can affect your energy level and impact your concentration ability to focus for longer durations. Brain’s retention power to store long term memory is also impacted. All these factors can directly affect your performance while giving a test in the examination center or studying during the preparation phase. Ensure to have regular breaks allotting time to recreational activities to cool down the nerve cells.

5. Psychological factors

Issues at a personal/professional life strongly impact the psychological state of mind. Support from parents is vital for Indian students moving abroad which impacts the student’s life in financial as well as moral terms. Psychological issues can be tackled by regularly interacting with the family members and friends sharing your concerns and doing meditation. Sound state of mind can give a positive push to improve your performance in the exam.

6. Keep adapting and changing your strategy

During the preparation phase, you might encounter a setback when your study plan is disturbed. You need to alter your strategy accordingly and accelerate your cycles to complete the same course in a shorter duration. Similarly while attempting the exam you might find the exam to be tougher or easier than the normal standard. Change your pace of attempting questions accordingly. Focus on accuracy rather than completing the entire set of questions.

In continuation, you should read some of our other articles, like this one on Know-how GMAT scores are calculated to supplement your use of these important factors!

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