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How to assess your GMAT mock tests?

Introduction 

Any GMAT preparation is incomplete without attempting mock tests. There is no dearth of GMAT mock tests available from various sources and every GMAT aspirant will be attempting at least one before the real GMAT exam. Giving the GMAT mock test is only one among the steps taken in the right direction. Analysis of your performance in the mock test is the key to fine-tuning your strategy as you prepare for GMAT. This article attempts to resolve all queries related to the mock test analysis.

GMAT Exam Structure

The GMAT exam is structured into four sections:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment
  • Integrated Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning

You can choose the order in which you want to take the sections:

Option 1: Original Order

Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal

Option 2:

Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment

Option 3:

Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment

As per GMAC, “There is no “correct” or “recommended” section order to select. This choice simply gives you more control and flexibility.”

Assessing the Mock Test

Having attempted the mock GMAT exam, it is time to conduct a multi-dimensional analysis of your performance.

  • Time Analysis
Test Section Sub-Section
Verbal Reasoning (VR) Sentence Correction (SC)
Critical Reasoning (CR)
Reading Comprehension (RC)
Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Problem Solving/ Data Sufficiency
Algebra/Geometry  or Arithmetic
Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) Argument analysis and communication in the form of a critique
Integrated Reasoning (IR) Two-Part Analysis
Table Analysis
Multi-source Reasoning
Graphic Interpretation

 

The presumption, made in this article, is that you have determined your target score in the Verbal and Quantitative section, using the tool provided by any GMAT prep institutes.

Observe your scores in the mock test for the various sub-sections of Verbal.

Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning

  • Compare your mock scores with your target score to understand the difference between them and roughly estimate the effort needed to reduce the score gap significantly.
  • Analyse your question completion rate for each sub-section.
  • Analyse the timings that you clocked for each subsection. Try to understand whether you were pacing comfortably, felt hurried towards the end or fell short of time while answering the various sections and sub-sections.

In case, the time taken for solving each question appears

  • to be more or less similar throughout, it means you were comfortably paced.
  • to decrease towards the end of each sub-section progressively, it implies that you were rushed in the latter part of the sub-section.

This will help you develop a better, optimized time strategy to achieve a much better score in the future. Proper time management can be achieved by practicing the questions within a time frame. Attempting frequent GMAT practice tests will help us to resolve our timing issues. For the RC sub-section, concentration is vital while reading the passage to avoid revisiting the whole passage. This helps in saving time.

Question-level Analysis

  • Review solutions of all the correctly answered questions and understand why the other options were deemed incorrect.
  • Attempt solving wrong ones without a time frame to understand the impact of time pressure on accuracy.
  • In case the errors are not time-dependent, then it could be due to a lack of concept clarity, computing error, etc. Document every incorrect question with its sub-section, question type, the reason for the error, difficulty level and time taken.  Perform trend analysis on all the errors documented.
  • Check if accuracy in certain sections is at the expense of valuable time. If so, you need to try to reduce the time taken to attempt those sections.
  • Lesser time taken and higher accuracy in a particular section indicates a clear strength area.

After completion of the review process, your weak areas can be identified and action plans to target them effectively need to be created. This will definitely help you to make optimum use of the GMAT preparation time and attain your target score.

You should also take mock tests for AWA and IR sections to get a realistic picture of your overall performance. As part of the GMAT preparation, it is equally important to gauge your mental toughness and then work to improve your focus and stamina.

To sum up, there are many free mock tests available on the internet but it gets confusing to choose the best one as not all tests are perfect. Manya’s class is a renowned name in perfecting people for GMAT. So, if you are searching for the right GMAT mock tests, then click here, and start your real-time GMAT exam now.

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