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How to assess your GMAT mock tests?


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:

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

You can select the order in which you wish to attempt all the sections based on your strengths and preferences. Thus, the 3 order options, provided with the GMAT exams, gives you flexibility and helps you have control during your exam.

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, optimised time strategy to achieve a much better score in the future. Proper time management can be achieved by practising 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 question 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.

If you aspire to join any of the prestigious business schools, an average GMAT score is just not enough. Through proper training and practice tests, you can achieve a great score. GMAT exam, is a computer adaptive test, can be simulated only by a computer-based practice test.  GMAC provides 2 GMAT mock tests free while the remaining are paid.  Attempt the official tests only when you are nearly ready for the final GMAT exam, as these are limited.  Manya-The Princeton Review can help you with 10 computer-based mock tests if you enrol for any of the GMAT courses offered. A detailed assessment score report containing information on questions attempted with their solutions and time taken for completion will be generated. The trained faculty will review the report, provide corrective timely feedback and suggestions for performance improvements that need to be implemented before the next test attempt.

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