Make a Study Plan
Consider your current schedule, and set aside enough time for a daily GMAT preparation session. Be committed and practice self-discipline by sticking to your plan and avoid postponing sessions. GMAT experts Lana Silanteva and Anshul Bhat, share a three-step study process you should implement:
- Assess your strengths and weaknesses. Review the key concepts and sections of the test and identify which ones you need to work on. Taking PrepAdviser’s online GMAT practice test practice test will help you achieve that.
- Practice while focusing on quality opposed to quantity. One effective GMAT practice method to use is keeping an error log. Analyze your mistakes by grouping them into categories of concepts you are struggling with or similar patterns you notice you make, i.e., repeated calculation mistakes, confusion with parts of speech.
- Smart time management is important. By keeping track of the average time spent on different questions, you will discover what question type takes up most of your time. Try to track your thought processes and figure out why that particular question takes longer for you to answer. Afterwards, you can use that clarity to focus on improving in that specific area.
Focus on Verbal
Lana shares that by putting more effort in preparing for the Verbal section, you are more likely to achieve an overall higher score:
“Excellent Verbal performance affects the overall score more dramatically than an excellent performance in Quantitative. Consider these examples of scores: Student A: V 45 (98%tile), Q 40 (66%tile); Student B: V 49 (99%tile), Q 37 (57%tile), Student C: V 37 (82%tile), Q 50 (97%tile). Can you guess their final score? Student A scored 700, 93 percentile; Student B scored 710, 95 percentile; Student C scored 670, 89 percentile. Even though student C had the highest quant score of the three, his overall score was the lowest.”
Anshul adds that scoring higher than 42 on the Verbal section of the GMAT is rather difficult, so you are rewarded when the final score is calculated.
Master Two Sections
When aiming for a high score, Lana reminds us that we should be strong in two of the Verbal sections and average in the third. However, being aware of “favorite” GMAT concepts which are tested, is an even stronger tool to use. In Critical Reasoning these are: assumptions, weaken and strengthen, inference, and evaluate the argument. In Sentence Correction, you should review subject and verb agreement, parallelism, and modifiers. Finally, in Reading Comprehension pay attention to the main idea and all inferences.
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