5 tips to a killer GMAT score

With the number of B-school applicants going off the scales every year, GMAT scores have become extremely important. With the increasing competition comes the need for a killer preparation strategy to maximize your chances of a great score. A great preparation strategy ensures  you make the best out of your time and cover the exam syllabus well before the final exam so that you have ample time to focus on weak areas and improve upon them.

Check out these 5 tips for a killer test taking strategy.

1. Take a diagnostic test.
Infact take lots of them in the beginning. Taking diagnostic tests before starting your preparation will help yourself make aware of your strong and weak areas, your time management and a baseline score by which you can monitor your progress in the coming weeks of preparation.

2. Make a study plan.
Once you have taken a couple of diagnostic full-length mock tests, analyze them.  For instance, a 750+ applicant kept a spreadsheet like the one below for all the tests she took.
GMAT score analysis

Carefully look for your weak areas by calculating the correction rate ( = no. of questions you got right for that section* 100/ no. of total attempted questions for that section) for all your tests. This will give you a high level view of where you are lacking in your preparation very quickly. Once you know your weak areas, make a list depending on the priority and divide your time proportionately among those sections by getting more and more practice and tracking your progress.

3. Limit your study resources.
Piling up on stacks and stacks of books or online subscriptions is not the way to go. With no dearth of good material out there, this will only overwhelm you and you wouldn’t be able to focus on what you need to do: study. Doing the official guide is a good place to start as it will give you the best idea of your ability to solve GMAT questions by its actual creators and also keep you aware of what is latest in the GMAT cosmos. Once done with the OG, many people prefer to use an external study guide for specific exam sections. In Math, practicing is the key to getting the question right as against Verbal sections, where a person may need deep knowledge about subtleties in the grammar/vocab to improve his score there. This is however subjective, but the general idea here being sticking to just one extra source for the sections which you’re weak in.

4. Continually assess your progress.
This cannot be stressed enough. Check out the spreadsheet described in #2. Keeping track of your progress and improving upon weak areas is THE key to a high GMAT score as attested by countless test takers over the years. Sign up for a good online test-prep program to take full-length mock tests online. Ideally, taking a test every two weeks in the beginning of your preparation and one mock test every week in one month prior to the exam. You also get two free GMAT mock tests in the official GMATPrep software from mba.com. Use those to your advantage. Take them in the beginning and reset them to take them again in the end month to assess your performance.

5. Stay Motivated.
Many times you will not be performing as per your expectations. Don’t be down. Take a break, play a sports, watch a movie or just listen to your favourite music. It helps to have a study mate with whom you can share your progress, share notes, discuss problems etc. Keep on checking out various GMAT success stories on various forums to keep yourself motivated throughout your preparation period.

Have fun while preparing for a killer GMAT score. We hope this guide helped you.

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